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Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Know Thyself

To clarify our intended audience, in the Financial Entity Update we will address issues germane to entities that trade swaps but are neither dealers nor commercial end users. This includes a broad and diverse group of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 28, DBRS published methodology for conducting operational risk assessments for U.S. asset-backed securities originators. On July 28, 2015, DBRS published methodology for conducting operational risk assessments for...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD: The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

United States Supreme Court Poised to Address Standard for Insider Trading Following Second Circuit’s Decision in United States v....

Today, the Solicitor General filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), asking the United States Supreme Court to address the standard for insider trading in a...more

SEC Proposes Executive Compensation Claw-Back Rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules that would require issuers listed on US stock exchanges to adopt and disclose a policy to recover, or “claw back”, certain incentive-based compensation. Recovery...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2015 Summary Volume 2, Issue 7

AML/BSA & OFAC: OFAC PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO HELP COMPLY WITH CRIMEA SANCTIONS REGULATIONS - On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been...more

Third-country AIFMs: ESMA says slow down

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) required ESMA to review, by July 2015, how the arrangements under AIFMD for marketing AIFs have worked, with an assessment of the National Private Placement Regimes...more

Flawed Valuation Leads Delaware Court to Award Damages to Option Holders

On July 28, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in which it criticized in particularly strong terms the analysis performed by a financial firm that was retained to value companies that were being...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 183-the Compliance Retreat and Podcast Movement 2015 [Video]

In this episode I discuss my new service offering, the Compliance Retreat and some thought from Podcast Movement 2015 and you can be a part of the compliance podcast movement going forward. ...more

House Bill Would Require Public Disclosure of Company Policies to Combat Supply Chain Trafficking

On July 27, 2015, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (H.R. 3226) (the "Bill"). The Bill would require...more

FINRA Warns on Muni Shorts & Fails: Substitute Interest is Taxable

FINRA issued its late-July Regulatory Notice 15-27 warning brokerage firms that inadvertent short positions or fail-to-delivers in municipal securities trading can create situations where the member-firm pays a customer...more

United States Supreme Court Poised to Address Standard for Insider Trading Following Second Circuit’s Decision in United States...

On July 31, the Solicitor General filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), asking the United States Supreme Court to address the standard for insider trading in a...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 29

SEC to Consider Adoption of Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules at August 5 Opening Meeting - On July 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission, pursuant to a “Sunshine Act” notice, stated that it will hold an open meeting on...more

Dirks, Newman, Tippees And The Government’s Cert Petition

The Government filed its long awaited Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court in the Newman insider trading case. The Petition presents three key issues which were generally presaged in the request for...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Dodd-Frank Act Executive Compensation Clawback

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed another long-awaited set of rules to implement the clawback policy required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). ...more

AIFMD Passport a "No-Go" for U.S. Managers

On July 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) provided its advice and opinion to the European Commission, Council and Parliament with respect to the extension of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund...more

Access to Capital for Small Businesses: SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+" Offering Exemption Under the JOBS Act

The new Regulation A offering exemption, which the SEC recently adopted under Title IV of the JOBS Act, has taken effect. The new rules, also known as “Regulation A+,” permit unregistered public offerings of up to US$50...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Requiring Delivery of FINRA Disclosure Document to Customers of Transferring...

On May 27, 2015, FINRA solicited comment on a proposed rule (the “proposed rule”) that would require a firm to which a representative has recently transferred to provide material prepared by FINRA (the “FINRA Disclosure...more

What is Crowdfunding Anyway?

Rarely has a capital markets concept been more ambiguous, and potentially more confusing, than crowdfunding. It seems that everyone has his or her own definition, which sometimes varies depending on the circumstances. ...more

CalPERS And Pay For Performance

A few weeks ago, CalPERS’ Director of Corporate Governance, Anne Simpson, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of the SEC’s proposed pay for performance disclosure rule. Her letter notes CalPERS’...more

SEC Removes Duka ALJ After Refusing No-Bias Affidavit in Timbervest

The SEC’s administrative forum has been under increasing scrutiny over the past year. Now the SEC has removed an ALJ from a high-profile case, after he refused the Commission’s “invitation” to provide a no-bias affidavit in...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

District Court Follows Supreme Court’s Lead in Halliburton, Allows Class Action to Proceed with Narrowed Factual Scope

Applying the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) (“Halliburton II”), which allowed companies facing securities fraud class actions to defeat certification...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 14 • July 2015 (Global)

US lawmakers seek push out details. US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the country’s banking regulators asking for information concerning the effect of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank act...more

Tax Court Overturns Important Transfer Pricing Regulations

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Tax Court issued a stunning rebuke to the IRS by invalidating the part of the Internal Revenue Services’ (IRS) cost-sharing regulations under code section 482 that says taxpayers have to take into...more

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