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Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Know Thyself

To clarify our intended audience, in the Financial Entity Update we will address issues germane to entities that trade swaps but are neither dealers nor commercial end users. This includes a broad and diverse group of...more

Big win for SFO in LIBOR trial – Tom Hayes sentenced to 14 years. More SFO prosecutions to come in financial sector?

The conviction of Tom Hayes in the first UK LIBOR trial is a watershed moment. It’s a big win for the SFO, although it must be said that a more damning book of evidence could not be imagined. The judge’s sentencing remarks...more

July 2015: International Arbitration Update

ISDS Arbitration Provisions—Worth the Investment. Trade agreements have always been the subject of intense public dialogue, so it should come as no surprise that negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESRB Reports on EMIR - The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) has published two reports relating to EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central counterparties and trade repositories) to assist the...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

Does Loyalty Count?

In recent years, there has been increased focus on “short-termism” within public companies—some speculate that the rise of high frequency trading, activism, and similar developments have exacerbated the focus on short-term...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 28, DBRS published methodology for conducting operational risk assessments for U.S. asset-backed securities originators. On July 28, 2015, DBRS published methodology for conducting operational risk assessments for...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD: The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

United States Supreme Court Poised to Address Standard for Insider Trading Following Second Circuit’s Decision in United States v....

Today, the Solicitor General filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), asking the United States Supreme Court to address the standard for insider trading in a...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2015 Summary Volume 2, Issue 7

AML/BSA & OFAC: OFAC PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HELP COMPLY WITH CRIMEA SANCTIONS REGULATIONS - On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been...more

Third-country AIFMs: ESMA says slow down

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) required ESMA to review, by July 2015, how the arrangements under AIFMD for marketing AIFs have worked, with an assessment of the National Private Placement Regimes...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 183-the Compliance Retreat and Podcast Movement 2015 [Video]

In this episode I discuss my new service offering, the Compliance Retreat and some thought from Podcast Movement 2015 and you can be a part of the compliance podcast movement going forward. ...more

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

FINRA Warns on Muni Shorts & Fails: Substitute Interest is Taxable

FINRA issued its late-July Regulatory Notice 15-27 warning brokerage firms that inadvertent short positions or fail-to-delivers in municipal securities trading can create situations where the member-firm pays a customer...more

United States Supreme Court Poised to Address Standard for Insider Trading Following Second Circuit’s Decision in United States...

On July 31, the Solicitor General filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), asking the United States Supreme Court to address the standard for insider trading in a...more

ESMA stalls on extending the AIFMD Marketing Passport to Non-European Managers

The European Securities and Markets Agency (ESMA) today published its advice on extending the application of the marketing 'passport' under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) to non-European managers....more

Eleventh Circuit Again Affirms Dismissal of Stock Drop Claim Against Delta Air Lines

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of ERISA breach of fiduciary claims against Delta Air Lines and other alleged plan fiduciaries in connection with a defined contribution plan’s investments in Delta Air Lines stock. ...more

DOL Open to Changing Fiduciary Proposal, But Some Press for it to be Scrapped

As we wrote about previously, in April the Department of Labor issued its highly anticipated, re-proposed regulation addressing the standard of care for broker-dealers and other financial professionals who provide retirement...more

No Damages Awarded for ERISA Plan Fund Mapping Claims

Mapping in a 401(k) plan occurs when an investment option is removed and the participant’s investment in that option is transferred to a different investment option (absent direction from the participant). On remand from the...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 29

SEC to Consider Adoption of Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules at August 5 Opening Meeting - On July 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission, pursuant to a “Sunshine Act” notice, stated that it will hold an open meeting on...more

AIFMD Passport a "No-Go" for U.S. Managers

On July 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) provided its advice and opinion to the European Commission, Council and Parliament with respect to the extension of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund...more

Access to Capital for Small Businesses: SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+" Offering Exemption Under the JOBS Act

The new Regulation A offering exemption, which the SEC recently adopted under Title IV of the JOBS Act, has taken effect. The new rules, also known as “Regulation A+,” permit unregistered public offerings of up to US$50...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Requiring Delivery of FINRA Disclosure Document to Customers of Transferring...

On May 27, 2015, FINRA solicited comment on a proposed rule (the “proposed rule”) that would require a firm to which a representative has recently transferred to provide material prepared by FINRA (the “FINRA Disclosure...more

What is Crowdfunding Anyway?

Rarely has a capital markets concept been more ambiguous, and potentially more confusing, than crowdfunding. It seems that everyone has his or her own definition, which sometimes varies depending on the circumstances. ...more

German Investment Taxation – Reform Ahead

The German Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) circulated a discussion draft bill on the reform of fund taxation (‘Draft Bill’) on 22 July 2015. The Draft Bill contains significant changes to the German tax...more

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