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FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Proposed Rules Governing Membership Applications

FINRA, in Regulatory Notice 13-29, requested comment on a revised proposal (the “Revised Proposal”) to transfer the NASD Rule 1010 Series (“Membership Proceedings Rules”), with substantive changes, into the consolidated FINRA...more

Form 10s as Alternatives to Traditional IPOs – Interview with Bill Hicks, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Hicks, Member of Mintz Levin's Corporate & Securities Practices, discusses the advantages of going public via a Form 10....more

The Penalties Applicable to Legal Entities Convicted for Corruption under French Law - Are the Administrative Consequences the...

Under French law, an act of corruption is exclusively subject to criminal liability; there is no administrative liability. Specific rules of administrative laws, however, which provide that a company convicted by a final...more

The Shift to Angel Investors – Interview with Jeremy Glaser, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses the shift to angel investors in initial financing rounds as venture capital funds move towards later-stage funding. ...more

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets

The Plight of Billionaires Looking For New Havens to Shield Assets by James F. McDonough, Jr. on July 30, 2013 In a recent article in Wealth Management, the author David de Jong and Robert Lafranco describe the...more

Is the State Holding Your Association’s Money?

Like many other states, Connecticut has appointed itself as the official “lost and found” for all money abandoned within the state’s borders. We’re not talking about coins dropped on a sidewalk. Abandoned money can include...more

N.Y. ALJ Holds Taxpayer’s Motives for Acquiring Stock and How Stock Is Used Irrelevant in Determining Investment Capital

A New York administrative law judge recently held in Matter of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. that income received by a taxpayer from its ownership of common stock was investment income. In so holding, the ALJ addressed an important...more

SBA Rules: Investment Funds Can Now Be Majority Owners of SBIR Companies

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently amended the rules relating to its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The new SBA rules implement the...more

Know the Standard of FDIC Liability for Community Banks

Over 400 financial institutions have failed since the financial crisis began in September 2008, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF).[1] On July 2, 2010, the Federal Deposit...more

BMA Announces Principles Underpinning Use of New Powers

The Bermuda Monetary Authority (the BMA) has published a new statement of practice (SoP). It sets out factors to which it will have regard and procedures to be followed in deciding whether and in what manner to exercise...more

Swap Clearing and the Commercial End User Exception: Corporate Governance and Risk Management Issues for Commercial Companies

Central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives is a central pillar of the financial services reforms that are embodied in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). The presumption...more

Changes in the Wind for Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans?

On December 28, 2012, the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting that the SEC implement rulemaking to impose new requirements with respect to...more

How Tobin Tax and certain regulatory duties affect Block Trades in Italy

Italian Law No. 228 dated December 24, 2012, which approved the 2013 budget, contemplates, among others, a new tax applicable to certain financial transactions (the “Tobin Tax”). The Tobin Tax will apply to transactions,...more

Securities Law Essentials For Growing Companies

We recently gave a presentation at a CLE titled Securities Law Essentials for Growing Companies. The presentation included an overview of what constitutes a public offering, what is a security, classical private placements,...more

NYSE And Nasdaq Amend Compensation Committee Independence Proposals

Nasdaq has amended its proposal regarding independence of compensation committees required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Nasdaq proposes to clarify that a compensation committee is not required to conduct the independence...more

Is the legal environment changing for Russia-related transactions? What new challenges will parties face and how should they...

A dynamic market - Russia is a dynamic, developing growth market, with a constantly changing legal environment. Right now Russia is seeing an upturn of activity in corporate transactions of all kinds: mergers and...more

Congress Extends Exclusion for Investors in Qualified Small Businesses

Among the taxpayer-favorable aspects of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the 100 percent exclusion from gross income of gain on the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS), provided for in section 1202 of...more

California Corrects Homeowner Bill Of Rights Summary

On January 1, the California Department of Corporations reissued Release No. 65-FS regarding implementation of key parts of the Homeowner Bill of Rights that established new foreclosure requirements. ...more

The HSBC AML Settlement - Lessons Learned for the AML Compliance Practitioner

I recently wrote about banks behaving badly. Currently, Exhibit A in that list is HSBC. In December, 2012, the UK banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.92 billion for its transgressions involving money laundering....more

"CFTC Issues Final Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations"

Swaps trade in a global market. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to impose a panoply of regulation on the swaps market mostly through regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures...more

EC Technical Standards for European Markets Infrastructure Regulation

On December 19, 2012, the European Commission adopted nine regulatory and implementing technical standards to complement obligations defined under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation on OTC derivatives, central...more

CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC

On November 28 the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), an association of public, corporate and union pension funds and other employee benefit plans, submitted a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman...more

The SEC Is Scrutinizing Asset Valuations—Are You Ready?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has set its sights on registered entities and their officers and directors for overvaluing the entities’ assets....more

SEC Includes Disclosure Of Corporate Political Spending Rule In Unified Agenda – What Does It Mean?

On August 3, 2011, a group of leading academics, including Harvard Law School Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk, submitted this petition for rulemaking to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The petitioners asked the SEC to...more

Private Placements By Acquisition Targets – Another Regulatory Grey Area

On November 28, 2012, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) issued the reasons for the decision it had made following a hearing to consider an application made by Inmet Mining Corporation for certain relief in...more

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