As widely expected and reported earlier at Dodd-Frank and the Law, yesterday President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Freedom of Information Restoration Amendments, which repealed the Dodd-Frank Act’s provisions that exempted certain records from the Freedom of Information Act’s public disclosure requirements, into law.
As we noted last week, the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America (the “petitioners”) filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking review of recent changes to the SEC’s proxy and related rules. On... Read More
The SEC has issued a final rule repealing former Section 21A(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, pursuant to which the SEC had been empowered to make monetary awards to persons that provided information relating to insider trading violations where investigations into such violations led to the collection of... Read More
One of the more controversial provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act allows information gathered by the SEC in its examination and investigation of those entities it regulates to not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It also appears to be the first piece of the Dodd-Frank Act... Read More
The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a report cautioning credit rating agencies about deceptive ratings conduct and the importance of sufficient internal controls over the policies, procedures, and methodologies the firms use to determine credit ratings. The report says that because of uncertainty regarding a jurisdictional nexus between the... Read More
In a comment letter recently sent to the SEC, one firm describes how in a span of just 10 days it had already “filed several whistle-blower complaints with the SEC, pursuant to the new statute, involving major Wall Street firms, which filings appear to implicate hundreds of millions of dollars,... Read More
An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal provides a good, short overview of the issues and differing viewpoints surrounding the SEC’s upcoming broker-dealer fiduciary duty rulemaking. As the article correctly points out, registered investment advisers have long been held to a fiduciary standard vis-a-vis their clients. The brokerage industry has generally resisted... Read More
Steve Quinlivan and Jill Radloff will speak at a seminar sponsored by Minnesota CLE titled “New Wall Street Reform Act.” Steve is chair of the seminar. The date of the event is September 28, 2010. Course information can be found here.
The Dodd-Frank Act contains a number of provisions designed to improve the independence and operations of Compensation Committees. But in doing so, has Congress made it more difficult – if not impossible – for a company’s regular outside law firm to assist its Comp Committee? The Act provides that a... Read More
Bloomberg is reporting the SEC is in a rift over clawback policies. “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is divided over when to seize pay from executives who unwittingly benefit from accounting fraud, a rift that has triggered internal disagreements over cases, according to people with direct knowledge of the... Read More