Securities Exchange Act Compliance

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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

Does Your Company’s “Inadequate Compliance Program” Violate Securities Laws?

In a recent matter before the SEC, settlement of an FCPA claim with Smith & Wesson has raised some worrisome new issues for compliance officers. This settlement is noteworthy for two reasons: 1. Small and mid-sized...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud is an enforcement priority of the SEC. A financial fraud task force was formed in July 2013. Its purpose is to focus on this traditional staple of enforcement. A data analysis group was formed at the same time...more

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

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