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Still Exempt? Important Changes to the Private Placement Regime

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced significant amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106) and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New FAQ's Regarding the Scope and Implementation of the Volcker Rule Issued by the U.S. Banking, Securities and Commodities Regulatory Agencies - On February 27, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,...more

Insigh: Capital Markets: Tips for Taps

Following a successful bond issuance, an issuer may consider a “tap” issuance as a way to access further funding. White & Case offers some “Tips for Taps” for issuers and underwriters in accessing the capital markets...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Receipt of Gifts by Fund Advisory Personnel

On February 23, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued guidance concerning the conflict of interest that arises when persons doing business, or hoping to do business, with a fund provide gifts, entertainment...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015

Europe and US Receive Good Grades for PFMI Implementation; Japan Receives the Best Grade - Regulators in the European Union, Japan and the United States have made “good progress” in implementing the Principles of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 23, DBRS releases its Criteria for Guarantees and other forms of explicit support....more

EBA Opinion on Regulation of EU Lending-Based Crowdfunding

On February 26, 2015, the European Banking Authority (“EBA“) published an opinion on lending-based crowdfunding. The opinion notes that certain Member States (France, Italy, Spain and the UK) have created specific regulations...more

Federal Agencies Release New Volcker Rule Guidance for Non-U.S. Banking Entities and Fund Sponsors Seeking to Rely on the “SOTUS”...

On February 27, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

"New Reporting Requirements on the Horizon for US Financial Services Providers Doing Business With Non-US Persons"

Following closely on the heels of the reinstated reporting requirements for inbound and outbound direct investment involving U.S. entities, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced...more

Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 136, Joel Borgquist, President of Etik [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Joel Borgquist, President of Etik a company that works to insure transparency in corporate social responsibility programs and assists in conflict resolution. ...more

MSRB Moves Foward Professional Qualification Standards For Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, has received approval from the SEC to create baseline standards of professional qualification for municipal advisors. The new standards will be incorporated through...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Significant Financial Penalty in Respect of Management of Conflicts of Interest by Asset...

Summary - This alert sets out details of a recently published final notice issued by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding the management of conflicts of interest within UK-licensed investment managers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options - CFTC Staff to Host Public Roundtable on Recovery and Orderly Wind-Down of DCOs - CFTC Reopens Comment Period for...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

ISS Issues FAQs on Proxy Voting Policies Regarding Bylaw and Charter Amendments Adopted Without Shareholder Approval

Existing (ISS) voting policy is to recommend against the election of boards of directors if charter or bylaw amendments were enacted without shareholder approval and in a manner that materially diminishes shareholders’ rights...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

SEC Chair and European Union Financial Services Commissioner Meet

On February 26, the SEC Chair Mary Jo White hosted a meeting with European Union Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill. Chair White and Commissioner Hill discussed the importance of international cooperation in...more

“No News Is Bad News” on BSA Compliance

Addressing SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) conference Wednesday, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney said that – when it comes to AML – the lack of red flags itself is a red flag....more

SEC Identifies Enforcement Priorities for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief, Asset Management Unit, SEC Division of Enforcement identified enforcement priorities for hedge funds and private equity funds. For private funds — meaning hedge funds and private equity funds...more

SEC Continues to Investigate Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

As Rachel Louise Ensign reported earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues to probe obstacles to corporate employees blowing the whistle. This...more

Failure to Disclose Known Trends or Uncertainties in Public Filings May Create Liability Under Section 10(b)

On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley that a failure to make a required disclosure under Item 303 of Regulation S-K in a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q...more

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable...more

CFTC Reopens Comment Periods

On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the...more

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