Stephen M. Quinlivan

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Regulators Approve Securitization Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

10/23/2014 - CFPB Compliance Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Risk Retention SEC

ISS Proposes New Methodology For Evaluating Equity Plan Proposals

A key component to evaluating whether to place an equity plan proposal in a proxy is whether or not ISS will support the plan. Accoding to ISS, while it has historically recommended against approximately 30 percent of equity...more

10/21/2014 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Equity Plans ISS

ISS Considering Changing Course on Independent Chair Shareholder Proposals

ISS is requesting feedback on a change to its voting policy on independent chair shareholder proposals. ISS’ current policy is to generally recommend for independent chair shareholder proposals unless the company satisfies...more

10/17/2014 - Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank ISS Shareholders

FINRA Reminds Anti-Whistleblower Provisions Are Not Permitted in Settlement Agreements

FINRA has published a regulatory notice where it reminds firms that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

10/16/2014 - Arbitration Dodd-Frank FINRA Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements Settlement Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

CFPB Considering Issuing No-Action Letters

The CFPB has issued a proposed policy where it would issue no-action letters in limited circumstances. The proposed policy is designed for new financial products or services where there may be uncertainty about how they fit...more

10/14/2014 - CFPB Dodd-Frank No-Action Letters

It’s Going to be Harder to Sell Unregistered Securities

The SEC has issued a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they sell unregistered securities on behalf of clients. This occurs when founders and employees sell their initial stakes in...more

10/10/2014 - Broker-Dealer Compliance Dodd-Frank Private Placements SEC

Tulane Releases Study on First-Year Conflict Minerals Filings

The Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University Law School released a study analyzing the results of a June 2014 survey of issuers who filed the required Form SD. The study investigates the market impact...more

10/8/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Form SD Issuers Public Disclosure Surveys

MD&A Rules Do Not Create Rule 10b-5 Disclosure Obligation

The Ninth Circuit recently examined whether Item 303 of Regulation of S-K, which sets forth the MD&A rules, creates an affirmative duty of disclosure on which to pin a Rule 10b-5 case. The case centered around a significant...more

10/7/2014 - Breach of Duty Compliance Disclosure Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Regulation S-K Rule 10b-5 Stocks

SEC Says Use IP Addresses to Control Intrastate Offerings

In a new CDI, the SEC indicates it may be possible to use IP addresses to control internet communications so that offers are made only in one state and qualify for the intrastate exemption under Rule 147. In Securities Act...more

10/3/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank SEC Transacting Intrastate Business

Federal Insurance Office Issues Second Annual Report

The sleepy office of the Treasury Department known as the Federal Insurance Office, or FIO, released its second Annual Report on the Insurance Industry. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,...more

9/29/2014 - Dodd-Frank FIO

SEC Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations on Disclosure of Preliminary Voting Results

The Investor as Owner Subcommittee of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 911 of the Dodd-Frank Act has issued two recommendations on disclosure of preliminary voting results. The...more

9/22/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank SEC

SEC Sued to Implement Resource Extraction Rules

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. Since that time, industry players have asked the SEC to...more

9/19/2014 - Cross-Border Dodd-Frank EU Resource Extraction SEC

Bank Regulators Propose Relaxed Margin Requirements for Corporate End Users of Uncleared Swaps

Five federal agencies have taken a second stab at a proposed rule to establish margin requirements for swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers, and major security-based swap participants as...more

9/10/2014 - Bank Holding Company Act Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Proposed Regulation Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps

Good News and Bad News: Commerce Department Publishes List of Conflict Minerals Processing Facilities

The good news is the Commerce Department published a list of ”all known conflict mineral processing facilities worldwide” as required by section 1502(d)(3)(C) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

9/8/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank SEC

Fed Proposes to Repeal Rule Regarding Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices

The Federal Reserve Board has requested comment on a proposal to repeal its Regulation AA regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act repealed the...more

8/26/2014 - Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Regulation AA Repeal Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

SEC Commissioner Objects to Retroactive Application of Dodd-Frank Bars

Commissioner Gallagher recently filed this opinion dissenting in part with respect to In the Matter of John W. Lawton. The matter arose out of the alleged misconduct of respondent John W. Lawton, who purportedly committed...more

8/6/2014 - Dodd-Frank Fraud Investment Advisers Act of 1940 NRSRO SEC

SEC Waives Rule and Reverses Course to Grant Whistleblower Windfall

In August 2013 the SEC whistleblower claims review staff issued a preliminary determination and recommended a whistleblower claim be denied. Although the record demonstrated that the claimant provided original information to...more

8/1/2014 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Self-Regulatory Organizations Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

New Decision Bodes Well for SEC in Conflict Minerals Case

In April 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held the SEC’s conflict minerals rule and statute embodied in Dodd-Frank violate the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require...more

7/30/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions First Amendment SEC

SEC Commissioner Wants Dodd-Frank Wrapped Up

SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein recently gave remarks on the status of required Dodd-Frank rulemakings. The pay ratio, claw back, conflict minerals and resources extraction rules didn’t really seem all that important to her...more

6/16/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Process SEC SEC Commissioner

Report Indicates Armed Groups Cede Control of Conflict Minerals Mines in Congo

A report issued by the organization Enough Project indicates market changes spurred by the Dodd-Frank Act’s provisions on conflict minerals have helped to significantly reduce the involvement of armed groups in eastern...more

6/13/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Mining SEC

CFTC To Make First Whistleblower Award For $240,000 — But Why?

The CFTC has a whistleblower award program that is separate from, but somewhat similar to, the SEC’s whistleblower award program. Both are mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. The CFTC has announced that the agency will...more

5/21/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SEC Issues Additional FAQs On Engineering Exclusion From Municipal Advisor Rules

We have reviewed prior SEC guidance on the municipal advisor rules, from a view point of structuring a business to avoid a municipal advisory role. The SEC has now issued additional FAQs, including on the engineering...more

5/20/2014 - Construction Contracts Contractors Dodd-Frank Funding Municipal Advisers Municipal Securities Issuers Municipalities SEC Securities

Whistleblower Doesn’t Have To Report To SEC For Dodd-Frank Protection

In Yang v. Navigators Group, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2014), the court held the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation statute does not clearly and unambiguously limit whistleblower protection to individuals who report violations to the SEC where...more

5/13/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

NAM Throws A Hail Mary In Conflicts Minerals Case

When Commissioners Daniel M. Gallagher and Michael S. Piwowar released this Joint Statement on the Conflict Minerals Decision on April 28, 2014, I wondered where it would go. ...more

5/2/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank First Amendment Manufacturers NAM SEC

Bad People Can’t Buy Failed Banks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, has adopted a final rule to implement section 210(r) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under that section, individuals or entities that have,...more

4/21/2014 - Bad Actors Banks Dodd-Frank FDIC

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