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CFPB Moves to Ban Class Action Waivers But Will Not Ban Individual Arbitration

In a move that the financial industry long anticipated but nonetheless greeted with loud groans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on October 7, 2015 proposed to ban class action waivers in contracts for...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Levine Acquires Caring Brands International from Halifax Group

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) has announced it has partnered with management to acquire Caring Brands International (CBI). LLCP, based in Los Angeles, is a PE firm that has managed approximately $7.0 billion...more

European Commission publishes plans for a Capital Markets Union

On 30 September, the European Commission released its Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (the “Action Plan”). The Capital Markets Union (“CMU”) is one of the key elements of the broader Investment Plan for Europe...more

Commission amends Solvency 2 delegated legislation

The Commission has made several amendments to the Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation as part of a host of measures brought in to form part of the CMU initiative. “Qualifying infrastructure investments” will now form a distinct...more

New Jersey Resident Charged with Securities and Wire Fraud

On October 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a complaint against New Jersey fund manager William J. Wells charging him with running a “Ponzi” scheme which raised over $1.5 million from...more

Singapore Legal Update - October 2015

The MAS’s consultation paper proposal to clarify that there is no requirement of material price impact to establish a case of false or misleading disclosure under section 199 of the SFA will have an impact on the way company...more

ESMA publishes MiFID 2 RTS

ESMA has published its second, main, set of Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and ITS under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID 2 and MiFIR). The package it has now submitted to the...more

Does Your Custody Agreement Comply?

All custody agreements will need to comply with new content requirements from 1 November 2015 as set out by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in Regulatory Guide 133: Managed investments and custodial...more

New CFTC Cybersecurity Standards Are Coming Soon

On September 29, 2015, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad delivered a “State of the Derivatives Marketplace” speech before the 3rd Annual OTC Derivative Summit North America. The speech...more

ESMA publishes MAR RTS

ESMA has published its draft RTS and ITS under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The standards cover: - RTS on notifications to authorities, and the compilation, publication and maintenance of these notifications and...more

New Treasury Regulations Make it Easier to Issue Tack-On Bonds or Loans

On September 12, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (the Final Regulations) which make it easier to issue fungible tack-on debt instruments in situations where either the original debt...more

New EU Securitisation Regulation: Moving in the Right Direction

The European Commission published a draft regulation on a European framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation on 30 September 2015 (the “Draft Regulation”). The Draft Regulation aims to achieve a better...more

SEC Enforcement Continues to Pursue Hedge Fund Advisers

The SEC continues to pursue enforcement actions against hedge fund managers for alleged self-dealing, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and valuation issues. As we’ve previously reported (here and here), the SEC has stepped...more

ESMA publishes draft RTS on EEAP

ESMA has sent its draft RTS on the European Electronic Access Point (EEAP), required by the Transparency Directive, to the Commission for endorsement. ESMA proposes the RTS provisions apply to regulated information made...more

Fees: Increasing Requirements for Disclosure Continue

Outside money managers are facing increasing scrutiny about the value they provide, particularly since the 2008 financial crisis. In a previous publication from September 2014, we wrote that the US Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Settles With Blackstone On Disclosure Issues

The SEC’s Asset Management Unit continues to review and analyze fees, expenses and the related disclosure at private equity firms. The Unit has encouraged advisers to self-report these issues. The most recent action emanating...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 204-Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos on the increased importance of third party... [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Greg Dickerson, President of Hiperos, a Opus Global company. We talk about some of the most recent compliance scandals and how the management of third parties going forward has become even more...more

Blog: Is TSR Really The Best Performance Metric?

While TSR (total shareholder return) is increasingly used a performance metric for executive compensation, a study by Cornell University and Pearl Meyer, an executive compensation consultant, showed no real correlation to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2015

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

CFTC Extends Relief for Eurex Clearing and US Clearing Members

The Division of Clearing and Risk of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has further extended temporary no-action relief to Eurex Clearing AG and its clearing members that are US persons, which authorizes US clearing...more

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Provides Additional Time to Comply with Electronic Reporting Requirements in the OCR Final...

On September 28, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (the “Commission”) Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter that provides reporting parties additional time to comply with certain reporting...more

Legislative Proposal for an EU Framework for Simple, Transparent and Standardized Securitization

On September 30, 2015 the European Commission (EC) published a legislative proposal for an EU framework for simple, transparent and standardized securitization. It has also published a legislative proposal for a regulation...more

SEC Announces Second Round of Charges Against Underwriters Under MCDC Initiative

On September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal bond underwriters, the second round of enforcement actions brought by the SEC under the Municipalities...more

Raising Capital? Don’t Forget about SEC Filings (It’s Not as Difficult as It Sounds)

The mention of "securities law and regulations" is a common, but daunting phrase that many entrepreneurs hear when they are attempting to raise money from investors for their companies. Under federal securities laws, any sale...more

FINRA Provides Guidance on Liquidity Risk Management Practices

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued Regulatory Notice 15-33 to provide guidance on liquidity risk management practices for senior management and risk managers to consider and implement....more

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