Jackson Galloway

Jackson Galloway

Goodwin Procter LLP

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NYDFS Enters Settlement Agreement With PwC Under Which PwC Pays $25 Million Fine, Accepts 24-Month Consulting Suspension and Will...

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) related to consulting services performed by PwC for the...more

8/27/2014

FRB Interpretive Letter Grants Individual an Exemption from the Major Assets Prohibition of the Interlocks Act

The FRB recently issued an interpretive letter (the “FRB Letter”) in which the FRB granted an individual director (the “Director”) an exemption from the prohibition of the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act (the...more

8/13/2014 - Banks FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Regulation L

OCC Issues Bulletin That Discusses the Characteristics of and Supervisory Considerations Concerning Mutual Federal Savings...

On July 22, 2014, the OCC issued a bulletin (OCC Bulletin 2014-35, the “Bulletin”) in which the OCC describes the special characteristics of mutual federal savings associations (“Mutual FSAs,” and, collectively with...more

8/13/2014 - Banks Federal Savings Associations FSA OCC

SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reforms

At a meeting held on July 23, 2014, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt amendments (the “Amendments”) to various regulatory requirements affecting money market funds (“MMFs”). The Amendments, which are set forth in SEC Release No....more

7/30/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Floating NAV Investment Adviser Investment Company Act of 1940 Liquidity Fees Money Market Funds NAV Redemption Gates SEC Stress Tests

SIFMA Provides Guidance on Verification of Accredited Investor Status by Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) with guidance for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers on various non-exclusive means of verifying an...more

7/30/2014 - Accredited Investors Broker-Dealer Investment Adviser Regulation D Rule 506(c) Securities Act of 1933 SIFMA Verification Requirements

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

7/30/2014 - Accredited Investors Compliance Disclosure Requirements Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933

AIFMD Goes Live

After a one-year transitional period, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) officially went into effect on July 22, 2014. ...more

7/30/2014 - AIFM AIFMD EU Financial Regulatory Reform

FDIC Issues Guidance on Requests by Banks That Are S-Corporations for Dividend Exceptions to Capital Conservation Buffer

The FDIC issued guidance (the “Guidance”; FIL-40-2014) to banks and savings associations that have elected S-corporation tax treatment (collectively, “S-corporation Banks” and each an “S-corporation Bank”) concerning the...more

7/30/2014 - Banks Basel III Corporate Taxes Dividends FDIC Federal Savings Associations Final Guidance Pass-Through Entities S-Corporation

Secretary of the Treasury Lew Urges Financial Institutions to Enhance Their Cybersecurity Defenses

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew presented remarks at a conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor in which he urged financial institutions to increase their cybersecurity defense efforts because cyber...more

7/23/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Addresses Use of Proxy Advisory Firms by Advisers and Reliance by Proxy Advisory Firms on Proxy Rules...

The SEC’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (the “Guidance”) which provides guidance from the Division of Investment Management to investment advisers on their...more

7/23/2014 - Compliance Proxy Advisors Proxy Statements SEC Securities Exchange Act

FDIC Proposes Rule to Revise Deposit Insurance Assessments to Reflect the Basel III Capital Rule

The FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”) that would revise the FDIC’s risk-based deposit insurance assessment system to reflect the final Basel III capital rule (the “Final Capital Rule”) adopted...more

7/23/2014 - Basel III Deposit Insurance EU FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Act Federal Reserve OCC

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance When Private Funds Use SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-7 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance on how Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”)...more

7/16/2014 - Custody Rule Escrow Accounts Guidance Update Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Private Funds SEC SPVs

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Alternative Mutual Funds

In a speech presented to the Practicing Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum on June 30, 2014, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”), discussed the rise of open-end mutual funds...more

7/16/2014 - Alternative Mutual Funds Disclosure Requirements Liquidity Profiling Mutual Funds NAV OCIE Private Equity Risk Management SEC

GAO Issues Report Concerning Emerging Challenges Posed by Virtual Currencies

The Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”) issued a report concerning virtual currencies (the “Report”) to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Report discusses emerging...more

7/9/2014 - Bitcoins DHS GAO Virtual Currency

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Summary Section of Mutual Fund Prospectuses

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-8 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance based on comments the Division has provided on the information required to be presented...more

7/9/2014 - Compliance Mutual Funds Prospectus SEC

SEC Settles with Hedge Fund Adviser over Principal Transactions and Retaliation Against Whistleblower

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (the “Adviser”), and Candace King Weir, the Adviser’s principal owner (the “Principal”), over violations of the...more

7/7/2014 - Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Retaliation SEC Settlement Whistleblowers

FFIEC Establishes Cybersecurity Web Page and Announces Commencement of Cybersecurity Assessment Program of Community Banks

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (the “FFIEC”) announced that it had established a web page on cybersecurity (the “Web Page”), which is designed to serve as a central repository for current and future...more

7/7/2014 - Banking Sector CFPB Cybersecurity FDIC FFIEC FRB OCC Popular Websites

SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules

The SEC adopted final rules addressing when market participants engaging in cross-border transactions must register as security-based swap dealers or major security-based swap participants, as applicable. Additionally, the...more

7/7/2014 - Cross-Border SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps

Supreme Court’s Dudenhoeffer Decision Headlines New ERISA Litigation Update

Goodwin Procter’s ERISA Litigation Practice published its latest quarterly ERISA Litigation Update. The update discusses (1) the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer that there is no “presumption of...more

7/3/2014 - ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer Fifth Third Mortgage Company SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation US Bancorp

FRB Governor Tarullo Offers Retrospective and Perspective on Supervisory Stress Testing

In remarks delivered to the FRB’s Third Annual Stress Test Modeling Symposium FRB Governor Daniel K. Tarullo focused on the “qualitative assessment of [large] firms’ capital planning processes” that the FRB conducts “in...more

7/3/2014 - Banks CCAR Dodd-Frank FRB Risk Assessment Stress Tests

SEC Settles with Exempt Reporting Adviser over Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against TL Ventures Inc., a venture capital fund adviser (the “Adviser”), over violations of Rule 206(4)-5 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the...more

6/27/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Pay-To-Play SEC Settlement

FINRA Fines Broker-Dealer for Failing to Apply Class A Sales Charge Waivers for Certain Eligible Customers on its Mutual Fund...

On June 16, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) accepted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the “Firm”) regarding an...more

6/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer Brokers Compliance Enforcement Actions FINRA Waivers

SEC Integrates Two Exempt Reporting Advisers to Determine Advisers Act Registration Status

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against TL Ventures Inc., a venture capital fund adviser (the “VC Fund Adviser”) and Penn Mezzanine Partners Management, L.P. (the “Private Fund Adviser” and with the VC Fund...more

6/27/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Actions Investment Adviser Pay-To-Play Registration SEC Settlement

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Final Version of Addendum to Interagency Policy Statement on Income Tax Allocation

The FRB, FDIC and OCC (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued a final version of an addendum (the “Addendum”) to their “Interagency Policy Statement on Income Tax Allocation in a Holding Company Structure” (the “Policy...more

6/25/2014 - Bank Holding Company Banks FDIC FRB IDIs Joint Policy Statements OCC Tax Allocation Agreements

OCC Updates Booklet in its Handbook Concerning Collective Investment Funds

The OCC issued a revised and updated booklet (the “Revised Booklet") concerning collective investment funds (“CIFs”). The Revised Booklet is part of the OCC’s “Comptroller’s Handbook.” The Revised Booklet (which updates the...more

6/16/2014 - Banks Handbooks Investment Funds OCC

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