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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Subject to SEC Registration Requirements

by Bryan Cave on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

ICOs at the End of 2017: What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), token pre-sales, and similar sales of blockchain-based coins and tokens are quickly becoming an important fundraising option, and an important method of attempting to seed a token-based platform...more

WSGR Fintech Update - October 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the October 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new "Cyber Unit"...more

SEC Announces Cyber Enforcement Initiative: Distributed Ledger Technology, Initial Coin Offerings Under the Microscope

by Goodwin on

The new SEC Enforcement Cyber Unit will target cyber-related misconduct, including violations involving distributed ledger technology, initial coin offerings and misconduct perpetrated using the dark web....more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

by Perkins Coie on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

Bridging the Week - March 2017 #4

Clearing Firm’s Failure to File Suspicious Activity Reports in Response to Red Flags Charged as Violation of FINRA Requirements: Electronic Transaction Clearing, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, was charged by the Financial...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017

Jon Corzine Agrees to US $5 Million Fine and Registration Ban to Settle CFTC Charges Related to Collapse of MF Global; Edith O’Brien to Pay US $500,000: Jon Corzine agreed to resolve charges brought by the Commodity Futures...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 39

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SEC/CORPORATE SEC - Staff No Longer Requires “Tandy” Representations in Filing Reviews - On October 5, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective immediately, a company...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 31

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Issues Notice Regarding SEC’s Approval of New NMS Stock Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule - On August 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 16-28,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 17

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Modifies and Extends Pilot Program for NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility - The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order that modifies and extends the National...more

SEC Speaks – What to Expect in 2016

The leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) addressed the public on February 19-20 at the annual SEC Speaks conference in Washington, D.C. The presentations covered an array of topics, but...more

SEC Proposes Significant Regulatory Changes for Alternative Trading Systems

by WilmerHale on

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) proposed significant changes to the regulatory requirements applicable to dark pools and other alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) that...more

SEC Proposes Enhanced Transparency and Oversight of Certain Alternative Trading Systems

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The proposal would subject ATSs that effect transactions in listed stocks to significant new disclosure and transparency requirements. On November 18, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Transparency and Oversight of Alternative Trading Systems

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On November 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems (ATSs) that trade stocks listed on a national securities...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

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Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

SEC Proposes Rules To Enhance Transparency And Oversight Of Alternative Trading Systems

The SEC announced this week its proposal to substantially overhaul the rules regarding alternative trading systems (“ATS”), often referred to as dark pools. The proposed rules would require firms operating ATSs to make...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

by WilmerHale on

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

Progress for Venture Exchanges

We have seen various initiatives intended to promote capital formation for smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies. Among these initiatives, the development of venture exchanges in the United States appears...more

Big Loss For Plaintiffs In High Frequency Trading Cases

Last week, SDNY Judge Jesse Furman issued a 51 page decision in In Re: Barclays Liquidity Cross and High Frequency Trading Litigation dismissing all of the cases consolidated under the MDL. In these cases, investor...more

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