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OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

White House Announces Nominations for SEC Commissioner

On October 20, the White House announced two intended nominations for Daniel Gallagher’s replacement as SEC Commissioner, Hester Maria Pierce and Lisa M. Fairfax. Currently, Ms. Pierce is a Senior Research Fellow and Director...more

Judge Berman Deflates SEC’s ALJ Appointment Process

United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York has been making headlines in recent weeks as he presides over the highly publicized case between the National Football League (“NFL”)...more

New MSRB Rule Will Increase Available Information Regarding Trades of Municipal Securities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) to MSRB Rule G-14 regarding the reporting of trades of municipal securities. These...more

SEC Announces First Charges Against Underwriters under MCDC Initiative

On June 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal bond underwriters, the first enforcement actions against underwriters brought by the SEC under the...more

"MSRB Announces Publication of Proposed Rule G-42 in Federal Register"

On May 11, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors), with conforming changes to Rule G-8 (books and records), was...more

SEC 2015 Budget Impacts Investment Management Industry

This past December, President Obama signed an appropriations bill that provides an $11.8 million budget increase for the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) intended to bolster the agency’s cost-benefit...more

Blog: What Have The Conflict Minerals Rules Cost The SEC?

Sure, companies have spent millions and millions on conflict minerals compliance. But what have the conflict minerals rules cost the SEC? According to Reuters, reporting on a response by SEC Chair Mary Jo White to a request...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

Court Rejects GOP Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Regulations

On September 30, the D.C. District Court rejected two GOP state committees’ challenge to the SEC’s regulation prohibiting pay-to-play among investment advisors. Bowing to “curious” precedent in which words don’t mean what...more

Investing In Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - August 2013

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - A Client Alert regarding recent SEC enforcement actions againsta School District - A new...more

Copy of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2013

Full text copy of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2013, introduced in the US Senate on July 11, 2013 by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME). From Senator...more

Konczal: Dodd-Frank Reforms Get Roughed Up in Court [Video]

April 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- Mike Konczal, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and contributor to Bloomberg View, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about how the implementation of the financial reform laws in Dodd-Frank...more

Should Wall Street Fear Mary Jo White? [Video]

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Mary Jo White has spent decades as both a federal prosecutor and later as outside counsel for many financial institutions. If the Senate confirms her as SEC chair, will Wall Street be facing a lawyer...more

SEC Includes Disclosure Of Corporate Political Spending Rule In Unified Agenda – What Does It Mean?

On August 3, 2011, a group of leading academics, including Harvard Law School Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk, submitted this petition for rulemaking to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The petitioners asked the SEC to...more

Detroit's "Fiscal Cliff" and Michigan's Response

Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention. ...more

ISS Releases 2013 Voting Policy Updates: Two Key Changes on Director Voting Recommendations

On November 16, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") released its 2013 "Corporate Governance Policy Updates and Process," which will be used in its proxy voting recommendations for this upcoming annual meeting...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- November 19, 2012

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; House of Representatives; CFPB; SEC; CFTC; OCC; DOL; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week Now that the election is behind us (for...more

Can Congress Veto A Rule Adopted By The SEC?

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, P.L. 104-121, March 29, 1996, provides that before a federal agency rule may take effect, the agency must submit to each house of the Congress and to the...more

President Barack Obama’s Win Also a Win for the SEC and the CFTC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) can breathe a little easier after President Barak Obama’s re-election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, according to legal...more

Pay-to-Play: Recent SEC Actions Highlight Importance of Compliance Controls

I. Overview - Two recent actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and its staff highlight the importance of compliance controls with respect to political contributions and other political activities. In...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- October 29, 2012

Kn This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Fiscal Cliff; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - With less than two weeks remaining until the November 6th...more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- October 8, 2012

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Fiscal Cliff; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - With Congress out of session and official...more

A Bad Bill Becomes Law When There Is More Interest In Enacting A Fix Than Fixing the Problem

In 2002, the Legislature enacted AB 55 creating the victims of corporate fraud fund. Since the fund was created, it has collected about $15 million and nearly 800 claims have been submitted. In a devastating article...more

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