Congress has once again attempted to address the issues it perceives as hurting the U.S. economy by tinkering with the federal securities laws.

In 2010, Congress attempted to remedy a perceived insufficiency of regulation of the U.S. capital markets by adopting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Dodd-Frank increased the regulation of public companies in a number of ways, including by increasing disclosure obligations, mandating say-on-pay votes, tightening restrictions on private offerings and strengthening corporate governance standards.

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