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US CHINA TRADE WAR–CHINA STOCK MARKET CRASH, TRADE, IP/PATENT, SECURITIES

Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - New Hampshire Governor Signs Into Law a Bill Recodifying Banking, Credit Union and Trust Company Laws: On July 28, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 188, an act...more

Client Alert on Azerbaijani Securities Regulations - Client Alert on Latest Developments in Azerbaijani Securities Regulation...

Securities Markets Law - New categories of professional participants in securities markets - Professional participants in securities markets are defined to include investment companies, stock exchanges, clearing...more

Are Mutual Index Funds Anti-Competitive?

They may be, according to a thought-provoking article by Harvard Law School Professor Einer Elhauge entitled “Horizontal Shareholding as an Antitrust Violation” (July 21, 2015).... In a nutshell, Professor Elhauge’s...more

[Event] How Better Reporting Changes the Game for Compliance - August 13, 12:00-2:00pm PDT, Portland, OR

The role of the compliance executive is changing before our eyes. With more resources and greater access to the CEO and Board, there’s more impetus than ever before for compliance executives to demonstrate and bolster the...more

Add-On Products Continue To Present Litigation Risks For Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent action against two credit card vendors regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services is a reminder of the legal risks associated with certain add-on...more

FCA's Competition Law Concurrency Guidance

Since 1 April 2015, the UK financial services community has awaited with some trepidation the use by the FCA of its new "concurrent competition law powers". These enable the FCA to investigate and sanction companies for...more

EC's Infringement Proceedings for Intra-EU BITs Cause Uncertainty for Investors

On 18 June 2015, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against five member states of the European Union for intra-EU bilateral investment treaties' (BITs) incompatibility with Article 351 of the Treaty on...more

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Where’s the Exit? New Opportunities in China for Private Equity Firms

It has long been a well established exit route in developed markets for a private equity firm to sell its interest in a portfolio company to a listed company in exchange for shares in that listed company. Until recently, this...more

FCA’s Concurrent Competition Powers – Final Guidance and Handbook Amendments Are Published

The FCA has published final guidance on use of its new competition law powers, together with amendments to its Handbook introducing a specific competition law self-reporting obligation which will have significant...more

FTC Bans Owners of Online Payday Lending Operations from Consumer Lending Industry

On July 7, the FTC entered into settlement agreements with two individuals and the entities they operate seeking to permanently restrict them from doing business in the consumer lending industry. According to the FTC’s...more

June Whistleblower Digest | Does Your Ethics Training Adequately Cover Anti-Retaliation?

Pop quiz: what are the three criteria the SEC stated they would hold a chief compliance officer accountable for? Well, I admit that was a trick question, because even if you got them right, the SEC is ruffling feathers by...more

[Webinar] Find Out How Your Approach to Compliance Training Compares To Hundreds of Your Peers - July 22, 10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Join us for this free webinar as we reveal the results of our 2015 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report. Find out how your program compares to the 600+ training professionals who weighed in this year. You’ll find...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

This is the first in a series of monthly EU regulatory briefs - summarising key regulatory developments across a number of sectors in the EU. Antitrust and Competition - The European Commission launches an...more

DOJ Targets Payday Lender Using RICO

On June 22, 2015, the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania filed an information charging Adrian Rubin of Jenkintown, PA, with: (1) one count of conspiracy to violate RICO, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d); (2) one...more

FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

Portfolio Companies’ Antitrust Risks Reflect on PE Houses

Antitrust authorities around the world are increasingly collaborating with each other in an effort to unearth anticompetitive behavior such as cartels, and are devoting greater resources to doing so. As a result, PE houses...more

OCC Fines National Bank for Alleged Unfair Billing Practices

On June 19, the OCC released recent enforcement actions taken against national banks, federal savings associations, and individuals currently or formerly affiliated with national banks and federal savings associations. Among...more

[Webinar] Leveraging Social Media for a Best Practice Compliance Program - July 14, 1:00 pm EST

Join this webinar, featuring compliance expert Tom Fox, to learn how embracing social media in a smart way can help companies engage employees and enforce any best practice compliance program. You will learn: - Why...more

FinCEN Enforcement Stacks the Deck in AML Compliance for Casinos and Card Clubs

Stephanie Booker, Associate Director for Enforcement, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), recently gave a speech at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas. Involved in the...more

AML Compliance Expectations Unabated—Fines, Enforcement Actions and a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Against Banks, Money...

Why it matters - Three Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) orders, three sets of fines and asset forfeitures, a deferred prosecution agreement and one bank enforcement action demonstrate the resolve of the...more

Will Increased Consolidation in the Insurance Industry Yield Opportunities or Challenges for Investors?

A recent flurry of activity in the health insurance industry would seem to indicate that investors can expect significant consolidation in the managed care sector....more

FTC follows in CFPB footsteps with GLBA privacy notices

The FTC recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor vehicle dealers to notify...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Stay Injunction During American Express Appeal

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected American Express Co.’s request to stay an injunction ordered by a judge in the Eastern District of New York which prevented Amex from imposing certain...more

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