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Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

SEC’s Broken Window Enforcement Program Gets a Boost from “Quantitative Analytics” and “Algorithms”

The SEC announced last week that it had charged, in settled administrative proceedings, 28 individuals and investment firms that failed to “promptly report information about their holdings and transactions in company stock”...more

Global Financial Markets Insight

Change continues to be the main theme running through Summer 2014. There is the usual raft of new regulations to contend with but also welcome noises from policy makers including the European Central Bank and the Bank of...more

Merchants Ask Supreme Court to Consider Interchange Fees

A coalition of merchants and retailers has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court weigh in on interchange fees. In March, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rules promulgated by the Board of Governors of the...more

The EU General Court Gets a Rap on Its Knuckles

In Groupement des cartes bancaires, the EU Court of Justice severely reprimanded the General Court for its failure to properly analyze a restriction of competition ‘by object’ within the meaning of Article 101(1) TFEU....more

SEC Staff Grants Relief for Adjustment to Mutual Fund Subadvisory Fee Without Shareholder Approval

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Staff”) granted no-action relief for the implementation of an adjustment in the fee paid by a mutual fund’s adviser to the fund’s subadviser, without shareholder...more

SEC Proceedings Against IAs Center On Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest are at the center of two administrative proceedings recently instituted by the SEC. One involved the failure to adequately disclose the conflict. The other focuses on a failure to institute appropriate...more

SEC Settles with Dually Registered Adviser Over Best Execution, Disclosure and Principal Transactions

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Dominick & Dominick LLC, a firm registered with the SEC both as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer (the “Adviser” or “D&D”), and Robert X....more

Finally Certainty About Licensing SPVs Under the FCA Consumer Credit Regime

From 1 April 2014, responsibility for the regulation of consumer credit in the UK was transferred from the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), drawing certain activities relating to...more

Judge Rakoff’s “Sour Grapes”: SEC v. Citigroup Settlement Approved

On August 5, 2014, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff reluctantly approved a$285 million settlement in the SEC’s enforcement action against Citigroup. In SEC v. Citigroup, the SEC alleged that after Citigroup realized in early...more

When Goods Are Shipped from Overseas, When Are They Considered “Received by the Debtor” for Purposes of Asserting a Section...

A bankruptcy court in Pennsylvania recently held that trade creditors who supplied goods to a debtor prior to its bankruptcy filing were not entitled to administrative priority status under Bankruptcy Code section 503(b)(9)...more

SEC Gives Itself the Home Court Advantage in an Accounting Fraud / Internal Controls Action Against a Corporate CEO

An otherwise mundane SEC announcement on July 30, 2014 of an enforcement action charging a public company CEO and CFO with accounting fraud and internal controls violations is significant because the SEC is proceeding against...more

U.S. Brokers Doing Business Overseas

Recently, regulators have made inquiries about the lawfulness of U.S. brokerage firms soliciting foreign clients. The regulators want to know under what exemptions or rules U.S. firms can do business overseas. This is a new...more

PCAOB Standard-Setting Agenda Offers Insight into Rulemaking Activities

The Office of the Chief Auditor of the PCAOB issued an updated standard-setting agenda, providing the expected timing and key milestones for various PCAOB rulemaking projects. Some of the highlights from the agenda, which was...more

Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That "Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies" Is Not Required For Violations of ERISA’S Statutory Guarantees:...

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has joined five other federal circuits to rule that pension plan participants need not exhaust a plan’s internal remedial procedures before they file suit in...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 7 - July 2014

In This Issue: - Department of Finance Announces Updated Commercial Rent Tax Audit Policy on Billboards - ALJ Finds No Hearing Right To Challenge Notice and Demand, and Corporate “President” Is Personally...more

High Court allows application for permission to bring judicial review proceedings relating to the jurisdiction of the Financial...

In this case report, Sarah Hitchins, an associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s Banking, Finance and Regulatory Litigation Group, considers the High Court’s decision to allow an application for permission to bring judicial review...more

Michigan Enacts Changes To Administrative Tax Provisions Affecting Audits And Assessments

Michigan has enacted legislation that clarifies and streamlines a number of important tax administrative provisions. The changes affect the Department of Treasury’s ability to pursue and collect unpaid taxes from company...more

‘Operation Choke Point’ under Fire

"Operation Choke Point," the coordinated multiagency federal effort to choke off banking services to alleged fraudsters (according to its defenders) or politically unpopular industries (according to its detractors), has come...more

U.S. District Court Upholds FDIC’s Golden Parachute Decision

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (the “District Court”) issued a memorandum and order (the “Order”) in which the District Court upheld a decision of the FDIC that contract damages sought by the...more

After Heimeshoff: Applying An ERISA Plan’s Contractual Limitation of Actions Provision

In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 134 S.Ct. 604 (2013), the Supreme Court held that an ERISA plan’s contractual limitations period can be enforced, so long as the claimant has a reasonable time after exhausting...more

Government launches review of FCA and PRA enforcement processes

On 6 May 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that HM Treasury would undertake a review of the enforcement decision making processes for the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Dodd-Frank Amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act Expand Enforcement Authority of CFTC

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently decided in a case of first impression that Amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act expand the...more

Lehman: New Limitations on Plan Payment of Individual Creditors’ Committee Members’ Professional Fees

In the recent case of Davis v. Elliot Mgmt. Corp. (In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc.), 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48102 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2014), the District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision barring...more

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