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Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...more

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Abolishes the Presumption of Prudence in ERISA Stock Drop Cases

A recurring scenario in ERISA litigation involves claims against fiduciaries of 401(k) retirement plans who are alleged to have breached their fiduciary duty by failing to discontinue investment in employer stock following a...more

SEC Provides Guidance to Private Equity on Seller Escrows

The SEC has issued guidance to registered private equity advisers regarding escrow arrangements resulting from the sale of a portfolio company. The guidance revolves around a circumstance involving the sale of a portfolio...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note

In This Issue: - 70 Countries Agree to Share Bank Information in Tax Evasion Probe - Financial Industry Pushes Back Against Proposed ERISA Requirements - Federal Reserve Proposes Tougher Stress Tests for...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers, Their Use of Proxy Advisory Firms, and Application of...

On June 30, 2014, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued guidance on the responsibilities of investment advisers in voting proxies and using...more

How the GCC Can Boost Confidence in its Local Exchanges

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries accounted for IPO issuances valued at US$1.1 billion in 2013, according to Bloomberg. Notably, Qatar Exchange bounced back this year with the successful IPO and listing of Mesaieed...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Investment Adviser Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms

On June 30, 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC”) Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20, which provides guidance on investment...more

Group purchasing reporting period extended

ASIC has amended Class Order 08/1 to extend the reporting period for any breaches of the conditions of the class order for group purchasing bodies by 12 months. The class order provides relief to group purchasing bodies from...more

An XBRL Prod from the SEC

The SEC has been noticeably quiet about XBRL compliance since those regulations were adopted in 2009. In July, however, the staff softly prodded this public company sore spot (think: conflicts mineral sore) with a letter...more

Counsel to the Company: A Framework for Corporate Governance

As a threshold matter, counsel must identify, and remain clear as to, the identity of its client, which may be the company or a subsidiary, the Board or Board committee, or one or more executives. The identity of the client...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2014

Stock Market Commentary - Global equity markets gained higher ground in the second quarter with volatility falling to levels not seen since 2007. The S&P 500 delivered a 5.2% return for the quarter and has now...more

First Issuer MCDC SEC Settlement Announced

On July 8, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has entered into a settlement order with Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District (Kings Canyon)—the first settlement with an issuer under the...more

Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel

It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, and investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to clients. But the recent increase in regulatory interest relating to inaction in a...more

FINRA Announces and Publishes Its Sweep of Order Routing Practices

FINRA announced this week that it is conducting a review of its member firms’ order-routing processes and procedures and the execution quality of customer orders in exchange-listed stocks. We previously reported in this...more

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

Second Circuit Doubles Down on Rule Preventing Non-Settling Parties from Objecting to Class Settlement

The robustness of the rule preventing non-settling defendants from objecting to a class settlement has received a boost from the Second Circuit. The class settlement at issue involved the claims of investors against a hedge...more

House Approves CFTC Reauthorization, Changes to Dodd-Frank

After a nearly two year process, on June 24, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 266-144 to pass H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, which would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading...more

STOA Schemes Face Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

Increased SEC and Justice Department prosecution is bad news for stranger-originated annuity (STOA) schemes. The SEC recently announced that enforcement actions were taken against brokers Michael A. Horowitz of California and...more

FINRA Sanctions a Broker for Violating Japanese Insider Trading Law

On July 2, 2014, FINRA announced that it barred a former equity trader from the securities industry based on its finding that he violated Japanese insider trading law by trading in the securities of a Japanese company listed...more

SEC Provides New C&DIs on Verifying Accredited Investor Status

In early July, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued several new interpretations (at 255.48-49 and 260.35-38) (C&DI) relating to the verification of “accredited investor” status...more

JOBS Act Quick Start - A brief overview of the JOBS Act - 2014 Update

In This Issue: - Introduction - The IPO on-ramp - The IPO Process - Applying Title I to other transactions - Private offerings - Crowdfunding - Regulation A+ - Exchange...more

At Long Last, SEC Staff Issues Proxy Advisory Firm Guidance: Will it Calm the Controversy?

After years of releases, roundtables and recommendations, the SEC's Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance have posted Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20, "Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers and...more

Business News Digest – July 2014

In this issue: - SEC v. Citigroup: A New Standard for Reviewing Consent Decrees - Credit Unions Beware – the TARP Watchdog Is Ready to Pounce - Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: What Does It Mean for...more

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