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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

Forecast: Abundance of Potential New Rulemaking From the CFPB

After making headlines with its controversial arbitration rule, the embattled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its rulemaking agenda for the rest of the year, putting financial services companies...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

Incubate Illinois and Other Chicago Tech Resources

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

First, for those in attendance at the second annual Incubate Illinois Conference, held on July 12, thank you. You made the event a tremendous success. We set out to develop a forum where the greatest thought leaders in...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling Exempts Gain on Foreign Partner's Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3, which could have a significant impact on how non-U.S. investors invest in U.S....more

Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies

by Jones Day on

Currently, Saudi Arabian law permits foreign direct investment in engineering consultancies operating in the private sector only through a professional company licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry ("MOCI")....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

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...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

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

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