Background In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which directs the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product” manufactured by those companies. Under the Act, those minerals include tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten. Congress enacted…

When you acquire restricted securities or hold control securities, you must find an exemption from the SEC’s registration requirements to sell them in a public marketplace.  Rule 144 allows public resale of (1) unregistered securities, which are securities directly from an issuer, referred to as “restricted” securities; and (2) unrestricted securities held by an affiliate of…

Here is the full proposed Volcker Rule and here is the fact sheet.   Hat Tip: The Conglomerate

The Securities and Exchange Commission released a statement on Tuesday saying that five federal agencies jointly developed Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act (commonly known as the “Volcker Rule” Khan Academy has a pretty good background of origins of basic securities regulation). DealBook gives an interesting summary of each of the regulating…

The Securities and Exchange Commission Charged Merrill Lynch today  with making faulty disclosures about collateral selection for two collateralized debt obligations (CDO) that it structured and marketed to investors, and maintaining inaccurate books and records for a third CDO. The SEC’s Press Release States that, “Keeping adequate books and records is not an elective requirement of the…

DealBook reports that Coinbase, a startup that aims to help bitcoin and other virtual currencies gain acceptance, raised $25 million in financing. DealBook reports that “A steady stream of Silicon Valley investors has been building stakes in virtual currency start-ups. Last month, a Chinese Bitcoin exchange raised $5 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. Google’s venture capital…