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SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Update

Issuers and underwriters of municipal securities have been provided an opportunity by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to self-report violations of the federal securities laws relating to...more

SEC Approval of Amendments to FINRA Corporate Financing Rules Will Reduce Burdens on Parties in Public Offerings

The SEC recently approved amendments to simplify and refine the scope of FINRA corporate financing and underwriter conflicts of interest rules. The amendments include modifications that will affect not only underwriters and...more

New SEC Initiative Offers Municipal Issuers and Underwriters an Exit Strategy for Continuing Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division recently announced a program intended to resolve violations of federal securities laws regarding continuing disclosures in bond offering documents. The program,...more

Continuing Disclosure Misstatements – A Window Of Opportunity Before The SEC Comes Knocking

The Division of Enforcement (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”)....more

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Targets Issuers and Underwriters with a “Prisoner’s Dilemma”

On March 10, 2014, the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC) – an offer for municipal issuers and their...more

SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding...more

The Good, the Bad and the Offer: Law, Lore and FAQs

An Updated Look at the World of Offers - It all seems simple enough. The concept of “offer” is broad under the securities laws, so companies and underwriters need to be careful about any publicity in connection with a...more

SEC Approves Revised Semi-Annual Data Reporting Requirements for Section 529 Plan Underwriters

After initially putting the brakes on the MSRB’s attempt to use underwriters of Section 529 college savings plans as its data-gathering team, the SEC has pressed the accelerator and approved an amended MSRB Rule G-45 ...more

FINRA Files Proposed Amendments to Rule 5110 and Rule 5121 Narrowing the Scope of Required Information and Lock-Up Restrictions in...

On January 9, 2014, FINRA made a filing with the SEC (SR-2014-003) that proposes to amend Rule 5110 to: (1) narrow the scope of the definition of “participation or participating in a public offering;” (2) modify the lock-up...more

Summary of Selected Issues of the SEC Municipal Advisor Rule that Affect Broker-Dealers Intending to be Underwriters

Dodd Frank Act Definition of “Municipal Advisor” A “municipal advisor” is a person (including a firm or an associated person) (but not including a municipal entity or an employee of a municipal entity) who (1) provides...more

Investing In Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - August 2013

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - A Client Alert regarding recent SEC enforcement actions againsta School District - A new...more

In a First, SEC Charges Indiana School District and Municipal Bond Underwriter with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 29, 2013 charged a school district in Indiana and its municipal bond underwriter with falsely stating to bond investors that the school district had been properly providing...more

West Clark Community Schools Cease and Desist Order— SEC Enforcement of Rule 15c2-12

On July 29, 2013, the SEC entered a pair of Cease and Desist Orders against West Clark Community Schools (the “School District”) and Citi Securities, the underwriter of certain municipal bonds issued by the School District...more

SEC Fraud Charges Against School District Demonstrate Increased Focus on Disclosure Compliance by Municipal Issuers

On July 29, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had charged an Indiana school district and its underwriter with securities fraud for falsely stating in a 2007 offering document that the issuer was...more

Rule G-17 One Year Later – Understanding the Relationship between Governmental Issuers and the Underwriter

In the spring of 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the release of MSRB Notice 2012-25, which provided interpretive guidance on how SEC Rule G-17 applied to underwriters of municipal securities...more

Is Your D&O Policy Bankrupt-Ready? 10 Underwriting Tips To Protect Your Directors and Officers

Protection of the personal assets of board members and c-suit corporate officers through indemnification and insurance is a challenge for financially troubled companies seeking to retain and hire the best people to help...more

Water and Wastewater Projects: Financing with Tax-Exempt Bonds

Introduction - Managers of water and wastewater utilities face complex financial challenges. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide an overview of issues relating to the financing of water and wastewater projects...more

FINRA Releases Public Offering FAQs

FINRA, the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States, has released a set of FAQs relating to its review of public securities offerings filed on its Public Offering Filing...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 1, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Goldman Sachs Pays First-Of-Its-Kind Settlement to Close Pay to Play Action with the SEC by Grant Nichols

On September 27, 2012, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) alleging that one of its employees engaged in a pay-to-play scheme. The scheme, as described...more

The New Year Brings New Sanctions Against Iran

As 2013 begins, the United States has reiterated its commitment to countering the threat posed by Iran by passing new legislation, issuing new regulations and guidance, and bringing into effect new requirements to increase...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Capital Markets

2012 was a robust year for both the U.S. leveraged loan and high-yield markets, including record-breaking deal volume for the latter. These conditions provided fertile ground for borrowers and issuers in U.S. markets to fund...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - OCC Guidance on Transition Periods under Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - CFTC Reporting of Swap Transactions and Swap Dealer Registration - Department...more

Department of Labor Proposed Amendment to Underwriter Exemption

On December 28, 2012, the Department of Labor published a proposed amendment to the definition of the term “Rating Agency” under Section III.X of the individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions (otherwise known as the...more

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