Almost a month ago, the SEC surprised many people by including a vote on the final Reg AB II rules on its February 5 meeting agenda. In a highly unusual move, the SEC then removed the vote from the meeting agenda on February 3, two days before the vote was to take place.
In February 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update to clarify when a mutual fund using a “multi-manager structure” must obtain shareholder approval for primary and subadvisory advisory fee rates (aggregate advisory rates) paid by the fund.
On November 19, 2013, we reported on a record-breaking $14 million whistleblower bounty payout by the SEC. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal reported that this award arose from an alleged “Chicago-based scheme to defraud foreign investors seeking U.S. residency.”
In September, we wrote about the SEC’s enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M (“Rule 105”) in an effort to crack down on the potential manipulation of offering prices of follow-on and secondary offerings. In the last two months, the SEC has furthered Co-Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney’s promise to send a “clear message that firms must pay the price for violations.”
After initially putting the brakes on the MSRB’s attempt to use underwriters of Section 529 college savings plans as its data-gathering team, the SEC has pressed the accelerator and approved an amended MSRB Rule G-45 requiring such underwriters to submit periodic electronic reports to the MSRB providing specified data regarding the applicable Section 529 plan.
SEC Chairman Mary Jo White gave her state of the Commission speech on Friday at the “SEC Speaks 2014” conference in Washington, D.C. But if you were distracted for a moment by the sight of hoodie-clad Marc Cuban live-tweeting at the conference, you may have missed this one paragraph in the speech.
You may recall this line from the original Batman movie, where Jack Nicholson, playing the role of Joker/Jack Napier in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, shouted in awe at the various gadgets employed by the Caped Crusader.
Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter indicating the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets would not recommend enforcement action if an “M&A broker” were to engage in the transfer of the ownership and control of a privately held company…
On February 6, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) updated Section 9520 of its Financial Reporting Manual regarding share-based compensation disclosures in initial public offering (“IPO”) prospectuses.
Here are two things about insider trading law: First, it’s hard to know exactly what the parameters are. The United States doesn’t have a specific statute prohibiting it.