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SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would require public companies to disclose the relationship between...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 165-BHP FCPA Enforcement and Lessons Learned for the Compliance Practitioner  [Video]

In this episode I review the BHP Billiton FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. I review the underlying facts and provide some lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. The key...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, DBRS released its updated methodology for rating U.S. asset-backed commercial paper. On May 29, Fitch republished its criteria for rating supranationals. On May 28, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating...more

Court Denies Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in RMBS Repurchase Litigation

On May 22, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied defendants WMC Mortgage, LLC and GE Mortgage Holding, L.L.C.’s motion for partial summary judgment to dismiss...more

European Commission Requests 11 Member States to Implement Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD)

On May 28, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that it has requested 11 member states (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Malta, Poland,...more

Saudi Arabia Update May 2015

New Saudization Rules Proposed - Saudization is the colloquial term used to refer to Saudi Arabia’s official government policy of encouraging the employment of Saudi Arabian nationals in the private sector. The policy of...more

SEC Proposes Heightened Data and Reporting Rules for Funds and Advisers, Ponders New Rules on Derivatives and Leverage

At an open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Chair Mary Jo White announced to enhance SEC reporting by investment companies and investment advisers. Data collection. The SEC proposed rules that...more

Will Principles-Based Guidance be Easier to Follow?

Practitioners and market participants often complain that rules and regulations ought to be principles-based rather than prescriptive. In advocating for principles-based regulation, the argument is often made that the...more

First Time Filers of BE-10 Benchmark Survey Get Temporary Reprieve

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a principal statistical agency tasked with collecting various U.S. economic data, including data on U.S. direct investment abroad, has informed first time...more

SEC Releases Agenda For Upcoming Advisory Committee Meeting

On May 28, the SEC released the agenda for its upcoming Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies meeting, which is scheduled to occur on June 3. The meeting will focus on public company disclosure effectiveness,...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Suit Over FBI’s Wiretapping of Marital Conversations in Securities Fraud Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapping played an important role in the wide-ranging insider trading investigation and subsequent trials of Galleon Group LLC principals and traders. During his criminal prosecution,...more

SEC Proposes More Frequent and Detailed Fund Holdings Disclosure, Website Delivery of Shareholder Reports

On May 20, 2015, the SEC proposed new and amended rules and forms (the “Proposals”) that, if adopted, will significantly broaden the type and scope of information reported by registered investment companies. The Proposals,...more

Court Finds No “Road of Imprudence” or “Chasm of Equity” In Section 25501

Faithful readers of this blog will be familiar with the structure of the California Corporate Securities Law. Part 5 of the CSL (Cal. Corp. Code §§ 25400 – 25404) proscribes various conduct and Part 6 (Cal. Corp. Code §§...more

FINRA Research Rule Guidance: The New Stages of Grief

Many market participants were left in a quandary following FINRA enforcement actions in connection with member firm research analyst “participation” in meetings with prospective issuers. Recently, FINRA published a handful...more

Getting a Seat at the Table: Proxy Access is Coming to Canada

The topic of proxy access, or the ability of shareholders to nominate directors to the board, has again come to the fore of the Canadian corporate governance debate. The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), an...more

Litigating With - And At - The SEC

Last year, the Enforcement Division of the SEC announced its intention to bring more enforcement actions in its own administrative forum rather than in federal court. The authors describe these administrative proceedings...more

Fannie and Freddie Shareholders Sue FHFA and Treasury Department Over Payment of Profits to U.S. Government

On May 28, 2015, three Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the “Companies”) shareholders filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), its...more

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan...

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

Regulatory Notes on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Six things every investor, start-up, financial institution and payment processor should know about the future regulation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency derivatives. With the quickly developing market for...more

Blog: FINRA Issues Seven New FAQs Regarding Research Conflict-Of-Interest Rules

Last week, FINRA released seven new FAQs related to the research conflict of interest rules. In essence, FINRA analyzes the types of facts and circumstances that might be decisive in determining whether certain conduct or...more

Performance Anxiety: SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Rule

On April 29, 2015, by a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) voted to propose a rule to implement Section 14(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), as added by Section 953(a) of...more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part III

This is the third segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Post Newman SEC Actions - In the wake of Newman the SEC has three...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Requests 11 Member States to Implement Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) - On May 28, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that it has requested 11 member...more

Financial Services Regulation: Exchange – International Newsletter - Issue 26 – May 2015

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-sixth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

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