Speaking in connection with the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance, Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance Director, William Hinman, shared his views on a principles-based approach to disclosure requirements and to rulemaking.  His remarks, which when read along with those of Chair Jay Clayton at the Economic Club and

In his remarks this week to the Economic Club of New York, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton reviewed the many rulemaking and other accomplishments of the SEC in recent years.  Following the impressive recap, the Chair took time to identify a number of areas “in need of imminent improvements.”  Though a new Chair

On October 15, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease and desist order (Order), settling charges against a registrant for controls violations relating to a stock buyback plan implemented during acquisition discussions.  The company’s Board of Directors authorized stock repurchases in compliance with a policy that prohibited the company from buying,

As the pandemic has taken hold, there has been a predictable decline in stock repurchase activity; however, many issuers are evaluating restarting their programs or undertaking new programs.  In this What’s the Deal guide, we review the Rule 10b-18 safe harbor and its conditions, as well as the corporate law and disclosure considerations associated with

On October 8, 2020, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance spoke at PLI’s The SEC Speaks in 2020 program, providing insights on recent developments, rulemakings, guidance and initiatives.

Among the developments over the past year that Division Director William Hinman highlighted was the recognition that digital assets can be registered in compliance

A Rule 10b5‐1 plan is a written securities trading plan that is designed to comply with Rule 10b5‐1(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any person or entity executing pre‐planned transactions pursuant to a Rule 10b5‐1 plan that was established in good faith at a time when that person or entity was

As we have previously blogged, a number of Congressmen have committed to introduce legislation that would limit or even prohibit the ability of a public company to repurchase its own stock.  There is a Schumer-Sanders bill that would prohibit a public company from buying back its own stock unless the company has committed to, and

There are a number of legislative proposals making their way through the House and the Senate that would affect public reporting companies and are gathering some momentum, so they bear watching.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Diversity Disclosure Requirements:  H.R. 970, which has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives, titled the “Improving Corporate Governance

On January 18, 2019, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Patrick McHenry introduced legislation that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to carry out a study of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are passive investment agreements that provide an affirmative defense for companies and insiders (directors, officers and affiliated shareholders)

The House Financial Services Committee met last week and approved eight capital formation-related bills. The bills require the Securities and Exchange Commission to take action to change certain of its definitions in its rules and provide guidance on a number of securities-related issues.  These include amending the definition of a qualifying investment; requiring a study