On June 3, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated electronic filing requirements, making it mandatory to submit certain documents to the SEC electronically via EDGAR.  Among other documents, this new requirement will apply to Form 144 and to “glossy” annual reports to security holders.  The amendments will also require the use of

Proposed Rules Could Require Dealer Registration by Certain Principal Trading Firms, Private Funds, Investment Advisers and Other Market Participants

On March 28, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed two new rules – SEC Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 (the “Proposed Rules”) – that would further define the phrase “as part of a regular

On March 22, 2022, the staff (Staff) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued six compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) impacting mergers and acquisitions. Two of the new C&DIs relate to Item 1.01 of Form 8-K. Three of the C&DIs interpret proxy solicitation requirements. One addresses a tender offer issue relating to special

On February 25, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to amend the Consolidated Audit Trail (“CAT”) and Regulation SHO, as well as to propose new rules that would require expansive short sale reporting. In a statement, SEC Chair Gary Gensler indicated that these proposals were important for the SEC to “address future market

On February 10, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments to Schedules 13D and 13G relating to beneficial ownership reports (the “Proposed Amendments”).

The Proposed Amendments are intended to modernize the rules that govern reporting on Schedules 13D and G by, among other things, making information available to the public in a

On January 27, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reopened the comment period for the proposed “pay-versus-performance” rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, which would require disclosure of information regarding a company’s executive compensation and the company’s financial performance. The original comment period closed on July 6, 2015.

The compensation discussion and analysis

In another special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) related enforcement action, on December 21, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (“Order”) against a Nasdaq-listed electric vehicle truck manufacturing company that went public through a combination with a SPAC (“Company”).  The Company’s initial business combination was consummated in June

On December 15, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued proposed amendments to its existing rules regarding disclosures about purchases of an issuer’s equity securities by or on behalf of the issuer or an affiliated purchaser, commonly referred to as “buybacks.” The Proposed Amendments would apply to issuers that repurchase securities registered

On December 15, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments (the “proposal”) to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and related disclosure obligations for public companies. The proposal would (i) add new conditions to the availability of the affirmative defense to insider trading liability contained in