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No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

Conflating tax law and trust law: The strange case of Ciampa v. Bank of America.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) may be a trust. See 26 U.S. Code § 408(a). Or it may be a custodianship. See sub-section (h) to §408. Here is sub-section (h) verbatim: FOR PURPOSES...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - October 2015

Regulatory Developments Under § 367 Affecting Transfers of Appreciated Property to Foreign Corporations - Introduction: On September 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rules Governing Administrative Proceedings

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be hearing the music. In response to the many voices that have expressed dissatisfaction with the procedures used in SEC administrative hearings, the SEC today issued proposed...more

High Court Confirms Process For Distributing Client Money Held By Firm In Special Administration

In this case report, we consider the High Court judgment in Re Worldspreads Ltd v Re Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011 [2015] EWHC 1719 (Ch) (19 June 2015). Originally published in Practical Law on...more

SEC Issues Settled Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser, its President and Senior Officers for Compliance Program...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order (Order) on June 23, 2015, against Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management Inc. (Adviser), an investment adviser registered under...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - July 2015

The 2016 compliance dates for new rules included in the SEC’s money market fund reforms are fast approaching. Among other things, the reforms include changes to stress-testing requirements, disclosure requirements, net asset...more

PCAOB Requests Supplemental Comment on Rules to Require Disclosure of Engagement Partners and Audit Participants

At an open meeting on June 30, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board unanimously voted to publish a supplemental request for comment on potential rules to require the disclosure of certain audit participants on...more

SEC Charges Mutual Fund Board Members and Investment Adviser with Violations of Section 15(c) For Deficient Advisory Contract...

On June 17, 2015, the SEC charged Commonwealth Capital Management (“CCM”), an investment adviser to various mutual funds within World Funds Trust (“WFT”) and World Funds, Inc. (“WFI”), for violating Section 15(c) of the...more

FinCEN Fines MSB and Its Owner for Alleged BSA Violations

Today, FinCEN announced the assessment of a civil money penalty against a Los Angeles-based Money Services Business (MSB) and its owner for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). During a 2011 examination of the...more

SEC Sanctions KKR Over Fee Allocations

The SEC filed its first action involving a private equity fund and broken deal expenses. By the time the Commission discovered the question the firm realized it did not have a disclosure policy, retained a consultant to study...more

Guide to Doing Business in New Zealand: Company Law (Updated)

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in New Zealand are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Companies Act principally regulates companies. The Companies Act, together...more

SEC Commissioner Gallagher: Guidance is Needed For IA CCOs

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher published a statement explaining his dissent in two recent enforcement actions in which the Chief Compliance Officer of an investment adviser was charged, noting that the trend in such...more

Riforma delle Banche Popolari - Le Disposizioni di Attuazione di BKI

Con il decreto legge 24 gennaio 2015 n. 3, entrato in vigore in data 25 gennaio 2015 (il "DL n. 3/2015"), sono state introdotte alcune disposizioni modificative della disciplina delle banche popolari contenuta nel decreto...more

Addressing the New U.K. Senior Managers’ Regime with Proven Compliance Solutions

It’s less than a year to go until the U.K. Senior Managers Regime (SMR) comes into effect (the official date is March 7, 2016). The regime, part of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013, aims to counter the toxic...more

Upper Tribunal Expresses "Wholesale Disagreement" With FCA's Assessment Of Level Of Financial Penalty To Be Imposed On...

In December 2014, the tribunal handed down a decision that partly upheld the FCA's findings in respect of Ms Burns in connection with her conduct as a non-executive director (CF2) of two mutual societies. The tribunal found...more

BEA Filing Deadline Looms For US Persons With Foreign Affiliates

Every five years, the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) conducts a survey concerning the extent of investment abroad by US individuals and entities (US persons). In the past, only US persons...more

CA Department of Business Oversight Files Suit Against Loan Payment Company

On May 15, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced that it filed a complaint against a debt payment company for allegedly operating in California without having the proper license and for charging fees...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+"

As part of its mandate under the JOBS Act to facilitate capital raises by smaller companies and emerging businesses and its continuing effort to broaden the number of investment options for investors, the Securities and...more

Massachusetts Moves to Block Regulation A+

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has filed a petition for review of Regulation A+. The Secretary is asking that the rule be vacated because it is arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the...more

SEC Updates EDGAR for Regulation A+

The SEC has updated its EDGAR Filer Manual to document changes being made to accommodate Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act. EDGAR will be updated to add Regulation A submission form types DOS, DOS/A, DOSLTR, 1-A, 1-A/A,...more

SEC Approves Proposed Rules for Executive Compensation

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) narrowly approved proposed rules requiring certain reporting companies to disclose the relationship between pay to named executive officers and performance by...more

FDIC Chairman Discusses Role and Current Challenges Facing Community Bank Directors

On May 12, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg delivered remarks at the American Association of Bank Directors (AABD)-SNL Knowledge Center Bank Director Summit. In his prepared remarks, Gruenberg discussed, among other things, (i)...more

Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System Delayed by One Year

On April 16, 2015, the council of ministers (Council) for the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System) announced that the Cooperative System is now expected to be operational by the fall of...more

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