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President Trump Nominates J. Christopher Giancarlo as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

President Donald J. Trump nominated J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Department Of Business Oversight Proposes Changes To Proposed Finders Rule

Last July, the California Department of Business Oversight proposed regulations to implement the provisions of AB 667 (Wagner). The bill, which was enacted in 2015 and took effect last year, created a new exemption from the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Extends Comment Period on Proposed Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap...

The CFTC announced that it was extending the comment period for the proposed rule on capital requirements applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants...more

Rights of Third Parties Put on Notice of Freezing Orders – A Clarification from the Court

In a decision this week, the English High Court has clarified the extent of a third party secured creditor’s duties, when put on notice of a freezing order, and suggested a more limited duty than that previously articulated...more

Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Value of International Collaboration and Professional Bank Supervision

Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry gave a speech at the Institute of International Bankers’ Annual Washington Conference, discussing the value of international collaboration and bank supervision...more

New York’s Department of Financial Services Issues Updated Cybersecurity FAQs

New York’s Department of Financial Services issued FAQs on its new cybersecurity requirements...more

Administrative Exhaustion As a Defense to Statutory ERISA Claims?  Not So Much

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit becomes the seventh circuit court to not require administrative exhaustion for statutory ERISA claims (as opposed to denial of benefit claims), while two circuit courts still do. In...more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn is pushing GM to split its common stock into two classes—one for dividends and the other for all additional earnings—in an effort to boost the carmaker’s market cap. GM’s not on board....more

SDNY Finds Three of Commerzbank AG’s RMBS Claims Against The Bank of New York Mellon Timely Under German Three-Year Statute of...

On March 21, 2017, Judge George Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York partially granted and partially denied defendant’s motion to dismiss in Commerzbank AG v. The Bank of New York...more

What to Expect from New York’s New Cybersecurity Regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) cybersecurity regulations went into effect March 1, 2017. Touted by the NYDFS as the “first in the nation” comprehensive cybersecurity regulation, the new rules...more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

Competition Law Threat to Active Fund Managers

SCM Direct ("SCM"), an investment manager based in the UK, has recently called for the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") and Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") to investigate actively managed funds sector for alleged...more

SDNY Grants Trustees’ Motion to Dismiss Triaxx CDOs’ RMBS Claims for Lack of Standing

On March 21, 2017, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Memorandum and Order granting defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint...more

Day 21 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalizing Compliance at the Bottom [Video]

Today, I consider how to drive the message of compliance into the bottom of your organization. Even when a company does all the right things at the senior management level, the real issue is whether or not that culture has...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: DIFC Lowers Cost of Entry for Fund Managers

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the leading financial hubs in the Middle East. Its funds regime – administered and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) – has been updated a...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

Duty to Diversify – Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

Asset Concentrations And The Duty To Diversify

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, presented “Asset Concentrations and the Duty to Diversify” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate, Oil and Gas Conference, in San Antonio on March...more

North Carolina Attorney General Secures $377,000 in Settlement with Private Student Lender

?On March 27, 2017, the North Carolina Attorney General (“AG”) announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed in the Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court against a student loan company. As a result of the settlement, the...more

EuroResource—Deals & Debt - March 2017

For the benefit of our clients and friends investing in European distressed opportunities, our European Network is sharing some current developments...more

CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Credit Reporting Agency Over Alleged Misrepresentations

On March 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a California-based credit reporting agency (CRA) and its subsidiaries, resolving allegations that the...more

SEC Issues New Sources of Custody Rule Guidance

On February 21, 2017, the SEC's Division of Investment Management provided additional guidance with respect to Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Custody Rule). The guidance addressed the...more

Bridging the Week - March 2017 #4

Clearing Firm’s Failure to File Suspicious Activity Reports in Response to Red Flags Charged as Violation of FINRA Requirements: Electronic Transaction Clearing, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, was charged by the Financial...more

Can a Creditor’s Inaction Violate the Automatic Stay?

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth Circuit recently...more

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