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SEC Chairman Clayton Makes First Public Speech Outlining His Vision for the Commission

Posted in Derivatives, SEC/Corporate
On July 12, in his first major address since becoming Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year, Jay Clayton outlined his vision for the SEC under his Chairmanship based upon eight guiding “principles” and his approach for implementing those principles into practice. In the speech, delivered at the Economic Club of New… Continue Reading

SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On June 29, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, beginning on July 10, the Division will permit all issuers to confidentially submit to the Division, for nonpublic review, draft registration statements in connection with initial public offerings (IPOs) and in certain other cases. This was previously only… Continue Reading

NYSE Withdraws Proposed Rule to Allow Listing Without an IPO

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On June 19, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed a notice withdrawing its proposed rule that would have allowed companies to list on the NYSE without an initial public offering. The proposed rule was previously discussed in the May 5, 2017 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. The proposed rule would have… Continue Reading

SEC Updates to Form ADV FAQs

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On June 12, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD. Much of the additional guidance relates to amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV made by the SEC in 2016. Investment advisers will need to comply with these amendments beginning… Continue Reading

Delaware Chancery Court Decision Demonstrates Continuing Risk to “Appraisal Arbitrage”

Posted in SEC/Corporate
In a stark application of the adage that one should be careful what one wishes for—because one may get it—on May 30, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court issued an opinion in In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc. (C.A. No. 10554-VCG), a stockholder lawsuit seeking appraisal for the shares of… Continue Reading

US District Court Holds That Discretionary Tax Withholding is Exempt Under 16b-3

Posted in SEC/Corporate
Several companies have received shareholder letters seeking to recover short-swing profits from insiders under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, alleging that such insiders made non-exempt purchases of stock within six months of having shares withheld either for payment of the exercise price of employee stock options or to satisfy tax liabilities… Continue Reading

Hinman Named Director of Division of Corporation Finance

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that William H. Hinman will be named the new director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Mr. Hinman was most recently a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he advised public and private companies in corporate finance matters and boards of directors on… Continue Reading

NYSE Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Listing Without an IPO

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On March 13, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) issued a proposed rule to amend the provisions related to the qualification of companies listing without a prior registration under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). This proposed rule amends Footnote (E) of Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (Footnote (E)) and… Continue Reading

Final Report Issued by SEC-Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

Posted in SEC/Corporate
In March 2017, the Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation of the Securities and Exchange Commission published its final report from the 2016 forum held on November 17, 2016. The forum is held annually “to provide a platform to highlight perceived unnecessary impediments to small business capital formation.” Each year the SEC’s Office of… Continue Reading

SEC Division of Corporate Finance Issues New C&DIs on “Regulation A+” and Regulation Crowdfunding

Posted in SEC/Corporate
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance recently issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) related to so-called “Regulation A+” and Regulation Crowdfunding promulgated under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The C&DIs pertaining to Regulation Crowdfunding were issued on the same day as the SEC’s announcement of the adoption of technical… Continue Reading

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Provides Update on Conflict Minerals Rule

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued a statement regarding the effect of recent judicial action with respect to the SEC’s conflict minerals rule. In its statement, the Division clarified that, in light of the uncertainty regarding the rule, subject to further review, the Division will not… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Technical Amendments to JOBS Act Rules

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On March 31, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted technical amendments to rules adopted by the SEC under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). These technical amendments include, among others, an increase in the revenue cap for determining emerging growth company (EGC) status; an increase of the amount of money companies can raise… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Amendment to Shorten Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

Posted in Broker-Dealer, SEC/Corporate
On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) that shortens the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three business days (known as T+3) to two business days (or T+2). Specifically, the rule, as amended, would prohibit a broker-dealer from entering into a contract for or effecting… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Rule Requiring Hyperlinks to Exhibits Incorporated by Reference in SEC Filings

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On March 1, in an effort to provide investors with easier access to exhibits to registration statements and periodic reports that are incorporated by reference from earlier filings, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rule and form amendments that require issuers to include hyperlinks to the originally filed exhibits. This requirement will apply to filings… Continue Reading

Acting SEC Chairman Piwowar Makes Remarks at the 2017 SEC Speaks Conference, Including With Respect to “Accredited Investor” Definition

Posted in SEC/Corporate
Acting SEC Chairman Michael S. Piwowar spoke at the SEC Speaks Conference on February 24, offering his remarks on a variety of topics, including the SEC’s disclosure regime and “non-material” disclosure requirements (referring specifically to conflict minerals, pay ratio and resource extraction disclosure requirements) and the assessment of corporate penalties for wrongdoing, among others. Commissioner… Continue Reading

SEC Solicits Comment on Industry Guide 3

Posted in SEC/Corporate
The Securities and Exchange Commission is engaged in a broad-based review of its disclosure regime, including its industry guides (which are disclosure policies applicable to registrants in specified industries). As part of that effort, on March 1, the SEC voted to solicit public input on whether Industry Guide 3 (which relates to statistical disclosure by… Continue Reading

SEC Issues Inline XBRL Proposed Rule and Publishes International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Taxonomy

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On March 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a proposed rule that would require the use of Inline XBRL (embedding XBRL data directly into filings, rather than as attachments) and would eliminate the requirement that filers provide XBRL data on their websites. The public comment period on the proposed rule is open until April… Continue Reading

Acting SEC Chair Directs Staff to Reconsider Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Posted in Dodd-Frank Developments, SEC/Corporate
On February 6, the acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Michael Piwowar, issued a statement soliciting public comment on “unexpected challenges” that issuers have experienced in anticipation of complying with the pay ratio disclosure rule and directing the SEC staff to reconsider the implementation of the rule. The pay ratio disclosure rule, adopted to implement… Continue Reading

SEC Releases Rule 504 Small Entity Compliance Guide for Issuers

Posted in SEC/Corporate
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for Issuers, which provides a brief summary of Rule 504 of Regulation D and its requirements. Rule 504 provides an exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act of 1933 for private issuers. As discussed in the November 4, 2016 edition of… Continue Reading

Acting SEC Chair Directs Staff to Reconsider Rule on Conflict Minerals

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On January 31, the acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Michael Piwowar, issued a statement announcing that he directed the staff of the SEC to reconsider the rule on conflict minerals, including the agency’s 2014 guidance on such rule. As discussed in the August 24, 2012 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the… Continue Reading

SEC Updates to Form PF FAQs

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On January 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Form PF FAQs. Registered investment advisers managing private funds with at least $150 million in private fund assets under management are required to complete and file a Form PF. The new FAQs provide additional guidance on the form regarding both general… Continue Reading

President-Elect Trump Nominates Clayton as SEC Chair

Posted in SEC/Corporate
On January 4, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Jay Clayton to serve as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, subject to confirmation by the Senate. A partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Mr. Clayton’s practice involves public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, capital markets offerings and public and private investments. If confirmed,… Continue Reading