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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's Recent Order Narrows the Path for "Utility Tokens"

by Slim Ventures LLC on

The following summarizes the recent Order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring that a “utility token” issued in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) carry an expectation of use, not an expectation of profits, in...more

The SEC’s Shutdown of the Munchee ICO

Commission’s action shows the limited utility of the utility token-security token distinction. Regulator finds that sellers of blockchain-based digital coins cannot dodge securities law by calling the coins “utility...more

SEC Claims Promoters Conducted Repeated, Fraudulent Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A key focus of SEC Enforcement, according to the Commission’s recent publication about the Division, is retail investors. While the agency has always sought to protect the individual investor and has an investor advocate, a...more

Piecing Together the SEC’s Framework for Evaluating Initial Coin Offerings

by Reed Smith on

As capital continues to flood into initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency markets, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has sought to apply the existing securities laws and regulations to novel digital assets. In...more

SEC Issues Warnings Regarding Celebrity-Promoted Coin Offerings and Moves Swiftly Against Unregistered ICOs

by Goodwin on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued two warnings about investments sold on the basis of celebrity endorsements, including one relating to initial coin offerings (ICOs), and followed up with...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Class Defendants’ Petition For Certiorari In Ninth Circuit American Pipe Tolling Case (Resh V. China...

As we discussed at length last June [Ninth Circuit extends tolling doctrine to allow successive class actions, subject only to preclusion and “comity” defenses], the Ninth Circuit in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc., 857 F.3d...more

SEC Charges Firm, CEO and CFO In Corporate Perks Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission charged a firm and its former CEO and CFO in actions centered on the improper payment of expenses facilitated by inadequate internal corporate controls. In the Matter of Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Adm....more

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

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