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UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management,...more

US Hedge Fund Managers: Accessing Capital and Marketing in Europe

Recent regulatory change has made the marketing of hedge funds in the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) more involved, particularly for managers based outside the EEA. This appears to have led some US investment advisors to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example,...more

CFPB enters into consent order with auto title lender

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with TMX Finance, LLC to settle allegations that the company did not provide sufficient information to consumers about the terms of auto title loans, pawns or...more

New California Law Requires Increased Private Fund Fee and Expense Disclosure

Recent state legislative developments in California will require disclosure of certain information by private investment fund managers, primarily in the area of fees and expenses incurred by state and local pension and...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Special Assessment / Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Report. On September 15, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes Updated Insurance...more

CFPB participates in FTC workshop on disclosure

The FTC recently held a workshop, “Putting Disclosures to the Test,” to explore the question of what should be done to make disclosures effective.  The workshop included reports on numerous studies related to consumer...more

Getting Your Act Together – B.C. & Alberta Triennial Pension Assessments

In November 2008, the Alberta/British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (JEPPS) released its report on pension standards in the two provinces. The report, Getting Our Acts Together, encouraged the two...more

Congressman introduces fintech bill

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry, Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the “Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016,” which is intended to provide a streamlined regulatory process for...more

Unitranche Financing – is it for you?

The use of unitranche financing creates opportunities for lenders and value for borrowers. There are some risks that lenders must understand in these structures....more

Significant Changes to PRC Foreign Investment Laws

On September 3, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) adopted the Decision of the Standing Committee of the NPC on Revising Four Laws, Including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on...more

Blog: Amending the European VC Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

In July 2016, the European Commission published proposals to amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations; and submitted them to the Parliament and Council for possible adoption under the...more

EBA Consults on Guidelines on Minimum Professional Indemnity Insurance under PSD2

On September 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2016/12) on draft guidelines in relation to professional indemnity insurance (PII) and the criteria competent authorities...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

Blog: The FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms

Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Director of Specialist Supervision has delivered a speech at the FT’s Cyber Security Summit, about the FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms. There are 3 short takeaways...more

Who is Responsible for a Company’s Mood in the Middle? – the Wells Fargo Fiasco

Wells Fargo’s cultural tone is not easily segregated between “top,” “middle” and “bottom.” Despite the recent cross-selling scandal, in which the CFPB led an enforcement action whose fines total a whopping $185 million,...more

Eighth Circuit: A Debt Collector May Call A Third Party More Than Once Without Violating § 1692b(3) of the FDCPA

In Kuntz v. Rodenburg LLP, No. 15-2777, – F.3d –, 2016 WL 5219884 (8th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016), the Eighth Circuit held that a law firm hired to collect a debt did not violate § 1692b(3) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

HM Treasury Consults on Definition of Financial Advice

HM Treasury published a consultation paper on amending the definition of regulated advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to bring it in line with the definition of...more

EU Legislation Listing High-Risk Third Countries under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

A Commission Delegated Regulation identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, based on...more

Digging deeper: Chinese cross-border mining M&A steals the spotlight

Mining M&A is now a China story. The country has served as one of the few legitimate catalysts for deals since January 2015, closing 20 cross-border mining acquisitions worth approximately US$8.3 billion. The momentum has...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of...more

Breaking bad: Tackling European NPLs

The latest EBA stress test results paint a broadly positive picture for Europe's banks but high levels of non-performing loans continue to weigh down heavily on Europe's banking sector....more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new...more

New York Regulators Propose Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed first-of-their-kind rules that would require financial institutions to develop and implement detailed cybersecurity programs. The proposed rules would apply only...more

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