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SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...more

Rolling in the Regulations for Robo-Advisers

by Bryan Cave on

Robo-advisers have surged in popularity as people seek low-cost, automated investment opportunities. In a worldwide forecast, the number of people to use robo-advisory services is estimated to reach 95.4M by 2021 compared to...more

Between Bridges: SEC Declines to Prosecute Issuer of Digital Tokens That It Deems Securities Not Issued in Accordance with US...

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Report of Investigation that concluded that digital tokens issued by an entity for the purpose of raising funds for projects – even if using distributed ledger or...more

ISDA Master Agreement – Court of Appeal favours chosen law over local

by Dentons on

When commercial parties choose English law to govern their hedging or financing contracts, the English courts will usually apply that choice with very few exceptions. A recent Court of Appeal case further narrows one such...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

Carried Interest tax regime in Italy (art. 60 of Law 96/2017)

The new tax regime aims at discounting the taxation of the excess profit (i.e. profit in excess of the amount that the managers have contributed to the undertaking) attributed to investment managers or managers of target...more

US Banking Agencies Provide Temporary Relief Under the Volcker Rule to Foreign Banks With Respect to Certain Foreign Private...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US federal banking agencies with responsibility for enforcing the Volcker Rule have issued temporary one year no-action relief with respect to certain private non-US investment funds that are not “covered funds” for...more

Six Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

The SEC has declared cybersecurity to be an examination priority for financial institutions (i.e., broker-dealers, investment advisers, and registered investment companies) in each of the past four years. While the SEC’s...more

Getting into trouble with the DOL and the IRS maybe just bad luck

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years, I have seen a lot of strange things that plan sponsors have done to risk the ire of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 2

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the updated Q&As published by ESMA in relation to the AIFMD and UCITS, IOSCO's...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO Objective III: Control Activities

by Thomas Fox on

In its Framework Volume, COSO Control Activities “are the actions established through policies and procedures that help ensure that management’s directives to mitigate risks to the achievement of objectives are carried out....more

Compliance into the Weeds-Espiode 47

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss SOX and Dodd-Frank reform efforts involving compliance. ...more

The New Prospectus Regulation

by White & Case LLP on

Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Debt Capital Markets Transactions - On 20 July 2017 after its publication in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017, the new Prospectus Regulation ("PR3") entered into force. PR3...more

Saudi Arabia's Transformational Privatization Plans

by Dechert LLP on

The leadership of Saudi Arabia (the “KSA”) has embarked on a bold transformation strategy to revitalize KSA’s economy and to position it for the demographic and economic challenges that lie ahead. The flagship transaction for...more

France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Syndicated financings with French security will likely adopt the new regime for security agent appointment once it takes effect on 1 October 2017. Key Points... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

United States v. Allen and the Taint of Compelled Testimony in Cross-Border Enforcement Actions

In a decision likely to cause global reverberations in the realm of cross-border enforcement, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions and indictment in the first US criminal appeal related...more

FINRA and the MSRB Issue FAQs on Bond Mark-Up Disclosure

by WilmerHale on

On July 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published new implementation guidance on the bond mark-up disclosure requirements set to take effect...more

Federal Banking Agencies Announce No-action Position on Certain Foreign Excluded Funds Under the Volcker Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and its implementing regulations (the “Volcker Rule”) generally prohibit a “banking entity” from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

Stressing Value is a better proposition than stressing cost

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Retirement plan providers need to look at their fees and determine what work they are doing for their retirement plan clients because like me, they may try to break down their plan expenses into a day rate and try to figure...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

What is an ESOP? An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan designed to give company stock to its employees. ...more

Lucia appeals D.C. Circuit ruling to Supreme Court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 21, 2017, an investment adviser sought review by the Supreme Court of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Lucia that allowed to stand a district court decision holding that SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

FSOC to Review Volcker Rule; Regulators Defer Enforcement for Foreign Funds

On Friday, July 28, 2017, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will preside over an executive session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) at the Treasury Department. The preliminary agenda includes a discussion about...more

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