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After more than three years of regulatory investigation and litigation, Robinhood Financial LLC (“Robinhood”) recently agreed to overhaul its digital engagement practices and pay a $7.5 million fine to settle charges with the Massachusetts Secretary of State Securities Division (the “MA Securities Division”) for violating the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, among other things, by employing certain “gamification” features into its phone-application based retail investment platform.

February 12, 2024
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On February 8, Vinson & Elkins Partner and Co-Head of Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Palmina Fava joined Jill Malandrino on Nasdaq TradeTalks.
February 8, 2024
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ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Sunday, January 21, 2024, seeking a declaratory judgment to exclude a shareholder proposal from its proxy statement pursuant to Rule 14a-8 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Rule 14a-8”) and not present the proposal for a vote at its 2024 annual shareholder meeting.

V&E SEC Update | Originally Published January 22, 2024

February 2, 2024
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On January 30, 2024, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and five co-plaintiffs representing a coalition of business groups filed a lawsuit against the state of California seeking to block the state’s new landmark climate disclosure laws.

V&E SEC Update

February 1, 2024
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On January 24, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved final rules relating to special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”). The final rules follow the SEC’s issuance of proposed rules on March 30, 2022, and the receipt of 115 comments on such proposed rules.

V&E SEC Update

January 25, 2024
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On November 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published its 2023 annual enforcement report which revealed a continuation of 2022’s record-setting enforcement activity.

November 17, 2023
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In this program, we focused on SEC developments affecting, and practical aspects of preparing for, public companies’ annual meetings and annual reports.
November 16, 2023
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On October 25, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Fifth Circuit”) upheld the Nasdaq board diversity rule in the face of challenges that (among other things) the rule attempted to improperly and unconstitutionally dictate the composition of corporate boards.

November 7, 2023
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The Vinson & Elkins team provided an overview of the new SEC cybersecurity disclosure requirements for public companies.
November 7, 2023
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Recent enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) signal that the SEC is paying close attention to public company financial reporting and will continue to punish misleading accounting and non-GAAP disclosure practices.

V&E SEC Update

October 19, 2023
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Vinson & Elkins securities lawyers discussed the 13 mistakes that keep us up at night.
October 13, 2023
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Welcome to Vinson & Elkins’ Securities and ESG Updates. Our aim is to provide insights into notable developments in securities reporting and the environmental, social and governance space over the quarter.

October 12, 2023