Deregulatory Bills Clear the House Financial Services Committee
On October 12, the House Financial Services Committee approved almost two dozen financial deregulation bills. The measures included bills that allow more investors to participate in private stock offerings, expand the JOBS Act, and update the Dodd-Frank Act’s systemic risk designation process for banking institutions. Several of the House-approved bills include the following: The Fostering Innovation Act of 2017 expands small company exemptions from the auditor attestation requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The bill exempts a company from Section 404(b) compliance for an additional five years after losing its emerging growth company status, provided that the company remains. Read More.
Topics: Acquisitions, and Brokerage Simplification Act, Deregulation, Dodd-Frank Act, Encouraging Public Offerings Act, Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, Fostering Innovation Act, House Financial Services Committee, JOBS Act, Market Data Protection Act, Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, sales, Sarbanes-Oxley Act "SOX", Securities Act of 1933, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Small Business Mergers, Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, Systemically Important Financial Institution "SIFI", Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk Act
SEC Proposal Labels Certain Securities as Covered Securities
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued the Proposed Rule, Covered Securities Pursuant to Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933. The proposal would impact Rule 146 under Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933, by designating certain securities on Investors Exchange LLC as covered securities under Section 18(b) of the Securities Act. According to Rule 146(b), covered securities are national securities exchanges, or segments of such exchanges, that are considered having listing standards that are “substantially similar” to the Named Markets. Covered securities under Section 18(b) are excluded from state law registration requirements. Comments on the. Read More.
Civil Monetary Penalties Adjusted for Inflation
A final rule has been introduced to carry out the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The final rule implements the first annual inflation adjustment of Securities and Exchange Commission-issued (“SEC”) civil monetary penalties under the following: Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Investment Company Act of 1940 Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Certain penalties under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Violations that occurred after November 2, 2015, will be impacted upon the final rule’s effective date. For violations on or before that date, the SEC will reinstate penalty amounts in its previous adjustments as. Read More.
Topics: Civil Monetary Penalties, Debt Collection Improvement Act, Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Investment Company Act of 1940, Sarbanes-Oxley Act "SOX", Securities Act of 1933, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Securities Exchange Act of 1934
SEC Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Fee Rate
In a press release Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced that fees public companies and other issuers pay for registering their securities will be $116.20 per million dollars in fiscal year 2015. Per Section 6(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 13(e) and 14(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the SEC is required to adjust the annual rates for fees paid to levels that reflect projections of how much the agency will generate equal to yearly statutory target amounts. According to the SEC’s projections, fiscal year 2015’s statutory target amount is set for $515 million.. Read More.