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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 8

Sales of VIX-Linked ETPs – Back to Basics for FINRA - FINRA used a misselling case to remind member firms of certain fundamentals, including the importance of implementing a new product approval process, reasonable...more

Many Paths for IPO Submissions

The following chart highlights the alternatives for EGCs and non-EGCs and now the three paths for FPIs pursuing IPOs....more

SEC Comment about “Affiliate” Stockholder in Public Float Calculation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In monitoring SEC comment letters, we came across this SEC comment letter made public this month. It serves as a reminder to registrants that, when calculating a company’s public float, there is an informal presumption that a...more

FINRA Rule 4210 is changing: six key questions

by DLA Piper on

Rule 4210 as amended implements requirements on both maintenance margin and mark-to-market (or MTM) losses (sometimes referred to as variation margin). The changes to FINRA Rule 4210 were divided into two phases...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - On November 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the formation and first members of its Fixed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

DealBook’s Common Sense column takes a look at the AT&T/Time Warner deal and the “battle lines” forming for an “epic” antitrust battle, in spite of the vertical nature of the merger (the companies don’t compete in any...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission published a report on the new focus of the Enforcement Division, listing key priorities as cases involving retail customers and cyber issues. Groups have been established within the Division to focus on each of...more

SEC Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

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The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...more

FCPA Violators Beware—SEC To Double Down On Enforcement

The SEC has signaled plans to double down on its FCPA enforcement efforts and speed up FCPA investigations. On November 9, 2017, Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, delivered a speech at New York...more

SEC Expected to Expedite FCPA Investigations in Light of Kokesh

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On November 9, 2017, Steven R. Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, delivered a keynote speech at a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Results, Sets New Priorities

On November 15, 2017, the SEC announced the results of its enforcement actions for fiscal year 2017 and stated its enforcement priorities for fiscal year 2018. During fiscal year 2017, the SEC brought 754 enforcement...more

SEC’s Announcement of Chief of FCPA Unit Signals Possible Anti-Bribery Enforcement Focus on Non-U.S.

by Reed Smith on

Non-U.S. companies traded on the United States stock exchanges, take notice: you may be receiving increased attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) anti-bribery arm. This client alert by...more

Blog: Biotech Files Rulemaking Petition For Pilot Program Mandating Public Disclosure Of Short-Sale Positions

by Cooley LLP on

A rulemaking petition has been submitted to the SEC by a biopharmaceutical company that is “developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics.” The petition requests that the SEC promulgate rules to establish a...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Rare Example of Common Sense From Washington. On November 13, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and four Democratic members of the committee announced an agreement on legislative...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of Change

On November 14, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker gave remarks before the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference: Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of...more

US Securities and Exchange Chairman Jay Clayton Raises Concerns About Virtual Currency Offerings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

US Securities and Exchange Chairman Jay Clayton raised concerns about virtual currency offerings or so-called initial coin offerings. He noted that ICOs are similar to securities offerings by firms required to register with...more

MiFID II, Research and Extraterritoriality: The SEC, European Commission and FCA Solution

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority released, in a coordinated manner, a series of significant orders and guidance to address some of the...more

The 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program: Still the Foundation

by Thomas Fox on

The joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 2012 FCPA Guidance came out five years ago this month. As a commentator focusing on the doing of compliance, we should pause to once again...more

SEC Enforcement: A New Approach – A Year in Statistics

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC reiterated the new retail investor/cyber focus for its Enforcement Division while publishing the statistics for the Division’s work for the last fiscal year. The report attempts to put a group of statistics showing...more

The Future of FCPA Enforcement After Kokesh

Increased international cooperation, more aggressive investigations and greater focus on individual accountability. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. SEC, the SEC is expected to prioritize quicker,...more

SEC proposes rule amendments under the FAST Act to modernize and simplify disclosure

by Hogan Lovells on

The SEC recently proposed amendments intended to update, streamline and improve its disclosure framework and to reduce the compliance burden for public companies. The proposed amendments, which are detailed in the proposing...more

Consultant, Long Time Friend Settle SEC Insider Trading Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

SEC Enforcement is shifting focus to consumers and cyber-security according to the Chairman. Whether that marks the end of “broken windows” and many of the programs the approach spawned is yet to be seen. Regardless, insider...more

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