You are an issuer, investment adviser, or broker-dealer.  You want to communicate to the public about securities.  Should you (a) type a letter and drop it in the mailbox; (b) chisel out a prospectus on two stone tablets; or (c) use social media?

If you chose (c),

September 2, 2021 Webinar
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Mayer Brown’s 15th Annual Investment Management Regulatory University is hosting a discussion of regulatory hot topics. Please join partners Stephanie Monaco, Tim Clark, Erin Cho and Christina Thomas as they discuss:

  • Investment Advisers Act Update—Glimpses of New Marketing Rule and Division of Examinations Risk and Guidance
  • Private Funds

Today, for the first time as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler appeared before Congress to provide testimony regarding the market disruptions and volatility witnessed in January 2021 relating to GameStop and other securities.  Chair Gensler identified seven factors contributing to market volatility:  gamification and user experience; payment for order flow; equity

On February 26, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Examinations published a risk alert in connection with the offer, sale, and trading of digital assets that are securities. The risk alert provides observations made by Division of Examinations staff during examinations of broker-dealers, investment advisers, exchanges, and transfer agents. The risk

On November 2, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Division of Enforcement staff published its annual enforcement report for fiscal year 2020. This has been an unprecedented year, including for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton noted that the report highlights “enforcement’s extraordinary efforts” amidst the challenges of the COVID-19

On September 16, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11.  This rule was last amended about thirty years ago.  Rule 15c2-11 prescribes requirements relating to the publication or submission of quotations by broker-dealers in a quotation medium other than a national securities exchange, so OTC markets.  Before a broker-dealer

Intelligize Webinar
June 9, 2020
1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
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The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper.

This webinar addresses how federal regulation of securities has evolved in the face

On March 9, 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published Regulatory Notice 20-08 (Notice) with respect to business continuity planning in connection with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Notice offers guidance on preparing for potential pandemic-related risks and provides regulatory relief from certain requirements in light of COVID-19.

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One of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s priorities under Chair Clayton’s leadership has been protection of retail investors, including through rigorous enforcement of microcap fraud.  Consistent with that focus, yesterday, the Commission released proposed amendments to Securities Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11.  This rule requires that certain issuer information be made available to and be reviewed

On June 5, 2019, the SEC published an interpretation of the standard of conduct for investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The objective of the Proposed and Final Interpretations was to reaffirm and clarify certain aspects of an adviser’s fiduciary duty under Section 206 of the Advisers Act. In the SEC’s view,