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SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

The Financial CHOICE Act Is Approved by US House Financial Services Committee

On May 4, the Financial CHOICE Act (the FCA) — which was introduced to the House of Representatives on April 26 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas-5), and co-sponsored by seven of his Republican colleagues and referred for...more

Ecuador terminates 12 BITs - a growing trend of reconsideration of traditional investment treaties?

by DLA Piper on

On 3 May 2017, the Ecuadorean National Assembly (Ecuador's legislative body) approved the denunciation of 12 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You’re Wiser With an Adviser - Regardless of your experience, you will need advice about your startup. ...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms: Appendix

by White & Case LLP on

This appendix contains a brief description of the key EU financial services directives (excluding the insurance sector) which create the core regulatory framework within which financial services firms principally operate as...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms - Mapping the impact of Brexit to make sure high level strategic thinking can be delivered...

by White & Case LLP on

The nature of the Brexit debate has changed and attitudes have hardened since the UK formally served notice on President Tusk of its intention to leave the EU. There seems to be limited political sympathy for financial...more

U.S. Department of Labor Defers Implementation of the Investor Fiduciary Rule to June 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will be delayed until...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Former Magyar Telekom Executives Settle Bribery Charges – On April 24, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two former executives of Magyar Telekom, a...more

The Impact of Tax Reform on Private Equity

If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that the future is hard to predict. One need only look at the ascendancy of Brexit, President Donald Trump, or even the New England Patriots in the second half of the Super...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

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained some positive signs for Private Equity (PE) fund managers. These included potential lower corporate taxes, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

Securities Legislative Update – Elderly Investors 2017

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed rule aimed at preventing fraud and abuse of senior investors. On March 30, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-11, setting the effective date for the new rule as February 5, 2018. The...more

Will New Administration Speed VA Summary Prospectus?

by Carlton Fields on

President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, could speed authorization of the variable annuity (VA) summary prospectus and related layered disclosure and shortened underlying fund report to shareholders. Doing so...more

Exempt Stock Compensation Limits May Increase

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1343, entitled the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, increasing the number of shares that can be granted as compensation by an issuer to its employees...more

"DOL Finalizes Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule"

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule providing a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017, applicability date of its conflict of interest regulation (the so-called fiduciary rule) and related...more

CFTC Initiates Project KISS

In remarks at a conference, CFTC Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced the CFTC’s intent to comply with an Executive Order which requires each agency to designate a Regulatory Reform Officer and establish a...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

New Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Trim The Fat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Trump’s executive order directs all federal agencies to point out where they can be trimmed down to meet his proposed budget. On Monday, March 13, President Trump signed Executive Order 13781...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

Legislative Proposal Addresses Use of Blockchain Technology by Delaware Corporations

The Corporate Council of The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has prepared proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law to facilitate the use of block chain technology for...more

NDRC’s Briefing Meeting on Increased Openness to Foreign Investment

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The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a meeting on March 13, 2017, with the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Deputy Director General LIU Hongkuan (Mr. Liu) and...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

UK Supreme Court Rules UK Parliament Must Approve Brexit Notice to EU - Under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the process for the UK to leave the EU is commenced by service of a notice on the European Council, which starts...more

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