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Share-Based Compensation Update to SEC’s Financial Reporting Manual

In February 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance updated Section 9520 of its Financial Reporting Manual. Section 9520 is part of Topic 9, which provides guidance for...more

New FINRA Supervision Rules Impact Broker-Dealers’ Insider Trading Procedures and Supervisory Controls

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules require member firms to establish and maintain a system of written procedures to supervise the activities of its members. On December 23, 2013, the SEC approved new FINRA...more

SEC Obtains $5.6 Million Judgment Against Stockbroker for Insider Trading of Burger King Stock

Earlier this month, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a $5.6 million judgment in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission against Waldyr Da Silva Prado Neto (Prado), a Brazilian...more

"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S....more

The SEC: The Future Path of Enforcement (Conclusion)

Parts I and II of this series looked back at select cases brought by the Commission during 2013. Part III considered the projected path of SEC Enforcement based on remarks by members of the Commission and new initiatives....more

Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season - Process and Expectations

Annual Meeting Timeline: - Stockholder Proposals: ..Generally 120 days before the date on which the previous year’s proxy materials were mailed - Determine Proposal...more

Tick Tock: Time for Action on Tick Sizes

Former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ, David Weild IV, guest blogs about the importance of tick sizes. David is Head of Capital Markets at Grant Thornton and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Capital Markets Advisory Partners....more

Not in My House: Mark Cuban Defeats the SEC's Insider Trading Charges

The high profile long-running saga between Mark Cuban -- entrepreneur, television personality, and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks -- and the SEC has finally ended with Mr. Cuban emerging victorious. On October 16,...more

Owned

Some of you may be familiar with my various blog posts relating to personal branding. (See below.) This past month, I became aware of what I believe to be a very first in the realm of personal branding: selling stock...more

Banking Notes - October 2013: Community Bank Stock on the Over-the-Counter Market

Over the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the number of community banks interested in generating liquidity for their shareholders. The reasons for this increase vary: some banks want to create a more liquid stock...more

Extra, Extra! – Extraterritoriality And Criminal Actions As To Alleged Securities Fraud

In its seminal decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 130 S. Ct. 2869 (2010), regarding antifraud provisions of the U.S. securities laws, the Supreme Court held that “Section 10(b) [of the Securities Exchange...more

Private Fund Update - September 9, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private...more

SEC Staff: Private Stock Certificates May Not Be Subject to Custody Rule

In a recent IM Guidance Update, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not object if registered investment advisers (RIAs) to certain private funds do not maintain “private stock certificates” with a...more

Why We Could Easily Have Another Flash Crash

Three years ago, on May 6, 2010, U.S. capital markets experienced the “flash crash,” when the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a stunning 1,000-point loss (9 percent) in five minutes, followed by an equally dramatic...more

SEC Issues New Custody Guidance to Private Fund Managers

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued an IM Guidance Update (the Interpretative Letter) setting forth new interpretative guidance under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (as amended, the Advisers Act) to...more

SEC Provides Guidance On Custody Of Privately Offered Securities

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently offered guidance on the custody of privately offered securities....more

Selling Stock Through the President’s Desk Drawer

Look inside the desk drawer of many, if not most, community bank presidents and you will find a list of the names of individuals who want to buy or sell the bank’s stock. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - June 7, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues FAQs on Conflict Minerals and Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers - Delaware Chancery Court Applies Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 13 New and Revised C&DIs

On May 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued 13 new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on a range of topics under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities...more

SEC Considering More Stringent Requirements For Cybersecurity Disclosures In The Wake Of Stock Manipulating Hacking Case

Following up on clues earlier this year that the SEC may increase its scrutiny of cybersecurity disclosures, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White has asked the Commission to evaluate current guidance for cybersecurity disclosures and...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2013: Rule 10b5-1 Plans Under Scrutiny

There has been renewed focus on Rule 10b5-1 Plans following an article in the Wall Street Journal, published on November 27, 2012, entitled “Executives’ Good Luck in Trading Own Stock,” which reported that executives who...more

Rule 10B5-1 Trading Plans: Considerations in Light of Increased Scrutiny

The aggressive use (or misuse) of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans is likely to become a significant area of focus for regulatory enforcement and securities class action plaintiffs. The floodlights now aimed at such plans are the...more

How Much Would You Charge For A Rule 144 Opinion?

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had filed a civil complaint against a California lawyer for “churning out baseless legal opinion letters for penny stocks through his website without...more

Second Circuit Holds Section 16(b) Inapplicable to Different Classes of Common Stock

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held that Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 does not apply to a transaction where an insider buys and sells shares of different types of stock in the same...more

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