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This Week In Securities Litigation

The broken windows approach to enforcement continued this week. The Commission bundled together eight settled administrative proceedings centered on going private transactions in which the Respondents failed to update their...more

SEC Obtains Freeze Order In Microcap Manipulation Action

Microcap fraud is an on-going enforcement priority of the Commission. In SEC v. Craven, Civil Action No. 15-cv-1820 (S.D.N.Y. Filed March 11, 2015), the Commission brought a manipulation action against a father and son team,...more

Texas Adopts Intrastate M&A Dealer Exemption

On February 16, 2015, the Texas State Securities Board voted to formally adopt their proposed Rule 139.27, which provides an exemption from dealer registration for intermediaries providing services solely in connection with...more

SEC Charges Tipping Without A Newman – Dirks Personal Benefit

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is trying to have the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman, No. 13-1837, 13-1917 (2nd Cir. Decided December 10, 2014 ) reheard and reversed. In seeking that rehearing the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 5 • March 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - In “Conflicts, Conflicts Everywhere,” her speech at the recent IA Watch 17th Annual Compliance Conference, Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement...more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

The Financial Report -Volume 4, No. 4 • February 2015 (Global)

US Judicial Developments - Receiver can be subject to arbitration. The court-appointed receiver for hedge funds used as part of a Ponzi scheme sued the scheme’s “net winners” in an effort to claw back their gains....more

Mutual Fund Adviser Sanctioned for Deficiencies in Custody of Funds’ Derivatives Collateral and Directed Brokerage Compliance

On February 12, 2015, the SEC announced that Water Island Capital LLC (“Water Island”) agreed to settle enforcement proceedings arising from alleged violations of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) found...more

Trends In Canadian Securities Class Actions

Filings for new Canadian securities class actions have been essentially flat over the last three years, according to a recent report by NERA Economic consulting. That trend is consistent with the one for the filing of U.S....more

SEC's Proposed Disclosure Requirements for Hedging Transactions by Directors and Employees Would Apply to Issuers of All Sizes

On February 9, 2015, the SEC proposed amendments requiring disclosure in proxy and information statements regarding issuers' policies governing the entrance of employees, officers, and directors into hedging transactions...more

CFOs Agree to Sarb-Ox Clawback

Two former CFOs have agreed to return nearly a half-million dollars in bonuses and stock sale profits they received while their Silicon Valley software company, Saba Software, was committing accounting fraud. While...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The DOJ’s settlement with S&P for $1.4 billion, coupled with admissions of fact, made headlines this week. The settlement was joined by 19 states and the District of Columbia. The DOJ and the states will essentially split the...more

D&O Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Directors and Officers (D&O) liability and the insurance coverage issues presented by litigation arising from the same continued to be the subject of numerous judicial decisions at the state and federal level during 2014. The...more

SEC Denies No-Action Request for “Publisher Exclusion” for Recommendations of Crowdfunded Investments

The SEC denied a no-action request that was submitted by Jonathon Hendricks. The no-action request inquired about a Wyoming based business that would make available a list of securities from a loan crowdfunding site that...more

What Will 2015 Look Like? Trends in the Securities Industry

... it’s never too early to look into the future to see how the year might unfold in the securities industry. Here are some trends and predictions for early 2015: - In Increased regulatory scrutiny of ..securities...more

New Five Business Day Timeline for Debt Tender or Exchange Offers

On January 23, 2015, the Staff of the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter (the “No-Action Letter”) providing that it would not recommend enforcement action with respect to a five business day...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

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, January 2015

In this issue: - Japan Releases Exposure Draft of New Corporate Governance Code - Launch of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation...more

Federal Prosecutors Charge Canadian Trader in “Layering” Scheme

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey recently filed criminal securities and wire fraud charges against a Canadian man, Aleksandr Milrud, alleging that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the stock...more

Shorter Tender Offer Period Permitted for Certain Securities

The SEC recently issued a no-action letter that significantly expands the scope of securities that are eligible for an abbreviated tender offer process. The SEC’s new position should allow for issuers to restructure their...more

Massachusetts Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules, Effective Immediately

The Massachusetts Securities Division has recently joined a number of other states in adopting a “crowdfunding” exemption from securities registration requirements for certain offerings made within the Commonwealth, with the...more

SEC Files Prime Bank Fraud and Offering Fraud Actions as Administrative Proceedings

The trend of selecting administrative proceedings rather than Federal court by the SEC appears to be continuing. Since last September, for example, the SEC has filed at least seven insider trading cases as administrative...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

Fee Rate Advisory #3 for Fiscal Year 2015

On January 15, the SEC announced that starting on Feb. 14, 2015, the fee rates applicable to most securities transactions will be set at $18.40 per million dollars. Each SRO will continue to pay the Commission a rate of...more

SEC Eases Terms for 5-Day Debt Tender Offers

The SEC recently provided no-action relief for five-day tender offers. The new no-action letter eases requirements in the following areas: - The tender offer must be open for five business days rather than a seven to...more

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