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SEC Commissioner: Don’t Hold CCOs Accountable for Misdeeds of Advisers

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, in a speech on June 25, 2015, said that a perceived trend by the SEC toward “strict liability” for chief compliance officers (CCOs) is “sending a troubling message.” The statement...more

SEC Seeks Public Input on Exchange-Traded Product Trading Issues

Growth in the ETP industry has led the SEC to seek public comment on a variety of topics related to the listing and trading of ETP shares. On June 12, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release (the...more

Vivek Ranadivé and Wisconsin IA Both Big into Cherrypicking, According to Sources

Here’s a thing I think I know about billionaires: They’ve made piles and piles of money doing something someone somewhere surely advised them not to do because it was a dumb idea. Then later, actually dumb ideas come along...more

Blog: SEC Proposes Clawback Rules

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC voted, three to two, to propose rules implementing Section 954 of Dodd-Frank, the clawback provision. Both Commissioners Gallagher and Piwowar voted against the proposal....more

SEC’s Data-Driven Analysis Identifies Allegedly Improper Trade Allocations by Investment Advisor

Relying on a data-driven statistical analysis conducted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC recently commenced administrative proceedings against an investment advisor, Welhouse & Associates, Inc.,...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules for Clawback Policies and Related Disclosure

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules regarding clawback policies and disclosure, requiring the recovery of incentive-based compensation of officers in cases of material non-compliance with...more

Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement for Complying With Dodd-Frank Section 342: What You Should Know

Six federal banking agencies recently published a final interagency policy statement establishing standards for assessing diversity policies and practices. The final standards, which became effective June 10, 2015, were...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance to Clarify Application of Rule Requiring Reporting of Personal Securities Transactions by Investment...

In a June 2015 Guidance Update, the staff of the Division of Investment Management clarified how the code of ethics reporting rules apply to investment advisers. Current rules require certain advisory personnel who...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Proposes Rule to Require Member Websites to Link to BrokerCheck: FINRA has proposed an amendment to FINRA Rule 2210 to require each of a member’s websites to include a readily...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 174-Matt Kelly on Dodd-Frank, Uber and Upcoming Compliance Week events [Video]

In this episode I visit with Compliance Week Editor Matt Kelly on how Dodd-Frank is working and affecting financial services, Uber and the recent ruling from the California Labor Board finding one Uber driver an employee and...more

A Year Later: The Impact of Halliburton II Is Still Developing

In June 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. (“Halliburton II”), a putative class action in which Halliburton investors alleged that the company made misrepresentations...more

SEC Charges Mutual Fund Board Members and Investment Adviser with Violations of Section 15(c) For Deficient Advisory Contract...

On June 17, 2015, the SEC charged Commonwealth Capital Management (“CCM”), an investment adviser to various mutual funds within World Funds Trust (“WFT”) and World Funds, Inc. (“WFI”), for violating Section 15(c) of the...more

Massachusetts Federal Jury Convicts Amateur Golfer for Insider Trading

A federal jury in the District of Massachusetts recently convicted Eric McPhail of securities fraud — one of the first criminal insider trading convictions since the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

Mifune Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame-the Petrobras Scandal Only Gets Worse

(...) I had always thought that the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors actors but it turns out that it honors a great many more performers. For instance, next year will also see names like LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Caesar,...more

SEC Sanctions KKR Over Fee Allocations

The SEC filed its first action involving a private equity fund and broken deal expenses. By the time the Commission discovered the question the firm realized it did not have a disclosure policy, retained a consultant to study...more

SEC Charges Companies with Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity Related to EB-5 Investment

On June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged two companies with unregistered broker activity related to EB-5 visa investments. SEC alleged that the companies brokered more than $79 million in EB-5...more

Banks’ Motion to Dismiss Commerzbank RMBS Fraud Claims Granted

On June 18, 2015, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court dismissed RMBS fraud claims brought by Commerzbank AG London Branch (“Commerzbank”) against UBS, Nomura Holdings Inc., Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup and...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Personal Trade Reporting of Accounts Over Which Reporting Persons Have No...

Under Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, a registered investment adviser’s written code of ethics must include requirements for reporting of personal securities holdings and trading activity by the adviser’s...more

CMBS 2.0 – Quantum or Solace

Sunday marked the fourth anniversary since Deutsche Bank successfully brought to market Deco 2011-CSPK (“Chiswick Park”). As many market observers will testify, this was a defining moment for the European CMBS market as it...more

Supreme Court Denies Review of Fourth Circuit Loss Causation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to grant certiorari to review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in RJR Pension Investment, et al. v. Tatum, 761 F.3d 363 (4th Cir. 2014). As we previously reported, a divided panel of the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Implements Changes to the Name Check Process for Domestic and International Banking Applications - US Federal Reserve Board Grants Financial Holding Company Status to South...more

UK FCA Publishes Latest “Market Watch” Newsletter

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the 48th edition of its “Market Watch” newsletter on June 22. Market Watch is the FCA’s periodic newsletter for publishing its guidance on market conduct and transaction...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

Be Careful to Adhere to Best Practices When Approving Advisory Agreements - The Securities and Exchange Commission instituted and settled an administrative proceeding against an investment adviser, its principal, and...more

SEC Sanctions Goldman Based on Market Access Rule

The SEC filed another action based on its market access rule. This time the Respondent is Goldman, Sachs & Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. In the Matter of Goldman, Sachs & Co., Adm. Proc. File...more

MassMutual Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Denied As to 9 of 10 Securitizations

On June 22, 2015, United States District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni of the District of Massachusetts largely denied Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s (“MassMutual”) motion for partial summary judgment seeking to...more

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