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SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

It’s “Nasdaq”, not “NASDAQ”, According to Nasdaq

Nasdaq has filed an immediately effective rule change with the SEC to reflect a corporate branding change to Nasdaq’s name. Specifically, current references in Nasdaq’s governing documents and rules will be changed as...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

SEC Chair Clayton’s Statement on Cybersecurity: EDGAR was Hacked

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton today issued an unusual statement highlighting the importance of cybersecurity to the agency and market participants, and detailing the agency’s approach to cybersecurity as an organization and as a...more

SEC Approves NYSE Rule Change Regarding Dividend Notification Requirements

The SEC has approved a change to the NYSE’s rules which requires listed companies to provide dividend notifications to the Exchange at least 10 minutes prior to disseminating them publicly when the notification is made...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

NYSE Proposes to Revise Notifications Prior to Dividend Announcements

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule with the SEC which will require listed companies to provide notice to the Exchange at least 10 minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a dividend or stock distribution...more

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Enforcement Sweep Snares Issuers for Paid Stock Promotions

The SEC announced enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind various alleged stock promotion schemes that left investors with the impression they were reading independent, unbiased analyses on investing...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

Regulation A+ Issuer Aims for NYSE MKT Listing

Myomo, Inc. has had an offering statement qualified by the SEC in which it discloses an intent to apply to list its common stock on the NYSE MKT LLC. The offering seeks to raise $15 million on a “best efforts” basis without...more

SEC Order Prevents Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC declined to approve a rule change submitted by Bats BZX Exchange designed to permit the listing and trading the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The SEC said it did not approve the proposed rule change because it did not...more

Executive Order on Dodd-Frank Rollback

President Trump has signed an executive order titled “Presidential Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.“ The “Core Principles” are...more

SEC Simplifies Filing of Broker-Dealer Annual Reports on EDGAR

The SEC has previously provided guidance on the filing of annual and supplemental reports required under Rule 17a-5 or Rule 17a-12 by broker-dealers or over-the-counter derivatives dealers on the SEC EDGAR system. However,...more

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

Trump Risk Factors Begin to Appear in SEC Documents

Risk factors related to uncertainties resulting from possible policies that may be implemented by President-elect Trump have begun to appear in SEC filings...more

Revised SEC Rule 504 and Minnesota Offerings

The SEC recently revised Rule 504 of Regulation D to increase the amount of securities that can be offered in any 12-month period from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000. Among other things, Rule 504 allows companies to solicit or...more

New SEC Rules for Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

The SEC has adopted final rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings under Rule 147, adopted new Rule 147A to broaden the availability of the existing safe harbor for intrastate securities offerings and amended Rule...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to Report Sales of Unregistered Securities

On two successive days, the SEC brought settled enforcement actions against issuers for failure to report sales of unregistered securities. Under Item 1.01 of Form 8-K, a registrant must disclose its entry into a material...more

SEC Suspends Regulation A+ Offering

In the first action of its kind, the SEC has temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The $15 million continuous offering of common stock was qualified by the SEC on November 3, 2015. ...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Golden Leash Disclosure Rule

The SEC has approved Nasdaq’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3) regarding disclosure of so called golden leash arrangements. The Rule requires each listed company to publicly disclose the material terms of all agreements or...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Investment Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans

In its third rulemaking in two days without holding a meeting, the SEC proposed a new rule that would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans. The...more

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