Securities Exchange Act Compliance

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Third Circuit Rejects Claim that Fiduciary Duty Required For Insider Trading

Insider trading cases frequently turn on the nature of the relationship between the trader and the person who is the source of information. The breach of that relationship of trust and confidence can supply the statutory...more

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Addresses Use of Proxy Advisory Firms by Advisers and Reliance by Proxy Advisory Firms on Proxy Rules...

The SEC’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (the “Guidance”) which provides guidance from the Division of Investment Management to investment advisers on their...more

SEC Resolves First Case Under New Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On July 8, 2014, the SEC announced that it had settled charges that a school district in California misled bond investors about its failure to comply with its continuing disclosure obligations under Rule 15c2-12 of the...more

New Municipal Advisor Rules and Continuing Disclosure Initiative

In an era of increased scrutiny and regulation of the municipal market, the final rules on what constitutes, and the registra- tion of, “municipal advisors”, became effective July 1, 2014. Concurrently, the SEC initiative to...more

The SEC Will Take “Your” Money, Thanks

So let’s say you work for a hedge fund or some other financial institution that engages in proprietary trading , and you’re inclined to do some insider trading on your employer’s behalf. You make your trades, but you’re a...more

"SEC Provides No-Action Relief to M&A Brokers in Connection With Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements"

On January 31, 2014, the Division of Trading and Markets (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a no-action letter (as revised on February 4, 2014, the “No-Action Letter”) that permits...more

Securities and Exchange Commission's New Municipal Advisor Rules Clarify Requirements for Banks

A range of municipal financial advisors, including banks, are now required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") as a result of amendments to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

SEC Provides No-Action Relief for M&A Brokers

SEC staff action may head off congressional action to exempt M&A Brokers from registration. On February 3, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter that permits an M&A broker...more

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

New SEC Municipal Advisor Registration Rules

SEC delays implementation of certain new Municipal Advisor Rules until July 1, 2014 - Section 975 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) amended Section 15B of the...more

Private Funds In Focus - Winter 2014

Year End Update – Compliance: Certain Upcoming U.S. Regulatory Deadlines - The list below briefly summarizes various regulatory obligations and filing deadlines for private fund managers under U.S. rules....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 17, 2014)

The high profile insider trading trial of Matthew Martoma moved forward in New York this week with testimony on behalf of the prosecution. The SEC and four other agencies joined in granting relief from a provision of the...more

SEC Adopts Amendments Removing References to Credit Ratings from Exchange Act Rules Relating to Broker-Dealer Financial...

The SEC issued Release No. 34-71194 (the “Adopting Release”) adopting amendments under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) that remove references to credit ratings by ratings agencies (including...more

New Rule 506 FAQs: 20% Beneficial Owners, 506(e) Disclosure

As we’ve described previously, new Rule 506(d) imposes a number of bad actor disqualifications on certain persons that are associated with the issuer, including officers, directors, and 20% beneficial owners. On January 3,...more

SEC Staff Provides More Guidance on Rule 506(d)

On January 3, 2014 the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated the Securities Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations to address a number of interpretive issues under the “bad actor”...more

Supreme Court To Reconsider Theory Underlying Modern Securities Class Actions

Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the “fraud-on-the-market” presumption, an underpinning of class-action securities litigation for the last 25 years. The Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Halliburton...more

New Rule 506 C&DI’s Require Some Explaining

Nancy Wojtas, the head of the public companies group at Cooley LLP, alerted me to the fact that the SEC staff yesterday issued 14 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 506 under Regulation D. ...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding New General Solicitation Rules

On November 13, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) providing guidance regarding new rules allowing for...more

SEC Expects Companies To Transition To New COSO Framework For Internal Control Reporting

When evaluating internal control over financial reporting, Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(c) requires the evaluation to be based on a framework that is “a suitable, recognized control framework that is established by a body or...more

New Rules Proposed by PCAOB Include Sweeping Changes for Audit Reports

After several years of proposals and feedback from stakeholders, on August 13, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) proposed sweeping changes to the standard audit report in two new auditing...more

Financial Fraud Law Report: October 2013 - Insider Trading in Mutual Funds: Do Traditional Theories Apply?

A federal court of appeals recently held out the possibility that insider trading prohibitions — at least under the classic theory — do not apply to mutual fund redemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh...more

SEC Scores in Accounting Fraud Suit Against BankAtlantic Corp. and Former CEO

On October 10, a Florida federal judge granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s motions for partial summary judgment against BankAtlantic (now BBX Capital Corp.) and its former CEO and chairman Alan Levan, finding...more

Who's Your Supervisor? The SEC Sheds Further Light on the Subject

The recent issuance of frequently asked questions and interpretive answers by the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets (the "FAQs") clarifies a "disturbingly murky" area of the federal securities law -- namely, what facts...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Compliance with Limitations on Participation in Follow-On and Secondary Offerings Imposed on...

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (the “Risk Alert”) highlighting compliance issues relating to Rule 105 of Regulation M of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Supervisory Liability of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Legal Personnel Under Section...

On September 30, 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in an effort to provide guidance regarding potential supervisory liability of...more

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