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Securities Regulatory Update Summary - April 2018

Is the Fiduciary Rule Dead? The Department of Labor announced that it will not be enforcing the Fiduciary Rule “pending further review,” after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Fiduciary Rule and all related...more

SEC Charges Additional Municipal Official With Securities Fraud In Connection With Oyster Bay Loan Guarantee Scheme

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 1, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“Court”) charging Leonard Genova, town attorney and deputy supervisor for...more

SEC Announces New Cooperation Initiative for Advisers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement announced a new cooperation initiative addressed to investment advisers who have failed to disclose conflicts arising from the receipt of 12b-1 fees from mutual funds. In essence, the...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...more

SLGS Window Closing; Tax Reform Continues to Threaten Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the suspension of sales of United States Treasury Obligations – State and Local Government Series (i.e., SLGS), effective 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Friday,...more

Disclosure Considerations and Tax Reform

by Bracewell LLP on

The impact of tax reform is on the minds of many. While there are currently many unknowns, municipal issuers and conduit borrowers (collectively, “obligated persons”) should consider whether changes in tax law could impact...more

ESMA Update Q&A to Clarify Definition of "Closely Related Person" for Purposes of Article 3(1)(26) of MAR, European Capital...

by Jones Day on

On 6 July 2017, ESMA updated its Q&A relating to the Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") which included a clarification on the definition of a "closely associated person" for the purposes of Article 3(1)(26) of MAR. Under Article...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission entered an order formally appointing its ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. In entering the order the agency moved to end the debate over the application of the clause regarding its ALJs. ...more

Former Municipal Official in the Spotlight as SEC Files Complaint Charging Securities Fraud and DOJ Files Superseding Indictment...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint charging Oyster Bay, New York (the “Town”), along with its former Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer, John Venditto, with...more

MSRB Addresses Selective Disclosure

On September 13, 2017, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) published a market advisory on selective disclosure (the “Notice”). The stated purpose of the Notice is to “increase awareness” of selective...more

MSRB Warns Municipalities, Underwriters and Municipal Advisors about Selective Disclosure

Regulation FD prohibits public companies from disclosing material nonpublic information to designated classes of persons such as securities professionals and holders of the issuer’s securities without, in most cases,...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Challenge to Amended MSRB Political Contribution Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a challenge brought by three Republican state party organizations related to the legality of the 2016 Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 barring brokers and dealers from...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Commission filed actions against investment advisers or their associates this week involving: compliance issues tied to political intelligence regarding government agencies like CMS; another centered on the payment of...more

SEC Settles With Muni Bond Issuer

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A settlement announced this week by the SEC serves as a reminder that the Commission is in the process of reviewing the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation participants, and that it will continue to pursue...more

The Ball is in the SEC’s Court: What Health Care Borrowers Can Do While Waiting on Changes to Rule 15c2-12

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. 34-80130 (the Release) proposing several amendments to its Rule 15c2-12 (the Rule) that would add two new events to the list of events that...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - SEC Proposes Modifications to Rule 15c2-12 to Increase Event-Driven Disclosures by Municipal Issuers

Disclosure in the municipal securities markets has been a focus of the Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but it has recently returned to center view with the SEC’s proposals for additions to the event-driven...more

Financial Difficulties – A Bizarrely Vague Standard For Disclosure

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission published for comment proposed amendments to the Municipal Securities Disclosure Rule (Rule 15c2-12). The existing rule is complicated and I will not attempt to...more

SEC Brings Post-MCDC Enforcement Actions Against Underwriter and Officials

On April 5, 2017 the SEC released two orders instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (consent decrees) which are the first post-MCDC cases finding securities law violations based on misstatements in official statements...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

SEC Proposes Expansive New Continuing Disclosure Requirements Regarding Private Debt and Other Financial Obligations

On March 15, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission” or “SEC”) published in the Federal Register for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

The SEC’s Proposed Changes to Rule 15c2-12 Could Have Far-Reaching Impact on Issuers and Obligors of Municipal Securities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-80130 (the “Release”) proposing several amendments to its Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) that would add two new events to the list of events...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This week the Commission brought three actions. One, a financial fraud case, centered on one of Mexico’s largest home builder that inflated sales numbers. A second was brought against an investment adviser who failed to...more

SEC to Propose "Requiring" Municipal-Issuers to Disclose Bank Loans

by Burr & Forman on

The two remaining SEC Commissioners agreed March 1 to propose amendments “requiring” municipal securities issuers to disclose non-security financial obligations and material events occurring in other outstanding obligations....more

Settlements Ended Under the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ended settlements under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. Details of the SEC’s MCDC Initiative can be found in our prior Alert. For those...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation - Requirements for U.S. Issuers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The EU Regulation on Market Abuse (“MAR”) came into effect on 3 July 2016, replacing the previously existing Market Abuse Directive and expanding the application of the EU’s market abuse regime. In addition to detailing...more

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