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It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think...more

Education is an important part of the fiduciary process

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors liability protection based on a...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 40- the Worse than Useless edition [Video]

Just out the week's top compliance and ethics stories on This Week in FCPA. ...more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

New York State Regulations Governing Payroll Debit Cards (Scheduled to Become Effective March 7) Held Invalid and Revoked

The NYSDOL issued final regulations in September 2016, significantly restricting the use of payroll debit cards and imposing disclosure and consent requirements for direct deposit. The regulations were to become effective on...more

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On January 11, 2017, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced Senate Bill 105 which proposes a substantial change to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). Senator Fischer was...more

TIC Form SHC 5-Year Benchmark Survey of U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities Due March 3, 2017

Investment advisers are reminded to review their filing obligations under the TIC Form SHC as reporting on this 5-year benchmark survey is due on March 3, 2017. The survey collects information on holdings by U.S....more

Structuring Private Equity Deals in 2017: Considerations for Buyers While They Wait for the Sun Capital Appeals to Play Out

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund has been analyzed extensively over the past four years, as it has made its way from the US District Court for the District of...more

Japan Releases Draft ‘Principles for Customer-Oriented Business Conduct’

LawFlash February 17, 2017 Financial Services Agency of Japan proposes seven principles aimed at creating a customer-oriented financial services culture. On January 19, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) released a...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Open-End Fund Investments in Closed-End Funds

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) recently issued guidance regarding open-end fund investments in closed-end funds....more

New York State Industrial Board of Appeals Invalidates New Regulation Governing Payment of Wages by Direct Deposit or Debit Card

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“IBA”) issued an order revoking changes to New York State’s regulation governing employers that pay their employees by direct deposit or debit card. This...more

Hong Kong Proposes Enhanced AML Obligations for Professionals and Beneficial Owner Registries for Hong Kong Companies

The Hong Kong Government has recently proposed to expand its anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws. This is expected to assist Hong Kong in keeping pace with AML developments in other financial centers, and to prepare for its...more

The CSSF's position in respect of ESMA's Opinion on UCITS' Share Classes

On 13 February, 2017 the Luxembourg Financial Regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier –CSSF) announced its position in respect of ESMA’s opinion by issuing press release n°17/06. The CSSF expects UCITS...more

OCIE to Investment Advisers: Focus on These Five Problem Areas

Only one month after releasing its exam priorities for this year, on February 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert describing...more

New York Pay Card Regulations Revoked, March 7, 2017 Implementation Halted

New regulations governing the use of payroll debit cards (also known as “pay cards”) in New York will not go into effect as planned on March 7, 2017. Yesterday, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals granted the petition of...more

CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

Who is a “parent” in the Ontario pension world? And why does it matter?

Any person who is the “spouse” of a member of a registered pension plan in Canada has rights regarding the pension entitlement of his or her partner. That important policy has been entrenched in pension legislation for...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

The Problem With Loans

When I draft a new 401(k) plan for a client, I’ll recommend a loan provision even though it can be an administrative headache. The reason that I add it because I think participants need to have access to money if in their...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

Insurance Industry Exploration of Blockchain Expands

The insurance industry’s exploration of blockchain-based solutions continues to expand, potentially impacting future policies available to commercial policyholders. The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i), an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar has reportedly scaled back some of the agency’s enforcement staff’s use of delegated authority by funneling all subpoena issuance and probe initiation through the SEC’s director of...more

CFPB Monthly Report Spotlights Mortgage Products

The CFPB has issued its monthly complaint report and is shining its spotlight on mortgage products. The Monthly Complaint Report provides a high level snap shot of trends in consumer complaints, using a three month rolling...more

New York Appellate Court Reaffirms Avenue For Lenders To Revive Dismissed Cases Following Expiration of Statute of Limitations

As we get further away from the financial crisis of 2008, the statute of limitations has become a much more asserted and examined defense in mortgage foreclosure actions. Last week, New York’s Appellate Division, Second...more

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