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SEC Proposes Additional Cross-Border Rules for Security-Based Swaps

If finalized, the proposed rule would be the SEC’s second major step toward finalizing the cross-border rules for security-based swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act. On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and Performance Information Recordkeeping Requirements

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The proposed amendments, if adopted, would...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...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

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 162-Kristine Robidoux on new Canadian whistleblower initiatives [Video]

In this episode i visit with Kristine Robidoux QC on the new whistleblower initiative by the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada, which may have a dramatic effect in anti-corruption enforcement north of the border. ...more

Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance

A recent opinion by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denying a motion to dismiss “short-swing” profit claims under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against members of an alleged...more

FHFA Releases Update on the Single Security Project

On May 15, the FHFA released an update on the structure of the Single Security, a project involving the development of a single mortgage-backed security that would be issued by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The update contains...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Adding Additional Asset Types to Meet LCR Requirements

On May 21, the Federal Reserve Board proposed adding certain general obligation state and municipal bonds to the range of assets a banking organization may use to satisfy the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) requirements...more

ESMA, ISDA, and FIA Europe Publish Capital Markets Union Responses

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and FIA Europe have published their responses to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Building a Capital...more

CFTC Announces Agenda For Upcoming Market Risk Advisory Committee Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) announced its agenda for its upcoming meeting on June 2. MRAC will discuss: (1) the Bank of England’s CBEST Program and its impact on addressing...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: The Current State of “Publish What You Pay” Rulemaking Around the World

Over the last few years, a number of key jurisdictions have adopted regulations requiring companies engaged in natural resource extraction activities to disclose the payments they make to governments and state-owned...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps Trading Platforms in Australia

On May 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued two no-action letters granting relief to certain swaps trading platforms in Australia and participants executing swaps transactions on such platforms....more

Securities and Governance Update

With a single statement the SEC upended the private ordering of how shareholder proposals are often dealt with in the height of proxy season. Historically, it has been well settled that companies may exclude shareholder...more

Stock Repurchases: “We Can’t Think Of Anything Better To Do With Your Money”

The Wall Street Journal took aim yesterday at stock repurchases and dividend payments, citing a commissioned study that concluded: “companies in the S&P 500 index sharply increased their spending on dividends and...more

CFTC Proposes to Exempt Certain Southwest Power Pool Transactions

On May 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a proposed order in response to an application submitted by Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to exempt certain contracts, agreements and transactions for the purchase...more

IPOs - Attractive Exit Alternative For Financial Sponsors

The strong U.S. initial public offering (IPO) market, coupled with favorable regulatory changes and market acceptance of innovative transaction structures, has increased the attractiveness of the IPO as an exit alternative to...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rights of Creditors and Duties of Directors of Insolvent Delaware Entities Clarified

When companies are in financial distress the question arises as to what rights shift to creditors from shareholders or other equity owners. The Delaware Chancery Court recently addressed this issue in some detail in Quadrant...more

CFTC Issues Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

Recently, the CFTC published a final interpretation clarifying its seven-element test regarding forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). The final interpretation provides that a contract for deferred...more

"The SEC Proposes FINRA Regulation for High-Frequency Traders"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently proposed an amendment to Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). The proposed amendment (the “Proposed Amendment”) would require...more

[Complimentary Research Report] NAVEX Global’s 2015 E&C Policy Management Benchmark Report

Policy management has been — and remains — a maturing business practice. As a result, many compliance professionals are not working against industry benchmarks to answer such questions as: - How much are other...more

ESMA Responds to Prospective Directive and Securitization Consultations

ESMA has responded to the European Commission’s consultations on the Prospective Directive and Securitization, recommending, in relation to prospectuses, an approach that would facilitate access to capital, while stressing...more

US Bank and Bank of America Prevail on Motions to Dismiss

On May 18, 2015, Judge Katherine Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims in two suits brought by private investors and the National Credit Union Association,...more

More Provinces Crowd into Crowdfunding, but Not Yet Ontario or Alberta

On May 14, 2015, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the Crowdfunding Jurisdictions) announced that they have implemented, or expect to implement,...more

Does The SEC’s Unbundling Rule Deprive Stockholders The Right To Vote On The Whole?

A forthcoming academic paper looks for bundling in more than 1,500 management proposals between 2003 and 2012.  Bundling occurs when multiple matters are combined into a single proposal.  The authors, James Cox, Fabrizio...more

Court Enters $806 Million Judgment in FHFA v. Nomura

On May 16, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a judgment requiring Nomura and RBS to buy back, at a total cost of $806 million, seven RMBS certificates...more

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