Ross Pazzol

Ross Pazzol

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 25

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Proposes Rules Updating Mining Registrant Disclosure Requirements - On June 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules (Proposed Rules) to modernize the property disclosure...more

6/27/2016 - CME Customer Protection Rule EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) Form PQR No-Action Relief Regulation S-K UK UK Brexit

SEC Approves IEX as a National Securities Exchange and Issues Interpretation To Allow IEX "Speed Bump"

As has been widely reported, the application of Investors' Exchange, LLC (IEX) to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a national securities exchange has generated unprecedented interest and a fair...more

6/24/2016 - Flash Boys High Frequency Trading Investors' Exchange (IEX) SEC Securities Exchanges

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 24

SEC/CORPORATE - DC Circuit Court Rejects States’ Challenge of Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - On June 14, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) rejected challenges...more

6/20/2016 - Blue Sky Laws Central Counterparties Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Clearing Organizations Futures Margin Requirements No-Action Relief Preemption Regulation A Reporting Requirements Third Country Entities

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 23

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Adopts Amendment to Form 10-K Permitting the Summary of Business and Financial Information - On June 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an interim final rule (Rule), as mandated...more

6/13/2016 - Algorithmic Trading European Commission Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Form 10-K Interest Rate Swaps MiFID II Registration Requirement Security-Based Swaps Swap Clearing

CFTC Proposes To Allow Designated Contract Markets and Swap Execution Facilities To Recognize Certain Hedging and Spread Positions...

On May 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments to its previously proposed rules related to speculative position limits on 28 core referenced futures contracts (the "2016 Amendment"). If...more

6/7/2016 - CFTC Hedging Position Limits Proposed Amendments SEFs

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 19

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves PCAOB Rules Requiring Disclosure of Audit Participants - On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the proposed new rules and related amendments to auditing standards...more

5/16/2016 - Audits Commodities Exchange Act EU MiFID II MiFIR Non-GAAP Financial Measures PCAOB Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) Stock Options UCITS

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 18

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves Amendments to Implement Provisions of the JOBS Act and FAST Act - On May 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved amendments to revise certain rules under the Securities...more

5/9/2016 - CFPB Crowdfunding EU Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) G-SIB ISDA JOBS Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses MiFID II Regulation Technical Standards (RTS)

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 17

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Modifies and Extends Pilot Program for NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility - The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order that modifies and extends the National...more

5/2/2016 - Alternative Trading Systems Capital Markets Union ECON EU Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) MiFID II Regulation NMS Virtual Currency

The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

4/15/2016 - Algorithmic Trading Associated Persons FINRA NASD Registration Requirement SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 14

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Expansion of Supplement Schedule for Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items - On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-11...more

4/11/2016 - CFTC Corporate Governance EU Exchange-Traded Products FDIC Filing Requirements FINRA Guidance Update MiFIR Natural Gas Remuneration Swaps UCITS V

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 13

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Proposes Amendment to Transactions in Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares Rule - On March 29, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a...more

4/4/2016 - Derivatives EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Exchange-Traded Products FINRA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 12

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Issues No-Action Relief Pursuant to Rule 14a-8(i)(9) - As previously reported in the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest edition of October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission's...more

3/28/2016 - CD&I Federal Reserve No-Action Relief Prepaid Payment Products Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposals White Paper

European Commission Adopts Equivalence Decision in Regards to US CFTC-Registered CCPs

On March 15, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted an equivalence decision in regards to US central counterparties (CCPs). The equivalence decision will allow CCPs authorized and registered with the Commodity...more

3/23/2016 - Central Counterparties CFTC EMIR Equivalency Determinations EU European Commission No-Action Relief

CFTC Approves Final Rule Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Trade Option End-Users

On March 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a final rule removing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap...more

3/22/2016 - CFTC Final Rules Major Swap Participants Recordkeeping Requirements Swap Dealers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 11

CFTC - CFTC Approves Final Rule Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Trade Option End-Users - On March 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a final rule...more

3/21/2016 - CFTC Derivatives Clearing Organizations EU Final Rules Market Abuse No-Action Relief Recordkeeping Requirements Risk Mitigation SEFs

SEC Announces Creation of Office of Risk and Strategy

On March 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of the Office of Risk and Strategy (ORS) within the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)....more

3/15/2016 - Administrative Boards OCIE Registered Investment Advisors SEC SEC Examination Priorities

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 10

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Announces Creation of Office of Risk and Strategy - On March 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of the Office of Risk and Strategy (ORS) within the SEC’s Office of...more

3/14/2016 - Basel III EU Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Person of Significant Control (PSC Register) Senior Managers Insurers Regime (SMIR) Swap Dealers UK

FINRA Requests Information Regarding Firm Culture and Values

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting firms to submit information regarding their organizational culture and how those values impact business decisions. FINRA’s 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

3/1/2016 - Broker-Dealer Corporate Culture FINRA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 8

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Information Regarding Firm Culture and Values - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting firms to submit information regarding their organizational culture and how...more

2/29/2016 - Banking Examinations Comptroller Corporate Culture Depository Institutions EU Examination Priorities ISDA MiFID II No-Action Letters Recordkeeping Requirements Security-Based Swaps Stress Tests UK

NFA’s Interpretive Notice on Information Systems Security Programs Becomes Effective on March 1

National Futures Association (NFA) has issued a reminder that its interpretive notice on information systems security programs becomes effective on March 1. The interpretive notice, which was discussed in detail in the...more

2/25/2016 - Information Systems Security Program (ISSP) NFA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 7

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss Capital Formation Landscape for Small and Emerging Companies - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its Advisory...more

2/22/2016 - Benchmarks Capital Formation Emerging Growth Companies EU NFA No-Action Letters No-Action Relief Rule 14a-8 Swaps UK

FINRA Files Proposed Rule Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a proposed rule change that would require the registration of associated persons of FINRA member firms who are...more

2/19/2016 - Algorithmic Trading FINRA NASD Proposed Regulation Registration Requirement

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Public Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) will hold a public meeting on February 25. Topics to be addressed are: (1) the EEMAC’s report detailing its 2015...more

2/17/2016 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Public Meetings Swap Dealers

Change to the No-Action Relief Regarding Definition of “Ready Market” With Regard to Foreign Equity Securities Pursuant to SEC...

On February 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission withdrew a no-action letter that was issued on November 28, 2012 (Old Letter), and issued a new one in its place (New Letter). The New Letter is identical to the Old...more

2/16/2016 - Foreign Issuers No-Action Letters SEC

European Commission and CFTC Announce Harmonized Approach to CCPs

On February 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Commission (EC) announced that they had reached an agreement on a harmonized approach to central clearing counterparties (CCPs). The agreement ensures...more

2/16/2016 - Central Counterparties CFTC EU European Commission Market Participants

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