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Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #5

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was active this week, moving to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2 and issuing updated guidance...more

The Danger of Paying Finder’s Fees to Unregistered Broker-Dealers

We get asked from time-to-time whether it is advisable for issuers to pay fees to unregistered “finders” for introducing potential investors in the United States to the issuer in connection with securities offerings. The...more

The Manager-in-Charge Regime: Ruffling feathers in the year of the Rooster?: Practical considerations for licensed corporations

On 16 December 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Circular to Licensed Corporations entitled Augmenting the Accountability of Senior Management (Circular). At the heart of the Circular was the...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

The Hague Securities Convention – II. What do these provisions accomplish?

The cited provisions are choice-of-law provisions that select the governing law for the intermediary account agreement, which under the Hague Securities Convention will then also dictate the governing law for other issues...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 319-Brandon Essig on Prosecutor's View of the Yates Memo [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brandon Essig, a former DOJ prosecutor when the Yates Memo was released. He discusses the impact of the Yates Memo inside the DOJ and the triage that prosecutors use on cases in response....more

Day 22 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalzing Compliance Through Compensation Incentives [Video]

The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 6, Incentives and Disciplinary Measures states: Incentive System – How has the company incentivized compliance and ethical behavior? How has the company considered the...more

Blog: Investigate Piwowar?

Not everyone is pleased by the actions taken by Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar directing the SEC staff to review the conflict minerals and pay-ratio disclosure rules. In fact, today, four Senate Democrats on the Senate...more

President Trump Nominates J. Christopher Giancarlo as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

President Donald J. Trump nominated J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Department Of Business Oversight Proposes Changes To Proposed Finders Rule

Last July, the California Department of Business Oversight proposed regulations to implement the provisions of AB 667 (Wagner). The bill, which was enacted in 2015 and took effect last year, created a new exemption from the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Extends Comment Period on Proposed Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap...

The CFTC announced that it was extending the comment period for the proposed rule on capital requirements applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants...more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn is pushing GM to split its common stock into two classes—one for dividends and the other for all additional earnings—in an effort to boost the carmaker’s market cap. GM’s not on board....more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

Competition Law Threat to Active Fund Managers

SCM Direct ("SCM"), an investment manager based in the UK, has recently called for the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") and Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") to investigate actively managed funds sector for alleged...more

SDNY Grants Trustees’ Motion to Dismiss Triaxx CDOs’ RMBS Claims for Lack of Standing

On March 21, 2017, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Memorandum and Order granting defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint...more

Day 21 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalizing Compliance at the Bottom [Video]

Today, I consider how to drive the message of compliance into the bottom of your organization. Even when a company does all the right things at the senior management level, the real issue is whether or not that culture has...more

Duty to Diversify – Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

Asset Concentrations And The Duty To Diversify

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

SEC Issues New Sources of Custody Rule Guidance

On February 21, 2017, the SEC's Division of Investment Management provided additional guidance with respect to Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Custody Rule). The guidance addressed the...more

Bridging the Week - March 2017 #4

Clearing Firm’s Failure to File Suspicious Activity Reports in Response to Red Flags Charged as Violation of FINRA Requirements: Electronic Transaction Clearing, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, was charged by the Financial...more

SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle to T+2

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted an amendment that will shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2. Related amendments to rules of the New York Stock Exchange,...more

The Hague Securities Convention – I. Lending Against Securities in the U.S. After April 1, 2017

The Hague Securities Convention, which goes into effect in the United States on April 1, 2017, will have significant impact on the law applied to all transactions – past and future – collateralized by securities held by an...more

FINRA Proposal to Allow Broker-Dealers to Distribute Predictive Illustrations

Amendment to FINRA Communications Rule would put member firms on a more equal footing with investment advisers. In February 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) announced a proposed amendment...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Securities Settlement Cycle

On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) adopted a rule amendment that shortens the time by which most securities transactions effected by a broker-dealer are required to settle. Under the amendment,...more

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