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SEC Fines Fantasy Stock Market App Developer

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently fined New York-based Forcerank LLC (“Forcerank”) $50,000 in connection with charges that Forcerank’s fantasy stock market mobile app illegally offers complex derivative...more

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Like a hot new underground nightclub [I presume.  Not exactly  my scene], Marcus—Goldman Sachs’ new online lending platform aimed at the consumer banking segment—requires a password. Goldman’s reportedly sending out the...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

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Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

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It’s not quite in the 9-year AIG/Greenberg territory, but it’s been five years since the Feds started investigating former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine and his role in overseeing the collapse of brokerage firm MF...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.8.16

In a move anticipated over the past year or so, Caliber Home Loans—with PE Lone Star Funds’ backing—is making more loans to “borrowers with spotty credit histories.” A euphemism for subprime, by the way. That targeting has...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.26.16

Plaintiffs in the Forex MDL currently in NY federal court argued this week to Judge Lorna Schofield that the 2d Circuit’s recent ruling dismissing some plaintiffs in an aluminium price fixing suit did not apply to rob them of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.17.16

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen (he, formerly of SAC Capital Advisors) has agreed to be barred from commodities trading until 2018 under the terms of a settlement announced by the CFTC yesterday....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.4.16

As foreshadowed a few weeks ago, the Bank of England has cut its main interest rate to an historically low .25 percent in an effort to address the impact of June’s Brexit vote. The BOE will start bond buying in September....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.1.16

And just like that, Uber’s ride-hailing war in China is over (for now, at least). Uber has agreed to sell Uber China to rival Didi Chuxing [though maintaining a 20% stake in the new company], creating a new company worth an...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

Secondary Trading in Regulation A+ Securities; $4.4 Million Committed by Investors Under Regulation Crowdfunding

In connection with the SEC meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the SEC posted a presentation which deals in part on secondary trading of Regulation A+ securities. Among other things, it includes...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.19.16

The Carlyle Group is staring down the barrel of a $1 billion civil lawsuit by the failed Carlyle Capital Corp.’s liquidators over the 2008 collapse of the mortgage-bond fund. The trial’s taking place in Guernsey, a British...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.13.16

On Tuesday, the SEC announced that Citigroup would pay $7 million and admit that it submitted “inaccurate trade data” to the Commission over a period of 15 years in order to resolve claims that it left out “thousands of...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 263-Profit Disgorgement Issues in FCPA Enforcement Actions  [Video]

In this episode I visit with Miller & Chevalier lawyers Marc Bohn and George Hani on the recent IRS determination that profit disgorgement is not tax deductible and the Graham decision which limited profit disgorgement claims...more

Tesla, SolarCity and Social Media

Tesla, in an offer to acquire SolarCity, appears to be the first to announce a major proposed acquisition by a blog post. Since an 8-K was also filed, it can’t be sole proof that social media is a recognized distribution...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Final MNvest Rules Adopted

On June 13, the final administrative rules implementing the MNvest intra-state crowdfunding exemption were adopted. The MNvest Rules were first proposed back in November of 2015. Yesterday's publication in the Minnesota...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #6

Up next from FCA - The latest edition of FCA’s Policy Development Update provides information and links to publications issued since the last edition, recent Handbook developments and an updated timetable for forthcoming...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 8 [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the declinations received by Nortek and Akamai in their FCPA enforcement actions...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: What You Need to Know

Regulation Crowdfunding, new rules promulgated by the SEC to assist small issuers in raising capital, became effective May 16, 2016. To assist issuers in their crowdfunding efforts, the SEC has issued the "Regulation...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.8.16

Despite Tribune Publishing’s (wait, wait, is that tronc now?) best efforts to play defense, Gannett is not backing down from its unsolicited offer to acquire the publisher...more

CFTC Asserts Broader Jurisdiction over Digital Asset Exchanges, Levies $75,000 Fine

The CFTC’s recent enforcement against Bitfinex’s financed trading activities demonstrates the Commission’s increasing interest in virtual currency and digital assets. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

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