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Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Expect the Unexpected: The Year Ahead for the Financial Institutions Sector

With contributors across the sector and the globe, we've compiled a review of some of the developments that will affect financial institutions in 2017 and beyond. The one thing that 2016 taught us was to expect the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

By volume, December wasn’t an incredible month for US jobs. But the report did help cap a year that saw average hourly earnings rise 2.9%—the best since 2009 and a “turning point for the overall economy,” according to one...more

SEC Watchdog to Watch Watchdog

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has established a dedicated team charged specifically with inspecting FINRA and other FINRA-related work. This follows through on the SEC’s...more

FINRA Seeks Clean Sweep of Abusive Cross-Selling Practices

In late October, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a sweep examination of broker-dealers targeting cross-selling programs similar to those that recently resulted in Wells Fargo’s payment of an $185...more

FINRA Fines Firms For Not Supervising L-Share Annuity Sales

For two years FINRA has made sales and marketing of L-Share variable annuities (VAs) a regulatory and examination priority. Not surprisingly, FINRA in November announced settled actions against eight broker-dealers, alleging...more

PRIIPs and KIDs – how are they relevant to funds?

The aim of the PRIIPs Regulation is to help retail investors to better understand and compare the key features, risks, rewards and costs of different retail products, by requiring that retail investors are provided with...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets - On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The Times went all in on Twinkies this weekend, with a look at how they came to be and how their comeback recently helped private equity execs laugh their way to the bank....more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: finance

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the UK government confirmed, as previously announced, that from April 2017, it is to cap the amount of tax deductions for interest to the higher of 30% of taxable earnings in the UK or the net...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

German Investment Fund Association Extends Rules of Conduct - The general meeting of the German Investment Fund Association BVI (Deutscher Fondsverband) agreed to revised rules of conduct for the fund industry which will...more

DOL “Investment Advice” FAQs: Considerations for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers and Insurance Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued in April 2016 the final version of its controversial “investment advice” regulation and various related exemptions (collectively, Final Rules), which are widely expected to have a...more

2016 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

This special report provides a summary of some of the significant changes and developments that occurred in the past year in the private equity and hedge funds space, as well as certain recommended practices that investment...more

Buy-Side Warranty and Indemnity Insurance – Increased Coverage Gaps

As warranty and indemnity insurance continues to offer bespoke policies in an ever competitive market, we consider the key considerations for buyers at the outset of a transaction and the common gaps in...more

Delay to the Application Date of the EU Regulation on Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products

The European Commission announced on 9 November 2016 an extension to the application date of the Regulation on Key Information Documents for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (“PRIIPs”) to 31 December...more

What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards - On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

FINRA to Overhaul Gifts, Non-Cash Compensation, and Business Entertainment Rules

On August 5, FINRA proposed amendments to its gifts rule (Rule 3220) along with new rules to replace the current provisions governing noncash compensation (new Rule 3221) and business entertainment (new Rule 3222). These...more

CFPB Grabs for SEC/CFTC Turf

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a ban on “mandatory arbitration” contract clauses that make financial products consumers waive their right to join class actions. Broker-dealers,...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies

The Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) staff published Guidance Update 2016-04, concerning business continuity plans regarding companies within a “fund complex.” By “fund complex” the staff means an affiliated group of...more

SEC Exhibit Hyperlink Proposal Excludes Investment Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed that filings on Securities Act registration form types beginning with “S-” and “F-”, or on the basic Securities Exchange Act reporting forms, provide hyperlinks to...more

AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial

In its 2010 opinion in Jones v. Harris, L.P., the United States Supreme Court embraced the so-called Gartenberg standard for assessing an investment adviser’s fiduciary liability for excessive mutual fund fees under Section...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

In a “highly anticipated” ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, a three-judge panel has found the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, holding that the current organization...more

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