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SEC proposes rule amendments related to Rule 10b5-1 trading plans

On December 15, 2021, the SEC proposed amendments that add new conditions to the availability of the affirmative defense under Rule 10b5-1 to insider trading liability and new disclosure requirements under Rule 10b5-1 for trading plans.

Since 2000, Rule 10b5-1 has provided company insiders with a helpful tool to be…

SEC proposes disclosure rule amendments related to share buybacks

On December 15, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments that would strengthen its rules regarding disclosure about an issuer’s repurchases of its own shares. Share buybacks have become a controversial matter in public markets in recent years (for example, see our 2018 Lingua Negoti blog post “Stock…

SEC adopts final rules on hedging disclosure—finally!

On December 18, 2018, the SEC at long last adopted final rules adding new Item 407(i) to Regulation S-K requiring disclosure about a company's practices and policies regarding hedging in the company's securities by directors and employees.

Stock buybacks are not evil

This year, many companies have announced stock repurchase programs as a result of the influx, or expected influx, of cash resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Despite companies having completely appropriate and legitimate reasons for using their capital to repurchase stock, there are critics of corporate stock repurchase programs who question (i) whether stock repurchases are beneficial to shareholders and (ii) the underlying reasons why companies decide to repurchase their own stock. In this post, Bob Loesch explains why the criticism is unwarranted, misinformed, or in the nature of second guessing the board’s exercise of its fiduciary duties.

The SEC provides guidance on data breach disclosure and cybersecurity compliance

In the wake of recent notable data breaches, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission issued an interpretive release designed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of public companies’ disclosures of cybersecurity risks and incidents and prevent insider trading.  The SEC’s guidance release and this post raise several issues and concerns that all companies, regardless of size and ownership, need to take seriously to improve their cybersecurity planning and legal compliance.

Do you REALLY know what states’ laws apply to your capital raise?

In a recent post I noted that if an entrepreneur finances a business by borrowing from friends, family and business contacts, he or she is probably engaged in a securities offering. A related issue is which state securities laws apply to that offering—or to any other attempt…

Did you just borrow money in violation of the securities laws?

Many people starting a business, or trying to keep it afloat before it really takes off, obtain the necessary funds by borrowing it from family, friends, or business contacts. The business often will sign a promissory note that sets out terms, such as when the loan is to be paid back,…

Did you just borrow money in violation of the securities laws?

Many people starting a business, or trying to keep it afloat before it really takes off, obtain the necessary funds by borrowing it from family, friends, or business contacts. The business often will sign a promissory note that sets out terms, such as when the loan is to be paid back,…

Jayne Juvan coauthors “A Guide to the Evolving Executive Compensation Landscape” for Bloomberg Law

In A Guide to the Evolving Executive Compensation Landscape published by Bloomberg Law, Jayne Juvan and coauthors Ellen Grady and Bruce Dravis provide a comprehensive discussion of the regulatory regime applicable to compensation programs for corporate officers and directors. Executive compensation provides a valuable means to lure and retain talent…

Be careful using non-GAAP financial measures

To better tell the story of their financial performance, many public companies use non-GAAP financial measures in press releases and other investor materials and communications.

Non-GAAP financial measures are numerical measures of a registrant’s historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that either:…