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Changes to the Annual Privacy Notice Delivery Requirement

As a result of recent changes to federal privacy laws, financial institutions—such as registered investment advisers, exempt reporting advisers, commodity trading advisers, registered broker-dealers and private funds—may no...more

Data Security in the Financial Industry: Five Key Developments to Keep An Eye on in 2016

According to a 2015 report on threats to the financial services sector, 41% of financial services organizations polled had experienced a data breach or failed a compliance audit in the previous year, and 57% listed preventing...more

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

Data Security and Data Breaches! No surprises here. We’re getting a little fed up with spectacular stories about compromised personal data, but there is no doubt 2016 will show us more, and companies are adapting and...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

The CFTC’s Proposed Standards Identify Cybersecurity Best Practices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) offered several reasons for proposing five new cybersecurity testing requirements for the commodity trading platforms it regulates in its December 23, 2015, Notice of Proposed...more

SEC Outlines 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2016. The examination priorities, which address issues across a variety of financial institutions, include (i)...more

New IIROC Cybersecurity Risk Management Guides – Voluntary?

On December 21, 2015, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published two excellent resources to help IIROC-regulated firms address cybersecurity threats. The resources are aimed, in particular, at...more

SEC Commissioner Encourages Commission to Bolster its Own Cybersecurity

On December 16, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar issued a statement regarding the SEC’s cybersecurity protocols for its data gathering efforts. Commissioner Aguilar’s statement follows various SEC initiatives to gather...more

2016 Proxy Season – Quick Reference Guide

The year is coming to an end and the 2016 proxy season is on the horizon. This quick reference guide identifies considerations based on themes from 2015, offers recommendations and resources for the upcoming season, and...more

Federal Highway Bill Eliminates Annual Privacy Notice Requirement for Financial Institutions

On December 4, President Obama signed the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act’’ or the ‘‘FAST Act.” In addition to providing for highway and transportation spending, section 750001 of the FAST Act amended Section 503...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 47

SEC/CORPORATE - FAST Act Legislation and Impact on Securities Law - On December 4, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This transportation bill includes...more

Quantum Dawn 3: SIFMA’s Cybergames

It reads like a movie script: First, the financial services industry experiences a bout of firm-specific attacks in the form of distributed denial of service (DDoS), domain name system (DNS) poisoning, or breach of personally...more

Look for an increase in shareholders’ suits in 2016

A new study released by NYSE Governance Services and security firm Veracode, “Cybersecurity and Corporate Liability: The Board’s View,” is a must read for directors and officers. Veracode was quite accommodating when I asked...more

Cybersecurity Update: National Futures Association Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance for Member Firm Information Systems Security...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently approved the National Futures Association’s Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36 and 2-49, entitled Information Systems Security Programs (the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Transparenzrichtlinie - Änderungsrichtlinie

Nachdem der Bundestag am 1. Oktober 2015 den Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Umsetzung der Transparenzrichtlinie-A¨nderungsrichtlinie angenommen hatte (BT-Drucksache 18/6220), hat dieser am 6. November 2015 den Bundesrat passiert....more

SEC Releases Guidance on Examination of Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Information Security Practices; NYSE Releases...

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) recently announced its 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, which describes the focus of the OCIE’s examination of...more

Dow Jones & Co. notifies 3500 of data breach

Dow Jones & Co. Has notified 3500 of its customers that their information has been accessed by unauthorized individual in a data breach that spanned August of 2012 through July of 2015. The unauthorized access, through...more

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly

Welcome to the fifth issue of Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly, Seyfarth’s quarterly publication of the Securities & Financial Litigation Group focusing on decisions or other items of interest for...more

New York Stock Exchange releases cybersecurity guide for public companies

We continue to urge CEOs and boards of public companies (and private and not-for profits) to harken the call of getting a handle on cybersecurity risk to companies today. Not too soon, the New York Stock Exchange published a...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Scottrade announces data breach affecting 4.6M customers

Scottrade, a retail brokerage firm, announced late last week that it suffered an intrusion by cyber hackers who stole client contact information of 4.6 million customers. The intrusion occurred between late 2013 and early...more

SEC Settles Charges Against Investment Firm that Failed to Adopt Cybersecurity Policies Before Data Breach

Recently, the SEC announced that R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, a St. Louis-based investment adviser, agreed to settle charges that it failed to establish the required cybersecurity policies and procedures before a...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

SEC Penalizes Investment Adviser over Inadequate Cyber-Risk Program Prior to Data Breach

On September 22, the SEC ordered a Missouri-based investment adviser to pay a $75,000 penalty, settling allegations that the investment adviser failed to implement required written cybersecurity policies and procedures prior...more

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