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Are High Frequency Traders Playing Fast and Loose With the Rules?

When high frequency trading (HFT) first crept into the public consciousness, it related to primarily to the question of whether rapid, computer driven trading posed risks to the safety and stability of the trading markets. ...more

SEC Says the Cyber Police Are Coming

Pretty soon we’ll all be data privacy lawyers. The SEC is certainly doing its part to ensure that comes to pass. Earlier this year the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations announced that its 2014...more

SEC’s OCIE Announces Cybersecurity Examinations Of Broker-Dealers And Registered Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, previously announced that its 2014 Examination Priorities included a focus on technology, including cybersecurity preparedness. OCIE has issued a Risk...more

Wrap-up of Federal Chemical Regulatory Developments for April 2014

EPA Makes TSCA Notifications Of Substantial Risk Amendable To Electronic Reporting: On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that notifications of substantial risk under Section 8(e) of the...more

The SEC Cybersecurity Roundtable: Indicator of Things to Come?

Starting with the Securities and Exchange Commission's January 2014 announcement that cybersecurity is a priority in its National Examination Program, SEC Chair Mary Jo White and others at the SEC have continued to stress the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

Cybersecurity Disclosure Heats Up

Due to the current proliferation of technology and electronic connectivity among various aspects of nearly every company’s business, cybersecurity risks continue to grow exponentially. However, the disclosure related to those...more

Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

SEC Roundtable Discusses Cybersecurity Threats and Protections Against Cyberattacks

On March 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a roundtable discussion on various cybersecurity topics. Participants at the roundtable included representatives from the federal government, self-regulatory...more

Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?  [Video]

Apr. 1, 2014 -- Houman Shadab, Associate Professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about recent developments in the bitcoin economy....more

SEC Holds Cybersecurity Roundtable

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission conducted a roundtable discussion on cybersecurity and the issues and challenges cyber-threats present for public companies, exchanges, and market...more

SEC Wins Freeze Order Over “Cloud Computing” Pyramid Scheme

The “cloud” is a current focus for investors. There is cloud computing, cloud storage and new firms with cloud services. And the Commission discovered a “cloud” investment program that promised a 100% return in 100 days and...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

"SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity"

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently held a roundtable on the issues and challenges cybersecurity presents for market participants and public companies. The roundtable is a means by which the SEC Commissioners can...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - March 2014

Publication of 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions - On February 21, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. announced the publication of the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, which...more

Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well

Are you considering a cybersecurity assessment? If you heard Venable's presentation, "New Cybersecurity Framework Released: What You Need to Know," you might be. The Framework places increased emphasis on...more

Beyond Real Estate: Publicly Traded Homebuilders (And Other Public Companies) Must be Aware of Cybersecurity and Data Breach...

Generally speaking, publicly traded homebuilders and other public companies must disclose material information in their SEC filings. “Information is considered material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable...more

Digital Health Investments Heat Up In 2014

Fundraising for digital health continued on its record pace in February with more than $320 million in venture, debt and private equity investment going into the burgeoning sector....more

FINRA Alerts Investors to Bitcoin Risks

Bitcoin remains fixed on the front pages of the business and technology news for both the salacious and the positive. Much attention has been paid to the collapse of the former top bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, stemming from the...more

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Concerning Bitcoin Trading and Speculation

Bitcoin remains fixed on the front pages of the business and technology news for both the salacious and the positive. Much attention has been paid to the collapse of the former top bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, stemming from the...more

ASX's mFund and the Best Interests Duty

With the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) set to launch its mFund settlement service in the first half of 2014, investment platform providers and financial advisers need to spend some time coming to grips with the...more

Subjective or Objective Truth? Supreme Court to Decide What Is an “Untrue” Statement of Opinion

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (13-435), an appeal in which Omnicare has asked the Court to clarify the meaning of...more

Risky Business: Target Discloses Data Breach and New Risk Factors in 8-K Filing… Kind Of

After Target Corporation’s (NYSE: TGT) net earnings dropped 46% in its fourth quarter compared to the same period last year, Target finally answered the 441 million dollar question – To 8-K, or not to 8-K? Target filed its...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2014

In This Issue: - NIST Releases Final Framework Document ..Key Changes From The Preliminary Framework ..The Framework Roadmap ..The DHS “C-Cubed” Program ..Next Steps - California Suggests Upper...more

Using Contingent Consideration to Bridge the Value Gap in Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Life Science Companies

M&A activity remains in the doldrums as we enter 2014. According to FactSet Mergerstat, in 2013, 446 transactions were announced involving a U.S. buyer or target in the life sciences sector, as compared to 527 in 2012. Many...more

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