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Blog: SEC Reduces Fee Rates For Fiscal 2016

The SEC has announced that the fee for registration of securities and certain other transactions in fiscal 2016 will be $100.70 per million dollars. Under Dodd-Frank, the annual rate changes must take effect on the first day...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

SEC Enforcement Defendants Descend on Georgia for Judicial Relief from the SEC’s Allegedly Unconstitutional In-House Tribunal

It is often hot in Georgia this time of year. In one particular Georgia federal court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been feeling some of that heat on an issue of significant interest to subjects of...more

SEC Announces First Wave of MCDC Underwriter Sanctions

The Securities Exchange Commission announced June 18 the first major wave of underwriter sanctions under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. The SEC sanctioned 36 municipal underwriting...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

SEC Staff Ready to Recommend Variable Annuity Summary Prospectus

William Kotapish, an Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, recently stated that the SEC staff is prepared to recommend that the Commission adopt rules and forms authorizing a variable annuity...more

Federal Regulation of Fixed Equity Indexed Annuities Redux?

When SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar recently cited "the need for the Commission and state regulators to focus on combatting fraud involving complex securities" including "equity-indexed annuities," he did not discuss...more

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

SEC Continues Crackdown on Unregistered Broker-Dealers

A New York man has agreed to pay almost $4.5 million to settle charges by the SEC that he violated Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act by acting as an unregistered broker-dealer. According to the SEC, starting in 2010 Joshua A....more

California District Court Holds that Internal Tipsters Are Protected Under Dodd-Frank

On May 5, 2015, in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc., No. C-14-5180, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that an internal complaint of an alleged securities law violation is sufficient to...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

Having it Both Ways: Does the SEC’s Enforcement Division Guidance on Forum Selection Do Anything More Than Foreshadow Increased...

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Enforcement Division issued its “Approach to Forum Selection in Contested Actions.” This guidance comes at a time of heightened criticism regarding the SEC’s increasing reliance on administrative...more

Pay Versus Performance Rules Proposed by Securities and Exchange Commission

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued another proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act, this time with respect to the pay versus performance requirements of Section 953(a) of the Act. ...more

Dodd-Frank of the North? Incentive-Based Whistleblower Program Coming to Canada

It will be of significant interest to US corporations that make securities filings with the Ontario Securities Commissions (“OSC”), that on February 3, 2015, the OSC published “Staff Consultation Paper 15-401”, which sets out...more

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

Private Equity: SEC Custody Rule—One Size Does Not Fit All

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, since 2012 investment advisers that operate pooled investment vehicles such as hedge funds and private equity funds with $150 million of assets under management became subject to the...more

3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

When Does an Anti-Arbitration Provision Not Prohibit Arbitration of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010, provides broad whistleblower protections to individuals who report certain possible violations of federal securities laws. Mindful that...more

Regulators Adopt Risk Retention Rule with Few Changes

A final credit risk retention rule was recently issued with respect to asset-backed securities (ABS) by the prudential bank regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision Limited To Complaints About Securities Laws

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled that an Illinois-based bank employee could not state a claim under the whistleblower protection provision in Dodd-Frank because his complaints alleged...more

Nebraska District Court: Employee’s Disclosures To FINRA Make Her A Dodd-Frank Whistleblower

In a first-impression decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska recently ruled that an employee who disclosed information about potential securities law violations to FINRA may qualify as a...more

FINRA Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Tier 1 Capital Securities

Three Types of Hybrid Securities Subject to Classification and Reporting Changes - For some time now, there has been confusion regarding the appropriate trade reporting for certain hybrid securities. Hybrid securities,...more

SEC Issues Additional FAQs On Engineering Exclusion From Municipal Advisor Rules

We have reviewed prior SEC guidance on the municipal advisor rules, from a view point of structuring a business to avoid a municipal advisory role. The SEC has now issued additional FAQs, including on the engineering...more

Extension of Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 5, the SEC extended interim final rules that exempt security-based swaps that were security-based swap agreements prior to July 16, 2011, and are defined as “securities” under the Securities Act and the Exchange...more

Open for Business: SEF Competition Heating Up in the New Market Structure [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

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