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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Changes Proposed to CAS and STACR Programs - On May 8, 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are considering certain changes to the structure of their CAS and STACR...more

Trump Administration Stays the Course on Practical Export/Import Regulatory Reforms

by Baker Donelson on

The Trump Administration has implemented regulatory changes to continue its predecessors’ decade-long efforts to streamline requirements for exporters and importers. One such project, dubbed the International Trade Data...more

Individual Accountability in AML Cases

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This post discusses individual liability in AML/BSA enforcement, which is an area of increasing attention. Indeed, according to public statements by the government, individual liability is the focus of enhanced scrutiny...more

Maximizing the Value of Your R&W Insurance Policy

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The global M&A boom has spurred an increase in the use of representation and warranty insurance (“RWI”), which is designed to protect the insured party against breaches of a sellers’ representations and warranties in a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jon Corzine’s plotting his Wall Street comeback, and he’s planning on using the unpredictable nature of the new administration to help him (and his new hedge fund) get there....more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Fiduciary Duties After Pennsylvania’s Act 170

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As was alluded to in a prior blog post, one of the major changes that has been enacted through Pennsylvania’s Act 170 is the ability, through the operating agreement, to contractually vary fiduciary duties of members and...more

SEC Emphasizes Cybersecurity Preparedness in Wake of Global Ransomware Attack

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert in the wake of the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack that has inflicted hundreds of thousands...more

Cross-border Data Flows: FAQs Released for Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

by Reed Smith on

For organisations with data flows between the United States and Switzerland, it is now possible to self-certify into the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. This process became available on 12 April 2017. The Swiss-U.S....more

Australia And China Establish Cybersecurity Agreement

by King & Spalding on

On April 21, 2017, Australia and China forged an agreement to expand their cybersecurity cooperation. This agreement emerged as part of the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue held in Sydney. ...more

The European Commission Announces Further Competition Enforcement Following its E-Commerce Inquiry: Considerations for Consumer...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report (“Final Report”) concluding its wide-ranging, two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). The Final Report offers key insights into...more

The Astros, Regression to the Mean and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Being a Houston baseball fan has been largely pain, misery and suffering. While we have not gone 80+ years or even a century without winning a World Series it is not for lack of ineptitude. It is because the Houston Major...more

Delaware Proposes New Legislation Addressing Electronic Databases for Corporate Records, Dating Requirement for Stockholder...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”) to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), which would allow Delaware...more

Money for Nothin': FDA's PDUFA Fee Waivers and Exemptions

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Lately, we have received a number of client inquiries about prescription user fee waivers. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), enacted in 1992, authorizes FDA to collect fees from companies that produce certain human...more

The European Commission Announces Further Competition Enforcement Following its E-Commerce Inquiry: Considerations for Digital...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report (“Final Report”) concluding its wide-ranging, two-year long inquiry into e-commerce including media rights distribution (“Inquiry”). The...more

And the World’s Most Valuable Resource is . . . Data! Holy Cow, No Way!

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Economist recently announced that the world’s most valuable resource is now data, displacing oil for the top spot. The “titans” of the digital era—Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—look “unstoppable” as...more

SEC Warns of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is asking broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds to redouble their cybersecurity efforts in wake of the global cyber-attack of the WannaCry virus that has spread to more than...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

Latest Ransomware Attack: Is Your Arbitration Cyber-ready?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The latest global ‘WannaCry’ attack has again brought to the fore the need for sovereign and private parties to have in place adequate cyber-security measures and response plans to deal with cyber-attacks, including in the...more

Freelance Isn’t Free: New York City Reins in Independent Contractors, One Work Provider at a Time

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (or FIFA, for short) is not just an attention-grabbing name, but game-changing legislation that has imposed unprecedented regulations on the Five Borough “gig economy.” FIFA, which...more

The SAP v. Diageo decision – a realistic approach to indirect access?

by Dentons on

Following the high court decision in the case of SAP UK Limited (SAP) v. Diageo Great Britain Ltd (Diageo), routine software arrangements many organisations have in place could become subject to significant additional costs....more

NASAA adopts statement of policy to usher in e-delivery and e-signature for non-traded offerings

by DLA Piper on

Under an initiative approved last week by the membership of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), sponsors, issuers, broker-dealers and others involved in the offer and sale of shares of non-traded...more

New Mexico becomes 48th state to enact a data breach law, plus US state-level updates

by DLA Piper on

An active spring state legislative session has already produced a few new state data breach laws. Notably, when New Mexico HB 15 was signed into law on April 6, the state became the 48th in the nation to have a data breach...more

Procurement Pulse - May 2017

by DLA Piper on

Some interesting new developments in procurement law this month. Whilst the case has now been settled and is the subject of an independent enquiry, we report on the Supreme Court's final ruling on the Energy Solutions case,...more

Tax administrations prepare for automatic exchange of CbC reports - are you ready? Three takeaways

by DLA Piper on

OECD announced that another important step has been taken to implement country-by-country (CbC) reporting requirements, as signatories to the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the Exchange of CbC Reports (the CbC...more

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