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Swaps End-User Update: CFTC Provides Helpful Interpretation for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued its final interpretation (Final Interpretation) to clarify when a nonfinancial commodity contract that contains “embedded volumetric optionality”...more

Reporting Requirement for All U.S. Persons That Hold Interests in Foreign Affiliates

Pursuant to the requirements of the International Investment and Trade and Services Survey Act and related statutes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects information on international...more

Private Equity Quarterly Report - Q1 2015; Benesch Manufacturing/ Industrials Market Intelligence

In this Report: - Part I – Manufacturing Subsectors include automotive, packaging, heavy equipment and aerospace. - Market Overview - Major Transactions - Disruptive Factors - Outlook - Part II...more

Corruption Risks for Investors

Instances of corruption can have a significant impact on a company’s finances and reputation. Violations of regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or the UK Bribery Act can mean substantial penalties,...more

Four Things You Should Know about New York State’s Recent Advisory Opinion on the Taxation of Software as a Service (“SaaS”)

On May 15, 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance released Advisory Opinion TSB-A-15(2)S which concluded that sales of certain cloud computing services are not subject to New York State sales and use tax....more

SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee: Assessing Complexity in the U.S. Equity Markets

On May 13, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (the “EMSAC” or “Committee”) held its inaugural meeting (the “Inaugural Meeting”) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) in...more

U.S. Money Market Fund Reform: Form N-CR and Related Website Disclosure Compliance Deadline Quickly Approaching

The July 14, 2015 compliance date for certain new money market fund reporting and disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly approaching. In particular, money market funds...more

[Webinar] Peeling Back the Curtain: Working with Your Legal Department to Optimize Your Relationship With Your Outside Law Firms -...

The pressure between managing external legal costs and efficient execution of your company’s legal tasks while maintaining a successful relationship with your outside law firms can be a challenge. In this webinar, we examine...more

Note versus Mortgage: Who leads the dance?

Earlier this month, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal released an opinion seemingly designed to serve as a primer on perfecting a security interest in a promissory note secured by a mortgage. The analysis is found in...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: OCC Integrates Licensing Rules for National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On May 18, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a final rule to integrate the policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions of national banks and Federal savings associations....more

May 29th Filing Requirement for U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates

U.S. Companies with foreign subsidiaries and other affiliates are required to report to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) by May 29 or June 30, 2015, depending on the number of foreign...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“SPP”) proposing to exempt three categories of SPP transactions...more

DOL's Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption Could Require Dramatic Changes for Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new “Best Interest Contract” prohibited transaction exemption, which is a standards-based exemption that applies to the receipt of compensation by advisers and their financial...more

EU Securities – Proposed Settlement System to Facilitate London Listings of US Companies

Historically, due to certain restrictions under US securities laws, equity securities of US companies and other companies that do not qualify as “foreign private issuers” under US securities laws (collectively, “US-Based...more

U.S. SEC Approves Proposals to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies and Registered Investment...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today unanimously approved proposals (Proposals) to modernize the reporting of information provided by registered investment companies (funds) and registered investment...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and...more

How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for...more

Amendments to Spanish Corporate Laws Add Flexibility to Bond Issuances by Spanish Companies

New rules relax certain structural and procedural legal restrictions, helping Spanish companies access debt capital markets. On 27 April 2015, the Spanish parliament passed Law 5/2015, of 27 April, of corporate finance...more

A Regulatory Reform Glossary

Since the financial crisis, financial institutions have been required to address significant regulatory changes. The new regulatory framework in the United States and Europe has introduced a series of new terms. This brief...more

Deadline Looming for BE-10 Filing

- Mandatory reporting required by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Form BE-10 – 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad - Investment managers, general partners, hedge funds and private equity funds are...more

Spring Vacations: Which arguments are winning on appeals from arbitration so far in 2015?

Today I present a collection of recent state and federal appellate court decisions that vacate or un-vacate arbitration awards. The seven opinions below emphasize how difficult it is to prove that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the...more

Revised Interagency Examination Procedures for Consumer Compliance

As of May 1, the Task Force on Consumer Compliance of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council developed interagency examination procedures for: - Truth in Lending Act (TILA), implemented by Regulation Z;...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Application of EU Requirements for Remuneration Policies for Small and Non-Complex Firms Confirmed - US Regulators Issue the Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 160-Compliance Week 2015 Wrap Up with Mike Volkov and Jay Rosen [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and Mike Volkov help me to wrap up the Compliance Week 2015 conference which just concluded in Washington DC. ...more

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