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SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

SEC Adopts Exhibit Hyperlink Requirement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

•The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted amendments (final rules) that will require registrants to include hyperlinks to exhibits. •The final rules apply to certain periodic reports under the Securities...more

SFC Proposes Rules and Code for Open-Ended Fund Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Recently, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a consultation paper on the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund Companies) Rules (Rules) and Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (Code) which, if...more

The Fed's Small BHC Policy Statement—Regulatory Relief for Bank Growth and Acquisitions

by Jones Day on

The Small Bank Holding Company ("BHC") Policy Statement ("Policy Statement") was adopted by the Federal Reserve in 1980 to facilitate transfers of small banking organizations, including BHCs formed to assume individuals' bank...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

SEC Approves NYSE Rule Change Regarding Dividend Notification Requirements

The SEC has approved a change to the NYSE’s rules which requires listed companies to provide dividend notifications to the Exchange at least 10 minutes prior to disseminating them publicly when the notification is made...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

Private Company Liquidity Programs

Nasdaq Private Market reports increased activity in private company liquidity programs. Companies that are choosing to stay private longer are using structured and controlled liquidity as a recruitment and retention tool,...more

2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

On August 8, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. extended the deadline for 19 foreign banks and two domestic bank holding companies to file their next round of "living wills" detailing how they...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Stock Distributions for Publicly Offered REITs and RICs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Revenue procedure sets forth requirements for ensuring certain stock distributions are treated as property distributions eligible for dividends paid deduction. On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Loans to U.S. Subsidiaries Should Be Carefully Structured and Documented to Obtain U.S. Tax Benefits

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Canadian companies should carefully structure and document loans and advances to their U.S. subsidiaries. If loans to U.S. subsidiaries are not properly structured and documented, such loans may be recharacterized as equity...more

Court Holds That Former Broker Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Client Regarding An Investment

by Winstead PC on

In Holmes v. Newman, the plaintiff made an investment in a start-up internet company that provided betting tips to gamblers for a fee. No. 01-16-00311-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6177 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] July 6, 2017,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 66, the Take a Stand Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. The SEC charges KPMG and partner with blown oil and gas company audit. 2. BSRG raises its...more

The easiest mistake most 401(k) plan sponsors make

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and that’s how I feel when it comes sometimes to what a 401(k) plan sponsor does. Yet, there is an error that too many 401(k) plan sponsors do that the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

ICI Requests Delay and Re-Examination of Liquidity Risk Management and Reporting Modernization Rules

by Dechert LLP on

In a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) formally requested a delay and re-examination of certain elements of Rule 22e-4 under the Investment...more

First-Ever "Spoofing" Conviction Upheld by the Seventh Circuit

by Clark Hill PLC on

In today's computer-driven world, trading firms use computer software to execute, at very high speed, large volumes of trades. Their trading strategies take advantage of minor discrepancies in the prices of securities or...more

The NYSE Amends its Advance Notice Requirement for Dividend Announcements: NYSE Staff Now on Call 24/7

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved a rule change to the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a...more

Delaware Becomes the First State to Allow Corporations to Maintain Corporate Records Using Blockchain Technology

by Jones Day on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware became the first state to allow corporations to use blockchain technology to maintain corporate records. This development comes almost a year after Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware...more

Lehman Ruling Sets Stage For Future Subordination Contests

In the case In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Brothers employees for...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

by King & Spalding on

On August 7, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert directed to the financial advisory industry, identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could make the industry’s networks...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - H1 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for 1H 2017 - Strong median pre-money valuations for all rounds of financing ushered in nearly unprecedented median amounts raised in 1H 2017, particularly for Series C and later...more

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