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SEC Urges Investment Firms to Better Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspection and Examination (“OCIE”) issued a risk alert urging broker-dealers, investment advisors and investment companies to safeguard themselves against ransomware in light...more

Individual Accountability in AML Cases

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This post discusses individual liability in AML/BSA enforcement, which is an area of increasing attention. Indeed, according to public statements by the government, individual liability is the focus of enhanced scrutiny...more

SEC Emphasizes Cybersecurity Preparedness in Wake of Global Ransomware Attack

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert in the wake of the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack that has inflicted hundreds of thousands...more

SEC Warns of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is asking broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds to redouble their cybersecurity efforts in wake of the global cyber-attack of the WannaCry virus that has spread to more than...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC hasn’t had much luck with its attempts so far to hold MBS traders responsible for allegedly lying to customers about MBS prices. Yet on the Monday’s charges against ex-Nomura traders suggests that the agency’s not...more

SFC Proposes Baseline Cyber Security Requirements for Internet Trading

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) has issued a paper containing proposals to introduce cyber security guidelines under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (the “SFO”) applicable to internet brokers (the...more

From Greyball to Snowball: Uber’s Latest Travails, and How Multiple Investigations of Misconduct May Imperil the Attorney-Client...

It emerged on May 5 that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Uber’s use of software called “Greyball” that concealed the ride-sharing company’s operations from regulators in cities and countries that did...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

You’ll remember Snap’s highly anticipated March IPO as a splashy affair, with a valuation in the $30+ billion range and a relatively consistent stock price. Well, reality hit hard yesterday, as Snap announced a $2.2 billion...more

Social Media Update: FINRA Releases Additional Guidance on Social Networking Websites and Business Communications

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) released a Regulatory Notice titled Social Media and Digital Communications: Guidance on Social Networking Websites and Business Communications...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Local-TV powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t all that well known outside of the Baltimore area, but it’s making a big play for the national stage as it nears a deal to buy Tribune Media—the former “Tribune empire’s...more

Australia Adds Indemnities and Limitations of Liability

by Jones Day on

Recent amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2010 (Cth) ("ASIC Act") and the Competition and Consumer Law Act (Cth) ("CC Act") extended the unfair contract terms regime, which previously...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Italy’s Alitalia has filed for bankruptcy yet again, the third filing in less than a decade, and it’s home country looks far less likely to bail out the troubled carrier this time around....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

New FCC Chair Ajit Pai is wasting little time in reversing Obama-era regulatory efforts meant to restrict media firms and telecomm companies, and he’s got his sights set on net neutrality next....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Navient Corp., facing CFPB allegations that it didn’t live up to its promises of helping its 12 million customers manage their loans, now has a two-faced problem after a recently filed motion to dismiss in which it argued...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Foreclosure stats are a far cry from their heights in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. But the big news in the industry is the rise of party players that were barely a blip on the scene (if around at all) 10 years...more

The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

The Snap IPO: Speculation Without (Board) Representation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The just completed IPO of Snap Inc. has received enormous buzz and plenty of press coverage, mostly about its eye-popping valuation and offering proceeds, the big winners among the founders and early investors and the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In this week’s Common Sense entry, James Stewart lets us in on how an entity that loses so much money (Snap) could be worth so much [it gained 44 percent on its offering price in the first day of trading]. The answer is being...more

Yahoo Data Breach Update: A Third Notification + Shareholders Sue

Last week, Yahoo issued another warning to some of its customers telling them that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. This is the third notification to Yahoo users that their information...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

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