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Department of the Treasury Issues Report Recommending U.S. Capital Markets Regulatory Reforms

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a report to the President recommending extensive regulatory and legislative reforms to the U.S. capital markets. The recommendations, in response to the White House's executive...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts to Create New Category of Exempt Transaction Under the Securities Act of 1933

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act. The vote was largely along party lines, with Rep. Walter Jones from North Carolina’s third district casting the lone...more

News Round Up - October 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets - The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates...more

Treasury Recommends Changes to Post-Financial Crisis Securitization Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

Possible changes would include loosening qualified asset requirements under risk retention rules, limiting asset-level disclosure under Reg. AB II, and rationalizing capital and liquidity requirements for securitized assets....more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Swimming Against the Tide. As discussed below, the Trump administration’s plans for financial regulatory reform are beginning to take shape, especially in agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

Treasury Issues Report and Recommendations on Capital Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury released a 220-page report on reforming the US regulatory system for the capital markets (Capital Markets Report). The Capital Markets Report includes 91 recommendations...more

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Remarks on Initial Coin Offerings

On September 11, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker gave a speech at the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions titled “Advancing High-Quality Financial Reporting in Our Financial and Capital...more

The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - 2017 Edition

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Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, SA is a highly successful non-US company known to the world as FPI. FPI is considering doing a debt or equity offering in the United States. What are the key legal issues it, and its underwriters...more

In Conversation with…GBite Oduneye, founder of Nigerian Capital Markets Forum

by Hogan Lovells on

(a) You have been working in the Nigerian Capital Markets space for about 11 years now - what would you say has kept you attracted to the Market? My mother introduced me to Capital Markets at a very young age. She strongly...more

SEC Taking Action Against Cryptocurrency ICO Promoters

by Slim Ventures LLC on

The SEC has begun clamping down on Initial Coin Offerings of cryptocurrency investments, with promoters needlessly running afoul of the SEC. With over a billion dollars raised year-to-date (a five fold increase over all of...more

OCIE Provides Insight into Issues Identified in Recent Cybersecurity Sweep

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently published its observations from the second generation of its Cybersecurity Initiative. It reported overall improvement...more

News Round Up - August 2017

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SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

SEC Chair Speaks at the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC). During the panel, Chairman Clayton discussed the Commission’s priorities on a...more

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: The Kokesh Decision’s Impact on SEC Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission could have long-lasting implications for the SEC’s enforcement power. We discuss that decision and other developments from the second quarter of...more

New SEC Chair Announces Guiding Principles

In remarks before the Economic Club of New York, new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed eight guiding principles: Principle #1: The SEC’s mission is our touchstone. Investors and capital markets will suffer if the SEC...more

News Round Up - June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

Securities and Governance Update – June 2017

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As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this resource, which is designed to keep executives, corporate counsel and governance professionals apprised of...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets

On June 8, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker gave a speech titled “Advancing the Role of Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets” at the 36th Annual SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference. Mr....more

Financial CHOICE Act Aims to Open Capital Markets and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 party-line vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

Canadian Capital Markets - As changes in the regulatory regime open up significant opportunities in the cannabis sector, industry players will be seeking access to capital to fund growth, and investors will be looking...more

Hail, Hail Freedonia: Frequently Asked Questions About SEC Registration on Schedule B by Foreign Governments

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Non-US sovereigns can take advantage of a streamlined registration process to obtain financing in the US capital markets. Key Points: ..SEC registration offers certain advantages that non-US sovereign issuers...more

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