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Securities Litigation Results in Win for Broker and Clarifies Law in the Eighth Circuit
Category: Appellate Law, Class Action, Eighth Circuit Appellate , Litigation, Securities
Through an investment bank (acting as broker), clients invested in Reverse Convertible Notes (RCNs). RCNs are a complex “structured financial product” that is sometimes championed as a high-yield, short-term investment promising above-market interest payments but is nonetheless viewed as “perhaps…
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Earnings Releases and Investor Calls in Light of COVID-19: SEC Chairman and Director of Corporation Finance Issue Joint Public Statement
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Securities
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, and Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, William Hinman, released a joint public statement emphasizing the importance of disclosures from public companies in light of COVID-19. As noted in the statement, “In the coming…
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Considerations for Holding Virtual Annual Shareholder Meetings in Light of COVID-19
Category: Business, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Securities
In light of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently released guidance to assist public companies with their upcoming annual shareholder meetings. As explained in the SEC’s press release announcing the guidance, “[t]he guidance is designed to…
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SEC Cracks Down on "Initial Coin Offerings"
Category: Securities
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a public statement clarifying that cryptocurrencies may indeed be subject to federal securities laws, and warns investors and market participants alike of the potentially unlawful associated trading platforms. The statement comes in…
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