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Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Virtual Teamwork Can Deliver Startup Success - Forbes provides several startups’ guidelines for successfully running virtual teams. ...more

Dodd-Frank Re-Write—the House of Representatives Edition

The House has approved major changes to signature aspects of Dodd-Frank. While those changes are unlikely to survive intact, they are certainly worthy of close attention. We’ve studied the nearly 600-page bill so you don’t...more

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If the White House gets its way, Richard Cordray and the CFPB (and many other current Wall Street regulators and regulations) would be virtually unrecognizable as compared to their current form....more

US House of Representatives Approves the Financial Choice Act

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act (FCA) primarily along party lines, 233-186. The FCA was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and co-sponsored by 40 of his...more

Financial CHOICE Act Aims to Open Capital Markets and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 party-line vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features...more

Financial CHOICE Act Would Complicate the Choices in Bringing and Defending Against SEC Cases

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives threatens to shake up the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement program in a historic manner....more

EU27 Regulators Ordered to Hold Firm Line on UK Firms’ Post-Brexit Applications for Single Market Access

One likely impact of the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) is that the UK’s financial services industry will lose automatic rights of access to the EU’s free trade area (the Single Market)...more

Force Maijoor: supervisory convergence - a view of the impact from Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2017, Steven Maijoor, the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") addressed the potential regulatory issues which may affect EU Member States as a result of the Brexit effect on passporting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered the move by Exxon shareholders to push the company for greater climate-change accounting last week. Now we’re learning that the NY AG believes that Exxon’s been “misleading” its shareholders about the impact that...more

21st Century Glass-Steagall Act Introduced in the Senate

On April 6, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2017 (GSA) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with John McCain, R-Ariz., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. and Angus King, I-Maine co-sponsoring. The bill...more

SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

The Financial CHOICE Act Is Approved by US House Financial Services Committee

On May 4, the Financial CHOICE Act (the FCA) — which was introduced to the House of Representatives on April 26 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas-5), and co-sponsored by seven of his Republican colleagues and referred for...more

Ecuador terminates 12 BITs - a growing trend of reconsideration of traditional investment treaties?

by DLA Piper on

On 3 May 2017, the Ecuadorean National Assembly (Ecuador's legislative body) approved the denunciation of 12 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You’re Wiser With an Adviser - Regardless of your experience, you will need advice about your startup. ...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms: Appendix

by White & Case LLP on

This appendix contains a brief description of the key EU financial services directives (excluding the insurance sector) which create the core regulatory framework within which financial services firms principally operate as...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms - Mapping the impact of Brexit to make sure high level strategic thinking can be delivered...

by White & Case LLP on

The nature of the Brexit debate has changed and attitudes have hardened since the UK formally served notice on President Tusk of its intention to leave the EU. There seems to be limited political sympathy for financial...more

U.S. Department of Labor Defers Implementation of the Investor Fiduciary Rule to June 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will be delayed until...more

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