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The IP in Twitter’s IPO

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Wall Street is aflutter as Thursday marks the latest in social media IPOs – Twitter…and we all remember how well Facebook’s IPO went....more

Twitter, the IPO and the JOBS Act

Twitter and its IPO must have been one of the topics most written about last week. For the uninitiated, Twitter tweeted, of course, last Friday that it has confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. Based...more

Private Funds on Social Media—Proceed with Caution

When the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for private offerings of securities, can marketing blitzes on Twitter and other social media sites be far behind?...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

Stop Insider Tweeting! -- Feds eye social media for securities shenanigans

As financial institutions and investors turn to social media to instantly share snippets of news and potential clues about market trends, the FBI and SEC are monitoring such postings for evidence of insider trading and...more

Risk Management in Social Media

Two stories playing out today have our attention for similar reasons. Both examples relate to the influence of social media, namely Twitter, as a function of risk management....more

Be Careful What You Wish For: SEC Permits Company Disclosures Via Social Media If Regulation FD Requirements Are Met

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a report clarifying that companies can use social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to disseminate material nonpublic company information under Regulation...more

Great News! But Don’t Tweet It, Yet

The Securities and Exchange Commission gave the green light last week for companies to share material, nonpublic information with investors over social media – as long as companies disclose beforehand which specific channels...more

Using Social Media to Disclose Corporate Facts?

On April 2, 2013, the Securities & Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation clarifying that a public company may use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to disseminate material information to...more

Safe Tweeting: SEC Provides Guidance on Social Media and Regulation FD Compliance

The SEC has provided guidance to publicly reporting companies on how to use popular social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, consistent with federal securities laws. On April 2, 2013, the Securities and...more

The SEC Provides Guidance on the Use of Social Media for Public Company Disclosure

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a "report of investigation" that provides important guidance for companies that wish to use social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, to publicly...more

SEC Outlines Position on FD Disclosure Using Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on April 2, 2013, outlined a new disclosure position that clarifies that public companies can use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to announce key information in...more

SEC Has Conditional “Like” for Social Media Disclosures by Securities Issuers—A Reason to Reevaluate Electronic Communications...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission gave disclosures made through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter a conditional “thumbs up” in a Report of Investigation it released on April 2, 2013. Issuers of...more

SEC Approves Social Media Announcements If Investors Are Alerted

On April 2, 2013, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that companies may use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to announce key information so long as investors have been alerted about which...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Filing Requirements for Social Media

The U.S. SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently released a Guidance Update (the “Update”) concerning the application of SEC filing requirements for certain fund-related communications on “real-time” interactive...more

Levick Weekly - March 29, 2013: 6 Ways To Survive The U.S. Congress

In This Issue: - Financial Regulators Compete; JPMorgan Loses - Six Ways to Survive the U.S. Congress - How to Protect Your Brand from a Twitter Hacking - Blogs Worth Following - LEVICK In the News -...more

Jaffe Sees 'A Lot' of IPOs in 2013 'Pipeline' [Video]

Mar. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Jaffe, co-chair of the Global Capital Markets Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about the global outlook for the 2013 IPO market. Jaffe, in this...more

It's Time For The SEC To Join The Digital Age: Why The SEC's Attempted Crackdown On The Use Of Social Media Is Misguided

Early last month, Netflix disclosed the fact that it and its Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hastings, had received “Wells Notices” from the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission....more

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (2nd Edition)

In October 2009, we published the first edition of this White Paper, focusing primarily on social media issues in the United States. The response was overwhelming and far beyond our expectation — clients, friends, press and...more

Around the Virtual World - December 17, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Union Facebook Page Not Picket Line Extension: NLRB Judge - Parody New York Times Twitter...more

Legal Guidelines For CEOs On Social Media – Avoid The Netflix Issue

In July, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted on Facebook that viewing on his company’s site “exceeded 1 billion hours” of videos in June. The stock rose 6.2% on the day of the post. Last week, the SEC sent Netflix notice it...more

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