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A Gift for New Jersey Gift Card Issuers and Retailers: Consumer Data Collection Requirements Eliminated by S.B. 2235

Retailers and issuers of gift cards in New Jersey recently received welcome news: they no longer have to worry about looming consumer data collection requirements. Under existing law, beginning in July 2016, gift card (also...more

Agencies Issue Guidance for Foreign Banking Entities on the Application of the Marketing Restriction for the Volcker Rule’s SOTUS...

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Volcker Inter-Agency Group posted a new frequently asked question (FAQ 13), clarifying the scope of the so-called “marketing restriction” under the SOTUS covered fund exemption. The SOTUS...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Audit Committee Composition

As noted in this article from Compliance Week, the Corp Fin staff have refused to issue no-action relief to Citigroup agreeing that it could exclude from its proxy statement a proposal from the prolific John Chevedden...more

Mind the Red Flags – FinCEN Issues Penalty for Failure to File SARs on Director’s Suspicious Activity

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently penalized First National Community Bank (FNCB) $1.5 million for failing to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) despite the existence of...more

Federal Agencies Release New Volcker Rule Guidance for Non-U.S. Banking Entities and Fund Sponsors Seeking to Rely on the “SOTUS”...

On February 27, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

Public Finance Update: New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds: IRS Notice 2015-12 Application Submission and Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released Notice 2015-12 (the “Notice”), which solicits applications for allocations of the approximately $1.4 billion remaining available amount of national bond volume limitation...more

Cooperation By Broker Mitigates SEC Sanctions

Cooperation was a key factor in the resolution of an action involving a minority owner of a broker-dealer that is alleged to have facilitated a fraudulent scheme to conceal losses at a major Japanese company. In the Matter of...more

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options - CFTC Staff to Host Public Roundtable on Recovery and Orderly Wind-Down of DCOs - CFTC Reopens Comment Period for...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

A summary of a private equity firm’s compliance obligations, a discussion of notable developments in 2014 and highlights of the SEC’s examination priorities for 2015. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the...more

FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Materiality Consultations

The Overview addresses, among other things, categories of information and other factors that firms should consider when assessing materiality of prospective business initiatives....more

Supervisory or enforcement action: Deputy Director Antonakes explains how the CFPB decides

In his prepared remarks for an appearance last week at the Exchequer Club, CFPB Deputy Director Steven Antonakes discussed the CFPB’s risk-based approach to supervision. (The Exchequer Club’s members include senior...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

CFTC Announces Members of Market Risk Advisory Committee

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced the members of its Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC). The MRAC’s membership list is available...more

APRA releases its update on regulatory costs savings

In 2014, APRA commenced a project to find regulatory costs savings. APRA’s update report notes that ‘in undertaking the project, APRA: - has sought to identify specific, quantifiable options for regulatory cost savings...more

Record penalty against payday lender

As previously reported, on 26 August 2014, the Federal Court determined that The Cash Store Pty Ltd (in liquidation), a payday lender, and Assistive Finance Australia Pty Ltd, a loan funder, committed seven separate breaches...more

SEC Fines Alternative Mutual Fund Adviser for Improper Handling of Fund Assets

On February 12, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought and settled charges against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds alleging, among other charges, failure to comply with the...more

FCA Matters: Department of Justice Touts Record Recoveries in False Claims Act Cases (2/15)

The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $5.69 billion through settlements and judgments in False Claims Act cases during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, according to a recent announcement by DOJ...more

Margin for Uncleared Swaps: A Critical Look at the CFTC and Prudential Regulators Proposals

Last fall both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and five U.S. prudential banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) released proposed rules for margin requirements for uncleared swap transactions for...more

SEC Proposes Equity Hedging Disclosure Rules under Dodd-Frank

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed long-awaited equity hedging disclosure rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010...more

Select Broker-Dealer Enforcement Cases and Developments: 2014 Year in Review

This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) enforcement developments and cases regarding broker dealers.* The...more

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