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Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

US SEC and Hong Kong SFC Sign New Memorandum of Understanding

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which came into effect on January 18, 2017. The subject of the MOU is...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

SEC Targets Lapses in Ownership Reporting in Battles for Corporate Control

The SEC has recently announced settlement of enforcement actions targeting violations of beneficial reporting requirements under Section 13(d) of the Act. In one of the most recent actions (available here), the SEC’s...more

Will President Trump's Regulation Cuts Reduce Ongoing Disclosure for Bond-Financed Projects?

President Donald Trump on Feb. 3, 2017, signed an executive order entitled "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," which directed the Treasury Secretary to consult with financial regulators,...more

Documentation for the New Swap Margin Rules and Thoughts for the Buy Side and End Users

Because of the implementation of new regulatory requirements relating to both variation and initial margin for swaps, swap documentation for many market participants is about to become much more complicated....more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

FINRA to Require Web-Based Arbitration Filings

Effective April 3, 2017, all FINRA arbitration participants (except pro se parties) must use FINRA’s web-based DR-Portal to file and serve documents in both customer and industry arbitrations. ...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2017

The IRS has announced it will begin treating certain syndicated conservation easement transactions and “substantially similar” transactions as “listed transactions.” Notice 2017-20 published on December 23, 2016 (the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act (Again), But Is It Really Necessary?

On January 10, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 79, the “Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act” (the “HALOS Act”). The HALOS Act was originally passed by the House of Representatives as H.R. 4498 on April 27,...more

The Securities Law Crystal Ball

At the beginning of each new year, we find ourselves engaged in discussions of the evolving securities regulatory landscape and the changes that we anticipate may occur. We have done this for many years now. Each January we...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to Settle SEC Disclosure Law Violations - Agrees to Admit Wrongdoing and Pay Penalty for...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Jan. 10, 2017, that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay a $400,000 penalty in connection with...more

SEC Scores First Muni Issuer's Admission of Wrongdoing

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a $400,000 penalty to settle SEC charges that it failed to adequately disclose project risks to investors purchasing $2.3 billion in...more

The Only Color in Gambling is Green—Why Staking is a Security

The Securities Act of 1933’s catchall for defining a security is the “investment contract.” The landmark case, SEC v Howey, explained that “an investment contract for the purposes of the Securities Act means a contract,...more

Global Accounting Standards

The Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White recently commented on the significance of high-quality accounting standards. The speech noted the need to support continued work toward the globally accepted...more

The IRS's Stricter(?) Stance on Regulated Investment Company Investments in Commodities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 1

While the IRS's Proposed Regulations Are Not Yet Effective, RICs Should Carefully Consider Whether Their Portfolios or Policies Run Afoul of the New Rules. In order for a corporation to qualify as a regulated investment...more

Outcomes of Investing in OTC Stocks

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published a study recently that reviews, among other things, the performance of and the returns of investing in OTC stocks. The...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Affecting the Registration of Securities for Resale on Form S-3

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued interpretive guidance relating to the registration of the resale of shares sold to an investor pursuant to a private placement, if the issuer concurrently...more

New Corp Fin CDIs Clarify QIB Status for Rule 144A Offerings

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance staff released 35 new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on December 8th. Among numerous interpretations focused on issues applicable to foreign private issuers and...more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Expanding Horizons for Startup and Small Companies Raising Capital

If you are a startup or small company looking to raise funds from investors, newly amended Rule 504 should catch your eye. Effective January 20, 2017, Rule 504 of Regulation D will allow startups and small companies to sell...more

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