Brian Hirshberg

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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) transacting in the relevant company’s securities from claims brought under the Exchange Act. Currently, any person or entity can establish…
On January 10, 2019, the staff of NYSE Regulation released its annual memorandum detailing important rules and policies applicable to listed companies. The memorandum provides helpful reminders for issuers (noting important rule differences for domestic and foreign private issuers) with securities listed on the NYSE and also highlights new compliance items. In particular, as previously announced, the memorandum notes that NYSE-listed companies are now required to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten minutes…
As detailed in our Legal Update, on December 18, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a final rule requiring companies to disclose their hedging policies for employees, officers and directors. However, in a change from the proposed rule, the SEC decided not to apply the new disclosure requirement to listed closed-end funds following receipt of industry comments opposing application of the rule to such funds. However, the SEC decided to apply the…
On December 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed a new rule (Rule 12d1-4) intended to modernize and improve the regulatory framework for fund of funds arrangements (fund investing in shares of another fund). Currently, funds are required to rely on existing statutory exemptions or exemptive rules or seek exemptive relief prior to creating a fund of funds arrangement, resulting in unnecessary and avoidable costs and delays and an inconsistent regulatory framework.…
In 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new standard for auditor’s reports that requires a description of critical audit matters (“CAMs”) designed to provide investors with information that relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to a company’s financial statements and involve especially challenging, subjective or complex auditor judgment. The CAM standard will be required for audits for fiscal years ending on or after June 30, 2019 for large accelerated…
A pre-funded warrant allows its holder to purchase the issuer’s securities at a nominal exercise price (typically, $0.01 per share).  Instead of waiting to receive proceeds following a warrant’s exercise, the issuer receives substantially all of the warrant’s proceeds upfront (without any conditions) as part of the warrant’s purchase price.  In our recently published On point. we provide a comprehensive overview of pre-funded warrants, including certain advantages for issuers and holders, as well as…
On November 30, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) adopted a new rule establishing a non-exclusive research report safe harbor (“Rule 139b”) for unaffiliated brokers or dealers that publish or distribute research reports regarding qualifying investment funds.  The Commission took this action in furtherance of the mandate of the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (the “FAIR Act”).  The FAIR Act required that the Commission expand the Rule 139 safe harbor…
On October 12, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter permitting a fund’s board of directors (“Board”) to rely upon quarterly compliance certifications from the fund’s chief compliance officer (“CCO”) that address the fund’s compliance when the fund is engaging in certain affiliate transactions under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), instead of requiring the Board to itself determine compliance.  Funds permitted to…
An at-the-market (ATM) offering is an offering of an issuer’s securities into the existing trading market for such securities at publicly available bid prices. An issuer’s internal legal team and outside counsel play critical roles in properly documenting an ATM offering. In this Lexis Top 10 Practice Tips: At-The-Market Offerings, we provide 10 practice tips that can help attorneys effectively and efficiently assist with an ATM offering.…