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Court in LendingClub Class Action Requires Due Diligence by Lead Plaintiff Before Approving Lead Counsel

In a recent decision in the now-consolidated LendingClub class action cases, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California appointed a lead plaintiff but unexpectedly declined to appoint lead counsel at the same...more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required....more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

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

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

SEC Adopts Changes Impacting Private Fund Advisers

The SEC’s recently-adopted changes to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the so-called “books and records rule”), raise important considerations for many private fund advisers –...more

UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new...more

Why is Anyone Surprised with the SEC Examining Firms with Previously Disciplined Advisors?

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced that a “Supervision Initiative” will take place across the country. OCIE staff will conduct focused RIA...more

Remember Europe? Harshing My Mellow

Maybe it’s because I have been in Europe this past week (Munich at Octoberfest actually – Men in way-too-short leather shorts, dirndls, beer steins the size of a politician’s ego, the most astonishing amount of drinking, etc....more

Venture Exchange Regulation: Listing Standards, Market Microstructure, and Investor Protection

This summer, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Main Street Growth Act, which calls for legislative changes to promote the formation of venture exchanges. The idea that securities exchanges specially designed...more

SEC Files Action Against Company and its General Counsel for Loss Contingency Accrual and Disclosure Failures – What to Know

SEC’s Factual Allegations - On September 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint against RPM International Inc. (“RPM”) and its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, alleging the...more

Blog: Are The Days Of “I’ll-Scratch-Your-Back” Cronyism History?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization...more

House Bill Would Ease Regulatory Restrictions to Private Fund Advisers

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to modernize certain disclosure requirements and lessen regulatory burdens on private fund advisers....more

Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been...more

FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Proposal Approved - Broker-Dealers Conducting Only Certain Private Fund Placement Services or...

In August 2016, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposal to permit firms conducting only enumerated corporate financing activities (“capital acquisition brokers” or “CABs”) to operate under a more limited FINRA rule set, a move...more

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Mining Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how....more

SEC Adopts Changes to Form ADV and Books and Records Rules

On August 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV Part 1 that will require SEC-registered investment advisers to provide a significant amount of new information. The SEC adopted...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 14-Wells Fargo and the Fraud Triangle [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a look at the Wells Fargo scandal through the lens of the fraud triangle. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 36

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - On September 14, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech titled “Equity Market Structure in 2016 and for the Future”...more

Bridging the Week - September 2016 #2

Just in Time for Football Season, CFTC Chairman Decides to Punt Swap De Minimis Threshold for One Year: Chairman Timothy Massad of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced his intention to recommend to his fellow...more

Brexit: A Financial Free Zone Within the City

The UK Government recently indicated that it intends to negotiate a unique EU-UK relationship post-Brexit. It is hoped that the arrangements will be appropriate for the UK and London’s position as a leading international...more

Capital Acquisition Brokers: New Category of Broker-Dealers Provides Limited Relief for Some Investment Banking Boutiques

The SEC recently approved a set of FINRA rules which creates a new category of broker-dealers known as Capital Acquisition Brokers or CABs. The rules were originally proposed in 2014 and will go into effect on the date set...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Implementation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reforms 

The Financial Stability Board published its eleventh progress report on the implementation of reforms by standard-setting bodies, national and regional authorities and market participants to the over-the-counter derivatives...more

The Few. The Responsible. Those who can serve as Fiduciaries for Brokerage Firms.

Most brokerage firms are staying mum about how they intend to meet their requirements under the new fiduciary rule in 2017, but some have tipped their hands and are going to go the approach that I thought they would....more

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