Developments in Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, M&A and Other Topics of Interest

CFTC Issues Advisory on Violations of the Commodity Exchange Act Involving Foreign Corrupt Practices


The CFTC announced an Enforcement Advisory on self-reporting and cooperation for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act, or CEA, involving foreign corrupt practices.  Because the Enforcement Advisory is limited to the CEA, it does not suggest that the CFTC will bring actions regarding violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.... Read More

Topics: Derivatives, Litigation

SEC Proposes to Expand “Test-the-Waters” Communications to all Issuers

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The SEC has proposed new rules that would permit all issuers to solicit investor views about potential offerings to be taken into account at an earlier stage in the process than is the case today. The new rule and related amendments would expand the “test-the-waters” accommodation—currently available to emerging growth... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

FASB Issues Proposal on Recognizing and Measuring Deferred Revenue in Business Combinations


The Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update on the recognition and measurement of deferred revenue in business combinations. The proposed ASU clarifies when acquiring organizations should recognize a contract liability in a business combination. In the proposal, an organization should recognize deferred revenue from acquiring another... Read More

Topics: M&A

Crypto Mom Warns SEC of Over Expansive Definition of Howey in Token Offerings


SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce was awarded the nick name “Crypto Mom” by digital asset aficionados in a previous speech encouraging forward thinking by the SEC in the regulation of tokens and initial coin offerings. Crypto Mom has now given her view on the application of the Howey test to... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology, Crowdfunding, Public Companies and Securities

No Action Relief Prompts Clarification from SEC Chair on Mandatory Arbitration


In a novel sequence of events, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a statement on February 11, 2019 expressing the Commission’s non-view on mandatory shareholder arbitration provisions implemented by publicly-listed companies. The statement was released in conjunction with a no-action letter from Corp Fin staff issued on the same day concurring with the... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities