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Corp Fin Issues Guidance on How to Redact Your Material Contracts Without Filing a Confidential Treatment Request

Late last month we blogged about rule amendments adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission that are intended to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, including an amendment that allows registrants to redact confidential information from most exhibits without filing a confidential treatment request.

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SEC Clarifies How to Tell When a Token is a Security – A New Framework

On April 3, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance ‎‎(“Division”) issued a Statement ‎ with a “Framework for ‘Investment Contract’ Analysis of Digital ‎Assets” (the “Framework”) for the application of U.S. federal securities laws to blockchain and ‎distributed ledger technologies.‎

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The SEC Modernizes and Simplifies Disclosure

On March 20, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers, and investment companies.  The amendments, consistent with the SEC’s mandate under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, are based on recommendations in the staff’s FAST Act Report as well as a broader review of the Commission’s disclosure rules.

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Disclosure Violations Arising from Operational Wrongdoing

The recent SEC enforcement action against Volkswagen AG and its former CEO illustrates the ‎securities law consequences of operational wrongdoing.‎ ‎ As described by the SEC, from at least ‎‎2007 through 2015, Volkswagen sold “clean diesel” cars while concealing their emissions ‎problems through use of an undisclosed defeat device.

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SEC Proposes to Extend “Test-the-Waters” Provisions to all Issuers

On February 19, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a rule proposal entitled “Solicitations of Interest Prior to a Registered Public Offering”[1] that would extend the “test-the-waters” provisions of Section 5(d) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the Act), currently available only to emerging growth companies (EGCs), to all issuers of registered securities.

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