Compliance Bricks and Mortar for August 9

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These are some of the compliance-related stories that recently caught my attention

JOBS Act Update: Can the Genie go back in the Bottle? by Jay B. Gould in Investment Fund Law Blog

But what happens if a fund manager is initially enamored of the new rules and decides to advertise generally, but later changes his mind? Can a fund manager go back to the old “pre-existing, substantial relationship” days, and how do you do that once the fund has been “generally offered” to the public?

SEC’s Proposed Regulation D Rules Generates Wide Ranging Concern by Alexander J. Davie in Strictly Business

In my last post, I discussed new proposed Regulation D rules which impose new obligations upon issuers of securities in private placements. In that post, I expressed some concern that these new rules could be quite burdensome, especially the rule disqualifying issuers from using Rule 506 on future securities offerings for failing to file Form D in a timely fashion. Others involved with startup capital formation have also expressed similar concerns. In this post, I’ll compile the comments I’ve seen thus far.

You Can’t Tweet That by Joe Wallin in Startup Law Blog

One of the aspects of the proposed rules that hasn’t drawn a lot of attention in the blogs and press is the new legend requirement. What is a legend? A legend is a specifically required disclosure; frequently in all caps or bold, or called out in some other manner from other text in a document so that it is less likely to be missed.

When Is A ‘Whistleblower’ Not Really A ‘Whistleblower’? by Catherine Foti

Since the promulgation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd Frank”), five federal district courts have held that employees who report suspected wrongdoing to upper management, but not to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), are “whistleblowers” for purposes of the Act, entitled to the protection of Dodd Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions.  Going against the tide, in a recent ruling in Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA), L.L.C., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – the first Circuit Court to address this issue – has held exactly the opposite, ruling that an employee who reported a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation to his employer, G.E. Energy (USA), L.L.C., was not a “whistleblower” because he did not “provide information relating to a violation of the securities laws to the SEC.”

Colbert’s take on the SEC against the Fabulous Fab

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