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Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 50, Where's the Upside?

by Thomas Fox on

In this very topical episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the administration’s response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville and what it means for business leaders, compliance practitioners and others...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Keeping Track of Current Events

by Thomas Fox on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to this...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Desktop Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

Another mechanism to facilitate continuous improve comes from ideas around risk assessments. Both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) make clear the need for a risk assessment to...more

Leadership Lessons from Dunkirk

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Richard Lummis and I consider the movie Dunkirk and the leadership lessons which can be drawn from the movie and historical events. If you have not seen it, I would suggest you go to see what I believe is the...more

ISDA Considers the Suitability of Swaps Documentation to the Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

On August 3, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) released a whitepaper that considers whether derivative contracts could operate on a blockchain (the “Whitepaper”). The Whitepaper, titled “Smart...more

SEC Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations Identify Best Practices

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC continues to focus on cybersecurity as an area of concern within the investment management industry....more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

Announcement Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Jones Day on

In the wake of a recent increase in the number of initial coin (or token) offerings ("ICOs") in Singapore as a means of raising funds, as well as announcements from other concerned regulators, including in the United States,...more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

Digital Currencies: FinCEN Shuts Down Foreign Exchange for Anti-Money Laundering Violations – Another Mt. Gox?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 27, 2017, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for the Department of Treasury (FinCEN) seized the website of the digital currency exchange BTC-e for allegedly operating a multi-billion dollar money laundering...more

Are You Ready for the New York August 28th Compliance Deadline?  

If you are one of the many businesses licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), and cannot avail yourself of the (very) limited exemptions, you must be ready for the first compliance transition date for...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Controls Testing

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement requires that you not only audit and monitor but also that you test your controls. In addition to the language set out in the 2012 FCPA Guidance, two of the seven compliance elements in the US...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 345-Mike Volkov on Linde Gas and CDM Smith declinations

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Mike Volkov and I discuss the two official pronouncements from the Sessions’ Justice Department regarding FCPA enforcement. They were both declinations used under the FCPA Pilot Program, which was announced in...more

DFS Cyber Regulation Countdown: Who Should Certify Compliance?

Companies subject to New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) new cybersecurity regulation should be preparing to comply with the first round of requirements by the upcoming August 28th deadline: enacting a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Somehow, despite months of high-profile sideshows, the business of Uber must go on, and right now that means a tough call for the board. It’s currently considering three investment offers, including one from SoftBank, to buy...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Second Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report analyzes the valuations and terms of venture financings for 208 companies headquartered in the Silicon Valley that raised capital in the second quarter of 2017. Overview of Results - Valuations Continue...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 10

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply-chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

And So It Begins: The First DFS Transition Period Comes to an End August 28

by King & Spalding on

In September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) introduced the first draft of its cybersecurity regulation, which is now in a position to lead a new trend in industry-specific cybersecurity...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert Summarizing Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations

by Bryan Cave on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert summarizing its observations from cybersecurity preparedness examinations conducted of 75 broker-dealers, investment...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

OCC Solicits Public Comments on Revising the Volcker Rule - On August 2, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a public notice that it is seeking public input on revising the final regulation...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Fraud Audit

by Thomas Fox on

Today I consider a fraud audit by using data analytics to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force used by a company are its FCPA and Chinese domestic law, involved China based employees...more

Global Funding in Sustainable Energy Tops $1 Billion in First Half of 2017

This year is proving to be the year of investing in innovative energy technology. Mercom Capital Group reports that in the first half of 2017, over $1 billion in venture capital and private equity funding has been invested in...more

A Guide to NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations’ August 28 Implementation Deadline

by Hogan Lovells on

As a follow-up to our previous reports (December 30, 2016 Alert; February 24, 2017 Alert) regarding the cybersecurity regulations issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), we would like to remind...more

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