Gregory E. Xethalis

Gregory E. Xethalis

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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New York DFS Proposes First Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the draft “BitLicense,” a proposed regulatory framework to license Virtual Currency Business Activity. The proposed regulations follow DFS...more

7/23/2014 - Bitcoins Digital Assets Licenses Licensing Rules Proposed Regulation Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 28

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities - CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal - New York DFS Proposes First...more

7/21/2014 - CFTC Equity Securities EU FDIC FINRA Margin Requirements Material Misstatements OTC Statute of Repose TCPA Vicarious Liability Virtual Currency

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

7/16/2014 - AIFM Compliance Fund Managers OCIE Private Funds SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC FCMs Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund NFA No-Action Letters SCOTUS SEC Securities Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Releases Guidance on Affiliated Transactions of Series Investment Companies

On June 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update clarifying that separate series of a series investment company are each considered an individual company for the...more

6/25/2014 - Affiliated-Business Arrangements Guidance Update Investment Companies Investment Company Act of 1940 SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

6/23/2014 - Compliance Controlling Stockholders Cross-Border Debt Debtors Disclosure Requirements FCMs Fiduciary Duty FINRA Fraud Investment Adviser Minority Shareholders Real Estate Market SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that it will hold an online auction on June 27 to sell bitcoins contained in wallet files seized from the servers of Silk Road, the “deep web” black market shut down by the Federal...more

6/17/2014 - Auction Bitcoins Black Market FBI Popular Silk Road US Marshalls Service

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

6/16/2014 - Akamai Technologies Bitcoins Broker-Dealer Digital Assets Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Investment Adviser SEC Section 10(b) Section 10(b)-5 Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 23

In this issue: - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements...more

6/9/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Cross-Border Derivatives Clearing Organizations Equity Markets Fraud NFA No-Action Relief SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

5/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC CME Compliance Disclosure Requirements Energy Enforcement Actions Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Margin Requirements NFA Non-Disclosure Agreement Oil & Gas SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 20

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Fee-Shifting Bylaw - FINRA Proposes Changes to FINRA Rules 7410 and 2121 - CFTC Staff Announces Streamlined No-Action Relief Process for Certain...more

5/19/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Criminal Prosecution Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud White Collar Crimes

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

5/13/2014 - Advisory Opinions Bitcoins Campaign Contributions Election Laws FEC PACs Political Campaigns Risk Alert SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 19

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rule 11892 - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Change to Limit Self-Trading - FATCA Transitional Relief and Extension of Time for the Implementation of New Account...more

5/12/2014 - Bitcoins Conspiracies Cybersecurity Disclosure Requirements FATCA FCPB FDIC FEC FFIEC FINRA International Tax Issues Investors Privacy Laws Reverse Mergers SEC Self-Dealing

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

4/14/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Collateralized Loan Obligations Conflict Mineral Rules FINRA Leverage Capital Ratio MTFs SEC Swaps

Texas Department of Banking Issues Guidance on Treatment of Virtual Currency

On April 3, the Texas Department of Banking released a supervisory memorandum on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies such as bitcoin under the Texas Money Services Act. The guidance clarified that virtual currency...more

4/9/2014 - Banks Bitcoins Money Services Business Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

4/7/2014 - Auditors Audits CFTC FATF FINRA G20 NFA ORC SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states...more

4/4/2014 - Bitcoins IRS Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 13

In this issue: - SEC Roundtable Discusses Cybersecurity Threats and Protections Against Cyberattacks - Proposed Changes to FINRA Classification of Hybrid Securities for Trade Reporting Purposes - FINRA...more

3/31/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Collateralized Debt Obligations Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FINRA ICE IPO SEC Swaps

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Public Order to Invite Virtual Currency Exchange Proposals

On March 11, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) issued a public order stating that it will begin considering proposals and applications to establish virtual currency exchanges located in New York....more

3/20/2014 - Banks Bitcoins Department of Financial Services Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 10

In this issue: - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments -...more

3/10/2014 - Appeals CFTC Disgorgement False Reporting Financial Reporting FINRA Fraud Mergers SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

3/3/2014 - CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Cross-Border DSIO Fees Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Insider Trading Preemption SCOTUS SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 8

In this issue: - OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks - SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312 - SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined...more

2/24/2014 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Foreign Banks Investment Adviser IRS OTC SEC Tax Preparers Tax Returns

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements

On January 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to Rule 506 exemptions from registration under the Securities...more

2/11/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Form D Filing JOBS Act Private Placements Rule 506 Offerings SEC

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