Nathan Greene

Nathan Greene

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

12/21/2016 - Banking Sector Central Counterparties Credit Rating Agencies Dodd-Frank EU FinTech Foreign Banks G-SIB Liquidity Payment Services Directive Regulatory Agenda Stress Tests Systemic Risk Buffer UK Volcker Rule

The Changing Fiduciary Duty Landscape in a Trump Presidency

The fiduciary standards for institutions and individuals providing investment advice throughout the retail investment and municipal securities markets are currently undergoing significant change. Following on the heels of the...more

11/15/2016 - Broker-Dealer DOL Donald Trump ERISA Fiduciary Rule Investment Adviser IRA Municipal Advisers

SEC Issues Investment Company ‘Reporting Modernization’ Rules

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the US Securities and Exchange Commission designed to enhance reporting for mutual funds, ETFs and other registered investment companies. On October 13, 2016, the SEC voted to adopt...more

11/10/2016 - ETFs Form N-PORT Mutual Funds Proposed Regulation Registered Investment Companies (RICs) Required Forms SEC

New Liquidity and Swing Pricing Rules for US Mutual Funds

On October 13, 2016, a unanimous US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted far-reaching rules intended to address mutual fund liquidity risks. On the same day and by a divided (two to one) vote, the SEC adopted new mutual...more

11/8/2016 - Investment Company Act of 1940 Liquidity Mutual Funds Reporting Requirements SEC

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

10/17/2016 - Block Trades BSA/AML Commodities Cross-Border Transactions EU FinTech Foreign Investment MiFID II Securitization SEFs Shadow Banking Stress Tests UK Underwriting Whistleblower Protection Policies

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

9/30/2016 - Asset Management Banking Regulators Banking Sector Banks Broker-Dealer EU Financial Crimes Financial Sector Financial Services Industry FinTech Global Market Investment Firms MiFID

FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Proposal Approved - Broker-Dealers Conducting Only Certain Private Fund Placement Services or...

In August 2016, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposal to permit firms conducting only enumerated corporate financing activities (“capital acquisition brokers” or “CABs”) to operate under a more limited FINRA rule set, a move...more

9/20/2016 - Broker-Dealer Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB) FINRA Private Placements

SEC Adopts New Disclosure and Recordkeeping Requirements for Investment Advisers

In May 2015, we reported on proposals by the Securities and Exchange Commission to expand public disclosures by registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) of various aspects of their separately managed accounts (“SMA”)...more

9/6/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Form ADV Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Separately Managed Accounts (SMA)

FINRA Proposes Revisions to Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation Rules

On August 5, 2016, FINRA in Regulatory-Notice 16–29 proposed revisions to its regulation of broker-dealer gifts, entertainment and non-cash compensation (the “proposal”) and requested comment to the same. The comment period...more

8/17/2016 - Broker-Dealer Comment Period FINRA Meals-Gifts-and Entertainment Rules Proposed Regulation

Securities Enforcement: 2016 Mid-Year Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) brought over 400 enforcement actions in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to surpass its record of 807 enforcements actions in a single fiscal year, which...more

7/20/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Books & Records Broker-Dealer Chief Compliance Officers Cooperation Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Disgorgement Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics FCPA Insider Trading Investment Adviser Municipal Bonds SEC Whistleblowers

ValueAct Settles for Record HSR Fine

Activist investor ValueAct Capital agreed to pay an $11 million fine and also agreed to injunctive relief to settle the DOJ’s allegations that it violated the HSR Act in connection with its acquisition of over $2.5 billion of...more

7/14/2016 - Baker Hughes Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Decrees DOJ Halliburton Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Injunctive Relief Investment-Only Exemption Merger Agreements

SEC Proposes New Rule Requiring Investment Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans Issues Guidance on Business...

A rule proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans...more

7/8/2016 - Business Continuity Plans Investment Adviser Proposed Regulation SEC

Brexit for Fund Managers: Time for Cool Heads

The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016. This note looks at the practical impact of a Brexit for fund managers, including possible solutions in the event that...more

7/6/2016 - AIFMD EEA EU MiFID II UCITS UK UK Brexit

SEC Increases Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold

Every five years, the US Securities and Exchange Commission is required to adjust for inflation the agency’s dollar-based qualification tests for when an SEC-registered investment adviser can receive compensation based on...more

6/28/2016 - High Net-Worth Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Qualified Purchaser Registered Investment Advisors SEC

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/23/2016 - Annual Reports Bank Holding Company Capital Markets Union Capital Requirements Cybersecurity Dodd-Frank EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) Long-Term Investment Funds No-Action Relief UK

FinCEN Issues Final Beneficial Owner Identification Rules

In May 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued final rules regarding beneficial owner identification obligations for legal entity customers (the “Rule”). Under the Rule, covered...more

6/15/2016 - Anti-Money Laundering Beneficial Owner Customer Identification Program (CIP) Final Rules FinCEN

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/9/2016 - EU Benchmark Regulation Form 10-K G-SII MiFID II Payday Loans Position Limits Prudential Standards Shadow Banking Stress Tests

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

6/9/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Distribution Rules DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty IRA Rollovers Retirement Plan

SEC To Increase Qualified Client Net Worth Threshold

Every five years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is required to adjust for inflation the agency’s dollar-based qualification tests for when an SEC-registered investment adviser can receive compensation based on...more

6/6/2016 - High Net-Worth Investment Adviser SEC

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

6/1/2016 - Basel III Beneficial Owner Capital Requirements Cross-Border Transactions Customer Due Diligence (CDD) EU Leverage Ratio Leveraged Lending Margin Requirements Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) UCITS UK

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

5/18/2016 - Benchmarking Distributed Ledger Insider Trading Liquidity Coverage Ratio Regulatory Standards Senior Managers Yates Memorandum

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Thin Line Between Education and Advice

Following the release in 2015 of the US Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule, many commentators feared that communications that had previously been characterized as “investment education” would now constitute...more

5/12/2016 - DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Final Rules Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

5/6/2016 - AML-CTF Annuities Asset Management Capital Markets Union Capital Requirements Cross-Border Transactions EU Incentive Compensation Leverage Ratio MiFID II SIFIs UK

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Details on Disclosure

As discussed in our publication dated April 14, 2016, the final Department of Labor fiduciary rule provides for two new prohibited transaction exemptions, the Best Interest Contract Exemption (the “BIC Exemption”) and the...more

5/6/2016 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Principal Transaction Exemption

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