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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 -

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

Investment Management Special Report - 2017-18 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Despite an anticipated de-regulatory push, there are significant new regulatory concerns for investment advisers to address in connection with their annual review of their compliance manuals....more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

Bipartisan Congressional Legislation Introduced Aimed at Increasing IPO Activity

On October 2, 2017, Congressmen Ted Budd (R-NC) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3903, in the U.S. House of Representatives....more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument on November 28, 2017 in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439, a case that is expected to resolve the issue of whether state courts continue to...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

September 2017: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That American Pipe “Tolling” Does Not Apply to Statute of Repose for Securities Act...

In California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 2042 (2017) (“CalPERS”), the Supreme Court resolved a longstanding circuit split by holding that the class action “tolling” principle set...more

SEC files its first enforcement action against alleged sponsors of initial coin offerings

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On September 29, 2017 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the sponsors of two “initial coin offerings” (ICOs)...more

Second Circuit Affirms $800 Million Judgment Under Securities Act And Certain State "Blue Sky" Laws, Addressing A Variety Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment, entered after a bench trial by Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,...more

Texas District Court Rules on Damages Calculations in FDIC’s RMBS Suit Against Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank

On September 14, 2017, Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment in favor of defendants Goldman Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. on certain aspects of...more

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