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Proposal Calls for CA Insurers to Divest From Coal

On January 25, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked California insurers to voluntarily divest their investments in the thermal coal industry. In addition, beginning in April 2016, California insurers...more

European Supervisory Authorities Request Response from European Commissioner to Inconsistencies in Cross-Selling Legislation

On 26 January 2016, the Chairpersons of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) (i.e. EBA, EIOPA and ESMA) sent a letter to the European Commissioner for the Directorate General Financial Stability, Financial Services and...more

SEC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

Guidance Update No. 2016-01, published this month by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, provides extensive guidance concerning the possibility that payments from mutual funds are being used to promote sales of the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #1

TIA publishes guidance on paperless transfers - TIA has published industry guidance on paperless renunciation or transfer of units or shares in authorised investment funds. The guidance sets out measures that operators...more

eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable...more

ESAs consult on PRIIPS KID

EBA, ESMA and EIOPA (the European Supervisory Authorities – ESAs) are consulting on draft RTS on the layout of the Key Information Document (KID) to be used under the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products...more

As Litigation Risk Increases, Private Equity Sponsors Should Re-Evaluate Their Professional Liability Insurance Programs

Private equity fund sponsors are facing increased litigation risk from regulators and private parties, including limited partners and stakeholders in portfolio companies.  As a result, private equity firms should re-examine...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 42

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes...more

Securities Class Action Defense Counsel Selection: An Interview Process is Essential

When a public company purchases a significant good or service, it typically seeks competitive proposals. From coffee machines to architects, companies invite multiple vendors to bid, evaluate their proposals, and choose one...more

Debate Over Unclaimed Property Continues Before the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

Complaint Fails To Overcome Heightened Pleading Standard For Fraud Relating To Reporting Of Reinsurer’s Losses

The Southern District of New York granted Amtrust Financial Services’ motion to dismiss after finding that the plaintiff failed to specifically allege misstatements or omissions necessary to prove scienter in claims related...more

ESAs report on risks in the EU financial system

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESMA, EBA and EIOPA jointly) have issued their August 2015 report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system. The report informs on risks in the banking, securities and...more

ESMA publishes responses on PRIIPs KID

ESMA has published the responses to the joint committee discussion paper on risk, performance scenarios and cost disclosures in Key Information Documents (KIDs) for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Apportionment In Advancement Case

Not infrequently, a former director may seek to have his attorney fees advanced in two pending matters, only one of which is covered by a corporation’s advancement obligations. An example would be an SEC action coupled with a...more

Insurance for Emerging Companies: Understanding the Insurance You Have

Our Insurance Recovery Group is often asked to help emerging companies understand their insurance program and assist with claims. This is the first in a series of posts that will address the insurance issues impacting growing...more

The Future of Securities Class Action Litigation

Securities litigation has a culture defined by multiple elements: the types of cases filed, the plaintiffs’ lawyers who file them, the defense counsel who defend them, the characteristics of the insurance that covers them,...more

Shadow Banking Remains on Regulatory Radar

The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England (BoE) has recently published its latest Financial Stability Report (Report). The format of the Report is that the FPC assesses the outlook for financial stability by...more

How to Protect Your Company’s Bottom Line Against Data Breach Losses Through Insurance

In the wake of what seems to be daily announcements of new data security breaches and increased regulatory oversight over company information security and privacy practices, companies are looking for ways to minimize risks...more

$84 Million Settlement in Northwestern Mutual Annuity Class Case

March 26 marked the beginning of the end for the storied 14-year litigation concerning Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Pre-MN annuities when the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted preliminary approval of a proposed...more

Federal Regulation of Fixed Equity Indexed Annuities Redux?

When SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar recently cited "the need for the Commission and state regulators to focus on combatting fraud involving complex securities" including "equity-indexed annuities," he did not discuss...more

A Tale of Two Annuities: Exchange of Variable for Fixed Annuity Integral in SLUSA Dismissal

After attending an annuity seminar, Robert and Diane Ruud exchanged their variable annuity for a fixed annuity sold by PHL Variable. According to the Ruuds, seminar provider John Friendshuh represented the fixed annuity as...more

Does Your Ethics & Compliance Policy Management Work? [Survey Says...]

The most definitive set of benchmarking data on ethics and compliance policy management ever compiled: NAVEX Global conducted an anonymous survey of nearly 900 ethics and compliance professionals about policy...more

Analysis: The Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Sales of Insurance Products

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact of the Department of Labor (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and the prohibited transaction (PT) exemptions for sales of...more

Protecting Directors and Officers From Derivative Liability Arising From Data Breaches

With data breaches affecting companies across virtually every industry, cyber security has remained front page news. Lawsuits brought by aggrieved consumers and financial institutions against companies that have suffered data...more

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had...more

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