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SEC Is Sued Again For Doing Nothing

Have you heard about a lawsuit filed earlier last week against the Securities and Exchange Commission due to its failure to respond to a petition asking the Commission to adopt political spending disclosure requirements? But must the Commission act on the petitions that are submitted to it?  Rule 192 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice requires only …

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SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

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In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in different varieties, the purported goal was to create a standardized set of basic funding terms between startups and investors while deferring decisions about valuation, liquidation preferences and …

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Whistleblower Award Update 2015

There was not much activity from the SEC Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) in the months since it announced the highest whistleblower award to date in September 2014, but that changed in February when it issued a number of denials. Awards: In the Matter of the Claim for Award, Exchange Act Rel. No. 72947. On …

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Fourth Circuit Sustains Securities Fraud Claim Against Drug Manufacturer

On March 6, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina had erred in dismissing a class action lawsuit filed under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) because the lower court had inappropriately relied on …

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Exclusive Study Analyzes 2014 IPOs – Initial Public Offerings

Proskauer’s Global Capital Markets Group has just released its second annual IPO Study, the group’s analysis of U.S.-listed initial public offerings in 2014 and identification of year-over-year comparisons and trends. As with last year’s first edition, it yields a number of noteworthy observations and insights. The study examines data from 119 U.S.-listed 2014 IPOs with a …

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