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SEC's Focus on Private Equity Firms Continues with Recent Action

A settled enforcement action, announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 14, 2016, continues the trend of increased SEC scrutiny of private equity advisers concerning the allocation and...more

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

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

Are We Headed into a Perfect Storm of Securities Class Action Filings?

The history of securities litigation is marked by particular types of cases that come in waves: ..the IPO laddering cases, which involved more than 300 issuers and their underwriters; ..the Sarbanes-Oxley era...more

Small Companies and Those Not Certified Under the Safe Harbor Face Hidden Costs in the EU/US Privacy Shield Certification Process

The Privacy Shield in a nutshell. The Privacy Shield permits U.S. businesses to process and control the personal data of individuals, aka data subjects, located in the European Union (EU). Without the Privacy Shield,...more

Antitrust Updates for Private Equity Firms

In an era of robust merger enforcement by the U.S. antitrust agencies, opportunities abound for private equity firms to acquire divested businesses for value. These acquisitions of divested businesses are increasingly subject...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016

Editor's Note - Regulation and Innovation, Part IV. In the April 6, June 22 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, we discussed the approaches of various banking regulators generally, and the Office of the...more

FFIEC Offers Guidance on Information Security Exams

How will examiners review the information security programs of financial institutions? Revised guidance from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) provides help to banks by articulating the...more

Washington Insight - September 2016

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank - On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010...more

House to Consider Financial CHOICE Act

The full House of Representatives will now consider Rep. Jeb Hensarling's (R-Texas) legislative proposal to repeal the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act after it passed out of a committee. What...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

OSHA Increases Scrutiny of Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

Following the SEC’s lead, OSHA recently announced new guidelines that it will consider when deciding whether to approve settlement agreements reached during OSHA investigations of whistleblower claims....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.19.16

Gretchen Morgenson and Fair Game have had a few days to reflect on the Bayer/Monsanto deal, and with that little bit of hindsight (and a lot of history), she’s not too sure that Bayer’s stockholders are going to be thrilled...more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Who Is the Sponsor of a Securitization?

In a complex securitization structure, determining the identity of the sponsor under the credit risk retention rules can be a daunting task. Introduction Under the credit risk retention rules adopted pursuant to the...more

NFA Proposal Would Require CFTC-Registered Asset Managers to Report on Financial Condition

The National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) latest proposal would require registered commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors to provide new information about their financial condition in quarterly reports to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016

Editor's Note - The OCC Takes Another Step Toward a Limited Purpose FinTech Charter. On September 13, in a speech at the Marketplace Lending Policy Summit 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed the...more

SEC Continues Crackdown on Severance Agreements

Why it matters - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued its efforts against anti-whistleblowing provisions in severance agreements, fining one employer $265,000 for the use of an allegedly illegal clause....more

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Recommendations as Part of Their Section 620 Report to Solidify the Safety and Soundness of the...

On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC,” and...more

CFTC Proposes New Enforcement Authority and Other Amendments in Its Whistleblower Program

Mirroring existing SEC authority, the CFTC’s proposal would allow it to impose sanctions for retaliation against whistleblowers. On August 30, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published proposed...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #5

Editor's Note - Investment Advisers Breathe a Sigh of Relief. On Thursday, August 25, the federal district court in New Jersey ruled after a 26-day trial in favor of AXA Equitable Insurance Company and against the...more

HSR 2015 Annual Report: Filings Up, Second Requests Down and ESO/RSU Implications

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015, published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule...

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the...more

NASAA Publishes Fraud Alert for EB-5 Investors

Recently, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection, published an investor advisory for potential investors in EB-5...more

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