Investment Management & Securities

Shareholder Thomas D. Giachetti, Chair of the Securities Practice Group, authored the article SEC Clarifies RIAs’ Cybersecurity Obligations, which was published in the November issue of Investment Advisor. The article explains how the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent cybersecurity focus will affect RIAs. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections &

On June 19, 2015, real estate developers have a new avenue for raising funds. They no longer have to knock on banks doors and pay interest and provide personal guarantees, sign commercial documents pledging their homes, real estate or their business equipment, comply with Regulation D and Rule 506, or use their own finances. They can issue stock or partnership interests directly to the public without every investor having to be “accredited.”

The JOBS Act directed the SEC to adopt rules adding a class of securities exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act for offerings of up to $50 million of securities within a 12-month period. In March of 2015, the SEC finally released its final rules to comply with the JOBS Act.

The new rule is commonly referred to as Regulation A+ and divides offerings into two tiers: Tier 1, for securities offerings up to $20 million; and Tier 2, for offerings up to $50 million. Tier 1 offerings are not fully exempt offerings and they still remain subject to registration under state securities laws. Therefore, Tier 2 offerings are the subject of this article.


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On April 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission jointly adopted and announced new identity theft red flag regulations, which are being imposed pursuant to their respective authority under Dodd-Frank Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
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In July 2012 Netflix, Inc. (“Netflix”) Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hastings, posted a seemingly innocuous statement to his personal Facebook page:

Congrats to Ted Sarandos, and his amazing content licensing team. Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June. When House of Cards and Arrested Development debut, we’ll blow these records away. Keep going, Ted, we need even more!
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As we advised you in our Fall Compliance Update, on October 3, 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) new Rule 13h-1, under Section 13(h) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, became effective. The purpose of the new rule is to assist the SEC in identifying and obtaining trading information on market participants that are involved in a large amount of trading activity in the U.S. securities markets.
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Effective September 19, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) which generally prohibits an investment advisor from entering into, extending, renewing or performing any investment advisory services for compensation based on a share of capital gains or capital appreciation of, the funds of a client (“performance fees”).
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Recently the SEC approved a new rule to define the term “family Office.” Pursuant to the SEC’s new definition, a “Family Office” is a firm: 1) whose only clients are family clients; 2) and is wholly owned by family clients and controlled by family members and/or family entities; and 3) does not hold itself out to the public as an investment adviser.
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Stark & Stark’s Employment Group was quoted in the September 13, 2011 FundFire article, AllianceBernstein Sues More Departed Advisors.

The article discusses the continuing legal battle AllianceBernstein is engaged in with financial advisors who recently left their firm and took clients with them. The firm filed suit against eight former brokers, claiming that they