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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 -

Blog: Treasury Report Recommends Actions To Increase Access To Capital

by Cooley LLP on

The Treasury Department recently issued a new report, A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities—Capital Markets, that, in its recommendations, not surprisingly, echoed in many respects the House’s Financial...more

House Bill Aims To Encourage Public Offerings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In an effort to facilitate capital formation, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance expanded its nonpublic review process to permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to an initial public...more

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...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

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Blog: SEC Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Completes Final Report And Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

At the final meeting yesterday of the SEC Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (apparently soon to morph into the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee), the Committee finalized the discussion draft of its...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Draft Registration Statements

On Aug. 17, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance in connection with financial information that may be omitted on draft registration statements. These measures are the latest in the SEC’s efforts...more

SEC Updates Financial Reporting Manual

On August 25, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) updated its Financial Reporting Manual by making the following changes...more

SEC issues new guidance on omission of interim financial information from draft registration statements

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 17, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new guidance indicating that emerging growth companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may omit from their nonpublic draft registration statements interim financial...more

SEC Extends IPO Accommodations by Permitting Exclusion of Interim Financial Information in Confidential Draft Registration...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance further extending an important accommodation provided to companies contemplating going public. Under the updated guidance, all issuers, including...more

SEC Reduces Financial Information Requirements for Draft Registration Statements

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated its June 29, 2017 guidance on the confidential review process for draft registration statements and financial information that may be omitted from draft...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

SEC Expands Nonpublic Draft Registration Statement Processing Procedures

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Beginning July 10, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings (IPOs) for...more

SEC Expands Confidential Review of IPO Registration Statements

The SEC announced earlier this summer (and supplemented that announcement late last week with additional information) that it has expanded the availability of its popular procedure for confidential non-public review of, and...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DIs Clarifying Financial Information Required for Draft Registration Statements

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) that clarify the financial information that Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Draft Registration Statements, Including Omission of Interim Financial...

On August 17, 2017, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance that will streamline significantly the confidential submission process for emerging growth companies (EGCs) and...more

SEC Updates IPO Guidance: Issuers can Omit Interim Financial Information that will be Superseded

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) updated its guidance with respect to interim financial information that issuers may omit from draft registration statements. Under the updated guidance, both...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Financial Information in Registration Statements

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance recently posted additional guidance regarding the financial information that an EGC may omit from its draft registration statements, as well as guidance for non-EGC issuers. ...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

Next SEC Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET. ...more

Initial coin offerings – something new under the regulatory sun?

by DLA Piper on

FinTech Regulation - In our financial services updates at the beginning of the year (see here), we outlined a few regulatory pointers for FinTech coming out of a speech by the Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB)....more

Changes From the SEC: Confidentiality is Key

In a recent effort to foster increased public offering activity, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on June 29, 2017 that it will permit all companies to submit voluntary draft registration statements...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement issued an investigative report on a hot new fundraising phenomenon being used by emerging companies, venture capital funds, and hedge...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

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