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CFTC Staff Grants Family Offices No-Action Relief from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued no-action relief for failure to register with the CFTC as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to any...more

FCA Announces Major Restructuring

On December 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a new strategic approach that is intended to provide a “sharper focus” for the agency as it grapples with its new responsibilities and the implementation of...more

Expect to See More Shareholder Activism in 2015, But Fewer “Gloves Off” Situations

As we all know, 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most vigorous years for activist investing. Certain activists have generated solid returns for investors and pension funds and other institutional investors are becoming...more

ESMA Reviews Supervisory Practices on MiFID Investor Information

On December 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release stating that it had conducted a review of how EU national regulators supervise conduct of business rules under the Markets in...more

Investment Management Update

In This Issue: - SEC Announces First-of-Its-Kind Whistleblower Award To an Audit and Compliance Professional - SEC Issues No-Action Letter To Allow for Amendment of a Sub-Advisory Agreement without Shareholder...more

The Boundaries for Insider Trading Prosecutions See a Resurgence: The 1980s Are Back!

In a closely followed appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on December 10, 2014, delivered an important decision in United States v. Newman by vacating the insider trading convictions of two...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 115-Tom Fox and Matt Kelly on COSO, Bruker Corp, Dallas Airmotive and Alstom [Video]

In this episode Compliance Week editor Matt Kelly and I discuss the COSO 2013 Framework implementation and its changes from the prior Framework. We also discuss the recent Bruker Corp & Dallas Airmotive FCPA enforcement...more

Securities Regulation Legislation in the Coming 114th Congress

If the current 113th Congress is any measure, we can expect the coming 114th Congress to introduce and promote bills seeking, among other matters, to facilitate capital formation, to correct oversights in the original JOBS...more

Funds and the Derivatives Markets: Recent Developments and Ongoing Challenges*

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF DODD-FRANK TITLE VII - Title VII of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Title VII" or "Dodd- Frank"), enacted on July 21, 2010, provided for the first time...more

Second Circuit Clarifies a Heightened Standard for Insider Trading Convictions

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that, in order to convict a tippee for insider trading under Section 10(b) of the Securities Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, the government must prove beyond a...more

Second Circuit Limits “Tippee” Insider Trading Liability

In United States v. Newman, No. 13-1837 (2d Cir. Dec. 10, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the 2013 convictions of Anthony Chiasson and Todd Newman on charges of conspiracy to commit...more

SEC Continues To Focus On Microcap Fraud

The Commission continues to focus on microcap fraud actions with two new manipulation cases involving penny stocks. In one a former registered representative acted as an unregistered broker and then engaged in a series of...more

Second Circuit Overturns Two Insider Trading Convictions

On December 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned, and further, dismissed two of the DOJ’s insider trading convictions. United States of America v. Newman and Chiasson, Nos. 13-1837-cr(L),...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Council of EU Publishes Final Compromise Text of ELTIF Regulation - The Council of the EU has published an "I" item note from its General Secretariat to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) which sets out...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to the Equity Research Analyst and Equity Research Report Rule

On November 18, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to adopt NASD Rule 2711 as new FINRA Rule 2241 with...more

SEC Approves MSRB Best Execution Rule

On December 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Rule G-18 (Best Execution Rule) that will require municipal securities dealers to seek the most favorable terms...more

Court Of Appeals Reins in Prosecutors in Insider Trading Cases

In a landmark insider trading decision issued on December 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit made important pronouncements favorable to the defense on two recurring and important legal issues: (1) what is...more

Blog: Are We Aligning Pay To The Wrong Performance Metrics?

As discussed in this article in Compliance Week, this report, “The Alignment Gap Between Creating Value, Performance Measurement, and Long-Term Incentive Design Sustainable,” by Organizational Capital Partners and the...more

Hello Newman! (and Chiasson): Second Circuit Decision Raises the Bar for Government to Prove Liability of “Remote Tippees” in...

In a groundbreaking decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed the 2013 insider trading convictions of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The decision in United States v. Newman, No....more

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Enforcement and Compliance Considerations

Predicting enforcement of the final rule regarding U.S. risk retention is an uncertain task. This OnPoint is designed to provide guidance on possibilities related to consequences of non-compliance, enforcement approaches by...more

SEC Sanctions Operator of Unregistered Virtual Currency Exchanges

On December 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned a computer programmer for operating two online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currencies without registering them as broker-dealers or stock...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #3

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Credit Ratings - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds...more

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

Bridging the Week - December 2014 #3

US Judge Says Sentinel 2007 Transfers to BNY Mellon Cannot Be Reversed as Made in Good Faith - The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (formerly Bank of New York) was absolved of having engaged in “egregious...more

Second Circuit Raises the Bar for Government Insider Trading Prosecutions – Practical Implications for the Business Community

On December 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a much publicized decision, reversing two high-profile insider trading convictions in the Southern District of New York. The Court limits the scope...more

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