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CFTC Report Indicates CFTC Botched Swap Dealer De Minimis Exemption

CFTC staff issued a preliminary report regarding the swap dealer de minimis exception. Under CFTC rules, market participants who exceed $8 billion in gross notional swap dealing activity over a twelve-month period are...more

11/19/2015 - CFTC De Minimus Quantity Exemption Dodd-Frank Financial Markets Swap Dealers

MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, published its first Compliance Advisory for Municipal Advisors, developed to assist municipal advisors with understanding and implementing the regulatory framework created...more

11/16/2015 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Financial Markets MSRB Municipal Advisers

En Banc Rehearing of Conflict Minerals Case Denied

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the petitions of the SEC and Amnesty International for an en banc rehearing of the decision in the conflict minerals case. ...more

11/10/2015 - Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank En Banc Review SEC

SEC Says there are (Almost) No Excuses for Late Whistleblowers

The SEC announced a whistleblower award totaling more than $325,000 for a former investment firm employee who tipped the agency with specific information that enabled enforcement staff to open an investigation and uncover the...more

11/5/2015 - CFPA Dodd-Frank Fraud Reporting Requirements Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

10/23/2015 - Banking Sector Banks CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Compliance Dodd-Frank Farm Credit Administration FDIC Federal Reserve FHFA Financial Institutions Financial Markets Hedge Funds Margin Requirements Obama Administration OCC Regulatory Agenda Risk Mitigation SEC Securities Exchange Act Swap Dealers Swaps Terrorism Insurance

Court Says There is no Private Cause of Action to Create an SEC Whistleblower Award

AgFeed Industries, Inc.’s accounting irregularities culminated in a March 2014 enforcement action brought against AgFeed by the SEC. The enforcement action yielded an $18 million disgorgement penalty, referred to as the...more

9/30/2015 - Cause of Action Accrual Commercial Bankruptcy Disgorgement Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Reorganizations SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

2nd Circuit Says Whistleblowers Don’t Have to Report to the SEC

In Berman v. NEO@OGILVY LLC, the Second Circuit held that a whistleblower does not have to report to the SEC to be afforded the anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Act. The court discussed that legislative history...more

9/14/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Chevron Deference Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements Retaliation SEC Whistleblowers

Court Orders SEC to Implement Resource Extraction Rule

To review: On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC’s resource extraction rules which were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Oxfam America then brought a suit against the...more

9/3/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Natural Resources Resource Extraction SEC

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC has adopted a final “pay ratio” rule required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd Frank Act. In general, the “pay ratio” rule requires public companies to disclose the median of the annual total compensation of all...more

8/10/2015 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies Executive Compensation Final Rules Foreign Private Issuers Form 10-K Item 402 Pay Ratio Proxy Statements Regulation S-K SEC

SEC Bolsters Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Rules Through Interpretive Guidance

There has been a debate about whether a whistleblower must report information about a violation of securities laws to the SEC, as opposed to internal reporting, to qualify for protection under the anti-retaliation provisions...more

8/5/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Internal Reporting Popular Rule 21F SEC Securities Exchange Act Whistleblowers

Fed Approves Rule Requiring Largest Banks To Further Strengthen Capital

The Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule requiring the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies to further strengthen their capital positions. Under the rule, a firm that is identified as a...more

7/21/2015 - Bank Holding Company Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions FRB Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI)

Agencies Provide Guidance On Seeding Period for Volcker Rule

The staffs of the agencies responsible for administering the Volcker Rule have again updated the Volcker Rule FAQs. A new FAQ notes that the rule implementing the Volcker Rule and the accompanying preamble make clear that a...more

7/20/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Financial Institutions Investment Companies Proprietary Trading RICs Volcker Rule

One Tardy Whistleblower Wins SEC Award, One Loses

The SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $3 million to a company insider whose information helped the SEC crack a complex fraud. The multi-million dollar payout is the third highest award to date under the SEC’s...more

7/20/2015 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Cannot Use Dodd-Frank Bans Retroactively

Section 925(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act expanded a remedy for certain violations of securities laws form barring association with broker-dealers to a bar that includes municipal advisors, rating organizations and other regulated...more

7/15/2015 - Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisers Retroactive Application SEC

SEC Proposes Clawback Rule for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the...more

7/10/2015 - Clawbacks Compliance Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Reporting Requirements SEC Section 10D Securities Exchange Act

SEC Proposes Clawback Rules—A Comprehensive Summary

The SEC has proposed new rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added Section 10D to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10D requires the Commission to adopt rules directing the national...more

7/3/2015 - Clawbacks Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Incentive Compensation New Regulations Regulation S-K SEC Section 10D Total Shareholder Return (TSR)

SEC Meeting to Consider Compensation Clawback Proposal

The SEC has announced an open meeting to consider clawback of executive compensation under Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act to be held on July 1, 2015. According to the notice of the meeting, the SEC will consider whether...more

6/26/2015 - Clawbacks Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

6/18/2015 - Bitcoin Business Valuations Derivatives Dodd-Frank Investors IPO Popular SEC Securities Securities Exchange Act Security-Based Swaps Startups Stock Trades Stocks Swaps Virtual Currency

CFPB Finalizes Rules to Regulate Nonbank Auto Lenders

The CFPB adopted a final that allows the agency to supervise larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time. The CFPB also released the examination procedures that its examiners will use. Currently, the Bureau...more

6/11/2015 - Abusive Acts Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Protection Act Credit Unions Dodd-Frank ECOA Financing Nonbank Firms Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

Delaware Dismisses Caremark Claim Against DuPont

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently dismissed a derivative action in Ironworkers District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity Retirement & Pension Plan v. Andreotti et al. One of the many claims alleged was a Caremark...more

5/13/2015 - Bad Faith Breach of Duty Caremark claim Derivatives Dodd-Frank DuPont Fiduciary Duty Genetically Engineered Seed Monsanto Patent Infringement Pensions Rule 23

Pay Versus Performance Rules Proposed by Securities and Exchange Commission

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued another proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act, this time with respect to the pay versus performance requirements of Section 953(a) of the Act. ...more

5/12/2015 - Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay-for-Performance Pensions Profit Sharing Proxy Statements Regulation S-K Retirement Plan SEC Securities Shareholders Stocks Total Shareholder Return (TSR) XBRL Filing Requirements

Agencies Issue Final Rule on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Six federal financial regulatory issued a final rule that implements minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies, or AMCs. An AMC is an entity that provides appraisal...more

5/1/2015 - Appraisal Appraisal Management Companies Dodd-Frank Final Rules FIRREA Mortgage Lenders Regulatory Standards Underwriting

2nd Circuit Upholds SEC’s Denial of Whistleblower Award

Larry Stryker petitioned the Second Circuit for review of an order of the SEC that denied his claim for a whistleblower award. He sought the award under Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act based on information he supplied to...more

3/16/2015 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Court Finds SEC Administrative Proceeding Constitutional

Section 929P(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act provides that the SEC’s authority in administrative penalty proceedings is “coextensive” with its authority to seek penalties in federal court. The plaintiff in Bebo v SEC argued the...more

3/9/2015 - Administrative Hearings Bebo v SEC Dodd-Frank Due Process Equal Protection SEC

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