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SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

SEC Approves NYSE Rule Change Regarding Dividend Notification Requirements

The SEC has approved a change to the NYSE’s rules which requires listed companies to provide dividend notifications to the Exchange at least 10 minutes prior to disseminating them publicly when the notification is made...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

On August 8, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. extended the deadline for 19 foreign banks and two domestic bank holding companies to file their next round of "living wills" detailing how they...more

ICI Requests Delay and Re-Examination of Liquidity Risk Management and Reporting Modernization Rules

by Dechert LLP on

In a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) formally requested a delay and re-examination of certain elements of Rule 22e-4 under the Investment...more

The NYSE Amends its Advance Notice Requirement for Dividend Announcements: NYSE Staff Now on Call 24/7

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 14, 2017, the SEC approved a rule change to the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least ten minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Delaware Test for Direct Versus Derivative Action

In a case arising out of the inversion transaction where Medtronic merged with Coviden, the Minnesota Supreme Court spoke on the proper test of determining when an action is derivative or direct in In re Medtronic, Inc....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We got our dose of Fed minutes yesterday, and it appears that the Fed—like the rest of us—is scratching its head over the “new reality” of concurrent low inflation and low unemployment. Fed officials are hoping that the low...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer for Failure to Verify Information

David I. Osunkwo was a principal at Strategic Consulting Advisors, LLC, or SC Consulting. SC Consulting offered compliance consulting and CCO services to two SEC registered investment adviser firms under common control, Aegis...more

Second Circuit Ruling Creates Challenge for Securities Class Action Plaintiffs

The Second Circuit recently considered the extraterritorial application of the U.S. securities laws in the private securities class action context, bringing some clarity to an area of the law that is increasingly important...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As expected, Wells Fargo has promoted former Fed governor and current vice chair Elizabeth Duke to succeed Board chair Stephen Sanger. Incredibly, the move makes Duke the first woman to hold the top spot at one of the...more

SEC Watch: “Observations” from SEC’s Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its “Observations from Cybersecurity Examinations” conducted pursuant to OCIE’s...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

News Round Up - August 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

SEC announces whistleblower award for government employee

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 25, the SEC announced that it would grant $2.5 million “to an employee of a domestic government agency whose tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company’s...more

SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On August 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. The...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

AIFMD and UCITS - ESMA Publishes Updated Q&As - ESMA published updated Q&As on AIFMD and UCITS V on 11 July 2017. The AIFMD Q&As include three new questions and answers on the reporting requirements for...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

FCA Publishes Draft Rules to Extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all Firms - The FCA published its long-expected consultation paper (CP17/25) on 26 July, with proposed rules to extend the senior managers...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Enhance Adviser Reporting

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Recently enacted SEC rules have imposed several amendments to Form ADV that advisers should be aware of, and which will apply to all Form ADVs filed after September 31, 2017 (for most advisers with a December 31-year end, the...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Confidentially Speaking, This Could be a Big Deal: The Commission’s Approach to Confidential Submissions

Even amidst all the other news crowding the headlines these days, it would be hard to miss the many stories discussing the U.S. initial public offering (“IPO”) market. By now, the trends are well-reported. Many promising U.S....more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

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