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SEC Grants Limited Relief from the Custody Rule for Advisers Relying on Clients’ Standing Letters of Instruction

In a letter to the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), the Staff of the Division of Investment Management said that investment advisers acting pursuant to a standing letter of instruction or other similar asset transfer...more

Multijurisdictional Securitization in the Age of Risk Retention

The challenges of complying with both the US rules and the EU rules. Both United States and European Union laws now require 5 percent credit risk retention for securitization transactions. While the jurisdictional scope...more

Bridging the Week - February 2017 #3

CFTC Postpones Swap Dealer Compliance Date for OTC Swaps Variation Margin Requirements; Other Regulators Likely to Exercise Forbearance: On February 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and...more

Day 19 of One Month to a Better Board-Three Core Areas of Board Inquiry [Video]

There are three core areas upon which Directors should focus their attention to help establish and maintain an effective compliance program. In this podcast I discuss the three which are: (1) structural, (2) cultural, (3)...more

Form SHC Deadline Approaching for Investment Advisers and Other Reporters

Investment advisers should take note that they may be required to file Treasury International Capital Benchmark (TIC) Form SHC by Friday, March 3, 2017.1 The following summarizes the requirements of TIC Form SHC....more

Blog: For The Avoidance Of Doubt, Acting Corp Fin Director Confirms Conflict Minerals And Pay-Ratio Disclosure Rules Still In...

As reported by the WSJ, at the SEC Speaks conference today, to avoid any doubt on the matter, Acting Corp Fin Director Shelley Parratt reminded companies that, notwithstanding the two requests for public comment issued by...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

NERA issued a report this week on Canadian class actions. Although the number of those actions filed last year increased compared to the year before, over the last several years the number of securities class actions filed in...more

Blog: Corp Fin Refines Its Position On Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

Corp Fin has refined its position with regard to exclusion of proposals to amend existing proxy access bylaws. As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to...more

SEC Speaks Acting Chair Piwowar’s Remarks

At today's, February 24, 2017, Practising Law Institute SEC Speaks annual program, Acting Chair Piwowar made opening remarks. During his wide-ranging discussion, Acting Chair Piwowar, inspired by William Graham Sumner’s the...more

IRS Begins to Target Management Fee Waivers on Audit

According to a recent BNA news report, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed adjustments and penalties to a private fund manager related to its use of management fee waivers and transaction fee offsets. Based on the...more

Day 18 of One Month to a Better Board-Six Areas of Board Inquiry into Compliance [Video]

Where does “Tone at the Top” start. With any public and most private US companies, it is at the Board of Directors. But what is the role of a company’s Board in FCPA compliance? We start with several general statements about...more

Practice Pointers: Anticipating and Addressing SEC Comments on Non-GAAP Financial Measures - February 2017

The use of non-GAAP financial measures by public companies continues to be an area of growing concern for the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Since the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

CPOs of Registered Investment Companies Granted Limited Relief from CFTC Liquidation Audit Requirements

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) recently issued Letter 17-04 (the “Letter”), which grants relief from certain financial disclosure...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

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

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

GOP House Considers Adopting Clean Hands Rule for SEC Whistleblower Program

The Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., recently issued a memo outlining a plan to implement sweeping changes to a bill he introduced last year known as the Financial CHOICE Act....more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 309-James Koukios [Video]

In this episode I visit with Morrison Forrester partner James Koukios on the firm's December newsletter on the Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016. James and I visit about some of the lesser...more

Day 17 of One Month to a Better Board-Incorporating Compliance into Long-Term Corporate Strategy [Video]

In this final five days of my One Month to a Better Board series, I will look at inquiries and questions a Board can take to help the organization actually do compliance going forward. I begin with an exploration of how can a...more

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

AMF Consultations - Corporate Finance Advice and Intermediation in Miscellaneous Assets - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) has recently launched two public...more

The Entrepreneurs Report: Private Company Financing Trends

Venture financing data shows that 2016 was an exceptionally strong year for early-stage valuations and amounts raised. Median pre-money valuations for 2016 Series A and Seed financings exceeded those of each of the past five...more

US Chamber of Commerce on Capital Formation and Disclosure Requirements

In a recent letter, the Chamber commented to the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies about the Committee’s consideration of the factors affecting the trend of companies remaining private and deferring...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 308-Ben Locwin on Forecasting  [Video]

In this first part of a three part series on the risk management process, noted risk management guru Ben Locwin and I visit about forecasting in the risk management process. ...more

Day 16 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board and Succession Planning [Video]

Yesterday, I considered the Board of Director’s role in hiring of senior executives and in other key positions and corporate positions and corporate relationships. Today I want to consider the Board’s role in succession...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Action for Failure to Disclose Banker Fee Arrangements

On February 14, 2016, the SEC settled an enforcement action against CVR Energy for providing misleading disclosure about the fees payable to CVR’s two financial advisors in connection with CVR’s defense of a hostile tender...more

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