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The Securities Exchance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1934 to govern the secondary securities trading market. In addition, the Securities Exchange Act established the Securities and Exchange... more +
The Securities Exchance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1934 to govern the secondary securities trading market. In addition, the Securities Exchange Act established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is the primary regulatory agency enforcing federal securities laws. less -

U.S. Public Companies: Calculating Your Public Float – What You Need to Know

If you are a year-end U.S. public company, your second fiscal quarter has recently come to an end, which means that it’s time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things...more

SEC Allows Non-EGCs to Submit Certain Draft Registration Statements for Confidential Review

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Effective July 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance began accepting draft registration statement (DRS) submissions from issuers filing registration statements in connection with...more

SEC to Allow Issuers to File Draft Initial Registration Statements on a Nonpublic Basis

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) announced that it would begin to allow issuers to file draft initial registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act“) on a...more

Insider Trading, Research on Evading Detection Yields SEC, DOJ Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Trying to cover-up illegal conduct can, and usually does, make the situation worse. A research engineer who used material non-public information obtained from his attorney wife to trade in advance of two acquisitions while...more

SEC Charges Boiler Room Operators With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since the price of oil declined from its once lofty numbers the oil industry has suffered. Yet those engaged in offerings securities supposedly to fund oil firms do not seem to have been impacted....more

SEC Expands Confidential Review Process for Draft Registration Statements

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, beginning July 10, 2017, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance will permit all issuers to confidentially submit draft registration statements...more

SEC Extends to Non-EGCs Process For Nonpublic Review of Registration Statements

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 29, the SEC announced that its Division of Corporation Finance will allow all companies to submit for nonpublic review draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings and other specified...more

SEC Staff Expands Confidential Review Procedures for Registration Statements under the Securities Act and Exchange Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC Staff”) issued an announcement (the “Announcement”) expanding its confidential review process in several areas,...more

SEC Expands Use of Confidential Submissions of Draft Registration Statements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that, beginning on July 10, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements, on a...more

SEC Confidential Submission Procedures Expanded Beyond Emerging Growth Company Issuers Beginning July 10, 2017

Last week, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, beginning on July 10, 2017, the SEC will accept voluntary draft registration submissions from all issuers for nonpublic review. This...more

SEC Expands Confidential Submission Process to All IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings (IPOs) for...more

SEC Expands Popular JOBS Act Benefit to All Companies Filing Registration Statements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting July 10, 2017, all companies filing certain registration statements may take advantage of a popular benefit currently allowed only to Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS)...more

SEC to Permit All Issuers to Submit Confidential Draft Registration Statements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on June 29, 2017, that the staff (staff) of the Division of Corporation Finance will accept draft registration statement submissions from all companies for nonpublic...more

SEC Injunction Not Time-Barred – In This Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529)(June 5, 2017) the Supreme Court held that the five year statute of limitations in Section 2462 of Title 28 applies to SEC claims for disgorgement because they are a penalty within the meaning of...more

SEC Expands Nonpublic Draft Registration Statement Processing Procedures

New Policy Provides Substantial Flexibility for Non-EGC and Foreign Issuers, Direct Listings, and Select Follow-On Transactions - On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation...more

Confidential Submissions for All Issuers

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a new policy that essentially extends the confidential submission accommodation made available to emerging growth companies (EGCs) to all issuers. The EGC process will...more

SEC Files Another Financial Fraud Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Despite an economy in which many firms are reporting favorable results, the Commission continues to ferret out those who try and take a short-cut to good financial performance through fraud. For example, in recent weeks the...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability - Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A US District Court recently dismissed a claim that an insider’s election to satisfy an income tax obligation by having shares withheld from the delivery of an award constituted a non-exempt sale of shares back to the issuer...more

What Are The Reporting Obligations Under Section 16?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Most in-house counsel of public companies are very familiar with the reporting obligations required by the trifecta – Form 8-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 10-Ks – but they oftentimes rely on outside counsel to help determine...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 26, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a claim based on a shareholder’s interpretation of SEC Rule 16b-3(e), that an insider’s elective share withholding constitutes a...more

Regulation 14C and the Effectiveness of a Non-Unanimous Shareholders’ Written Consent

Securities lawyers know that the regulatory regime for disclosure and shareholder communications under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), when action is being taken by shareholders, includes...more

Foreign Private Issuer Calculation Date for Calendar Year-End Foreign Issuers is June 30, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As a reminder to all foreign issuers that have a December 31 fiscal year end, the upcoming end of their second fiscal quarter, June 30, 2017, will be the calculation date for their status as a foreign private issuer (“FPI”)...more

Whistleblower Hotlines: Still a Vital Tool

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Recently the chief compliance officer of a global company asked me: does a company need a telephone-based whistleblower hotline anymore? In our all-technology, all-the-time world, could a company phase out telephone hotlines...more

Government Leaks Lead to Landmark Insider Trading Case

On May 24, 2017, the SEC for the first time brought charges based on allegations of insider trading on confidential government information. The alleged insider trading scheme involved tips related to three announcements by...more

SEC, Cooperman Settle Insider Trading Claims

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission settled its hotly contested insider trading case against well-known hedge fund manager, Leon Cooperman. SEC v. Cooperman (E.D. Pa. Filed Sept. 21, 2016)....more

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