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EB-5 Visas: a Source of Funding for US Businesses but not Without Risk

China’s wealthy investors are known for seeking secure havens for their money overseas. In addition to being considered a secure environment for their money, the US offers the EB-5 program providing the investor and his or...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

Tenth Circuit Looks Past “General Partnership” Labels in Agreements to Determine Whether Certain Investments Constitute...

In SEC v. Shields, No. 12-1438, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3369 (10th Cir. Feb. 24, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the district court’s order granting defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding...more

Securities Regulator “Surprised and Offended” By SEC’s Regulation A+ Proposal

Section 401 of the JOBS Act directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt rules exempting offerings of up to $50 million of securities annually from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

Credit Suisse Admits Securities Law Violations

Another example of the Commission’s new and evolving ad hoc admissions policy emerged from the settlement of an administrative proceeding with Credit Suisse Group AG. In the Matter of Credit Suisse Group AG, File No. 3-15763...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

SEC Prevails Following Two Week Jury Trial

The SEC prevailed in a jury trial against hedge fund manager Marlon Quan and his entities in a case tied to the massive Petters Ponzi scheme. Mr. Quan and Acorn Capital Group, LLC and Stewardship Investment Advisors, LLC...more

California Finders Bill Moves To Senate on 73-1 Vote

Yesterday, I wrote about a recent no-action letter issued by the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets with respect to “M&A Brokers”. Here in California, the legislature is considering a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) that would...more

Mark Your Calendars: Key Compliance Dates for Advisers

It’s hard to believe that January is almost over and 2013 just a blur. With matching speed, many of the compliance milestones that an investment adviser faces are fast approaching, and a compliance calendar with the key...more

California’s New Rule for Private Fund Advisers Will Result in Significant New Requirements and Restrictions for Many Real Estate...

On August 27, 2012, the California Department of Corporations adopted a new Rule 206.204.9, which was intended to encourage capital investment in private investment funds by providing an exemption from investment adviser...more

FINRA Announces 2014 Examination Priorities

On January 2, FINRA outlined certain specific areas of concern the independent regulator intends to focus on in 2014. The topics are largely consistent with FINRA’s 2013 priorities and are grouped in several categories: (i)...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

SEC Amends Rule 5b-3 and Fund Registration Forms to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final amendments to certain rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and the Securities Act of 1933 (1933 Act) to implement a...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rule on Amendments to Regulation A

On December 18, the SEC proposed rule amendments to Regulation A implementing Section 401 of the JOBS Act directing the SEC to exempt annual offerings of up to $50 million from registration. The comment period will close 60...more

Bad Actors

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D (“Reg D”) that, among other things, prohibit issuers of securities from relying on Reg D if “bad actors” are...more

CalPERS’ Offbeat Personal Trading Policy

Yesterday’s post discussed a news report of an SEC inquiry into insider trading by CalPERS. Rather than being abashed by this news, CalPERS responded by congratulating itself on having implemented a personal trading policy....more

SEC Reportedly Investigating CalPERS’ Stock Trades

In October 12, 2012, I wrote about CalPERS’ proposed adoption of regulations governing personal trading by members of its Board of Administration and employees. Although I did offer a few technical comments on the proposed...more

Does The SEC’s Regulation A Proposal Defy Congress’ Clear Intent?

This week’s announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is proposing amendments to update and expand Regulation A has attracted quite a bit of attention. David Lynn writing in Broc’s Blog took special note...more

SEC releases proposed amendments to Regulation A

Yesterday the SEC released its proposed amendments to the small issuer exemption found in Regulation A, pursuant to the mandate in Title IV of the JOBS Act. ...more

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

Will Securities Fraud Class Actions Fade Into History?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317, suggests a dramatic change in private securities litigation is possible. On November 15, 2013, the Court accepted...more

“Something More” Than “But For” Required In The Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a ruling by the U.S. District Court of Nevada granting summary judgment in favor of the SEC in a case alleging violations of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the...more

Federal Agencies Seek Comment on Joint Proposed Rule Regarding Credit Risk Retention

In 2011, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Office of the Comptroller of...more

What’s Really Going On with Canadian Wrappers? The Canadian Way – Your Guide to Canada’s Securities Laws -- Volume 1, Number 6 –...

Have you heard that Canadian wrappers are a thing of the past and can be relegated to the dustbin of history? If that’s what you’ve heard, then you’ve heard wrong. Canadian wrappers are often still required. And even though...more

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