Tag Archives: Compliance

Rule 504 Becomes Useful Tool for Smaller Capital Raising and M&A Transactions

On October 26, 2016, the SEC amended Rule 504 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) to increase the maximum amount of securities that may be sold thereunder in any 12-month period from $1 million to $5 million. Consequently, the rarely used Rule 504 may now prove useful to issuers … Continue Reading

How to Write Bad MD&A

There are plenty of articles about how to write good MD&A – referring of course to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” section of your company’s Form 10-K, Form 10-Q or Securities Act registration statement. The purpose of this article is to give you concrete tips on how to … Continue Reading

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement with $1 Million Fine Against Morgan Stanley

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) recent $1 million settlement with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”) marked a turning point in the agency’s focus on cybersecurity issues, an area that the agency has proclaimed a top enforcement priority in recent years.  The MSSB settlement addressed various cybersecurity deficiencies that led to the misappropriation of … Continue Reading

SEC Begins Releasing Comment Letters and Responses

On May 12, 2005, the SEC began releasing comment letters of the staff relating to filings reviewed by the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Investment Management, as well as the responses of the filers. The process commenced with filings made after August 1, 2004. Comment letters and responses will be released through … Continue Reading
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