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Dodd-Frank Update: CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Obligations for End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to reduce certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for end users. Notably, the NOPR...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The National Senior Investor Initiative - SEC Commissioner Addresses Structured Notes - The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” Under the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification Rules -...more

CFTC Says Securitization SPVs Eligible for End-User Exception

The CFTC issued a no-action letter to Ford Motor Credit to clarify that a securitization special purpose vehicle, or SPV, that is wholly-owned by, and consolidated with, a captive finance company (as described in Section...more

Developments in Prospectus Exemptions

On May 5, 2015, certain changes to the prospectus exemptions under National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) come into force. These changes include amendments to the accredited investor exemption and the...more

Converting Your Convertible Note

If you just invested in the next big thing by way of a convertible promissory note, you will want to ensure that, when it converts, you get all of the equity to which you’re entitled. Does your note convert at the valuation...more

Proxy Access — Week of April 26

During the week of April 26, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed two shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and two failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

"CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Reporting Requirements for Commercial End-Users"

Trade options are physically settled over-the-counter options on most deliverable commodities (e.g., agricultural, energy, or metals) where the buyer is a producer, processor, commercial user or merchant of the commodity...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Crowdfunding: Update From the CRA

In a short technical interpretation (CRA Document 2015-0579031I7 “Crowdfunding” (April 1, 2015)), the CRA has restated its views on the tax treatment of amounts raised via crowdfunding arrangements. The CRA stated that...more

European Parliament Votes to Adopt ECON Report on MMF Regulation

On April 29, 2015, the European Parliament adopted a report by its Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) containing amendments to the European Commission’s proposed Regulations on Money Market Funds (MMF...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 17

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules - NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D - CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties -...more

Overstock.com Considers Issuing Digital Securities

Overstock.com has been a leader in embracing digital currency, and now the company wants to embrace digital securities. On April 24th, Overstock.com filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Blog: They Spurred The Stock Buyback Phenomenon. Will Hedge Fund Activists Now Eviscerate R&D?

It is widely recognized that one of the primary causes of the current stock buyback phenomenon has been pressure from hedge fund activists....more

"SEC Proposes How to Apply Security-Based Swap Rules to Non-US Persons When Using US Personnel"

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules1 that would address how registration, SEC Regulation SBSR and other SEC requirements for security-based swap transactions would apply to a...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Oversee Non-US Firms’ Swap Activity in the United States

On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules to enhance its oversight of non-US firms’ security-based swap activity in the United States. The proposal, if adopted, will have important...more

SEC Answers Money Market Reform Questions

The SEC responded on April 22, 2015, to industry questions regarding its 2014 money market reform rules (Rules) through a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format. The 15-page release answers 53 questions on various topics. ...more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Singapore

Regulation of OTC Derivatives and Singapore Regulatory Reforms - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published a consultation paper on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”) which...more

Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD)

Headlines - Commission urges EP to accept MLD 4, ESMA consults on knowledge and competence guidelines, EU Court judges on plain and intelligible language, FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227 million for IBOR failings and misleading...more

Director Equity Grants Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Valma v. Templeton et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that grants of restricted stock units, or RSUs, to directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. were subject to an entire fairness standard of review. The court found...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Disclosure Regarding the Relationship Between Executive Pay and Company Financial Performance

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of the company, as well as...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 24, Fitch released its updated U.S. Auto Lease ABS Ratings Criteria. On April 27, DBRS released its Rating Canadian Covered Bonds Methodology. On April 27, S&P updated its Bank Rating Methodology and Assumptions to...more

SEC Proposes Title VII Regulatory Framework for Non-US Dealers Transacting in the United States

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) reproposed rules addressing the application of certain requirements under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Reproposal”) to non-U.S. persons dealing in...more

FCA Publishes New Procedures and Forms for Disclosure of Material Changes by Non-UK Managers Marketing in the United Kingdom

On April 21, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage of guidance on the United Kingdom’s national private placement regime (NPPR) for the marketing of non-EU funds in the United Kingdom by non-UK managers...more

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