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And Now Bad Actor Waivers for Forward-Looking Statements

The Securities Act (Section 27A(b)) and the Exchange Act (Section 21E(b)) exclude reliance on the safe harbor for forward-looking statements if, among other things, the statement is made with respect to an issuer that has,...more

SEC Radically Revamps Regulation A - Part 1

Eligibility and Offering Size - For many years, SEC Regulation A languished as an exemption from registration that nobody really used. Although securities issued in a Regulation A offering are not “restricted securities”...more

FINRA Proposes Exemption From the TAF for Proprietary Trading Firms

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The debate over waivers WKSI waivers and other similar provisions continued this week. The Commission granted a WKSI waiver to Deutsche Bank despite a guilty plea to criminal felony charges but only over the dissent of...more

SEC Files Another Market Crisis Case

The market crisis of the last decade seems to have a never ending dribble of cases. The SEC filed another this week, naming four former officers of Wilmington Trust Company as defendants. SEC v. Gibson (D.Del. Filed May 6,...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Transactions

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require non-United States persons that use United States personnel to arrange, negotiate or execute a security-based swap transaction in...more

Beware of Confidentiality Agreements with Employees; Make Sure They Don’t Stifle Whistleblowing

On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for utilizing language in a confidentiality agreement which could discourage whistleblowing....more

Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 Would Require Most Proprietary Trading Broker-Dealers to Become FINRA Members

Consistent with the increased regulatory scrutiny of proprietary trading firms-and high frequency trading firms in particular—the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed amendments to SEC Rule 15b9-1 (also...more

Third Circuit Lets Wal-Mart Exclude Firearms Proposal Under the “Ordinary Business Operations” Exception

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit summarily reversed a troubling decision of the Federal District Court in Delaware that required Wal-Mart to include in its 2015 proxy materials a shareholder...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

"Wal-Mart Wins Appeal of Shareholder Proposal Decision"

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision on April 14, 2015 that reversed a U.S. District Court opinion and vacated a permanent injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to include a...more

SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

Expanding Oversight of Active, Proprietary Trading Firms: SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15b9-1

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 (the “Proposal”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") that, if...more

In-House Counsel Risk SEC Enforcement for Some Confidentiality Agreements - Following Best Practices as Part of a Comprehensive...

Confidentiality agreements are boilerplate in many legal departments, but they shouldn't be. In-house counsel need to review all currently effective confidentiality agreements with anyone who could potentially be a...more

Three Thoughts about the SEC’s First “Pretaliation” Case

I was on a flight last Wednesday when the SEC released the first of what whistleblower chief Sean McKessy has dubbed “pretaliation” cases against KBR, Inc. When I landed I had several emails from colleagues, asking, “Did you...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Tied To Sale of Cellular Licensing

The sale of spectrum to operate cell phones can yield millions of dollars in profits. This notion was at the center of an action brought by the SEC against six individuals and eleven entities. Investors who purchased...more

SEC Charges Group of Unregistered Broker-Dealers Trading in Corporate Bond Market

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged more than 20 individuals and companies with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) related to the buying and selling of...more

SEC Uses Books and Records and Internal Control Regulations to Extend Reach of Actions Beyond Fraud

Last year, we predicted that the SEC would increase its use of administrative proceedings to enforce strict liability violations such as books and records and internal controls. See Mary P. Hansen & William L. Carr, The...more

SEC Fines KBR $130,000 for Using Employee Confidentiality Agreement that Violates Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has brought its first-ever enforcement action against a company for using language in confidentiality agreements that prohibits employees from speaking with the SEC without prior...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Adopts Regulation A+ to Provide New Exemption for Smaller Capital-Raising Transactions"

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rules for the new Regulation A+ exemption, which will permit eligible issuers to conduct securities offerings of up to $50 million without...more

Fourth Circuit Sustains Securities Fraud Claim Against Drug Manufacturer

On March 6, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina had erred in dismissing a class action lawsuit filed under Section 10(b) of the...more

Important Regulatory Developments for Proprietary Trading Firms and Broker-Dealers Using Algorithmic Trading Strategies

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to issue a proposed rule amendment that would significantly narrow the existing exemption that permits many proprietary-trading...more

SEC proposes requiring FINRA membership for exchange-member-only broker-dealers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published a proposal to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a registered national...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Rule 15b9-1

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

SEC Charges Directors, Officers and Major Investors for Failing to Update Disclosures Prior to Announcements of Going Private...

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlement proceedings against officers, directors, and major shareholders of several companies that were recently taken private for failing to update...more

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