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Standard & Poor’s Resolves Three SEC Actions, Makes Admissions

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services was named as a Respondent in three settled administrative proceedings by the SEC. Each is tied to the Rating Services’ role in the conduit/fusion Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities market...more

The Directed Trustee in the Post-Dudenhoeffer World

Overview - Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002. Since then, a large number of cases are in the ‘‘stock...more

“You might be a deposit broker!”

I recently read the brokered deposits FAQ from the FDIC and was a wee bit surprised to find out that I might be a deposit broker. In fact, there were several categories of persons that might surprise you as well. You...more

U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Amendments to Widely Criticized Economic Crime Sentencing Guidelines

In recent years, a growing chorus of federal judges and defense attorneys have protested that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for economic crimes regularly recommend inconsistent and unjust sentences. Critics claim that §...more

CFTC Penalizes Energy Company for Failing to Register as a CTA

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently ordered Summit Energy Services, Inc. (“Summit Energy”) to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). In...more

Rate Reduction for D.C. QHTC Capital Gains to Begin… in 2019

Investors keeping a close eye on pending legislation (the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014, Bill 20-0945) promoting investments in D.C. Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTC) will...more

New HSR Thresholds for 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 20, 2015. The revised thresholds will...more

2015 Trends: #8 Top Whistleblowing Priorities for Compliance Professionals

Last November, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. It is clear that the program is going strong. Following are five key ways compliance...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

Bank Regulators Release Public Sections of “Living Wills”

On January 15, the Federal Reserve and the FDIC issued a joint press release making available the public sections of resolution plans of firms with less than $100 billion in qualifying nonbank assets. The Dodd-Frank Act...more

FTC Announces Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Requirements

On Jan. 15, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act). These thresholds determine whether companies are required to...more

ESMA Announces Open Hearing on MiFID II and MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced on January 12 that it will hold an open hearing on the issues identified in its December 2014 consultation paper and proposed regulatory technical standards...more

“Appraisal Arbitrage” Receives Boost from Delaware Court of Chancery

An increasingly popular hedge fund strategy, commonly referred to as “appraisal arbitrage,” recently received a significant boost from the Delaware Court of Chancery. Appraisal arbitrage refers to the practice of buying...more

2014 IPO Statistics: IPO Boom?

IPO recovery? Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. That’s right: an astounding 275 IPOs were completed in 2014, topping the 2013 total of 222 by more than 23%. Total U.S. IPO proceeds...more

Alert: Revised 2015 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds—Effective February 20, 2015

Filing thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act will increase by about half a percent (0.5%) effective February 20, 2015. The new, higher thresholds apply to all transactions closing on or after that date but before...more

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2015

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act may require that parties to...more

ESMA Publishes First Annual Review of CCP Colleges Under EMIR

On January 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its first annual review of the colleges required to be established under Article 18 of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“the Act”), as amended. The new thresholds under the Act have...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #2

In this issue: - European Banking Authority’s Second Report on Impact of Liquidity Coverage Ratio - Delegated Regulations under CRD IV Published in Official Journal of the European Union - Prudential...more

Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $76.3 Million

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced increased thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) and 2015 thresholds for determining whether parties trigger the prohibition...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Revisions to Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

As it does every year at this time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) jurisdictional thresholds for the upcoming year. The FTC is required by law to revise the filing thresholds...more

10-K Conundrum: 7th Circuit Holds Corporate Filings Can Lead To Employment Claims

A recent Seventh Circuit decision provides a cautionary tale for employers deciding what level of detail about litigated matters to include in publicly disclosed Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. The court...more

Delaware Supreme Court to Chancery: You Have Broad Powers

Books-and-records litigation does not typically grab headlines. In fact, few cases litigated under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law result in written opinions authored by the Delaware Supreme Court....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #3

Editor’s Note - The Supreme Court Halts Challenge by Retailers to the Debit Card Interchange Fee Rules: On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to a challenge by retailers to debit card interchange fee...more

House Financial Services Committee approves oversight plan; Committee chair gets new subpoena authority

The House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously today to approve the Committee’s oversight plan for the 114th Congress. The plan provides that the Committee intends to continue its close examination of the...more

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