Bob Xiong

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With the effectiveness of Regulation Crowdfunding in May 2016 and amended Securities Act Rule 147 and new Securities Act Rule 147A in April 2017, there has been increasing interest in intrastate crowdfunded offerings.  The SEC also recently issued C&DIs on new Rule 147A in April 2017 that clarified that (1) offers and sales made in reliance on new Rule 147A will not be integrated with prior offers and sales of securities, including offers and sales…
On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has largely been viewed through a financial regulatory lens, as the first major concerted effort to provide an alternative to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) as a way to end “Too Big to Fail,” the…
On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). As part of this effort, also known as the Customer Protection Rule Initiative (the “CPR Initiative”), the SEC will conduct a targeted sweep of broker-dealers and encourage firms to self-report any…
On July 1, 2016, the SEC approved NASDAQ’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3), as amended by Amendment No. 2 filed on June 30, 2016 (the “Final Rule”), requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation arrangements for board members and board nominees, which are commonly referred to as “golden leash” arrangements.  The Final Rule requires each NASDAQ-listed company to disclose, by the date the company files its definitive proxy statement for its next annual meeting, the material…