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Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

Five Things to Know About ICOs

by WilmerHale on

Initial coin offerings or similar types of sales of virtual-based coins and tokens, are quickly becoming an important fundraising tool for many early-stage companies. Last month, our QuickLaunch University webinar series...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ announced the formalization of a new FCPA cooperation policy built on the success of its Pilot Program. That program resulted in a significant increase in firm’s self-reporting and cooperating, the goal of the new...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Takeaways from the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

At the 34th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act held last week in Washington, D.C., industry executives, members of the defense bar, and regulators examined developments in the enforcement of the...more

Blog: NYSE Proposes Changes Regarding Delivery To NYSE Of Proxy Materials; SEC Approves NYSE Restriction On Timing Of Issuance Of...

by Cooley LLP on

Two changes—one proposed, one approved—in the NYSE Manual: first, the NYSE is proposing to modify its requirements with respect to delivery to the NYSE of hard copies of proxy materials. Second, the SEC has approved the...more

SEC About-Face, About Time, on ALJs

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On November 29, the SEC did an about-face and admitted its ALJs are “inferior officers” (not merely employees) subject to the Constitution’s Article II appointment provisions. The Solicitor General’s brief on behalf of the...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Unbundling research and execution costs for money managers subject to MiFID II means that US broker-dealers can expect to receive hard dollars or other separately identified payments for research, at least from EU managers....more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy, titled the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, which was...more

SEC Approves Revised NYSE Material News Release Rule

The SEC has approved the NYSE’s proposal to amend Section 202.06 of the Listed Company Manual to prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the official closing time for the NYSE’s trading session until the...more

The SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First Complaint Against an “Initial Coin Offering”

by Burr & Forman on

Implemented in September, the Securities Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Cyber Unit has brought its first enforcement action against an “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) called PlexCoin. ICOs, which are listed on digital...more

SEC Chief Accountant at the 2017 ICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments

On December 4, 2017, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, Wesley Bricker spoke at the 2017 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments. Highlights of Mr. Bricker’s comments include the following: ..Ongoing Priorities....more

SEC Proposes to Update Regulation S-K

by Baker Donelson on

Recently, the SEC proposed amendments based on recommendations made in the staff's Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K. Regulation S-K specifies the contents of issuer securities offering disclosure...more

Blog: Boilerplate Cams In Auditor’s Reports? That Would Be A Bummer, Man

by Cooley LLP on

In what were surely unprepared remarks to the American Institute of CPAs conference on SEC and PCAOB developments, as reported by Bloomberg BNA, SEC Chair Jay “the Dude” Clayton commented on the impact he expects the new form...more

SEC Provides Relief For Global Investment Advisers To Comply With EU Markets In Financial Instruments Directive II

In three no-action letters, the SEC has provided some relief for investment advisers in complying with the European Union's overhaul of its securities regulations. Commonly referred to as MiFID II, which is set to take effect...more

Third Party Purchaser Agreements Don’t Destroy Sale Treatment: A Victory for the Unintended Consequences Resistance

by Dechert LLP on

Every once in a while we get some good news around the capital markets hood and this is one of those times. Admittedly, all we’re doing here is fixing a problem which was one of the unintended consequences of the Dodd-Frank...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

Former Mayor Charged by SEC and DOJ with Securities Fraud and Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois charging David Webb, Jr. (“Webb”), mayor of Markham, Illinois from...more

Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

SEC Awards Over $16 Million to Two Whistleblowers

On November 30, 2017, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower issued a bounty award of more than $16 million to two tipsters; each received an award of more than $8 million. The SEC denied awards to five other claimants....more

Are You At Risk of Accounting Fraud?

Nearly a decade after the financial crisis and almost eight years after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, companies continue to grapple with how to prevent corporate fraud and respond when it happens....more

SEC Announces Three Whistleblower Awards, Totaling More Than $20 Million, In Single Week

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $4.1 million to an individual who alerted the agency to a widespread, multi-year securities law violation and continued to provide important...more

Chair Clayton's Impact at the SEC

by BakerHostetler on

On October 25, 2017, the Hedge Fund Industry Practice Team hosted an event at the New York Yacht Club titled "Chair Clayton's Impact at the SEC." Hedge fund professionals, including general counsels, hedge fund principals and...more

FinTech Alert: SEC’s New Cyber Unit Brings First Enforcement Action in Connection with an Initial Coin Offering

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that its newly formed cyber unit has filed its first charges in connection with an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). This development is an important...more

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