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Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

FINRA Proposes to Loosen Restrictions on Performance Projections

by Carlton Fields on

In March, FINRA solicited comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public, that would create an exception to the rule’s prohibition on projecting investment performance. The proposed exception...more

FINRA Moves to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

FINRA has taken another step to protect against what it calls "financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals or individuals with diminished capacity." These include seniors (at least age 65) and persons (at least age 18)...more

House Financial Services Committee Democratic staff report on CFPB assails Republicans, defends CFPB and arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee takes aim at Republicans for “attempt[ing] to ensure that the country reverts back to a big bank-oriented regulatory environment and to...more

Massachusetts Issues Industry Letter On Applicability of MLO Licensing to Individuals Employed by Nonprofit Entities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (Division) issued an industry letter to clarify when an employee of a nonprofit agency is required to obtain a mortgage loan originator (MLO) license. The Division...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Going Strong to the Mic. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposed special purpose nondepository national bank charter for FinTech companies (FinTech Charter) has long been the source...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

Colorado District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against Noodles & Company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit filed by financial institutions relating to a 2016 data breach that involved hundreds of Noodles & Company (Noodles)...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Issues of Corporate Governance and Due Diligence Raised in SingPost's Review of Its Acquisition of TradeGlobal - SingPost issued an update on its review of its acquisition of TradeGlobal Holdings Inc. The report...more

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

by Perkins Coie on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

Tax Planning for Investment Into the United States Through Hybrid Entities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association recently issued a report commenting on the appropriate application of treaty limitations to source-country taxation of business profits when the underlying income is...more

Creditors not obliged to protect security interest by taking step in foreign insolvency proceedings

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A borrower and a guarantor had no realistic prospect of successfully arguing that their obligations to repay a loan had been discharged due to a secured creditor’s failure to take steps to protect its security interest under...more

UCTA and use of industry standard model form facility agreement

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In the context of a syndicated facility agreement based on a Loan Market Association standard form, the Court of Appeal confirmed the extent to which negotiation and amendment of a party’s “written standard terms of business”...more

2017 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Fines significantly down, several enforcement firsts and a strong pipeline of new, mainly domestic cartel cases around the world....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: note owner had constructive possession of promissory note in original servicer’s physically possession of blank-endorsed note when it filed the complaint, and had standing to...more

SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Clarifies Priority Rules for Builders' Liens Arising in Connection with the Recovery of Minerals

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently released a landmark decision National Bank of Canada v KNC Holdings Ltd, 2017 SKCA 57 (National Bank) which will significantly affect the priority ranking of certain Saskatchewan...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Banning Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its long-awaited and controversial final rule on arbitration agreements in contracts for financial products and services. The rule, which takes effect...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

Trade associations urge Congress to disapprove CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 11 trade associations have sent a letter to members of Congress expressing their “strong disapproval” of the CFPB’s final arbitration rule and urging Congress to pass the resolutions introduced in the House and...more

Carried Interest tax regime in Italy (art. 60 of Law 96/2017)

The new tax regime aims at discounting the taxation of the excess profit (i.e. profit in excess of the amount that the managers have contributed to the undertaking) attributed to investment managers or managers of target...more

New Developments for Foreign Investments in Russian Strategic Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent amendments have been made to the Russian FSIL and FIL regarding approval requirements for foreign investments in potentially strategic companies....more

Sears Canada Files for CCAA Protection: A Distressed Investor's Overview of US Bankruptcy and Canadian Insolvency Law

On June 22, Sears Canada Inc. ("Sears Canada") and certain affiliates1 (collectively, the "Sears Canada Group") sought and obtained insolvency protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) from the Ontario...more

Delaware Passes Law Permitting Companies to Use Blockchain Technology to Issue and Track Shares

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On Friday July 21, 2017, Delaware's Governor John Carney signed into law amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law to account for the use of blockchain technology in corporate record-keeping. The legislation will be...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation - Q&A on IRA Transactions

by Carlton Fields on

Previously, I wrote about potential litigation under the Department of Labor’s then proposed fiduciary rule (see Expect Focus, Vol. II, 2015). I predicted the following as to sales of index annuities to IRAs if the rule was...more

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