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SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

OCIE’s 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

On September 15, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) that announced its second round of cybersecurity...more

SEC Continues to Focus on Cybersecurity Risks

On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert regarding the SEC’s ongoing cybersecurity examinations of registered broker-dealers...more

OCIE to Conduct More Cybersecurity Exams

This week the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced a second-round of cybersecurity examinations, continuing its initiatives on the issue. The move follows the SEC’s: March 2014 roundtable...more

SEC Administrative Law Judges Ruled Unconstitutional

Introduction - A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York concludes that the manner in which Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Blog: Do Stock Options Affect Consumer Safety?

Yes, according to a new study, “Throwing Caution to the Wind: The Effect of C.E.O. Stock Option Pay on the Incidence of Product Safety Problems,” from the University of Notre Dame, as reported in this NYT column by Gretchen...more

New DOJ Policy Regarding Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy regarding individual accountability for corporate misconduct. The policy, described in a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates,...more

Applicability of 'Investment Purpose' Exemption to HSR Reportability Focuses on Intent of Equity Purchasers

If a purchaser’s goals shift to include influence on the business management or board composition of the target issuer, an HSR filing must be considered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) has once again...more

A Summary of Comments From the DOL Hearing on the Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) concluded a four day public hearing on its proposed conflict of interest rule (the “Proposed Rule”). The approximately 75 witnesses generally fell into two groups: the...more

Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

ASIC: New Digital Disclosure Measures

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released new digital disclosure guidance and waivers for financial services product providers. The two instruments Removing Barriers to Electronic Disclosure...more

Belgian FSMA Consultation On Marketing Materials For Financial Products Distributed To Non-Professional Clients – July 2015 Update

The Belgian FSMA has launched a consultation on the new rules on marketing materials for financial products distributed to retail clients, introduced by the Transversal Royal Decree....more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

Seeking Clarity on SEC Disclosure Obligations Related to Cybersecurity

In response to increasing pressure to update its existing disclosure guidance regarding cybersecurity risks and cyber-incidents, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is widely expected to overhaul its...more

SEC Meeting to Consider Compensation Clawback Proposal

The SEC has announced an open meeting to consider clawback of executive compensation under Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act to be held on July 1, 2015. According to the notice of the meeting, the SEC will consider whether...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #3

In This Issue: - US Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Guidance Regarding Calculations of Stage 1 Threshold - US Federal Agencies Issue Final Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - May 2015

FINRA has published updated and revised Sanction Guidelines that, among other things, highlight the SRO's position that penalties in disciplinary actions should be significant enough to achieve deterrence and not serve merely...more

Final Risk Retention Rules: Impact on RMBS

The following is a brief memo outlining the impact of the final risk retention rules on the securitization of residential mortgage loans. Overview - In October 2014, the final Credit Risk Retention rules were...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015

In This Issue – More on the SEC Whistleblower Program. In the April 8 issue of the Roundup we reported on the SEC’s administrative proceedings based on findings that restrictive language in a form confidentiality...more

ASIC announces proposed regulatory guide for review and remediation in the industry

After several high profile remediation programs by financial advice organisations, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has decided to prepare guidance for industry participants in how to develop and...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #4

FINRA’s Retrospective Rule Review Process Continues. On April 16, FINRA announced that the FINRA Board of Governors had authorized FINRA to publish a regulatory notice requesting comment on proposed amendments to Rules 2210...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Regulations on Methodology for Calculation of Fixed Costs by Investment Firms - UK Bank of England Announces Details of 2015 Stress...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

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