Articles about securities law, web communications and social media
By Dominic Jones on April 3, 2013
THE US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has clarified that companies can use social media to meet their public disclosure obligations under Regulation FD if the channels they use meet certain standards and companies expressly inform investors about their disclosure practices.
By Dominic Jones on July 13, 2011
THE US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is going to train about 125 employees to write clearer advice for issuers and their lawyers – but investors are unlikely to benefit from the simpler prose.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on July 6, 2011
ASSUME you’re the social media manager for a publicly traded company and you’re responsible for monitoring and updating the content on all of your company’s various social networking channels. It’s the morning of June 2, 2011, and yesterday afternoon the company announced that its annual shareholder meeting will take place on August 15, 2011. The [...]
By Dominic Jones on May 11, 2011
AS MORE companies and their executives begin to use Twitter in their investor relations communications, regulatory issues are becoming a pressing concern for IR professionals and in-house counsel.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on April 11, 2011
WHEN business communicators think about disclosure rules, they typically worry most about Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) – but for all the angst this particular regulation causes, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s list of enforcement actions is surprisingly short.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on February 22, 2011
REGULATION FD was designed to put an end to the practice of companies selectively disclosing material nonpublic information to certain market participants who could reasonably be expected to trade on the basis of that information or to provide others with advice about trading.
By Dominic Jones on February 21, 2011
SEEKING Alpha CEO David Jackson, whose company ranks as the largest provider of free earnings call transcripts, says companies have no grounds to claim copyright over their calls.
By Dominic Jones on February 18, 2011
SWISS watch company Swatch Group AG is suing Bloomberg for distributing a recording and transcript of its latest earnings call, but the case could have unintended consequences for the company and its European peers.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on January 31, 2011
IN RECENT weeks, several high-profile companies have had disclosure information leaked from their websites by market news providers using sophisticated search technologies to discover unpublished information on unsecured staging URLs.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on January 21, 2011
Deciding whether a particular piece of information is material is probably one of the most difficult aspects of complying with Regulation FD.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on December 27, 2010
THE 90’s brought us faster computers, high-speed Internet access and online retail trading, all of which contributed to an increased awareness of the disparity between market information available to professional and retail investors.
By Vanessa Schoenthaler on December 14, 2010
HELLO IR Web Report readers, I’m here to hopefully provide you with a bit of perspective on how the U.S. federal securities laws can come into play in the context of a web-based investor relations practice. But, being that I am a lawyer, the first thing I have to do is refer you to a [...]
By Dominic Jones on May 17, 2007
IS THE U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission becoming too pro-business? Or, as many in the business community claim, are its rules anti-business and hurting Corporate America’s competitiveness? The Washington Post’s SEC reporter Carrie Johnson today previews the critical issues that the SEC must decide in the coming weeks. The report provides interesting perspective on House [...]