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IRS Simplifies Rules for Participants in Canadian Plans – Or Does it?

Under the US-Canada Income Tax Treaty, U.S. taxpayers who participate in Canadian registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs) (the Canadian Plans) are not required to pay tax on...more

Credit Risk Retention Rules Finalized

Six federal agencies have finalized long-anticipated joint rules imposing risk retention, or “skin-in-the-game,” requirements for securitizations. The new rules, when they become effective over the next two years, will impose...more

"CFTC Staff Issues More No-Action Letters to Commodity Pool Operators"

Over the last month, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued four letters providing exemptive, no-action and interpretative relief to commodity...more

SEC Issues Notice of Intention to Deny Application for Non-Transparent Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Funds

On October 21, 2014, the SEC issued a notice of intention to deny an application for exemptive relief (the “Application”) under the Investment Company Act, as amended (the “1940 Act”), filed on behalf of Precidian ETFs Trust...more

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert, Smacks E*Trade on Penny Stock Sales

On October 9th the SEC brought a settled administrative action against E*Trade Securities and G1 Execution Services (formerly E*Trade Capital Markets) for their part in the unregistered sales of billions of shares of penny...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Rengan Rajaratnam settled his insider trading case with the SEC this week, consenting to the entry of a permanent injunction and agreeing to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest, a civil penalty and to be barred from the...more

Notification Requirement for Firms Claiming Compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

The GIPS Executive Committee has approved a new requirement, effective January 1, 2015, that any firm claiming compliance with GIPS must annually notify the CFA Institute of such claim by June 30. Each GIPS-compliant firm...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Ruling Highlights Importance of State Income Tax Considerations for Section 338 Elections

In Spotlight on Tennessee: Letter Ruling Addresses Treatment of a Section 338(h)(10) Election, dated July 10, 2014, we examined how Tennessee treats the federal election under Internal Revenue Code Section 338(h)(10) for...more

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rule Proposal Turns One Year-Old - But Still Not Final

States, issuers and investors find different crowdfunding methods for raising capital while waiting for the SEC - On October 23, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff proposed a 500+ page set of rules...more

What exactly does Texas Intrastate Crowdfunding Look Like?

As you probably read, the Texas Securities Board approved intrastate crowdfunding yesterday without limiting it to accredited investors. For those wanting to issue equity through intrastate crowdfunding: -...more

Investment Adviser Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A registered investment adviser and its principal recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory and injunctive relief to stave off an imminent administrative enforcement action, alleging that the tenure...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Manager with Misallocation of Portfolio Company Expenses

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") charged Lincolnshire Management, Inc. ("Lincolnshire"), a New York-based private equity fund adviser, with breaching its fiduciary duty to two investment...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Bank Regulators Again Looking at Incentive Compensation and Excessive Risks. Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo and New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley spoke on October 20 at a...more

Adviser, Co-founder, Settle SEC Breach of Duty Proceeding

The Commission filed settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser and its co-founder based on a claimed breach of fiduciary duty. The Order alleged violations based on negligence, citing Securities Act...more

October 31 Amendment Deadline for Bank Holding Company Tax Allocation Agreements

On June 19, 2014, the federal banking agencies issued a final Addendum to their Interagency Policy Statement on Income Tax Allocation in a Holding Company Structure which may require non-S corporation bank holding company...more

FINRA Requires New “Whistleblower” Clause in Settlement Agreements

Since 2004, FINRA has required its member firms to include in settlement-agreement confidentiality clauses an exception expressly allowing a customer to respond to regulatory inquiries. See Notice to Members 04-44. FINRA...more

Regulators Approve Securitization Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

U.S. Risk Retention Final Rule: Playing it Forward for CLOs

We will leave the hand wringing and teeth gnashing to others. We expect there will be a lot of that in the days ahead. We have had our say on the misguided premises and tortured statutory interpretation underpinning the final...more

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

FINRA Proposes to Revise Implementation Date for Supplemental Inventory Schedule

On October 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. proposed a rule change to revise the implementation date for the Supplemental Inventory Schedule (SIS) approved in SR-FINRA-2014-025. The due date for the first...more

U.S. Regulators Finalize Credit Risk Retention Rules

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) each adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”)...more

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

Changes on Horizon for Equity Compensation Plans as ISS Issues New Draft Policy

Recent announcements by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), a proxy voting advisor, indicate that publicly held U.S. companies may need to consider implementing certain modifications to their equity compensation...more

Critical SEC Deadline Fast Approaching: December 1 Deadline for Issuers and Obligated Persons to Participate in the SEC’s MCDC...

While underwriters choosing to participate in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) were required to self-report violations by...more

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