An individual or entity who is not certain whether a particular product, service, or action would constitute a violation of the federal securities law may request a "no-action" letter from the SEC staff. Most no-action letters describe the request, analyze the particular facts and circumstances involved, discuss applicable laws and rules, and, if the staff grants the request for no action, concludes that the SEC staff would not recommend that the Commission take enforcement action against the requester based on the facts and representations described in the individual's or entity's request. The SEC staff sometimes responds in the form of an interpretive letter to requests for clarifications of certain rules and regulations.
The no-action relief is provided to the requester based on the specific facts and circumstances set forth in the request. In some cases, the SEC staff may permit parties other than the requestor to rely on the no-action relief to the extent that the third party’s facts and circumstances are substantially similar to those described in the underlying request. In addition, the SEC staff reserves the right to change the positions reflected in prior no-action letters.
You can find a compilation of Staff No Action, Interpretive, and Exemptive Letters from the Divisions of Corporation Finance, Investment Management, and Trading and Markets, and the Office of the Chief Accountant in the "Staff Interpretations" section of our website.