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SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

SEC Adopts Exhibit Hyperlink Requirement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

•The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted amendments (final rules) that will require registrants to include hyperlinks to exhibits. •The final rules apply to certain periodic reports under the Securities...more

SFC Proposes Rules and Code for Open-Ended Fund Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Recently, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a consultation paper on the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund Companies) Rules (Rules) and Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (Code) which, if...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

Private Company Liquidity Programs

Nasdaq Private Market reports increased activity in private company liquidity programs. Companies that are choosing to stay private longer are using structured and controlled liquidity as a recruitment and retention tool,...more

2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 66, the Take a Stand Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. The SEC charges KPMG and partner with blown oil and gas company audit. 2. BSRG raises its...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - H1 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for 1H 2017 - Strong median pre-money valuations for all rounds of financing ushered in nearly unprecedented median amounts raised in 1H 2017, particularly for Series C and later...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 50, Where's the Upside?

by Thomas Fox on

In this very topical episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the administration’s response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville and what it means for business leaders, compliance practitioners and others...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Keeping Track of Current Events

by Thomas Fox on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to this...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Big Data and Continuous Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my discussion of continuous improvement using big data in a best practices compliance program, with some thoughts on how to use it going forward. In an eBook, entitled “Planning for Big Data – A CIO’s Handbook to...more

Across the Board-Episode 4, Why Wells Fargo Needs Compliance Expertise on its Board

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I explore why Wells Fargo needs a true compliance expert on its Board of Directors. The Wells Fargo Board needs someone with compliance expertise to oversee of the role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Desktop Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

Another mechanism to facilitate continuous improve comes from ideas around risk assessments. Both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) make clear the need for a risk assessment to...more

Leadership Lessons from Dunkirk

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Richard Lummis and I consider the movie Dunkirk and the leadership lessons which can be drawn from the movie and historical events. If you have not seen it, I would suggest you go to see what I believe is the...more

News Round Up - August 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

Division of Investment Management Eases Compliance Deadline for New ADV Filing Requirement

Currently pending amendments to Form ADV have a compliance date of October 1, 2017 and, as of that date, an adviser filing an initial Form ADV or an amendment to an existing Form ADV must use the revised Form ADV. In an...more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

Announcement Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Jones Day on

In the wake of a recent increase in the number of initial coin (or token) offerings ("ICOs") in Singapore as a means of raising funds, as well as announcements from other concerned regulators, including in the United States,...more

Bridging the Week - August 2017 #2

Trader’s Spoofing Conviction and Sentence Upheld by Federal Appeals Court: Last week, a three-judge Federal Court of Appeals panel in Chicago unanimously upheld Michael Coscia’s criminal conviction and sentencing for...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

SEC’s Latest Cybersecurity Risk Alert Identifies Elements of Robust Policies and Procedures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 7, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released yet another cybersecurity Risk Alert entitled, “Observations from Cybersecurity...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Enhance Adviser Reporting

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Recently enacted SEC rules have imposed several amendments to Form ADV that advisers should be aware of, and which will apply to all Form ADVs filed after September 31, 2017 (for most advisers with a December 31-year end, the...more

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