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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.2.16

Nearly a year-and-a-half after announcing their plans to join forces, Halliburton and Baker Hughes have reportedly called off their $35 billion merger. Serious DOJ reservations about the deal and a wildly changed energy...more

The Blockchain Revolution, Smart Contracts and Financial Transactions

Originally developed as the technology underpinning bitcoin, blockchain has been heralded as an innovative technology with wide-ranging application beyond digital currency (or cryptocurrency), including as a platform for...more

"Insights Conversations: Debunking CFIUS Myths"

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a critical component of cross-border deals involving U.S. targets. The head of Skadden's CFIUS practice, Ivan Schlager, and Palo Alto corporate partner Ken...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 1 [Video]

In this initial This Week in FCPA, Episode 1, Jay Rosen and I review this week's happenings in the world of FCPA. Today we discuss the 4th anniversary of the New York Times story about Wal-Mart in Mexico, the Harder guilty...more

How to Avoid or Respond to Wire Transfer Fraud

Businesses are increasingly falling victim to wire fraud scams – sometimes referred to as “man-in-the-email” or “business email compromise” scams. Although there are multiple variants, a common situation involves an attacker...more

Cybersecurity Compliance Just Got Tougher

Companies need specific, well-executed plans to meet growing demands of federal and state agencies. While cybersecurity risks have increased, government regulation has traditionally lagged behind. Recently, some...more

Investment Management Update - April 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.19.16

Oh, Theranos. 2016’s not really your year, is it? Word emerged yesterday that the DOJ and SEC are joining health officials in taking a closer look at the blood-testing company, though details of their investigation are...more

Stakeholders Weigh-in on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

In February 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary framework designed to provide a “cost-effective means for critical infrastructure to identify,...more

44,000 FDIC customers’ data “inadvertently” taken by former employee

In a memo outlining a security incident as required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, the FDIC has admitted that the data of 44,000 FDIC customers was “inadvertently” taken by an employee as the...more

4 Ways to Protect Your Business During Exit Talks

There comes a time when just about every reasonably successful startup gets an exit opportunity. For founders, these moments are triumphant. You’ve dedicated years of your life to building something, and now somebody wants to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Cordray Testifies before Senate Banking Committee - On April 7, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee during the...more

Don’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth: Beware of Liability Under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

Many of us have had a similar experience. We receive a gift card, put it in a “safe” place with other gift cards, and forget it exists. Inevitably, we uncover the gift card and find ourselves asking questions such as: Does...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.12.16

Goldman Sachs—the last big-bank holdout—has agreed to resolve a spate of state and federal investigations related to its role in the 2008-era MBS debacle for an eye-popping $5.1 billion – WSJ and Bloomberg and...more

CFTC Commissioner Urges Regulators to “Do No Harm” as Blockchain Technology Develops

On March 29, CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo delivered remarks before the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation 2016 Blockchain Symposium. According to Giancarlo, blockchain technology — also known as...more

Payment Across Apps—and Borders

Digital currencies like Bitcoin seem tailor made for social peer-to-peer payment applications. Transactions denominated in or convertible to digital currency could be withdrawn and transmitted by users at virtually no...more

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca faces leak of 11 million documents exposing thousands of clients

In late 2014, an anonymous source secretly leaked to a German newspaper reporter nearly four decades of confidential and proprietary data about shell companies registered by the multinational Panamian based law firm Mossack...more

Trump Hotels investigating second credit card breach

KrebsOnSecurity has reported that sources from the banking industry have advised of a pattern of fraud on credit cards used at Trump Hotel Collection (Trump) properties. Trump has confirmed that it is investigating the...more

Fiduciary Regulation and How Recent Cybersecurity Government Publications Impact HIPAA Security Compliance and the New Audit...

Fiduciary Regulation - The Office of Management and Budget released the final Fiduciary or Conflict of Interest regulation and related prohibited transaction exemption modifications from its review today. The next...more

GST to be removed from Bitcoin transactions – how best to fix the "double taxing" of digital currency?

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, recently announced that the Government is committed to working with the FinTech industry on legislative solutions for the GST "double tax" issues that can arise on domestic transactions...more

Heard at the 2016 SIFMA Conference

Recently, attorneys from K&L Gates’ Government Enforcement practice group attended the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (“SIFMA”) Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar. We wanted to share with you...more

Privacy Implications of CISA for Financial Institutions

Financial institutions are attractive targets for cyber attacks due to their collection of private customer and economic information. In order to help the private sector respond more effectively to cyber attacks, President...more

How to Select a Qualified Security Assessor (“QSA”)

Retailers that accept credit cards are typically required by the payment card brands to show that they are in compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards or “PCI DSS” at least once a year. How a retailer...more

FBI issues warning to law firms

The FBI has issued a Private Industry Notification to law firms indicating that a cyber crime insider trading ring is targeting “international law firm information used to facilitate business ventures.” According to the FBI...more

Enforcing Pay-to-Play Violations

I recently had an interesting dialogue with a city attorney in a pay-to-pay state about a new and – from the perspective of candidates everywhere – concerning state trend in pay-to-pay enforcement: mandatory candidate...more

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