Market Developments

Web Platforms Continue to Ban ICO-Related Advertisements

The SEC increasingly is focusing its enforcement authority not only on companies and individuals raising capital through Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”), but also on the “market participants – promoters, sellers, lawyers, officers and directors and accountants” who participate in … Read More

In the first major trading and markets initiative under SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, on March 14, 2018, the SEC proposed to establish a transaction fee pilot program to study the effects of maker-taker fee structures. A pilot study was initially recommended by the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee in … Read More

Responding to a 2016 request by the SEC (in consultation with the Treasury Department), FINRA recently reviewed the extent to which various FINRA rules apply to U.S. Treasury securities.  Following up on that analysis, on February 6, 2018, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 18-05, requesting comment on whether it should … Read More

The Treasury Department’s recent report on capital markets regulation includes a robust discussion of equity market structure issues.  The report does not break new ground or raise issues that have not been debated previously at length, including by the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (“EMSAC”).  That said, the report … Read More

The U.S. Treasury’s new Capital Markets Report recommends additional administrative requirements for regulatory actions by the SEC and the CFTC (the “Agencies”).  If adopted, the process by which the Agencies issue new regulations and guidance may be more transparent and subjected to more rigorous cost-benefit analysis.  Rulemaking and issuing no-action … Read More

In the wake of a highly-publicized cybersecurity breach involving the SEC’s EDGAR system, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has been in the hot seat at recent congressional hearings, fielding pointed questions as to whether the SEC should delay implementation of the Consolidated Audit Trail (“CAT”).  The SEC has not announced a … Read More

The Davis Polk Cybersecurity Team recently blogged about the breach of the SEC’s EDGAR database:

“…The SEC does not believe that personally identifiable information was exposed, but the investigation is still ongoing and raises questions regarding government agencies’ obligations to protect sensitive information, and the potential litigation challenges facing individuals … Read More

On September 27, 2017, Congress passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (the “FAIR Act”), sending the bill to President Trump for his signature.  The FAIR Act instructs the SEC to amend its rules to ease various restrictions and burdens that broker-dealers face when issuing research reports … Read More