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Market Volatility Delays Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Scheme Launch

On November 17, 2015, at a ceremony in Hong Kong marking the first anniversary of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) chief executive Charles Li Xiaojia confirmed that the...more

Desktop Reference Guide: Summary of Section 16 Rules

This is a summary only. Due to the complexity of Section 16, please consult with us regarding the application of Section 16 to your particular circumstances. Please see full Reference Guide below for more information....more

Blog: House Hearing On Conflict Minerals Rule: A Mixed Bag

At a hearing last week before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, the members heard testimony regarding the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals provision. The Chair expressed concern that the provision was...more

IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

SEC Once Again Sanctions The CCO of An Investment Advisory Firm

On November 19, 2015, the SEC announced a settlement with investment advisory firm Sands Brothers Asset Management, LLC for violating the Custody Rule, SEC Rule 206(4)-2, which requires that registered investment advisers who...more

High Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

In a High Court ruling on 5 November 2015, Mr. Justice Snowden helpfully reaffirmed the established precedent that legal advice privilege is not confined to telling the client the law: it may also attach to factual updates...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Policies for 2016 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have released updates to their proxy voting policies that will apply to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2016. The ISS policy updates can be found here...more

2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds

Proskauer has released the 2015 Proskauer Annual Review and Outlook for Hedge, Private Equity and Other Private Funds. The 88-page report is a summary of significant legal changes and developments in the private funds space...more

Four Things Companies Should Know About the SEC’s 2015 Whistleblower Report

The SEC recently published data showing significant increases in tips received under its Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. Released on November 16, the 2015 annual report also provided important guidance to companies on the...more

UK Banking Regulator Finalizes Rules Requiring Adherence to Contractual Stay

On November 13, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a final policy statement titled “Contractual Stays in Financial Contracts Governed by Third-Country Law” (the PRA Policy Statement). These...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Adopts Long-Awaited Crowdfunding Rules

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. By way of background, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state...more

Summary of ISS 2016 Policy Announcements

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued new U.S. voting policies and an updated Equity Plan Scorecard FAQ, both effective for annual shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2016. This alert provides a...more

Following a Regulatory Trend, CFTC Inches towards Cybersecurity Testing Requirement

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad has recently stated that the CFTC may soon issue principles based standards that would require certain CFTC-regulated entities to conduct penetration,...more

FCA Enforcement: Recent Action Against Former Investment Analyst for “Cherry Picking”

On November 17, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its final notice addressed to Mothahir Miah, a former investment analyst at a large UK institutional asset manager, fining him £139,000 and banning him from...more

SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the...more

Recent Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Standards Developments

Regulated entities should be aware of two recent developments concerning the final diversity and inclusion standards issued this summer under Dodd-Frank Section 342 by the CFPB, OCC, Fed, FDIC, NCUA and SEC. Given that the...more

FSB reports on shadow banking

FSB has published a suite of papers on shadow banking. The papers comprise: - a progress report on actions taken to implement FSB’s two-pronged strategy to address financial stability concerns associated with shadow...more

ESMA Issues Public Statement on Collateralization of Bank Guarantees for Energy Derivatives

On November 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement (Public Statement) regarding its decision not to extend the current three year grace period which permits non-financial firms to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FSB publishes global securities financing standards and processes

FSB has published its report on standards and processes for global securities financing data collection and aggregation. FSB highlighted the importance of securities financing transactions in supporting price discovery and...more

Victim of Fraud Sued for Fraud

On November 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued an investment adviser, Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc., who had hired another adviser, F Squared Investments, Inc., to sub-advise certain mutual funds...more

Council adopts shadow banking reform

The Council has adopted the Regulation on transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTR) designed to improve the transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTs) in the shadow banking sector. SFTR is aimed...more

Updated Compensation Peer Groups for ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) is now accepting updates to a company’s list of self-selected peers until 8:00PM EST on December 11, 2015. In determining the comparison group used by ISS in its evaluation of a...more

Ninth Circuit Severely Limits “Rogue Employee” Exception for Corporations in Securities Fraud Cases

In an issue of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a rogue corporate officer’s fraudulent intent can be imputed to a corporation even where the defrauding officer acted against the...more

SEC Reports on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

On November 16, the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) issued its 2015 annual report to Congress on its Whistleblower Program established pursuant to Dodd-Frank. According to the report, in Fiscal Year 2015, the OWB...more

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