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European Trade Associations Call for Urgent Action to Incorporate ESA Regulations in EEA Agreement

The European Banking Federation (EBF) has published joint letters (dated June 6, 2014) to be sent to the European Commission and to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) signed by the EBF, the European Fund Management...more

FCA Brings Greater Clarity and Rigour to UK’s “Soft Commission” Regime

Changes to the use of dealing commission rules, including a ban on “softing” of corporate access services, reflect the FCA’s continuing objective to ensure that investment managers control the costs that they pass on to their...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Enforcement - Consumer...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Summary Section of Mutual Fund Prospectuses

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-8 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance based on comments the Division has provided on the information required to be presented...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

New SEC Guidance on Application of Custody Rule to SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a guidance update (Update) on Rule 206(4)-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Custody Rule), which regulates the custody practices of registered investment...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Determination and Verification of Accredited Investor Status

On July 3rd, the SEC issued guidance in the form of six new compliance and disclosure interpretations regarding accredited investor status. Two of the C&DIs relate to the calculation of income and assets for purposes of...more

Controversial Florida Case Blocks Creditor from Enforcing Judgment Against Foreign Assets

A recent opinion from Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a Florida court does not have jurisdiction to compel a judgment debtor to turn over stock certificates located outside the state of Florida to satisfy...more

IRS Pursues 409A Audits, Issues Ruling on Certain Options/SARs under 457A

IRS audits signal focus on Section 409A compliance; Revenue Ruling makes certain nonqualified options and stock appreciation rights more attractive for offshore entities. The IRS has begun its limited audit initiative...more

Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed...more

New Senate Bill Introduced to Clarify Definition of General Solicitation

The text of S. 2498, introduced by Senator Murphy in late June, was finally released. The bill is titled the “HALOS Act”, or “Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act.” Angel investors have expressed concerns regarding the...more

Draft of the Amendment to the Investment Ordinance - Effects on Fund Investments

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) issued a draft ordinance for the amendment of the Investment Ordinance (Anlageverordnung – AnlV) and the Pension Fund Capital Investment Ordinance for consultation (“Amendment Ordinance”)...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 73-World Cup Report-Part V [Video]

In this episode, Mike Brown and I look at the assessment of 'Tone at the Top' from the perspective of the Brazil/Colombia World Cup final and the horrific injury to the Brazilian striker Neymar. ...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Guidance Regarding the Cross-Border Application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major...

Nearly four years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), on June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its first in a series of...more

"SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Matters Relevant to Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued a Staff Legal Bulletin on June 30, 2014 that provides guidance on the responsibilities of investment...more

Royal Park Investments Sues RMBS Trustee Deutsche Bank Over $3.1 Billion in Alleged Losses

On June 18, Royal Park Investments filed a putative class action in the Southern District of New York against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. This action is similar to a series of lawsuits filed by a group of...more

The Impact of New SEC Municipal Advisors Registration Requirements on Investment Bankers and Their Clients

On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to adopt its final rule establishing registration requirements for municipal advisors in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act. This final rule went...more

Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC)

We want to make you aware of a new Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement initiative that impacts issuers of municipal bonds or other governmental securities or other persons obligated to provide secondary market...more

SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules

On June 25, the SEC adopted the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for market participants. The rules and guidance explain when a cross-border transaction must be counted...more

Observation 1.0.1 on the Volcker Rule: With Summer Comes the First Wave — Of Guidance

A set of frequently asked questions, developed jointly and adopted in substantively identical form by the federal banking agencies (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and the...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - July 2014

Extension of Certain Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief - The CFTC recently established a phased compliance timeline for the implementation of the execution requirement currently applicable to certain interest rate swaps and...more

SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published joint guidance on June 30, 2014 regarding investment advisers’ responsibilities in voting client proxies, and two exemptions from the...more

SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset Coverage Requirements

In a Guidance Update published on June 30, 2014 by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, the staff closed a loophole that allowed business development companies (BDCs) with wholly owned Small Business Investment...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding Enhanced Mutual Fund Disclosure

On June 26, 2014, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued guidance related to mutual fund disclosure enhancements adopted in 2009. The guidance is based on comments the staff has provided to a number...more

Paying for Playing: SEC Brings First Pay-to-Play Action against an Investment Adviser

The SEC has brought the first action under the “pay-to-play” rule adopted under the Investment Advisers Act. Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC Enforcement Division, served notice that the SEC “will hold investment advisers...more

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