Securities Exchange Act Compliance

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FINRA Rule 2040 Goes Into Effect

On August 24, 2015, FINRA Rule 2040 concerning payments to unregistered persons went into effect. The rule, approved by the SEC in January 2015, is aligned with § 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, FINRA...more

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rules

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted rules, as directed by Congress in Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Section 953(b)”), to require...more

What Would Dr. Seuss Say about an Allowance?

Earlier this month we had the release of a second book by Harper Lee, “Go Set a Watchman”, which was miraculously discovered having been written some 50+ years ago. This week, there was another release from a (now deceased)...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers with Violation of the Exchange Act

Action Item: In what is expected to be the first of many cease-and-desist orders made by the SEC against brokers handling investments in EB-5 investment projects, all EB-5 organizers and sponsors, through their due diligence,...more

SEC Proposes Clawback Rule for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the...more

Happy Public Float Day!

If you are a year-end company, today is the end of your second fiscal quarter, which means that it’s just about time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things to...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to New “Regulation A+”

On June 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to the recently expanded Regulation A, commonly referred to as...more

SEC Publishes 11 Regulation A+ CD&Is

The SEC has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation A+ — numbered 182.01 through 182.11 under Securities Act Rules. Highlights are: - Twitter is allowed for testing the waters! ...more

FCPA: Anti-Bribery Provisions

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) addresses the problem of international corruption in two ways: (1) the anti-bribery provisions prohibit individuals and businesses from bribing foreign government officials in order to...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed for comment rules that would implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act. Section 953(a) added Section 14(i)(3) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which directs the...more

SEC Warns Companies and Lawyers not to Mute Whistleblowers through Confidentiality Agreements

Companies should take note that the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged KBR Inc., a technology and engineering firm based in Houston, with violating Rule 21F-17 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as...more

Supreme Court Considers Statements of Opinion as a Basis for Liability under Section 11 of the Securities Act

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 1291916 (U.S. Mar. 24, 2015), the Supreme Court considered the question of whether and how statements of opinion may be...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+: Permits Private Companies to Conduct Offerings of up to $50 million without Registration

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A. The amended regulation, which is popularly referred to as Regulation A+, permits eligible private companies to conduct “Tier 2...more

SEC Proposes Hedging Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed amendments to its rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “hedging disclosure proposal”). The hedging disclosure proposal would require public companies to...more

NASAA Proposes Uniform State Model Rule Regarding Merger and Acquisition Brokers

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA’) has proposed a uniform state model rule that would exempt certain merger and acquisition brokers from registration pursuant to state securities laws. The...more

SEC Issues Revisions to Regulation AB Telephone Interpretations

On December 9, the SEC issued Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) that comprise the SEC’s interpretations of the rules adopted under Regulation AB II and the Securities Act and the Exchange Act. The new C&DIs...more

The Latest from Dodd-Frank: Credit Risk Retention Rule Finalized

In the latest significant rulemaking arising out of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), on October 22, six federal financial and housing agencies finalized long-awaited rules on...more

Circuits Split on When to Impute Employees’ Knowledge to Corporation for Section 10(b) Claims

One of the most significant challenges facing plaintiffs in pleading a violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is sufficiently alleging that the defendant company possessed scienter, or an “intent to...more

Reminder to NYSE and NASDAQ Companies to Comply with Dodd-Frank Act Compensation Committee Requirements and Certify Compliance

Public companies with securities listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market or the New York Stock Exchange should take note of the approaching deadline for complying with the final portions of the new compensation committee...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert and FAQs on Customer Sales of Unregistered Securities

On October 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding customers’ sales of unregistered securities. The National Examination Program staff (Staff) of the...more

Practical Implications of the JOBS Act Changes to Private Placements: Rule 506(c), Crowdfunding, and Reg A+

Two key features of the JOBS Act – general solicitation in Rule 506 offerings, and the increased thresholds at which an issuer will be required to register a class of securities under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

SEC Charges Officers, Directors, Stockholders and Companies for Failure to Timely File Reports Under Sections 13 and 16 of the...

The director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Andrew Ceresney, said that using quantitative analytics the SEC has identified various individuals and companies with especially high rates of filing deficiencies and...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to File Timely Reports (under Sections 16(a), 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act)

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against (i) 28 officers, directors and major beneficial owners of publicly traded companies that failed to file Schedules 13D and 13G and...more

M&A Broker Exemption Bill Resurrects Financial Statement Replaced in 1988

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association withdrew its support for S. 1923 which, if enacted, would exempt “M&A brokers” from the broker registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

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