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SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Significant Financial Penalty in Respect of Management of Conflicts of Interest by Asset...

Summary - This alert sets out details of a recently published final notice issued by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding the management of conflicts of interest within UK-licensed investment managers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options - CFTC Staff to Host Public Roundtable on Recovery and Orderly Wind-Down of DCOs - CFTC Reopens Comment Period for...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

ISS Issues FAQs on Proxy Voting Policies Regarding Bylaw and Charter Amendments Adopted Without Shareholder Approval

Existing (ISS) voting policy is to recommend against the election of boards of directors if charter or bylaw amendments were enacted without shareholder approval and in a manner that materially diminishes shareholders’ rights...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

SEC Chair and European Union Financial Services Commissioner Meet

On February 26, the SEC Chair Mary Jo White hosted a meeting with European Union Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill. Chair White and Commissioner Hill discussed the importance of international cooperation in...more

“No News Is Bad News” on BSA Compliance

Addressing SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) conference Wednesday, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney said that – when it comes to AML – the lack of red flags itself is a red flag....more

SEC Identifies Enforcement Priorities for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief, Asset Management Unit, SEC Division of Enforcement identified enforcement priorities for hedge funds and private equity funds. For private funds — meaning hedge funds and private equity funds...more

SEC Continues to Investigate Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

As Rachel Louise Ensign reported earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues to probe obstacles to corporate employees blowing the whistle. This...more

Failure to Disclose Known Trends or Uncertainties in Public Filings May Create Liability Under Section 10(b)

On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley that a failure to make a required disclosure under Item 303 of Regulation S-K in a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q...more

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable...more

CFTC Reopens Comment Periods

On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the...more

"SEC Releases Final and Proposed Rules Regarding SB Swap Reporting"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued three releases with final and proposed regulations addressing the reporting of security-based swaps (SB swaps) called for by the Dodd-Frank Act. The regulations...more

The SEC and FINRA Will Continue to Audit the Financial Services Industry to Ensure Cybersecurity Protocols Are Current and Viable

On February 2, 2015, Wilson Elser released an overview entitled Corporate Hacking and the Financial Services Industry that provided in-house counsel with talking points to better discuss and understand their corporate...more

Exercising Drag-Along Rights After Merger Did Not Waive Appraisal Rights

In Halpin et al v. Riverstone National, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery found that invoking drag-along rights against minority stockholders after a merger did not waive appraisal rights under the facts of the case...more

IRS Releases First Private Letter Ruling on Small Redemption Limitation

On October 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Final Treasury Regulations to provide relief under Section 382 for small redemptions. These regulations provide taxpayer...more

Investment Management and Hedge Funds – What’s Happening Now?

In This Presentation: - Trademarks – not just for consumer companies - Strength of a Trademark: Categories - Choosing a Trademark - Obtaining Protection – Common Law Rights - Obtaining...more

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations - Part Two of...

Last month, Orrick’s Restructuring team began a three-part look at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Report. In part one we looked at issues related to confirmation, valuation, financing and asset sales....more

Brokers Switching Firms: The Protocol and Recent Developments

In August 2004, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and UBS entered a pact not to sue one another over client relationships in their wealth management businesses. This pact was known in the industry as the Protocol for Broker...more

SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

New York Supreme Court Denies Barclays’ Motion to Dismiss NYAG’s Martin Act Claim – Court Finds Martin Act Applies to Barclays’...

Last week, the New York Supreme Court denied Barclays’ motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s fraud claim against the bank, finding that the NYAG may proceed with its claim under New York’s Martin Act based on...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Loss on Abandoned Securities is Ordinary Loss

Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Pilgrim’s Pride and held that a loss on abandoned securities is ordinary. The Fifth Circuit rejected the IRS’s argument that Section 1234A and Section 165(g) apply to treat...more

"CFTC, SEC Issue Guidance on the Applicability of Certain Regulations to Family Offices"

In November and December 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), respectively, issued guidance regarding the applicability of certain regulations to family...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 135, Kevin Brady on the process of sales for the compliance practitioner [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted sales process expert Kevin Brady who discussed sales as a process and how the compliance practitioner can use these concepts in communicating the message of compliance to an employee base. ...more

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