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Williams Act Filings a Critical Component of Securities Law (part 2) By J. Mark Brewer Co-Founder, Managing Director Brewer and Pritchard, P.C.

January 3, 2013

The Williams Act of 1968 requires parties that own significant holdings in a publicly traded corporation to disclose information about their finances, organization, and other factors that might affect the financial health of the company. The measure, which was implemented to provide more transparency in the financial markets, applies to individuals or groups that gain control of more than 5 percent of the shares of a publicly traded corporation. In addition, the rules pertain to investment managers who oversee accounts holding fair market values of a particular security that exceeds $100 million.

The law firm Brewer and Pritchard works closely with companies and shareholders who are obliged to comply with the rules of the Williams Act. For many shareholders, compliance entails a weighty responsibility. The fact that rules of compliance change on a regular basis makes the process of reporting even more difficult and time-consuming. Working with an experienced, knowledgeable firm ensures that such efforts are accurate and provide visibility and clarity for the markets and investors.

About J. Mark Brewer: The Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Houston-based law firm, Brewer and Pritchard, P.C., J. Mark Brewer represents clients in the areas of torts, corporate, construction, and securities law. He completed a Bachelor of Music Education from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California at Cambridge, England, before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law. J. Mark Brewer specializes in commercial and business litigation as well as such Securities and Exchange Commission documentation as filings related to Section 16 and the Williams Act.

For more information about J. Mark Brewer, call Brewer and Pritchard at (713) 209-2950.

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