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SEC: Confidentiality Agreements Cannot Impede Whistleblowers

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The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower’s top priority going into 2016 will be to assess company confidentiality agreements for compliance with Rule 21-F-17(a).  Rule 21F-17(a) provides that no person may take any action to impede an individual from reporting information about wrongdoing to the SEC.  The OWB’s primary focus in enforcing Rule 21-F-17(a) has been to discourage companies… Continue Reading

SEC Cracks Down on Compliance and Surveillance Failures

Posted in Compliance and Supervision, Insider Trading, SEC Compliance, SEC Enforcement, Uncategorized

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission agreed to settle charges with a company related to prevention and detection of potential insider trading.  The SEC alleged that the company failed to enforce policies and procedures to prevent and detect securities transactions that could involve the misuse of material, nonpublic information, and that the company… Continue Reading

Takeaways from the NYSE glitch

Posted in Compliance and Supervision, Cyber-Security, Securities Exchanges, Uncategorized

Earlier this week, the New York Stock Exchange halted trading for nearly four hours due to a technical “glitch”.  While the shutdown caused a lot of uncertainty among investors and ruffled some feathers on Wall Street, there are some important takeaways for securities practitioners. This was a reminder of the importance of data security.  The… Continue Reading

So Just How Fast Is Too Fast

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SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently announced a broad program to get high frequency trading under control.  Under the plan, entities that engaged in high frequency trading will have to register with the SEC.  The rationale for this new plan is to promote greater transparency in the markets.  The SEC’s agenda could ultimately impact the… Continue Reading

Apply To Showcase Your Company at This Year’s IMPACT Venture Summit

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As the host of IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit, Fox invites you or your clients in the technology, healthcare or early stage sectors to be a featured company during the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere venture capital conference. Featured companies receive the exclusive opportunity to deliver a 10-minute presentation to prominent investors. Past featured companies include The Neat Company,… Continue Reading

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders: Save the Date for Fox’s Own, Michael Harrington, at IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit!

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Fox Rothschild is proud to be the host sponsor of IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit – the most established venture summit in the Northeast. This year’s conference will be held October 22 and 23 at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia and Crystal Tea Room.  As the premiere event of the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), IMPACT… Continue Reading

Guess Who Was Late To The Party; The SEC.

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The SEC found out what it means to sit on its rights when the United State Supreme Court recently concluded that the SEC was untimely in its effort to seek civil penalties. The Supreme Court in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that the five year clock in which the SEC had to bring… Continue Reading

Jeffrey M. Pollock Elected to The American Law Institute

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Please join us in congratulating partner Jeffrey M. Pollock who was recently elected to The American Law Institute (ALI) – a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to producing scholarly work that clarifies, modernizes and improves the law. New members are elected by current members and selected on a number of criteria, including high character and ability… Continue Reading

We Need Your Help

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To our loyal followers, The ABA is compiling its list of top blogs.  We wanted to make you aware of the link, and hope you will consider us when responding.  Here is the link:  http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100_submit/.  The deadline for submission is September 7, 2012. Thanks so much. Securities Compliance Sentinel

SEC Pushes Reg D/Rule 144A Changes Back a Week

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In an unshocking move, the SEC decided to delay its Open Meeting on the changes to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A required under the JOBS Act (which will allow for general solicitation of securities sold pursuant to those rules) until next week.  Notably, in the notice announcing next week’s meeting, they changed… Continue Reading

Cockroaches, the NFL and Presidential Statistics. . . Another Silly Friday Prediction

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Yes, this blog is quite different than what you are used to reading, but it is a Friday in August so please take it in that vein.  Here goes. Undoubtedly, many know the securities industry loves to use statistics.  Statistics are used for everything, including, among other things, to make predictions.  However, the securities industry is not alone in using statistics to predict… Continue Reading

IMPACT 2012 Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic: Proof That Good Things Can Have Really Long Names

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If you look around Philadelphia, you can see signs of a vibrant, growing city.  Neighborhoods long lost to urban decay and lost manufacturing jobs are finding new life as homes to the growing creative class of artists and entrepreneurs.  Philadelphia is in the nascent stages of a renaissance.  New businesses are created every day, and growing… Continue Reading

Interview on LXBN TV

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I did another interview with LXBN TV this afternoon.  In some ways, it went better than the first.  Instead of an opening shot where I look like I’m trying to find the fastest escape route out of the imminent stammer-fest, now I just look really, really sad, like someone just yelled at a puppy.  And instead… Continue Reading

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Data Recordkeeping for Pre-Dodd-Frank Swaps

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Last week, the CFTC issued a final rule on the data recordkeeping and reporting requirements for historical swaps.  Historical swaps are swaps executed prior to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and swaps entered into between the enactment of the act and applicable compliance date for recordkeeping.  For swaps in existence on or after April 25,… Continue Reading

Maryland Investor Defriends Facebook IPO, Likes FINRA Investigation

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Well, that didn’t take long. It’s only been five days (and only three trading days) since Facebook’s IPO, but lawsuits and investigations are already underway.  So much for the honeymoon (literally). This NY Times piece does a good job explaining some of the reasons why Facebook’s IPO has gone awry.  The Massachusetts secretary of state… Continue Reading