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Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews - All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their compliance...more

Yahoo! Data Breach Results in Another Lawsuit Against Corporate Directors and Officers

A number of claims have been made against companies’ directors and officers alleging a breach of fiduciary duty for failing to adequately oversee data security programs. To date, the defendants’ oversight of the programs and...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

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

SEC Reportedly Wants To Know What Took Yahoo! So Long To Disclose Massive Data Breaches

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly looking into whether two data breaches at Yahoo!, Inc. should have been disclosed earlier.  In a front page article today, the Wall Street Journal reported that...more

Timely Reminders to Avoid Inadvertent Tipping Liability

Just in time for the annual season of work holiday parties and family gatherings, the United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that leaking material non-public information to a close relative who then trades in...more

Implementing the GDPR: What You Need to Know

Data protection procedures will require an overhaul for any company that offers goods and services, or tracks individuals, in the EU under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to take effect from 25 May...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

Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

Cybersecurity Q&A: What Canadian Companies Need to Know about the EU’s New Data Protection Law

It is trite to point out that information crosses national borders today at an unprecedented rate and with very few barriers. A consequence of this unconstrained international flow of information is that domestic data...more

Spoofing, Sports and the Panama Papers: BakerHostetler Offers Mid-Year Review of Cross-Border Government Investigations and...

Halfway through 2016, the international community has seen a staggering variety of cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. Brexit, the release of the Panama Papers, allegations of widespread sports doping and the...more

Blog: BDO Analysis Of Tech Industry Risk Factors Shows Increased Impact Of Cybersecurity And M&A Concerns

An analysis by audit firm BDO of the incidence of disclosure of various risk factors among tech companies over five years reflects increased emphasis on security breaches, the impact of M&A (including goodwill impairment) and...more

Receiving Data from Europe: The EU-US Privacy Shield

The European Union ("EU") recently announced that the new EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement ("Privacy Shield") is adequate to meet EU data privacy requirements and allow for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US in...more

Cybersecurity, Cyber Insurance: What Fund Directors Need to Know

Cyberattacks are attempts by hackers to damage, destroy and/or steal data from a computer network or system. From 2013 to 2015, more than 153.6 million people had information stolen in cyberattacks involving companies such as...more

The SEC Now Has A Lead Cybersecurity Senior Adviser: Now What?

The SEC recently created a new position associated with cybersecurity; senior adviser to the chair for cybersecurity (Christopher R. Hetner). Mr. Hetner has an extensive background in information technology and, in...more

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Given the security industry’s increased use of information technology and the constant evolution of cyber threats, cybersecurity will continue to demand significant attention from regulators and industry participants in the...more

Key Data Privacy and Security Concerns for Investment Firms

Privacy and data security concerns are among the most critical issues facing investment funds, advisors and managers (collectively, “investment firms”). This article outlines the privacy and data security challenges...more

Five Nutshell Questions about Cybersecurity for the Board of Directors

On April 29, 2016, the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) published its new Special Report, Prioritizing Cybersecurity: Five Investor Questions for Portfolio Company Boards. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 9

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Chair Addresses Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - On February 25, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White addressed members of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on...more

CFTC’s New Proposed Rules Mandate Extensive Cybersecurity Testing; Comments Due Feb. 22, 2016

On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRMs” or “Proposed Rules”) that would, if finalized, supplement existing regulations covering the...more

SEC Enforcement Lays out Approach to Cybersecurity Cases

If you’ve ever attended the annual SEC Speaks conference, you know that the official program is an intensely uninteresting collection of short speeches by SEC officials who don’t have a lot of incentives to say groundbreaking...more

Mixed Enforcement Messages (and What’s in a Name?)

Not long ago I wrote about a speech by Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, at the Directors Forum 2016 in San Diego. In his speech, Mr. Ceresney made a point of noting the SEC’s continuing...more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

2016 Proxy Season Checklist – What You Need to Know

As we roll into a new year and a new public company reporting season, public companies should be aware of a number of rule changes and rulemakings, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff guidance, disclosure trends...more

Financial Services Legislation: 2015 in Review and What to Expect in 2016

To the surprise of many, Congress passed a number of financial services bills in 2015, including six that amended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....more

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