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Bridging the Week - September 2016 #3

Advantage Futures LLC, Joseph Guinan, its majority owner and chief executive officer, and William Steele, who until May 2016 was Advantage’s chief risk officer, settled charges brought by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 37

CFTC To Host Roundtable on Recent CPMI-IOSCO Guidance - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host a roundtable on October 6 to gather feedback in relation to a report on central counterparty resilience and...more

DIFC: Intermediate SPV Regime

On 19 September 2016, the DIFC Authority Board of Directors ("Board") approved, with immediate effect, a regime to allow for the establishment of intermediate special purpose vehicles in the DIFC ("Intermediate SPVs") for...more

Agenda for October 5 SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published the agenda for the October 5 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The Advisory Committee plans to discuss and cover Regulation S-K...more

SEC, Bank Settle Action Tied to Loan Loss Reserves

Since the market crisis the Commission has brought a series of enforcement actions centered on the failure of financial institutions to properly evaluate their loan loss reserves. Those issues are not solely the result of...more

Tighter connections between the Bay Area and Israel will encourage investment flows

Silicon Valley trends are often soon felt in its Israel equivalent Silicon Wadi. The two start-up ecosystems are intrinsically linked. In April this year, the connection between the two regions was further tightened when...more

China’s search for Israeli assets is to be welcomed but it won’t change the preference for early exits

The exit outlook for Israeli M&A is especially positive, particularly in light of the ever-growing interest from the Far East. While the vast majority of inbound capital still comes from the US, China has emerged as a...more

SEC Announces New Chief of its Whistleblower Office

On Wednesday September 28, 2016, the SEC announced Jane Norberg as the new chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. Ms. Norberg said: “It has been an honor serving in the roles of deputy and acting chief and working...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...more

ZAG-S&W Represents Nano Dimension Ltd in U.S. NASDAQ ADS Public Offering

A ZAG-S&W Team announced that it represented Nano Dimension Ltd, a leader in the field of 3D Printed Electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM), in its public offering of 1,850,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) at a price of $6.50...more

Court in LendingClub Class Action Requires Due Diligence by Lead Plaintiff Before Approving Lead Counsel

In a recent decision in the now-consolidated LendingClub class action cases, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California appointed a lead plaintiff but unexpectedly declined to appoint lead counsel at the same...more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required....more

Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, passed in December 2015, extended an often overlooked provision of the tax code with the potential to provide significant savings to small business owners and non-corporate...more

Global Tax News: Hard times in the oil patch: tax implications for investors in the era of price fluctuations

The current decline in oil prices, which continues to show no signs of a long-term reversal, is having a great many unexpected and unwanted consequences, many of which may turn into long-lasting troubles for the oil and gas...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

Demystifying Phantom Equity

Phantom equity is a colorful term for a simple concept: compensation that rewards key contributors for increasing the value of the company without the immediate issuance (or even any future issuance) of equity securities....more

Three Restatements Conclude with SEC Enforcement Action

Following a restatement of its financial statements, many firms are investigated by the SEC and later named in an enforcement action. For Weatherford International PLC, three was the charm – following its third restatement in...more

SEC Adopts Changes Impacting Private Fund Advisers

The SEC’s recently-adopted changes to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the so-called “books and records rule”), raise important considerations for many private fund advisers –...more

UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management,...more

SEC Chair Mary Jo White – FCPA Enforcement Remains a Top Priority in the Increasingly Interconnected Global Marketplace

On September 21, 2016, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) spoke at a Legal Practice Division Luncheon at the International Bar Association Annual Conference. She discussed the...more

Merrill Lynch Settles SEC Market Access Charges

The Commission has brought a series of cases under Exchange Act Section 15(c)(3) and Rule 15c3-5, its market access rule. That rule requires that broker-dealers with market access establish risk management controls to prevent...more

Limits on 401(k) Plan Brokerage Windows

Many companies have recently modified their 401(k) plans to add a “brokerage window,” sometimes also known as a “self-directed account” or “self-directed brokerage account.” Rather than limiting participants to specified...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new...more

Why is Anyone Surprised with the SEC Examining Firms with Previously Disciplined Advisors?

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced that a “Supervision Initiative” will take place across the country. OCIE staff will conduct focused RIA...more

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