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Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended to February 11, 2018 the expiration dates of certain interim final rules relating to “exemptions under [various securities laws] for those...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

NERA issued a report this week on Canadian class actions. Although the number of those actions filed last year increased compared to the year before, over the last several years the number of securities class actions filed in...more

How Effective is Your Anti-Money Laundering Program?

At the end of January, Western Union agreed to pay the United States government $586 million to resolve allegations that it failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program under the Bank Secrecy Act and aided...more

Blog: Corp Fin Refines Its Position On Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

Corp Fin has refined its position with regard to exclusion of proposals to amend existing proxy access bylaws. As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to...more

EU member states reached consensus on anti-hybrid mismatch measures

On February 21, 2017, the Council of the European Union (ECOFIN, in this context) reached political consensus on a directive (known as ATAD 2) amending the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive as adopted on July 17, 2016 (EU...more

SEC Speaks Acting Chair Piwowar’s Remarks

At today's, February 24, 2017, Practising Law Institute SEC Speaks annual program, Acting Chair Piwowar made opening remarks. During his wide-ranging discussion, Acting Chair Piwowar, inspired by William Graham Sumner’s the...more

IRS Begins to Target Management Fee Waivers on Audit

According to a recent BNA news report, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed adjustments and penalties to a private fund manager related to its use of management fee waivers and transaction fee offsets. Based on the...more

Transparency International Publishes “Top Secret: Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to Themselves”

On February 15, 2017, Transparency International (“TI“) published the above report, recommending that national authorities engage to a greater level in making public disclosure of their countries’ anti-money laundering...more

Day 18 of One Month to a Better Board-Six Areas of Board Inquiry into Compliance [Video]

Where does “Tone at the Top” start. With any public and most private US companies, it is at the Board of Directors. But what is the role of a company’s Board in FCPA compliance? We start with several general statements about...more

Practice Pointers: Anticipating and Addressing SEC Comments on Non-GAAP Financial Measures - February 2017

The use of non-GAAP financial measures by public companies continues to be an area of growing concern for the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Since the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

CPOs of Registered Investment Companies Granted Limited Relief from CFTC Liquidation Audit Requirements

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) recently issued Letter 17-04 (the “Letter”), which grants relief from certain financial disclosure...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

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

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

GOP House Considers Adopting Clean Hands Rule for SEC Whistleblower Program

The Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, R-Tex., recently issued a memo outlining a plan to implement sweeping changes to a bill he introduced last year known as the Financial CHOICE Act....more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 309-James Koukios [Video]

In this episode I visit with Morrison Forrester partner James Koukios on the firm's December newsletter on the Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016. James and I visit about some of the lesser...more

Day 17 of One Month to a Better Board-Incorporating Compliance into Long-Term Corporate Strategy [Video]

In this final five days of my One Month to a Better Board series, I will look at inquiries and questions a Board can take to help the organization actually do compliance going forward. I begin with an exploration of how can a...more

Roundup of upcoming cases and anticipated UK regulatory developments

Cases to watch- Wall v RBS – is the bank entitled to an order requiring Mr Wall to identify the third party funder funding his case so that the bank can make an application for security for costs against the funder? Due...more

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

AMF Consultations - Corporate Finance Advice and Intermediation in Miscellaneous Assets - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) has recently launched two public...more

The Entrepreneurs Report: Private Company Financing Trends

Venture financing data shows that 2016 was an exceptionally strong year for early-stage valuations and amounts raised. Median pre-money valuations for 2016 Series A and Seed financings exceeded those of each of the past five...more

New York Finalizes Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

On February 16, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued cybersecurity regulations for banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions subject to NYDFS jurisdiction. ...more

US Chamber of Commerce on Capital Formation and Disclosure Requirements

In a recent letter, the Chamber commented to the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies about the Committee’s consideration of the factors affecting the trend of companies remaining private and deferring...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 308-Ben Locwin on Forecasting  [Video]

In this first part of a three part series on the risk management process, noted risk management guru Ben Locwin and I visit about forecasting in the risk management process. ...more

Day 16 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board and Succession Planning [Video]

Yesterday, I considered the Board of Director’s role in hiring of senior executives and in other key positions and corporate positions and corporate relationships. Today I want to consider the Board’s role in succession...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Action for Failure to Disclose Banker Fee Arrangements

On February 14, 2016, the SEC settled an enforcement action against CVR Energy for providing misleading disclosure about the fees payable to CVR’s two financial advisors in connection with CVR’s defense of a hostile tender...more

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