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IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

SEC Once Again Sanctions The CCO of An Investment Advisory Firm

On November 19, 2015, the SEC announced a settlement with investment advisory firm Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC for violating the Custody Rule, SEC Rule 206(4)-2, which requires that registered investment advisers who...more

High Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

In a High Court ruling on 5 November 2015, Mr. Justice Snowden helpfully reaffirmed the established precedent that legal advice privilege is not confined to telling the client the law: it may also attach to factual updates...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Policies for 2016 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have released updates to their proxy voting policies that will apply to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2016. The ISS policy updates can be found here...more

2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds

Proskauer has released the 2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds. The 88-page report is a summary of significant legal changes and developments in the private funds space...more

Four Things Companies Should Know About the SEC’s 2015 Whistleblower Report

The SEC recently published data showing significant increases in tips received under its Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. Released on November 16, the 2015 annual report also provided important guidance to companies on the...more

UK Banking Regulator Finalizes Rules Requiring Adherence to Contractual Stay

On November 13, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a final policy statement titled “Contractual Stays in Financial Contracts Governed by Third-Country Law” (the PRA Policy Statement). These...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Adopts Long-Awaited Crowdfunding Rules

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. By way of background, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state...more

Following a Regulatory Trend, CFTC Inches towards Cybersecurity Testing Requirement

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad has recently stated that the CFTC may soon issue principles based standards that would require certain CFTC-regulated entities to conduct penetration,...more

FCA Enforcement: Recent Action Against Former Investment Analyst for “Cherry Picking”

On November 17, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its final notice addressed to Mothahir Miah, a former investment analyst at a large UK institutional asset manager, fining him £139,000 and banning him from...more

SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the...more

Recent Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Standards Developments

Regulated entities should be aware of two recent developments concerning the final diversity and inclusion standards issued this summer under Dodd-Frank Section 342 by the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. Given that the...more

FSB reports on shadow banking

FSB has published a suite of papers on shadow banking. The papers comprise: - a progress report on actions taken to implement FSB’s two-pronged strategy to address financial stability concerns associated with shadow...more

ESMA Issues Public Statement on Collateralization of Bank Guarantees for Energy Derivatives

On November 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement (Public Statement) regarding its decision not to extend the current three year grace period which permits non-financial firms to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FSB publishes global securities financing standards and processes

FSB has published its report on standards and processes for global securities financing data collection and aggregation. FSB highlighted the importance of securities financing transactions in supporting price discovery and...more

Victim of Fraud Sued for Fraud

On November 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued an investment adviser, Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc., who had hired another adviser, F Squared Investments, Inc., to sub-advise certain mutual funds...more

Council adopts shadow banking reform

The Council has adopted the Regulation on transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTR) designed to improve the transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTs) in the shadow banking sector. SFTR is aimed...more

Commission makes CCP equivalence decisions

The Commission has adopted equivalence decisions for the regulatory regimes for CCPs in Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico and South Korea. CCPs from these jurisdictions wishing to obtain EU recognition can now apply...more

ESMA Publishes MiFID II Delay Analysis

As discussed in last week’s Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, on November 18, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a note relating to delays in the “go-live date” of certain Markets in Financial...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Amendments to Regulation ATS to Shine a Light on Dark Pools: On Nov. 18 the SEC announced that it had issued Release No. 34-76474 proposing amendments to Regulation ATS,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.25.15

A groundbreaking move by Calpers—California’s state pension fund—to disclose how much money it’s made from and paid to private equity funds ($24.2 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively, since 1990) may help pave the way for...more

OCIE Extends Exams to Exempt Reporting Advisers

Marc Wyatt, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), indicated on November 20, 2015 that the OCIE staff is now examining “Exempt Reporting Advisers”...more

Alberta Securities Commission and Nunavut Securities Office Publish Proposed Start-up Business Exemption

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) and Nunavut Securities Office recently published for comment proposed Multilateral Instrument 45-109 Prospectus Exemption for Start-Up Businesses (the Proposed Exemption). The Proposed...more

Upping the Ante: Cybersecurity, the SEC and the Perils of Being Unprepared

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – and for good reason. If the ever-growing business and headline risks aren’t enough to scare investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

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