Client Alert

| March 5, 2012

Second Circuit Propounds Test for Determining Whether Transactions in Unlisted Securities Are Covered by US Securities Laws

In its 2010 ruling in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the main anti-fraud provision of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 does not apply extraterritorially, but covers only “transactions in securities listed on domestic exchanges, and domestic transactions in other securities.” On March 1, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit construed the Morrison test’s second prong –”domestic transactions in other securities” – in Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd. v. Ficeto and held that the domestic-transaction requirement is satisfied only if “irrevocable liability was incurred or title [to the unlisted securities] was transferred within the United States.”

The Absolute Activist decision may begin to provide some answers – or at least hints of answers – to questions that have percolated ever since Morrison replaced the long-standing “conduct/effects” analysis of § 10(b) of the Exchange Act with a “transactional test.”

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