The SEC paused implementation of the climate-related disclosure rules in the face of significant legal challenges.  The rules would impose substantial disclosure mandates on companies, including concerning the costs of extreme weather events, corporate strategies for addressing climate change, corporate governance procedures and, for certain companies, greenhouse gas emissions.

The SEC had proposed the rules

On March 8, 2024, the House of Representatives passed the Expanding Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2799, which we had previously posted on the blog.

There were several amendments to the Act, including the following:

  • An amendment that clarifies the definition of “general solicitation” and “angel investor” for purposes of the federal securities laws

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules that require public companies to disclose substantial information about the material impacts of climate-related risks on their business, financial condition, and governance (the “Final Rules”).  The SEC says that “climate-related risks, their impacts, and a public company’s response to those risks can significantly affect

On March 5, 2024, the House will consider capital formation related legislation, H.R. 2799.  This was originally introduced in April 2023 and reported out in July 2023.  It is comprised of 19 separate bills.  The House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on these bills in 2023, access my testimony on several of these bills.

As we previously posted, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met last week to consider changes to the accredited investor definition, which has become a political hot potato.  In remarks to the Committee, Commissioner Uyeda encouraged the Committee to consider a few themes as they contemplated the definition, including not

Certain Principal Trading Firms, Private Funds, Investment Advisers and Other Market Participants May Become Subject to Registration

On February 5, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules – SEC Rules 3a5-4 and 3a44-2 (collectively, the “Final Rules”) – to further define the phrase “as part of a regular business” used in

On December 26, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved an amended proposal submitted by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) that narrows the scope of the NYSE’s shareholder approval requirement for a transaction involving the sale of securities to a substantial securityholder.  NYSE Rule 312.03(b)(i) requires a listed company to obtain shareholder approval

The authors of our recent Legal Update provide an overview of the SEC’s recently adopted rule, which prohibits conflicts of interest in certain securitizations as required under the Dodd-Frank Act. Although not perfect, the final rule is a significant improvement over the proposal. However, all securitization participants will need to assess their securitization programs and