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SEC Chairman Clayton Talks Cyber Threats And Responses

by King & Spalding on

On July 12, 2017, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton made his first public speech as head of the Commission, emphasizing the need for coordination between companies and regulators to thwart cyber...more

House Passes Regulatory Reform That Would Loosen Restrictions on BDCs and Other Funds

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote mostly along party lines, approved a bill that would repeal many of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requirements and...more

Initial Coin Offerings: An Overview of Regulatory Considerations

In recent months, a variety of companies have considered "initial coin offerings" (ICOs) as a way to generate money for their businesses. Companies considering ICOs should be aware that, depending on the structure of the...more

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

by WilmerHale on

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of...more

“Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs” – House Passes Financial Reform Bill

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 8, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 in a bid to reform the financial regulatory system created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which...more

RISK: To Retain or Not Retain in Sukuk?

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - 17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rule”) was adopted in response...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Considers Changes to CEO Pay Ratio Rule

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a public statement on February 6, 2017 requesting input on any unexpected challenges that companies have experienced as they prepare for compliance with the CEO pay ratio rule,...more

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Multi-Branch Adviser Initiative

by Dechert LLP on

Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may use a variety of business and organizational models, which may include structures with one or more branch offices. In announcing its...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 12, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2017 examination priorities.1 OCIE’s 2017 priorities, which largely mirror its 2016 priorities, cover three areas: (1)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The End of “Too Big to Fail”? On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board) adopted a final rule to strengthen the ability of government authorities to...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year In Preview: Trade Secret Theft Takes Center Stage

Editor’s Note: This is the first of an end-of-year series of posts examining coming trends in cybersecurity. Posts will examine trends in state regulations, federal regulatory authority, the changing nature of the threat...more

SEC Adopts Rules and Forms to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has adopted, by a 2-to-1 vote, new rules and forms, as well as amendments to certain rules and forms (Final Rule), to modernize the reporting of information by...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

by King & Spalding on

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Recommendations as Part of Their Section 620 Report to Solidify the Safety and Soundness of the...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC,” and...more

CFTC Proposes New Enforcement Authority and Other Amendments in Its Whistleblower Program

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Mirroring existing SEC authority, the CFTC’s proposal would allow it to impose sanctions for retaliation against whistleblowers. On August 30, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published proposed...more

SEC Adopts Additional Rules Related to Security-Based Swap Transaction Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules focused on greater transparency in security-based swap transactions, relying on mandates in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

The SEC’s Customer Protection Rule Initiative and Whistleblower Protection Efforts – What Broker-Dealers Need to Know

by King & Spalding on

On June 23, 2016, the SEC instituted a settled enforcement action against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (collectively, “Merrill”), in which Merrill agreed to pay $415...more

Elder Abuse Takes Another Twist and Turn

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If you thought the SEC and FINRA were serious about elder issues, welcome to the Alabama, Indiana and Vermont. Each has focused on elder abuse issues. These states will have mandatory reporting to state officials in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #5

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - FSOC Rescinds GE Capital's SIFI Designation - On June 29, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) announced that it had voted unanimously to “rescind its determination that...more

Details Emerge about the Financial CHOICE Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 15, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released a more detailed summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA”), a proposal to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 22

BROKER-DEALER FINRA - Issues Guidance With Respect to Stop Orders and Volatile Market Conditions - On May 26, FINRA issued guidance encouraging firms to review their policies with respect to the use of stop orders...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #2

FiNCEN Finalizes Rules Requiring Banks, Broker-Dealers, FCMs, Mutual Funds and IBs to Help Verify Beneficial Owners of Certain Accounts: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network finalized rules requiring banks,...more

The Battle Over Fiduciary Status for Brokers Giving Retirement Advice Wages On

by Butler Snow LLP on

The battle over the DOL’s efforts to implement a new law that will impose a fiduciary standard on anyone giving retirement advice continues with some now questioning whether critics of the law really believe its effects will...more

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