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Cloud Computing in the Financial Services Sector – the UK FCA Gets On-Message

It’s been a long wait but the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has published proposed guidance for UK-regulated financial services firms when using cloud computing solutions to...more

Does This Year’s Nobel Prize in Economics Suggest Any Lessons Regarding the Regulation of the Consumer Finance Industry?

On Monday October 12, 2015, Professor Angus Deaton won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Professor Deaton’s work focuses in part on consumer behavior, and, more specifically, on techniques used by researchers for...more

White Collar Crime in Europe Themes and Trends: November 2015

There continues to be an increasing appetite amongst authorities around the world to investigate corporates and banks for a range of criminal offices. Governments are also introducing new criminal offences aimed at...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - November 2015

An Employer Guide On How To Set Up A Retirement Plan Committee. The how to and why - Being a retirement plan sponsor can be a bit overwhelming and one of the major reasons that retirement plans are mismanaged...more

BIS reports on digital currencies

BIS’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) has published its report on digital currencies. The report considers the developments and innovations behind the assets themselves and the technology the industry...more

Treasury Department and IRS Publish Final Hybrid Plan Regulations and Announce Extension of Required Amendment Date for Certain...

The Treasury Department and the IRS recently issued final regulations (the “2015 Final Regulations”) relating to hybrid retirement plans, including cash balance pension plans. The 2015 Final Regulations provide...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Sweden

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Sweden is now ranked 19th out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes, (i.e., its...more

BIS and IOSCO consult on cyber resilience

BIS’ CPMI and IOSCO are consulting on principles for cyber resilience for FMIs. The guidance includes: - stressing the importance of board and senior management attention to a successful cyber resilience strategy...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Turkey

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Turkey is now ranked 53rd out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...more

Fed Issues Final Rules on Emergency Lending

The Federal Reserve Board approved a final rule specifying its procedures for emergency lending under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act. Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, the Board’s authority to engage...more

CLLS publishes corporate crime and corruption minutes

CLLS has published the minutes of its Corporate Crime and Corruption Committee meeting in June. The meeting included a presentation by Claire Lipworth, FCA Chief Criminal Counsel, discussion of the SFO’s attitude towards a...more

Clash of Civil and Common Law: Case Guidance System v. Stare Decisis

On May 13, 2015, the highest judicial institution in China, the Supreme People’s Court, issued the Detailed Rules of Implementation of the Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Case Guidance Work. This judicial...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.30.15

Another Black Friday has come and gone (and hey, welcome to Cyber Monday and a big financial week ahead), but the truth is that it’s not quite what it used to be—both for brick-and-mortar retailers and for those using it to...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Spain

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Spain is now ranked 16th out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...more

SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

Last week, the SEC held its annual Government-Business Forum, which included a number of presentations on exempt offering alternatives. Anya Coverman, Deputy Director of Policy of NASAA, presented on intrastate crowdfunding....more

CML and Which? report on transparency of mortgage fees

CML and Which? have launched a new tariff of mortgage charges to introduce a standard format for how lenders communicate their fees. This is intended to make it easier for customers to understand charges and compare deals....more

Co-debtors’ Obligations May be Treated Differently in Bankruptcy

Imagine the following common scenario: A lender makes a commercial loan and the note is signed by two borrower entities, each of whom provides separate real property collateral as security for the loan. The borrowers...more

CFPB Releases Compliance Bulletin Related to Consumer Authorizations for Preauthorized Electronic Fund Transfers

On November 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued CFPB Compliance Bulletin 2015-06 to provide companies with guidance related to their obligations under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and...more

Big Data, Big Government – Big Trouble? A Hard Look at the Final HMDA Rule

If all goes according to plan, financial institutions will report over 250 million data points related to mortgage loan applications and originations in 2018. If the mortgage market returns to the high volumes seen in 2005,...more

Canada considers new requirements for monitoring politically exposed persons

The previous federal government introduced amendments to money laundering regulations this past summer to implement a program of financial surveillance of senior public officeholders, their family members and their close...more

Trade association review recommends merger

The Financial Services Trade Associations Review set up by UK banks has recommended creating a new world-class trade association for the industry by bringing together existing associations. ...more

Privacy Tip #11

Whenever you open a new bank account, credit card or debit card account or other account such as a health savings account, the bank or credit card company is required to send you a notice of your privacy practices under the...more

DOE Awards $125 Million for Energy Projects

Last week U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $125 million in funding for 41 cutting-edge energy technology projects under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ...more

The UK Contractual Recognition Of Bail-In Rules: Partial Delay To Implementation

On 25 November 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a ‘waiver by consent’ in relation to the contractual recognition of bail-in requirements. To the extent that it would be impracticable for firms to...more

Why are Companies and their Directors and Officers Still Behind on Cyber Security Oversight and Disclosure?

Over the past three years, I’ve been outspoken about the need for better board oversight of cyber security, as well as the need for better cyber security disclosure. The severity of the cyber threat is so significant to...more

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