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Belgian Financial Regulator's Tightening of Investor Protection Against Unfair Contract Terms

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On 6 February 2017, Belgium's financial regulator (Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("FSMA")) moved to fortify the protection of investors, publishing a position paper ("Position Paper") on the application of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In this Issue. The House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act that would make significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the U.S. Securities and Exchange...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

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

Fed Assesses First Penalty for Volcker Rule Violation

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has assessed its first penalty for violation of the Volcker Rule against Deutsche Bank AG. The Volker Rule required Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive Officer to annually...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

by Goodwin on

On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

SEC Approves New Rules Enabling Financial Advisors to Defend Vulnerable Clients from Exploitation

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Financial exploitation of aging and mentally diminished investors by family members and third parties is on the rise. With America's senior population growing rapidly, this problem may only get worse. More than half of all...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

European Commission Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

On 29 March 2017, the same day that United Kingdom has officially launched the Brexit process, the European Commission (Commission) blocked the proposed 29 billion Euro merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DBAG) and London Stock...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - The Battle Over the Proposed OCC FinTech Charter Continues. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released a draft supplement to its Licensing Manual explaining the process for FinTech...more

President Trump issues an executive order on core principles for regulating the financial system

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 3, 2017, the President issued an Executive Order titled “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.”  The Executive Order is a high-level policy statement consisting of a series of Core...more

Trump's "Two for One" Regulation Order Excludes SEC, Maybe All of Dodd-Frank

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The White House clarified that Trump’s January 30 “two for one” Executive Order doesn’t apply to the SEC and other independent regulatory agencies, Reuters reported. ...more

SEC 2017 Examination Priorities Focus on Retail Investors, Seniors and Retiring Investors, and Market-Wide Risk Assessment

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 12, 2017 announced its examination priorities for the current year. The priorities extend to nearly...more

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Multi-Branch Adviser Initiative

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Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may use a variety of business and organizational models, which may include structures with one or more branch offices. In announcing its...more

FTC Announces 2017 Thresholds Under HSR Act and Clayton Act

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Primary HSR filing threshold will be raised to $80.8 million - The Federal Trade Commission has announced revisions to HSR Act and Clayton Act Section 8 thresholds, which are indexed annually to account for inflation. As...more

HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Announced for 2017

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On 19 January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the annual jurisdictional adjustments for premerger notification filings made pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

FTC Announces 2017 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under the HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in Section 7A of the Clayton Act and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR...more

Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #3

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Editor's Note - The End of “Too Big to Fail”? On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board) adopted a final rule to strengthen the ability of government authorities to...more

SEC Principal Trading Rule Exemption Set to Expire at Year’s End

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in August that it intends to permit the expiration of rule 206(3)-3T (Rule) under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The SEC originally...more

CFTC Issues Cross-Border Proposal

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued proposed rules to address certain issues related to the cross-border application of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

SEC Adopts Rules and Forms to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has adopted, by a 2-to-1 vote, new rules and forms, as well as amendments to certain rules and forms (Final Rule), to modernize the reporting of information by...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

CFPB Grabs for SEC/CFTC Turf

by Carlton Fields on

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a ban on “mandatory arbitration” contract clauses that make financial products consumers waive their right to join class actions. Broker-dealers,...more

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