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CFTC Issues Further Relief for Package Transactions

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an extension of no-action relief for swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap counterparties...more

11/18/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act DCMs DMO No-Action Relief SEFs

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 45

In this issue: - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015 - CBOE Makes Enhancements to Its Market-Maker Trade Notification System - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20...more

11/17/2014 - AIFM AIFMD CBOE CFTC Derivatives ESMA Financial Conduct Authority G20 Glass Lewis ISS Market Making OTC Prepaid Payment Products Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines

FINRA's New Consolidated Supervision Rules: A Roadmap to Compliance

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has adopted comprehensive new consolidated rules regarding supervision of member firms' activities, which become effective on December 1. While the new FINRA rules...more

11/12/2014 - Compliance FINRA London Stock Exchange NASD NYSE

FINRA Adds a Category of Persons to Serve on Disciplinary Hearings

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority amended FINRA Rules 9231 and 9232 to add a category of persons eligible to serve as panelists in a disciplinary proceeding, which includes persons who currently serve or previously...more

11/11/2014 - Compliance Disciplinary Proceedings Enforcement FINRA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 44

In this issue: - SEC Sanctions 10 Companies for Disclosure Failures Surrounding Financing Deals and Stock Dilution - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Entire Fairness Review in Absence of Conflicted...more

11/10/2014 - CFTC Compliance Dilution Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCMs Financing FINRA Mutual Funds NFA Recordkeeping Requirements SEC UK Virtual Currency

The Re-Proposed Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps: Some Issues and Suggestions for End Users

BACKGROUND: The US banking regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have each recently re-proposed margin rules for non-cleared swaps (the "Proposed Rules") that are virtually identical in substance and...more

11/6/2014

SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements

On October 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Division) issued no-action relief to Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing (GSEC) relating to the close-out requirements of Rule 204. In...more

11/4/2014 - Goldman Sachs No-Action Relief SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 43

In this issue: - ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0 - SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements -...more

11/3/2014 - Banks CCPs CFTC Class Action Commingling Commodities Compliance EMIR ESMA EU European Commission FCMs Fixed Income Investments Flood Insurance Foreign Banks Foreign Exchanges ISS OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities Litigation UK

FINRA Postpones Rules on MPID Requirements for ATSs

On October 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. postponed the implementation date of the Market Participant Identifier (MPID) requirements for Alternative Trading Systems (ATSs) when reporting weekly volume...more

10/14/2014 - ATS Compliance FINRA Market Participants

FINRA Proposes to Extend Tier Size Pilot for OTC Equity Securities

On October 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. proposed to amend FINRA Rule 6433 to extend to February 13, 2015, the operation of the Tier Size Pilot (Pilot) that changed minimum quotation sizes (tier sizes)...more

10/14/2014 - FINRA OTC Private Equity

FINRA Proposes to Make Permanent the Limited Fee Waiver Pilot Program for TRACE Data

On October 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. proposed a rule change to FINRA Rule 7730(C)(1)(A) to adopt as permanent the pilot program to provide certain market participants with a one-month trial period...more

10/14/2014 - Compliance Fees FINRA TRACE

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 40

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Rule 147 and Website/Social Media Use - Director of SEC Division of Corporation Finance Gives Speech on Securities...more

10/13/2014 - Bitcoin CFTC Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations Disclosure Disclosure Requirements FINRA Internet OTC SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media TRACE Virtual Currency Waivers Websites

CFTC and NFA Require SD and MSP Risk Exposure Reports to Be Submitted Through WinJammer

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) and National Futures Association (NFA) announced that, effective September 30, swap dealers (SDs) and major swap...more

10/8/2014 - CFTC DSIO Major Swap Participants NFA Reporting Requirements Risk Assessment Swap Dealers

FINRA Requests Comment on a Rule Proposal to Implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System

In December 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. released a concept proposal seeking comments on an initiative to implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS), which would be designed to...more

10/7/2014 - CARDS Clearing Agents FINRA Personally Identifiable Information Rulemaking Process

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 39

In this issse: - ISS Publishes Results of Annual Global Voting Policy Survey - FINRA Requests Comment on a Rule Proposal to Implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System - NFA Issues Notice...more

10/6/2014 - AIFMD CPOs CTA DCMs Derivatives Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU FINRA Fraud ISS MiFID NFA Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC Securities Fraud SEFs

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued proposed rules that would impose margin requirements on certain market participants with respect to their transactions in uncleared swaps. ...more

9/24/2014 - CFTC Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Proposed Regulation Prudential Regulation Authority Swap Dealers Swaps

Judge Rules in Favor of CFTC on Cross-Border Application of Dodd-Frank Rules

On September 16, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a challenge to the extraterritorial application of certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules promulgated under...more

9/23/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank Swap Dealers Swaps Title VII

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

9/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank EU FINRA Insider Trading Institutional Investment IRS Limited Liability Companies Margin Requirements Swaps

SEC Proposes Rule for Communications Involving Security-Based Swaps

On September 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule providing that publication or distribution of quotes involving security-based swaps that may be purchased only by eligible contract participants would not...more

9/16/2014 - Compliance SEC Securities Act of 1933 Security-Based Swaps Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 36

In this issue: - Bylaw of Delaware Corporation Providing for Exclusive Forum in North Carolina Upheld - FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms - CBOE and C2 in...more

9/15/2014 - AIFM AIFMD Banks Bitcoins CBOE CFPB CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance CPO Cross-Border Exclusive Jurisdiction False Claims Act FINRA Forum ISDA JOBS Act Jurisdiction OTC Regulation M Regulation Z SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps UK

US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 3, the Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency and Farm Credit Administration (collectively, Agencies) proposed...more

9/9/2014 - Farm Credit Administration FDIC fed FHFA Margin Requirements Market Participants Proposed Regulation Security-Based Swaps Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 35

In this issue: - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2015 - SEC Adopts Regulation AB II - US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps - CME...more

9/8/2014 - Banks Debt Buyers Filing Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Liquidity Coverage Ratio Loans Regulation AB SEC

CFTC Provides Limited Relief to SEFs from Certain Confirmation and Recordkeeping Requirements

On August 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight issued No-Action Letter No. 14-108, which provides time-limited conditional relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from certain...more

8/26/2014 - CFTC No-Action Letters Recordkeeping Requirements Relief Measures Swap Execution Facilities

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

8/25/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Compliance Contests & Promotions Derivatives EMIR Equity Plans ESMA EU FCA FinCEN Fraud ISDA ISS Judge Rakoff OCC Rule 10(b) SEC Security-Based Swaps SEFs Social Media Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act")...more

7/18/2014 - CFTC Compliance Cross-Border Dodd-Frank SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

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