Securities Legislation

Two years ago, the United States Supreme Court stated in an opinion that the five-year statute of limitations for the SEC to seek civil monetary sanctions began from the date of the fraudulent act, as opposed to when the SEC discovered the fraudulent act. In doing so, the Court rejected the discovery rule.

The discovery

A reverse triangular merger was not an assignment by operation of law.  See Meso Scale Diagnostics LLC v. Roche Diagostics GMBH, Del. Ch., C.A. No. 5589-VCP, 2/22/13, http://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/document/CONF_ORD_Meso_Scale_Diagnostics_LLC_vs_Roche_Diagnostics_GmbH_Do. 

The court explained that a company entered into a series of contemporaneously executed agreements that granted it a new non-exclusive license. However, before the transaction was complete

The SEC recently completed the Dodd-Frank mandated study on financial literacy for retail investors and it revealed, not shockingly, an absence of basic financial literacy.  The study also found that it was important for retail customers to have a better appreciation of the costs associated with their investments, as well as conflicts of interest related

Despite the fact people are still unemployed, the drought rages and farmers suffer, and the deficit continues to grow, Congress seems to float absurd legislation across the partisan divide to regulate the regulators and the market.

In particular, the House passed a bill that would tighten the cost-benefit analysis for both the SEC and CFTC

As a result of conclusions from a recent study by Woodbine Associates, Senator Charles Schumer wrote to SEC Chairman Schapiro requesting that the SEC take action to ensure that brokerages disclose rebates and incentive payments they receive from national exchanges and other trading venues that they receive for routing securities transactions to those entities.  According

Recently, an investor advocacy group petitioned the SEC to prohibit brokerage firms, who offer wraparound accounts, to also provide investment advice through both a duly registered BD and investment adviser. 

This group claims that terminating this practice would resolve a very troubling regulatory issue.  The group also petitioned the SEC to ban mandatory arbitration accounts

In its never ending quest to find suitable ways to address capital formation issues in the United States, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance is looking to see if foreign jurisdictions handle some of these issues better and if it could be applied in the United States. 

For example, the SEC is looking to see if other

Congressman Bachus (R-Ala.) introduced a bill that would shift the oversight of registered investment advisers from the SEC to a self-regulatory organization that would report to the SEC.  This development represents the crystallization of one of the fears emanating out of Dodd-Frank, which mandated that the SEC study how to tighten oversight over RIAs.

Advisers fear that an

According to an internal SEC guidance report, the SEC is taking to heart the criticism that it does not employ enough of an economic analysis in its rule-making process.  The guidance directed the SEC to take a cost-benefit approach to all rule-making, regardless if the rules are discretionary or mandated by Congress.

This guidance report

The Department of Labor has a rule pending that would impose a fiduciary duty standard for investment advice pertaining to retirement plans.  Like the resistance faced by the SEC in its attempt to create a uniform fiduciary duty for retail investment advice, the DOL has faced similar resistance, with calls for a cost-benefit analysis before imposition