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FINRA Announces Updates to Private Placement Filer Form

On April 21, 2017, FINRA announced updates to the Private Placement Filer Form (“Filer Form”) that FINRA members complete when submitting private placement filings under FINRA Rules 5122 (Private Placements of Securities...more

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

SEC Issues New C&DI on Intrastate Offerings under New Rule 147A

On April 19, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a new compliance and disclosure interpretation (“C&DI”) addressing intrastate offerings pursuant to new Securities Act Rule 147A. The C&DI...more

Fed Assesses First Penalty for Volcker Rule Violation

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has assessed its first penalty for violation of the Volcker Rule against Deutsche Bank AG. The Volker Rule required Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive Officer to annually...more

2016 Could Be Peak SEC

2016 was a high-water mark for SEC enforcement activity; however, with the uncertainties associated with the new administration’s enforcement regime, we could be seeing a downturn going forward. According to a recent report...more

Colorado Proposes Cybersecurity Rules for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities recently issued proposed rules directed at establishing cybersecurity requirements for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The proposed rules were issued only a month after New York...more

S-VACC: Future of the Singapore fund industry

by Dentons on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (the MAS) had on 24 April 2017 concluded its public consultation with various stakeholders on the Singapore Variable Capital Company (S-VACC) concept. The aim of the S-VACC framework is to...more

The Impact of Tax Reform on Private Equity

If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that the future is hard to predict. One need only look at the ascendancy of Brexit, President Donald Trump, or even the New England Patriots in the second half of the Super...more

Further Extension of Exemption from EU Clearing Obligation for Pension Funds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Commission Delegated Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union that extends the transitional exemption period under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation for pension funds to comply...more

Frequently asked questions: non-Canadian funds selling in Canada

by DLA Piper on

The purpose of this paper is to provide a high-level overview of certain regulations applicable to non-Canadian closed-ended investment funds1 marketing to Canadian investors. Please see full Paper below for more...more

Day 19 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Risk Ranking in the Supply Chain [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas many companies do not focus on enough is possible corruption in their Supply Chain (SC) for goods and services provided on a company’s behalf. The FCPA risks can be just as great through those entry points as...more

Colorado Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules For Financial Advisers

by Dentons on

Earlier this month, the Colorado Division of Securities released a set of proposed changes to the Colorado securities laws that would, if adopted, impose strict cybersecurity requirements on investment advisers and...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

Innovations in financial technology (“fintech”) are transforming the provision of financial services to consumers and small businesses in ways that are at once profound and mundane. The nascent online lending – or...more

FINRA's Newest One-Two Punch

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On February 3, 2017, the SEC approved: (1) new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults[1]) permitting members to place temporary holds on certain customer accounts where there is a reasonable belief of...more

MMT finds against SFC in insider dealing case

by Hogan Lovells on

In another decision against the SFC, the Market Misconduct Tribunal ("MMT") has found Mr Cheng Chak Ngok ("Mr Cheng"), former executive director, chief financial officer and company secretary of ENN Energy Holdings Limited,...more

NYSE Issues Proposed Rule Allowing Listing Without an IPO

On March 13, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed rule to modify the provisions regarding the qualification of companies listing on the NYSE to allow for a listing without an IPO. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual...more

Shareholder Liability a Cause for Concern for Private Equity Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The global regulatory environment has become increasingly challenging for private equity in recent years. In our view, this trend will continue as politicians in the UK and elsewhere seek new tools to hold business...more

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Cooley LLP on

A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

You Better Watch Your Suitability Determinations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently announced that it charged a former broker with knowingly or recklessly trading unsuitable investment products for five customers and taking $170,000 for one of those customers. These charges follow a prior...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

by Goodwin on

On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

Investment Banker Charged with Insider Trading by SEC, USAO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Investment banker Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy was supposed to report his outside brokerage account and that of his wife to his firm. He did not....more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

DOL Charts a New Course for ERISA's Fiduciary Rule

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule on April 7, 2017 (Final Extension),1 delaying for 60 days the applicability date of the new rule defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA (Fiduciary Rule)2 and related...more

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