Category Archives: Securities Law

Chairman Clayton Outlines His “Guiding Principles” for SEC

In remarks to the Economic Club of New York on July 12, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton outlined eight guiding principles for his chairmanship and identified certain areas in which such principles could be put into practice.  Chairman Clayton’s remarks – his first public speech as SEC Chairman – indicated his interest in, among other …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That An SEC Enforcement Claim For Disgorgement Is Subject To A Five-Year Statute Of Limitations

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that any claim for disgorgement in an SEC enforcement action must be commenced within five years of the date the claim accrued. The decision in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, resolved a split among Courts of Appeals whether the statute of limitations that applies to SEC enforcement actions seeking …

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New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule ahead of the May 31, 2017 filing deadline.  The statement is one of several moving pieces in an unprecedented wave of activity on conflict minerals in recent …

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How the Trump Administration May Impact the Oversight and Enforcement of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Protections

On the campaign trail, President Trump vowed to “dismantle” Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank was enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to curtail risky investment activities and stop financial fraud through increased oversight and regulation of the banking and securities industries. Among other things, it amended the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Securities Exchange Act, and Commodity Exchange …

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Dodd-Frank Rollback Begins – Congress Overturns SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Payment Disclosure Rule

Last week, Congress utilized the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to pass a joint resolution that disapproves Rule 13q-1 adopted by the SEC,1which would have implemented the resource extraction issuer payment disclosure provisions of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The disapproval resolution has been sent to President Trump for …

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Golden Leash Rule, Say-on-Pay, Form 10-K Summaries: Proxy Season Guide to 2017

As another year comes to a close, it is time for public companies to become acquainted with the securities law and business developments of the past year to position themselves for success in 2017. Below is a summary of current and anticipated changes that may impact reporting requirements and disclosure regulations for the upcoming 2017 …

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Multi-Level Tipping: Insider Trading Cartoon Series, Vol. XI [VIDEO]

In this Presidential transition season, we bring you a very special episode of the Insider Trading Cartoon Series. David Smyth has a wide-ranging enforcement and litigation practice that focuses on representation of individuals and corporations facing action by federal and state authorities. ARTICLE BY David Smyth of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP Copyright © 2016, Brooks, …

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Salman Decision: Supreme Court Weighs in on Insider Trading

Significant decision comes after nearly two decades of silence. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the US Supreme Court has weighed in on insider trading law and handed a victory to the government and its insider trading enforcement efforts. In Salman v. United States,[1] the Court put to bed confusion generated by the …

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A New Regulatory Paradigm For The SEC Following the Election?

Many are speculating on the future of federal securities regulation as a result of the election of Donald J. Trump and the concomitant Republican control of both houses of Congress. Broc Romanek, for example, asks whether Michael S. Piwowar will become the SEC’s next Chairman.  Broc notes that Commissioner Piwowar is an economist, not a lawyer.  Since the SEC is …

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Nasdaq Makes Preparations to Shorten Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions from T+3 to T+2

In connection with the industry-led initiative to shorten the settlement cycle for transactions in U.S. equities and other securities from trade date plus three business days (T+3) to trade date plus two business days (T+2), the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) has preliminarily identified certain rules that establish or reference a T+3 settlement cycle, including …

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