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Corp Fin Issues Three New and Revised Interpretations of the Securities Act Rules

On October 19th, the Division of Corporation Finance released three new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) concerning the Securities Act. Revised C&DI 271.04 and new C&DI 271.21 relate to exempt...more

It’s Hunting Season. For Unicorns? Lawsuit Against Theranos Signals Trend In Investors Going After Late-Stage Start-ups

Last week brought more bad news for private blood testing company Theranos Inc., as San Francisco-based Partner Fund Management L.P. (“PFM”) launched a suit claiming that it was duped into making a $96.1 million investment in...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Insurers Cannot Challenge Policies for Lack of Insurable Interest

On October 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Richard Posner, affirmed a district court decision finding that securities intermediary U.S. Bank, N.A. is...more

Bipartisan Members of Congress and NASAA Declare Support for SEC’s Proposed Modernization of Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...

On October 7, 2016, a bipartisan contingent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the president of the North American Securities Administrator Association (NASAA) coordinated a duel message to the SEC regarding...more

Are We Headed into a Perfect Storm of Securities Class Action Filings?

The history of securities litigation is marked by particular types of cases that come in waves: ..the IPO laddering cases, which involved more than 300 issuers and their underwriters; ..the Sarbanes-Oxley era...more

Dutch Collective Actions vs. Collective Settlements

As U.S. law has become less willing to entertain certain types of lawsuits on behalf of worldwide classes of plaintiffs, litigants have looked for other forums that might allow the prosecution – or at least the resolution –...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd. Quarter 2016

Investor confidence rebounded in the third quarter immediately following Brexit, driving the S&P 500 to new highs. Comments by the Fed in early September stirred up some volatility and share prices slipped backwards. Not...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules.  Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration.  The Republican parties...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Rules for Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Securities Clearing Agencies - On September 28, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") voted to adopt new rules to establish "enhanced standards for the...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - October 2016

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Court Ruling May Broaden Noteholders' Ability to Receive Redemption Premiums Following Indenture Defaults

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, with respect to claims brought against Cash America International, Inc. in...more

SEC Proposes Shortening Broker-Dealer Settlement Cycle to T+2

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) submitted a proposal to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions to two days after the trade date (T+2). The proposal would amend...more

EU Final Legislation on Requirements for Firms to Hold Information on Financial Contracts

A Commission Delegated Regulation outlining Regulatory Technical Standards specifying the information on financial contracts that a firm may be required to maintain was published in the Official Journal of the European...more

SEC Proposes T+2 for Settling Securities Transactions

The SEC has proposed a rule amendment to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two business days after the trade date...more

SEC’s Proposed Rules for Expedited Settlement May Impact Long-Standing Exception for Firm Commitment Offerings

The SEC has agreed to propose rules that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (also known as T+3 settlement) to two business days after...more

SEC Amendments to Form ADV and Advisers Act Rules Change Investment Adviser Reporting Requirements

Proposals made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2015 to amend Form ADV and certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) (SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to...more

Your 401(k) Plan "Brokerage Window" May Require An S-8 Registration

New guidance from the Securities Exchange Commission requires issuers to take a fresh look at their 401(k) plans. On September 22, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released a Compliance and Disclosure...more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required....more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Certain Foreign Purchasers and Purchases from Securities Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a lengthy opinion today in the long-running In re Vivendi, S.A. Securities Litigation, affirming the jury’s verdict on liability and addressing issues about loss...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to Report Sales of Unregistered Securities

On two successive days, the SEC brought settled enforcement actions against issuers for failure to report sales of unregistered securities. Under Item 1.01 of Form 8-K, a registrant must disclose its entry into a material...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example,...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

SDNY Refuses to Dismiss Executive’s Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim

On August 24, 2016, the Southern District of New York denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by its former co-CEO and Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors, finding...more

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