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Briefs Filed in CalPERS v. ANZ Securities

On February 27, 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) filed its brief with the Supreme Court, requesting that the Court reverse the decision of the Second Circuit and abrogate the Second...more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Adopting Broad Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that the Dodd-Frank Act’s definition of “whistleblower” includes not only those who disclose information...more

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

EMIR - Spanish Pension Schemes Exempt and Updated Q&A - On 25 January, ESMA issued its opinion confirming the exemption from the EMIR clearing obligation for certain Spanish pension schemes....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Bill Ackman, not known for giving up easily, is finally throwing in the towel on Valeant (even after taking a board seat at the company) and cutting his losses after a failed “two-year bet that lost about $4 billion for his...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

Capital Formation Bills Approved by House and Senate Committees

On March 9, 2017, a number of bipartisan bills designed to promote capital raising for companies were approved by the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. ...more

FINRA Proposes to Permit Use of Predictions/Projections of Investment Strategy Performance

In February, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to its rule regarding communications with the public, Rule 2210, that would allow broker-dealers to distribute a customized...more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary Advice Rule, Requests Comments on Delay and on Costs, Benefits of the Rule

On March 2, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed extension (the "Proposal") of the effective date of what is commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule" or the "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule"). The Rule...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

Ninth Circuit Adds to Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Protection for Internal Whistleblowers

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protection extends to whistleblowers who report alleged unlawful activity internally but not to the...more

Are You Keeping the Right Documentation for 401(k) Hardship Distributions?

401(k) plans may allow an employee to receive a distribution of elective contributions (employee deferrals) on account of a hardship. The regulations provide that a distribution is made on account of hardship only if the...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Application of Twombly in Retaliatory Discharge Case

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which the plaintiff claimed he was wrongfully terminated from employment at Morgan Stanley after the company discovered he reported alleged illegal activities to...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

"DOL Proposes Delay of Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date"

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposed 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017, applicability date of its conflicts of interest regulation (the so-called fiduciary rule) and related prohibited transaction...more

SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff claimed to be an employee of Northwestern Mutual and therefore protected under New York's minimum wage and overtime laws; Northwestern argued...more

Structuring Private Equity Deals in 2017: Considerations for Buyers While They Wait for the Sun Capital Appeals to Play Out

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund has been analyzed extensively over the past four years, as it has made its way from the US District Court for the District of...more

A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) previously issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. The rules, which...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy...more

Fiduciary Rule's Status Uncertain

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the President signed an executive order requiring the re-examination of the final Fiduciary Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 20946 (April 8, 2016)) set to go into effect on April 10, 2017. The Fiduciary Rule,...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

403(b) Remedial Amendment Deadline Finally Set

On January 13, 2017, the IRS issued guidance setting March 31, 2020 as the last day of the remedial amendment period for 403(b) retirement plans. A remedial amendment period is a time frame during which an employer can...more

Department of Labor Moves to Delay Fiduciary Rule

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay the effective date of the final Conflict of Interest Rule that re-defines who is a fiduciary...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo after Trump Memo and Federal Judge’s Ruling

Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider implementation of the fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule, which widens the scope of who is considered a “fiduciary” of an...more

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