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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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8 years after returning as CEO, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz is again planning to step down, turning over the barista apron to current president and COO Kevin Johnson. Schultz will continue to work on Sbux social issues and the...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

The SEC adopted final rules that modernize how companies can raise money to fund their businesses through intrastate and small offerings while maintaining investor protections....more

US Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Collect Data from Banks on Secondary Market Transactions in US Treasury Securities

The US Federal Reserve Board announced that it plans to begin collecting data on Treasury security secondary market transactions from banks. The Federal Reserve Board intends to negotiate with the Financial Industry...more

NCUA to Consider Supplemental Capital

At the NCUA’s October board meeting, senior staff of the NCUA submitted a briefing report (the “Report”) to the NCUA Board (the “Board”) on the issues concerning the use of supplemental capital by federally insured credit...more

New JOBS Act Rules Regarding Accredited Investor Determination

New SEC rules mandated by the JOBS Act require that an issuer’s determination of an investor’s “accredited investor” status must be made as of the last day of the issuer’s most recent fiscal year rather than at the time of...more

Trump Risk Factors Begin to Appear in SEC Documents

Risk factors related to uncertainties resulting from possible policies that may be implemented by President-elect Trump have begun to appear in SEC filings...more

New Tender Offer CDIs Issued by SEC’s Office of Mergers and Acquisitions

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance staff issued seven Tender Offers and Schedules C&DIs on November 18th in relation to aspects of the tender offer rules under Regulations 14D and 14E. As administered by the Division’s...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

Four Eye-Opening New C&DIs Issued by the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released four new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) on November 17th addressing aspects of offerings under Regulation A and Regulation D. The staff’s new...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: 505 Is Not Alive: SEC Adopts New and Amended Rules Governing Intrastate and Small Offerings

As we have discussed in prior Bulletins, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Shake-Up: President-Elect Trump Expected to Make Key Appointments

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Mary Jo White has announced her intent to step down from her role as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Chair White, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

SEC chief Mary Jo White has announced that she’ll be stepping down in early 2017—an expected move that nevertheless drives home the reality of the big changes ahead for the securities industry (and many others)....more

SEC Staff Allows Exclusion of “Fix Proxy Access” Proposal under (i)(10)

In a recently issued no-action letter, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance allowed a company to exclude a shareholder proposal seeking specific changes to the company’s existing proxy access bylaw. According...more

New C&DI’s on Fee Calculations and Form S-8

The SEC issued three new C&DIs on fee calculations: Question 240.11 - Question: An issuer has a Form S-8 on file that registers shares of common stock to be issued upon the exercise of outstanding options. ...more

Court reconsiders the role of “public corrections” in securities class actions

Introduction In Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation, Local 675 Pension Fund (Trustees of) v SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.[1] the Ontario Superior Court of Justice examined, in the context of competing motions for summary...more

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