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Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, have been in the news a lot lately, but many people still don’t know what they are—or whether they’re regulated.  Here’s a quick rundown....more

Securitisations: the Bank of Italy establishes new disclosure and statistical obligations for vehicle companies

On 30 June 2017, the Decision of the Bank of Italy of 7 June 2017, entitled “Provisionson disclosure and statistical obligations for vehicle companies involved in securitization transactions” (the “Decision”) was published in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Systemic Risk Council—a heady group of “former top financial regulators, regulators, policymakers and academics”—is warning that the rollback of Dodd-Frank and other financial regulators could lead to bank failures and...more

What Effect Will the New Revenue Recognition Standard Have on M&A?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Financial Accounting Standards Board's new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide-ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP will be applicable to public companies...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

A blockchain overview

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

Key Texas M&A Issues (Presentation)

by Jackson Walker on

Agenda - Letters of Intent - Best Efforts - Indemnification - Sandbagging - Non-Reliance - Fiduciary Duties - Letters of Intent: • Buyer may seek letter of intent that is generally not binding on either party...more

Senate Passes Increase to Rule 701 Limit

On September 12, 2017, the Senate passed the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017 (H.R. 1343) which directs the SEC to revise Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") to increase the threshold that...more

IG Evaluates SEC’s Disclosure Review and Comment Process

The Office of the Inspector General has issued an evaluation of the Division of Corporation Finance’s disclosure review and comment process. The report begins with a description of the Division’s comment process. Perhaps the...more

A Conversation with the Division Director

At the September 15, 2017 meeting of the American Bar Association, the Director of the Division of the SEC’s Corporation Finance provided some comments regarding the Division’s work and priorities. Mr. Hinman reiterated the...more

Effect of the New Revenue Recognition Standard on M&A

FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to...more

Summary of key EU and U.S. regulatory developments relating to securitization transactions

by Hogan Lovells on

Numerous regulatory developments were enacted or proposed in the United States and the European Union in response to the financial crisis. Although some of the proposed changes are still in the process of being adopted or...more

Senior Managers and Certification Regime 2018 Extension: FCA Consults

by Morgan Lewis on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a Consultation Paper containing its proposals to expand the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FSMA-authorised firms; the window for providing comments to the FCA...more

SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFPB Issues Final Rule Temporarily Raising Reporting Threshold for Home Equity Loans Under Home Mortgage Act Rules - On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") issued a new rule that amends...more

Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...more

SEC Identifies Most Frequent Compliance Issues Associated with Advertising by Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has provided a list of compliance issues relating to Rule 206(4)-1, which is referred to as the Advertising Rule, under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The White House announced its intention yesterday to blocked a China-backed investor from buying American semiconductor maker Lattice over national security concerns. The “rare move” could “signal more aggressive scrutiny of...more

401(k)/403(b) Loan Borrowers – Check Your Paystubs!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent tax court case, Louelia Salomon Frias, v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139, illustrates why it is good practice to verify that employee loan repayments have been timely deducted. Plan Loan Requirements. An employer...more

Retirement Plan and Leave Donation Programs During States of Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

This article should interest employers offering retirement plan benefits or leave donation programs to employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in particular, and in various states of emergencies, in general. It...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

MSRB Warns Municipalities, Underwriters and Municipal Advisors about Selective Disclosure

Regulation FD prohibits public companies from disclosing material nonpublic information to designated classes of persons such as securities professionals and holders of the issuer’s securities without, in most cases,...more

5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

by Burr & Forman on

In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

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