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Belgian Financial Regulator's Tightening of Investor Protection Against Unfair Contract Terms

by Jones Day on

On 6 February 2017, Belgium's financial regulator (Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("FSMA")) moved to fortify the protection of investors, publishing a position paper ("Position Paper") on the application of...more

Amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code for 2017 Published and In Force

by Jones Day on

On 24 April 2017, the Corporate Governance Committee established by the German Federal Government (Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex) officially published various amendments to the German Corporate...more

New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent

Thousands of mortgage lenders across the country either recently received, or will soon be receiving, this document from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (LBHI). It is a notice of a motion to approve a proposed settlement of...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 191 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2017 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture valuations showed small improvements in...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 9

by DLA Piper on

US financial regulators discuss Volcker Rule. CNBC reported that US financial regulators are tackling one of Wall Street’s biggest concerns by discussing the Volcker Rule governing banks’ proprietary trading. Rich Foster,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

by DLA Piper on

International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

Complete Revision of German Securities Trading Act Passed German Parliament

by Jones Day on

On 30 March 2017, the German Parliament (Bundestag) finally approved a complete revision of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz) as part of the Second Financial Markets Reform Act (2....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Citigroup announced yesterday that it’ll pay nearly $100 million to resolve a long-running federal investigation into its Banamex USA group over lax money-laundering monitoring (largely for transfers between the US and...more

MAS Asian Bond Grant Scheme

by Hogan Lovells on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched its new Asian Bond Grant Scheme (the Scheme) on 9 January 2017 with the stated aims of strengthening the Asian bond market and encouraging Asian issuers to raise...more

Colorado Division of Securities Publishes Final Cybersecurity Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities (Division) has published final cybersecurity rules applicable to broker-dealers and investment advisers. The Colorado Attorney General's office has 20 days to write an opinion on the rules,...more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

by Jones Day on

On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

Fund Liquidity Risk Management Task Force

by Dechert LLP on

Implementing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) fund liquidity risk management rules presents distinct challenges for open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and compliance with the rules will...more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Report Requirements

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to its rules regarding the duties of Chief Compliance Officers (“CCOs”) for swap dealers...more

Brazilian Green Bonds: Fibria Celulose S.A.

by White & Case LLP on

It is now widely acknowledged that there is an enormous need for 'green' infrastructure, be it urban transport, renewable power or water services. The Better Growth, Better Climate 2016 report by the New Climate Economy...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

Legittimità delle opzioni put a prezzo fisso e divieto di patto leonino

Come noto, il divieto di patto leonino, disciplinato all'art. 2265 c.c., risponde alla finalità di rendere nulli i patti fra i soci aventi la funzione di escludere totalmente uno di essi dalla partecipazione agli utili o alle...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned pretty early on that VW wasn’t alone in employing emissions-cheating software to get around environmental regs. But until now, it’s borne the brunt of the bad press for its actions. Well, with Fiat Chrysler’s DOJ...more

China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the...more

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

Shareholder Dismisses Case with Prejudice that Sought to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

As we noted here, a shareholder of Intel sought a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief with respect to a stockholder vote to approve the amendment and restatement of Intel’s 2006 equity...more

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation—Update

Regulation (EU) 2015/2365, the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), imposes a number of requirements on EU fund managers (see the previous Akin Gump client alert on SFTR, The New Securities Financing...more

ALERT: SEC Issues Risk Alert on Top Five Problem Areas in Investment Advisor Examinations

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

For investment adviser firms, an audit by the Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulators can be cause for anxiety. Regardless of how carefully a firm’s chief compliance officer adheres to regulations, deficiencies...more

White Certificates - New regulation on incentive scheme in Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

White certificates (dubbed “certificati bianchi” or “titoli di efficienza energetica”) have proven to be quite a successful incentive scheme in Italy in the past few years, generating significant returns on investments...more

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