Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Corporate & Securities practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

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On December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” and related amendments to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.” The proposed amendments would have the effect, if adopted, of broadening the universe of individuals and entities that would qualify as accredited investors.

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On December 30, 2019, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, and the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a joint statement regarding the role of audit committees in financial reporting, as well as their oversight responsibilities. The statement reminds audit committees, in connection with year-end reporting,

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the agenda for the upcoming meeting on January 24, 2020 of its Investor Advisory Committee.  The Committee will hold a telephonic meeting and will consider the SEC’s proxy voting advice and Rule 14a-8 proposed rulemakings, as well as market structure issues related to rebate tier disclosure.  For information on

Recently, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released its report on its fiscal 2019 activities.  The report cites staffing challenges that have impaired the ability of the SEC’s Ombudsmen to respond to matters brought by investors, which tripled in number during the fiscal year.

The report reviews the Office’s activities in nine areas: public

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved FINRA’s proposed amendments to its Corporate Financing Rule, which are intended to modernize, simplify, and streamline the rule.  FINRA’s amendments address, among other things, (1) filing requirements; (2) filing requirements for shelf offerings; (3) exemptions from filing and substantive requirements; (4) underwriting compensation; (5) venture capital exceptions; (6)

The Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation published its annual report to the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the US House of Representatives as required by the Exchange Act.  2019 was the first year of operations for the Office

We previously blogged about the recent AICPA conference. At the conference, representatives from the Office of Chief Accountant also shared some views regarding the discontinuation of LIBOR. The Staff of the OCA joined in the July 2019 statement with the SEC Staff from the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Investment Management and the

FINRA’s rules relating to equity IPOs, on spinning and withholding and IPO allocations, which came into effect following the dot-com bust, were recently amended. The amendments to Rule 5130, relating to restrictions on the purchase and sale of initial equity public offerings, and Rule 5131, relating to IPO allocations and distributions, will become effective on

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve a proposing release for comment that would amend the definition of “accredited investor,” as well as amend the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.”

Amendments to the accredited investor definition have been discussed for many years now. The Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 amended the definition in certain

In a recent publication, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) Staff shares some initial observations regarding Critical Audit Matters (“CAMs”) implementation.

The Staff commented on the significant investment of resources devoted to identification of the CAMs, drafting of the CAMs descriptions, which began months prior to the fiscal year end, the involvement of the