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Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

Update: Upheaval in the German Restructuring Market: Need-to-Know Facts, Alternative Tools and New Draft Law

To date, a debt waiver has been frequently used as a tool to successfully restructure German-based companies in financial difficulties. A decision of the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) published on...more

UK Must Get to Grips with Brexit and MiFID II

Asset Managers Face Some Difficult Decisions - 2017 is proving to be a stressful and costly year for asset managers. The terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will continue to be the subject of extensive debate, both...more

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on the SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

The election of President Trump contained more than a few positive signs for Private Equity (PE) firms. Promises of a lower corporate tax environment, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - January 2017

The SEC published a white paper about Regulation A+, What Do We Know So Far?, here. Since changes to Regulation A in June 2015, there have been 147 Regulation A offerings, seeking $2.6 billion, that have raised about $190...more

IPO Market for Closed-End Funds Poised for Serious Rebound

It’s clear to anyone paying attention that the market for initial public offerings of closed-end funds has fallen off dramatically over the last few years. Undoubtedly, the primary cause of this fall off has been the gaping...more

Five Employment Issues Under the New Administration That Financial Services Employers Should Monitor

Employers in the financial services industry should diligently monitor upcoming changes under the Trump administration. Although it is unlikely that that President Donald J. Trump will “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Market participants who are not enamored by the current state of federal securities regulation may have been heartened by the new administration’s January 30, 2017 “two for one” order. The order contemplated that, for each...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: The Trump Effect

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun

In several uncoordinated actions, the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) has begun. In two...more

What 2017 May Bring for the Restructuring Community

We asked some of our financial advisor colleagues to give us brief read outs on what they felt 2017 has in store for us now that we have gotten beyond the inauguration and into the first weeks of the Trump administration. ...more

Bill Introduced To Require Registration Of Finders Under The California Finance Lenders Law

The California Finance Lenders Law, Financial Code § 22000 et seq., currently requires licensing of finance lenders and brokers. A finance lender is defined as any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer...more

The Future of Investment Management Regulation: What to Expect in 2017

In this fast-changing regulatory environment, the long-term consequences – both intended and unintended – of recent White House actions remain uncertain, but looking into our crystal ball, we see certain trends emerging....more

Trump Administrations Agenda affects Wealth Management

There’s little doubt that President Trump will carry through on the many promises that he made during the campaign that affect individuals, investors and advisors in the Wealth Management Industry. Corporations, too, were...more

EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2017

During 2016, there were relatively few companies that completed initial public offerings (“IPOs”). Some commentators attribute the dearth of IPOs in 2016 to volatility arising from, among other things, Brexit and the U.S....more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

No Change By Trump: Fiduciary Regulations Still Effective in April

On February 3, 2017 President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of the DOL to determine whether new fiduciary regulations impair the public’s access to retirement information and financial advice. Please...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - February 2017

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal Asian, US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see...more

President Issues Order Calling on the Department of Labor to Reconsider Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to re-examine the DOL’s final rule on who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under the Internal Revenue...more

"A Trump-Appointed AG May Not Translate to Less Aggressive Enforcement"

Forecasting the enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration is difficult at best. Previous statements from both President Donald Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S....more

"Trump's Focus on Deregulation Could Shape SEC Priorities in 2017"

In his statement announcing the appointment of Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), President Donald Trump said that “we need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American...more

"Volatility and Uncertainty Continue in the US Capital Markets"

The U.S. capital markets experienced continued volatility throughout much of 2016, as the bond and equity markets were affected by a series of significant events: the November U.S. presidential election; the June Brexit vote;...more

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