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The SEC is closed for Memorial Day: Monday, May 25

memdayIn honor of Memorial Day, the SEC is closed on Monday, May 25, 2015. No files can be received. Plan accordingly with your Vintage Account Team.

Files submitted after 5:30 pm ET, Friday May 22, 2015 will receive a filing date of Tuesday, May 26, 2015  and will be posted to the public on Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 6:00 am ET.

As with other holiday closings, the following file types will receive a Friday, May 22, 2015  filing date if filed by 10:00 pm ET on Friday:

  • Form 13H filings
  • Section 16 filings (3, 3/A, 4, 4/A, 5, 5/A)

For any filing with a due date of Monday May 25, 2015, the SEC will move the due date to the next business day, Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Have a great holiday.

Check with counsel that your company won’t .SUCK(S)

Investor relations officers may want to double-check with their I.T. department and General Counsel to assure that your company won’t .suck(s)

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Briefly, a new internet domain suffix – .sucks – will be available and, along with .porn and .XXX suffixes, the general public can buy them.

The .sucks domain is being marketed as a “consumer advocate’s extension.” A philanthropic example will be “www.cancer.sucks.” But if you have EVER read a comment section on any blog post, you know exactly what is going to happen. Haters gonna hate… and haters gonna buy your http://www.brand.sucks. Who knows, maybe even your crafty competitors will buy your http://www.brand.sucks URL from under you.

Now is the time to check with your general counsel. Ask if they think whether your organization should proactively register any of these new suffixes to mitigate potential embarrassment, harassment and crisis.

CLICK HERE for a detailed legal overview PDF.

If I am reading the PDF correctly, April and May are a “sunrise” time period – when authorized brands can .sucks up their own suffixes. After June 1, we can all .sucks it.

Um. That sound awkward. Just go talk to counsel!

Bringing Vintage expertise to “Compensation Strategies to Build Shareholder Value,” March 31, NYC

Does your board’s compensation strategy pass the scrutiny of shareholders, management, and regulators?  Executive compensation continues to be a key focus of legislators, regulators, activists, and the media. That’s what’s driving the March 31 NYSE Governance Services event: Compensation Strategies to Build Shareholder Value.

Click here to access the library of governance  guidebooks.

Click here to access a library of governance guidebooks.

Following up their superb West Coast Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange, the NYSE is hosting this top forum of the latest thinkers and practitioners. Vintage is pleased to be involved as further recognition of our intelligent value and experience.

Topics include:

  • Design a Strategy: Driving Your Long Term Incentive
  • Plan and Avoiding the Common Metrics Pitfalls
  • Regulations’ Impact on Compensation: Now and in the Future
  • Board Tenure and Evaluations
  • P is for Performance: Evaluating the CEO
  • Change in Control Severance Agreements
  • Discretion in the CD&A: How to Sell Your Pay Story

For questions about the program, please contact the NYSE Governance Services event’s department at GS-CONFERENCES@NYSE.COM or (615) 309-3200.

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80% of Top SEC Transaction Law Firms Worked With Vintage in 2014

“Intelligent Value” hastens processes and lowers costs for law firms and issuers

NEW YORK, January 27, 2015 / PR Newswire / — In 2014, 80% of the Top 30 law firms that specialize in the SEC transactions required by the Securities Act Of 1933, worked with Vintage, the capital markets, corporate services and institutional & mutual fund services division of PR Newswire. These filings, including IPO and secondary offering registrations, are very complex legal documents that require an immaculate attention to detail and extensive expertise in financial publishing.

“2014 was a watershed year for Vintage, particularly for our capital markets team. I could not be more pleased about this accomplishment,” said Liam Power, President of Vintage. “We began the year with a systemic evaluation of everything we do – our technologies, our processes, our people and even our brand. Subsequently, the decisions we’ve made brought a focus onto what matters most to our clientele. 2014’s results validates our success becoming the industry’s intelligent value,” finished Power.

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The capstone of Vintage capital markets group is its IPO and transaction drafting sessions. The company has defined three models for these sessions, based on the flexibility and budget the client requires and not a one-size-fits-all approach.

  • Vintage office location: a traditional session model
  • Client-selected location: minimum travel and billable hours while allowing senior executives to keep abreast of their daily workload
  • 100% virtual: the most cost and time efficient alternative

A brief video explaining transaction drafting sessions scan be viewed here: http://promotions.prnewswire.com/Vintage-transaction-solutions.html

Securities law firms, like Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP, work with Vintage and the process that best suits their own issuer clients’ needs.

“We are very pleased to be recognized as the 12th most active law firm in the United States for transactions involving public offerings in 2014,” said Gregory Sichenzia, Partner, Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP. It is an outstanding accomplishment and we thank our friends at Vintage for their help and support during the year.”

Absolute cost transparency is a hallmark of the Vintage approach, and a key part of their ability to deliver value to our client, presenting pricing simply, clearly and to the level of detail that matters to clients. In fact, Vintage pioneered the concept of open, up-front, and transparent pricing.

“I believe that our presence on this Top 30 securities lawyer list is a testament to the hard work and smart decisions our partners and associates make on behalf of our clients,” said Gregg E. Jaclin, Esq., Partner from Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader, PC. “Certainly, one key decision we assist our clients with is resource selection and we have found that Vintage compliments both our processes and our clients’ requirements.”

In addition to capital markets practice group that works with law firms, investment banks and M&A deal-drivers, Vintage also supports two other practice groups:

  • Corporate Services, which supports public companies with compliance and investor relations solutions
  • Institutional & Fund Services for investment management and mutual fund organizations

Vintage is headquartered in New Your City with regional sales and service offices through the US and internationally within PR Newswire and Canada Newswire (CNW) offices.

Top 30 research is from 2014 SEC filings: S-1, S-3, S-4, S-11, N-2, F-1, 10-12B and 10-12G. All files are available on SEC.gov website.

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About Vintage

Vintage, a PR Newswire division, is a top-three provider of full-service regulatory compliance and shareholder communications services, delivered across our three practice areas: Capital Markets, Corporate Services and Institutional & Fund Services.

Founded in 2002 and acquired by PR Newswire in 2007, Vintage has evolved to become the industry’s intelligent value choice. We deliver a flexible balance of people, facilities and technology to ensure that regulatory compliance and shareholder communications processes are efficient, transparent and painless. Services include IPO registrations, transactions, virtual data rooms, EDGAR & XBRL filing, typesetting, financial printing and investor relations websites. www.thevintagegroup.com 

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it

Media Contact:

Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage
+1 201.942.7157
bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

SEC closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 19, 2015

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the SEC is closed on Monday, January 19, 2015.  No files can be received. 

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Files submitted after 5:30 pm ET, Friday, January 16, 2015 will receive a filing date of Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and will be posted to the public on January 20.

As with other holiday closings, the following file types will receive a Friday, January 16, 2015 filing date if filed by 10:00 pm ET on Friday:

  • Form 13H filings
  • Section 16 filings (3, 3/A, 4, 4/A, 5, 5/A)

For any filing with a due date of Monday, January 19, 2015, the SEC will move the due date of Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

PS: Download a 2015 SEC calendar here.

Once again, Vintage ranked as top-three EDGAR agent

The beauty of being in the SEC compliance business is that our efforts are 100% transparent. Many 3rd party sites and feeds measure filings… the ultimate “client testimonial.” Once again, Vintage has made the top three in 2014 , just behind the legacy (yawn) firms for 2014.

Thanks once again to the data-crunchers over at SEC Info for their 2014 research.

I count the two RRDs as one.

I count the two RRDs as one.

2014 was an important year.

  • We celebrated our “rebirth” with a new brand and a new energy.
  • We further expanded our IPO transactions business and hosted many drafting sessions in our space within PR Newswire’s office. (watch video)
  • We launched a new Capital Markets group to help small and micro-cap companies with their investor relations.
  • Our fleXBRL program has helped hundreds of companies make XBRL filing less burdensome (workflow and cost).

Bottom-line. Why did we do so well in 2014? We’ve become the industry’s intelligent value. Learn more – contact us. 

Kudos to our product and sales people for making marketing and blog writing so easy!

Have a great day.

 

Nous sommes une famille – je ai eu toutes mes sœurs avec moi !

I cannot vouch for the French Canadian accuracy of the headline above, (click here) however the family pride is clear: congratulations to our sister company, CNW, a PR Newswire company, for the continued endorsement from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) for newswire and financial results webcasting services. TSX has endorsed CNW’s newswire services since 2003.

From the TSX:

“We feel the CNW brand speaks to quality, integrity and expertise,” said Ungad Chadda, Senior Vice President, Toronto Stock Exchange. “We use CNW for our own investor relations communications and find their one-stop-shop approach helpful in reducing complexity. CNW‘s services also fit well with what we provide to our issuers through our TSX Company Services offering.”

CNW and TSX have worked closely together for many years to provide listed companies with the support they need to succeed as a publicly listed organisation. It’s important to emphasis that CNW support does not stop at the border…

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…all CNW clients have seamless access to the full quiver of the global services of PR Newswire and Vintage as well. This is especially important for Canadian companies who are listed on the USA stock exchanges.

CNW_cmyk1Again, congrats to the hard working service and solutions teams at CNW who earned this honor ~  and thank you to the Toronto Stock Exchange for your due diligence and confidence on behalf of your issuers. Success has no language barrier. 

Passez une bonne journée.

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