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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 Commission (SEC), which is the primary regulatory agency enforcing federal securities laws. less -

New Developments on the Scope of the Registered Investment Adviser Exemption under Section 16 of Exchange Act

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Hedge funds and other private investment funds can take advantage of the exemption for registered investment advisers (RIAs) under Exchange Act Rule 16a-1(a)(1)(v), the "RIA Exemption." While the exemption can be helpful, it...more

The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - 2017 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, SA is a highly successful non-US company known to the world as FPI. FPI is considering doing a debt or equity offering in the United States. What are the key legal issues it, and its underwriters...more

SEC, USAO Charge Tech Company Founder With Insider Trading

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Most of the discussion about insider trading these days is dominated by debates about whether there is a personal benefit, a gift, the application of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Salman last term or the split opinion in...more

Filed v. Furnished, What’s the Difference?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

When disclosing information in a filing with the SEC, it is important to know whether such disclosure and any related exhibits should be "filed" or "furnished". To non-lawyers, this may seem like semantics or another...more

MSRB Addresses Selective Disclosure

On September 13, 2017, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) published a market advisory on selective disclosure (the “Notice”). The stated purpose of the Notice is to “increase awareness” of selective...more

Equifax Data Breach: Preliminary Lessons for the Adoption and Implementation of Insider Trading Policies

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Insider trading allegations have surfaced at Equifax, a credit rating agency that last week announced a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million consumers in the United States, nearly half of the country’s...more

SEC Files Two Cherry Picking Actions, Aided by Statistical Analysis

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has continued to use statistical analysis to bolster its enforcement claims. One area in which this has been done is “cherry picking” cases....more

SEC to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

Are Limited Liability Companies “Persons”?

by Allen Matkins on

Limited liability companies did not exist when Congress enacted the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Therefore, it should be no surprise that as originally enacted, these acts did not mention...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - SEC Investigation Warns Digital Assets May Be Subject to Securities Laws

On July 25, the SEC released an investigative report warning that “virtual” organizations’ offers and sales of digital assets may be subject to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

A Second Broker-Dealer Settles SEC Allegations Over Improper Handling Of Pre-Released ADRs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 18, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that broker-dealer Banca IMI Securities Corp. (“BISC”), an indirect, wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, agreed to pay...more

SEC Expands Confidential Review of IPO Registration Statements

The SEC announced earlier this summer (and supplemented that announcement late last week with additional information) that it has expanded the availability of its popular procedure for confidential non-public review of, and...more

Audit Firm And Engagement Partner Settle SEC Allegations Stemming From 2011 Audit Of A New Client

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 15, 2017, KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) and one of its engagement partners settled claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that they violated Section 4C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

Get Ready for Mandatory SEC Exhibit Hyperlinks Beginning September 1

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s final rules requiring hyperlinking of exhibits to SEC filings will be effective for most public companies on September 1, 2017. This update summarizes the final rules, answers the top...more

SEC Adopts Exhibit Hyperlink Requirement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

•The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted amendments (final rules) that will require registrants to include hyperlinks to exhibits. •The final rules apply to certain periodic reports under the Securities...more

The NYSE Amends its Advance Notice Requirement for Dividend Announcements: NYSE Staff Now on Call 24/7

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved a rule change to the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a...more

Dentist, Claiming Tip Was a Rumor, Wins Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A jury found Jessie Roberts, a Louisiana dentist who claimed what the government called an illegal tip was just a rumor, not guilty of insider trading. U.S. v. Roberts, No. 15-ct-00020 (M.D. La. Filed Feb19, 2015). The case...more

Fintech Alert: SEC Advises That an Unincorporated Virtual Organization That Issued Virtual Currency Engaged in an Unregistered...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Financial Services - Action Item: The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has provided guidance for digital currency offerings that may run afoul of the U.S. securities laws. Investors, token issuers, and other...more

It’s Back: NYSE Amends Proposal Allowing Listing Without IPO

On July 31, 2017, the NYSE amended its proposal, originally issued on March 13, 2017 and then withdrawn on July 19, 2017, to modify its listing qualifications to facilitate direct offerings. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed...more

SEC Confirms Certain ICOs Are Securities Offerings; Regulators Renew Focus on Cryptocurrencies

by WilmerHale on

What Is an ICO? An ICO, or initial coin offering, is the sale of virtual coins or tokens, often as a means of capital raising by startup companies that are involved in blockchain technology. Depending on the terms of the...more

DAO and the Art of Securities Regulation: SEC Clarifies that Digital Tokens May Be “Securities”

by K&L Gates LLP on

The rapid rise of distributed ledger technology and the spate of recent initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have focused attention on whether, and in what circumstances, virtual currencies and digital tokens may be securities...more

SEC Charges Cancer Fighting – Now Restaurant Firms With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another in what has become a stream of offering fraud actions. This case sought to halt an offering – the last investor funds were deposited June 30, 2017 — in which investors were promised their funds...more

SEC Finds ICOs May Be Subject to Registration Requirements

by Bryan Cave on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

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