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FINRA Issues Guidance on Effective Supervision for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-09 to provide guidance to member firms and market participants on effective supervision and control practices with respect to algorithmic trading...more

"CFTC Extends Annual Report Deadline for Certain Chief Compliance Officers"

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief that provides chief compliance officers (CCOs) of registered swap dealers (SDs),...more

B.C. Increases Access to Private Placements for Institutional Investors

By an instrument effective March 23, 2015, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) removed barriers to participation by institutional investors in private placements by foreign issuers by addressing two requirements...more

Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Muddies Section 11 Opinion Liability Standards

The Supreme Court has a long history of rejecting expansive interpretations of implied private rights of action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. Most notably, since 1975, it rejected the argument that mere...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-07 to alert member firms of the new consolidated rules regarding payments to unregistered persons and membership. The notice also alerts member firms...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

FCA Study on Competition in Investment and Corporate Banking Services - The FCA has announced plans to launch its first wholesale market study into investment and corporate banking to assess whether competition in the...more

Implementation of Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules Deferred

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and IOSCO have extended the implementation date for the Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules, originally scheduled to start from December 1, 2015....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 145-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode which is Part II of my look at SEC enforcement of the FCPA, I consider whether profit disgorgement is available to the SEC in a strict liability enforcement action of violation of internal controls. ...more

Omnicare: Good and Bad News for Security Issuers Offering Statements of Opinion

Securities issuers breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Omnicare Inc. et al. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund et al. that Section 11 of the...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

The Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision: Implications And Remaining Questions Regarding When Opinions Are Actionable Under The...

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, 2015 WL 1291916 (Mar. 24, 2015). With some significant...more

But That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Executive Statement Liability Under Securities Law

Statements of opinion do not constitute an “untrue statement of fact” if they turn out to be incorrect, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund,...more

In Omnicare, U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Securities Decision

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark securities decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, finding that incorrect statements of opinion provided...more

SEC Rule Change Would Require High-Frequency Traders to Register with FINRA

On March 25, 2015, the SEC proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 that would require high-frequency trading firms to register with FINRA. According to the SEC, the proposed amendment will better align the scope of Rule 15b9-1...more

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

SEC Requires FINRA Registration for High Frequency Traders

In an effort to keep pace with rapidly accelerating market technology, the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken steps to expand oversight over high-frequency trading. On March 25, 2015, the SEC unanimously...more

High Court Announces New Standard for Opinion Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court found middle ground in Omnicare this week, holding that issuers’ statements of opinion issued in registration statements can be the basis for liability under Section 11 if either the speaker does not...more

SEC Proposes High Frequency Traders to be Regulated by FINRA

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on March 25, 2015 a proposal to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Exchange Act to require broker-dealers who trade in off-exchange venues to become members of a national securities...more

Underwriter, Two Employees Charged By SEC

The SEC brought another case tied to Chinese reverse mergers. This one differs from many earlier actions which focused on the company and or the executives. This action names as defendants one broker-dealer and two of its...more

CFTC Provides Chief Compliance Officers Additional Time to Submit Annual Reports

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a no-action letter to futures commission merchants, swap dealers and major swap participants, referred to as registrants, that provides relief from certain...more

OMNICARE: Supreme Court Clarifies Whether Statements of Opinion by Companies and their Executives are Actionable under the Federal...

This week the Supreme Court resolved a split among federal appellate courts over whether a statement of opinion in a company’s registration statement can be actionable under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+: New Registration Option For Small and Mid-Sized Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted yesterday a new set of regulations entitled Regulation “A+,” designed to provide a more streamlined approach for small and mid-sized companies to offer securities to the public....more

Regulation A+: Final Rules Offer Important Capital Raising Alternatives

Overview - Yesterday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to adopt final rules to implement the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act by adopting amendments to Regulation...more

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