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The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community

Sanctions: Why So Hot Now? - In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US...more

A Committee of Fund Manager Personnel May Not Be Able to Provide the Requisite Consent on Behalf of the Fund for a Principal...

Fund managers may wish from time to time to conduct, or for their principals or affiliates to conduct, securities transactions opposite the fund. The Advisers Act prohibits such transactions – called “principal transactions”...more

The Case That Could Significantly Disrupt How Companies Manage Their Gift Card Programs and Could Create Billions of Dollars in...

Every company with a gift card program should be aware of the recently unsealed qui tam case in Delaware titled State of Delaware ex rel. French v. Card Compliant, LLC, et al., N13C-06-289 (Superior Court of Delaware, New...more

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry...more

FINRA Provides Guidance on the Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements in the EB-5...

In an interpretive letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) interpreted the suitability requirements under Rule 2111 for recommendations to foreign nationals making...more

New Swap Business Conduct and Record-Keeping Regulations Kick in for Municipal Bond Issuers and Borrowers

Beginning May 1, 2013, many new business conduct regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) will begin to...more

Two Recent SEC No Action Letters Establish Standards for Crowdsourcing Online Platforms Limited to "Accredited Investors" to Avoid...

In two recent no action letters, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) granted no action relief for two venture capital online funding platforms, the FundersClub, Inc. (“FundersClub”) and AngelList, LLC...more

New FINRA Rule 5123 Regarding Private Placements of Securities Effective December 3, 2012

In an effort to enhance oversight and investor protection over private placement activity of firms on behalf of other issuers, new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Rule 5123 became effective on December...more

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