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Securities Act of 1933

The Securities Act of 1933 is a United States federal statute enacted in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression. The Act has two primary purposes: 1) to give investors better... more +
The Securities Act of 1933 is a United States federal statute enacted in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression. The Act has two primary purposes: 1) to give investors better access to material information prior to investing 2) ensure that transactions are not based on fraud. In order to effectuate its dual goals, the Act requires that any offer or sale of securities is registered with the SEC. less -

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Case That Raises Issue Of Whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439, a case addressing whether state courts have jurisdiction over class actions asserting...more

Supreme Court Questions “Obtuse” Statute Addressing Jurisdiction Over Securities Act Claims

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Justices hear oral arguments on whether Plaintiffs can evade federal jurisdiction over Securities Act claims by exploiting what the Court calls statutory “gibberish” in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act. Please...more

Examples of the SEC’s New Focus on Retail Customers and Cyber

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s Enforcement Division under Chairman Clayton is focusing on retail investors and cyber. Two actions brought over the last two business days serve to highlight this focus, including the first brought by the new...more

The FAIR Act: Providing a Safe Harbor for ETF Research Reports

by K&L Gates LLP on

Investor demand for transparent, diversified, low-cost, passive investment products has accelerated over the last decade, and exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have been among the primary beneficiaries of this demand. Assets...more

Cyber Unit Files First ICO Fraud Action

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Dec. 4 that its newly formed Cyber Unit filed its first enforcement action, in which it “obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a fast-moving Initial Coin...more

Third Class Action for Tezos ICO

For the third time this month, the Tezos blockchain project is the subject of a class action complaint for claims arising from their $232 million July initial coin offering (“ICO”). Consistent with both prior lawsuits, the...more

Blog: Can SCOTUS Make Sense Out Of “Gibberish”? SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument In Case Addressing State Court Jurisdiction Over ’33...

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, SCOTUS heard oral argument in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, which addressed whether state courts have jurisdiction over cases brought solely under the Securities Act of 1933.  Here is the...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

Legal Considerations in Pre-IPO Crossover Financings

by WilmerHale on

An increasingly common financing strategy for companies expecting to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), particularly in the life sciences space, is to conduct a ‘‘crossover’’ financing shortly prior to the IPO....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

Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act Passes House

On November 9, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, by a vote of 232-188. The bill proposes to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro offerings from state...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

FAQ: What Businesses Need to Know About Investment Crowdfunding

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a marketing tool that businesses use to obtain capital from a large number of individuals, typically over the Internet....more

Federal Court Grants Class Certification in the LendingClub Case Over Objections from State Court Plaintiffs, But Denies Federal...

LendingClub is facing two parallel securities litigation cases stemming from alleged false statements it made in connection with its initial public offering (“IPO”). One case is proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the...more

SEC's Latest Guidance Clarifies Rule 701 Disclosure Delivery Requirements

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 6, 2017, clarified the requirements for delivering financial and other disclosures to employees and other service providers receiving options and other equity...more

Corp Fin’s New Rule 701 C&DI And California’s Compensation Plan Exemption

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday, Broc Romanek reported that Corp Fin has published a new C&DI addressing the permissibility of electronic delivery of disclosures under Rule 701(e). Readers will recall that Rule 701 is an exemption from the...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Modernize and Simplify Public Company Disclosure Requirements

by Reed Smith on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a long-awaited rule proposal in mid-October implementing many of the SEC staff’s recommendations in its November 2016 Report on Modernization and Simplification of...more

U.S. House Bill Aims to Curtail SEC Staff’s Ability to Obtain Algorithmic Trading Source Code

On October 4, 2017, U.S. Representative Sean P. Duffy [R-WI-7] introduced U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R.3948 entitled the “Protection of Source Code Act.” If enacted, the Bill would amend the Securities Act, the...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

by K&L Gates LLP on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

SEC Sanctions UBS Re Sales Practices

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought a series of cases involving investment advisers, broker-dealers and the fees charges to clients. Typically the clients are disadvantaged by not being informed about or given the opportunity to...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K

by White & Case LLP on

On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") proposed technical amendments to modernize and simplify certain public company disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K and related rules and forms (the...more

Conditional Optimism or Securities Fraud? Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Class Action against Biopharmaceutical Company;...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (the “Court”) affirmed the dismissal of a securities fraud class action against Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical...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

What Is A Foreign Registrant And Why Must They Translate Their Names?

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to Regulation S-K, and related rules and forms. According to the SEC, these are intended to modernize and simplify certain disclosure requirements...more

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