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"MSRB Proposes Amendments Establishing Municipal Advisor Professional and Supervisory Qualification Requirements"

On November 19, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that it submitted for approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to MSRB Rule G-3 to establish professional...more

CFTC Extends Relief for Non-US Swap Dealers from Transaction-Level Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended the no-action relief previously...more

CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee to Meet on December 9

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene on December 9 to discuss deliverable supplies of agricultural commodities and related implications for position limits and the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Spotlight on the FDIC: In a Financial Institutions Letter, FIL-56-2014, the FDIC announced additional guidance on its 1998 Statement of Policy on Applications for Deposit Insurance in a Q&A format on...more

CFTC Proposes to Revise Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On August 13, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published for comment an interpretation to clarify the circumstances in which a contract that provides for variations in delivery amount (i.e., embedded volumetric...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade , TAA, 337/IP, Antitrust and Securities

There have been major developments in the trade politics, trade, trade agreements, trade adjustment assistance, 337/IP, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. This month the blog post has grown substantially...more

Blog: Republicans To SEC Chair: Delay Pay Ratio Rules. Is A Repeal Attempt In The Offing?

The WSJ reports that three Republican congressman — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Reps. Scott Garrett and Bill Huizenga — have written to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging that the SEC stop...more

D.C. Circuit to Rehear Conflict Minerals Case

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the SEC’s motion to rehear the court’s decision in NAM v. SEC. As covered in previous blog posts, the court’s NAM decision held that portions of...more

D.C. Circuit to Re-Consider Whether SEC Disclosure Rule Aimed at Curbing Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the...

In an interesting and uncommon intersection between securities law, curbing human rights abuses and freedom of speech under the First Amendment, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently agreed...more

CFTC Grants Family Offices Relief From Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The CFTC previously granted family offices no-action relief from registration as commodity pool operators. That letter did not provide an exemption from registration as a commodity trading advisor. However, the CFTC has...more

Judge Orders Stockholder To “Register” Correspondence With The SEC

Many boards operate with a high degree of collegiality, even when the directors disagree. Some don’t. When the board of directors of Gas Natural Inc., a publicly traded natural gas holding company, voted to remove its CEO...more

Prosecuting Individuals for Financial Crimes - Some Questionable Recent Ideas

The government must be very sensitive about all the criticism it has been getting, from Congress, some judges and others, for not prosecuting more individuals for financial crimes. Perhaps in response, senior government...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #4

Broker-Dealer and Two Senior Officers Fined US $2.5 Million for Market Access Violations - Wedbush Securities Inc. and two senior officers resolved an enforcement action previously filed against them during June 2014...more

FINRA and the MSRB Release Companion Proposals That Would Require Additional Disclosures for Transactions in Fixed Income...

On November 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released companion proposals that would require disclosure of pricing reference information in customer...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Compensation - Consumer Protection - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Settle RMBS Lawsuit with FDIC - On November 17, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch settled securities claims brought by the FDIC related to RMBS sold to United Western Bank. The FDIC,...more

SEC Adopts Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity

On November 19, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the adoption of Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Reg SCI) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act). Reg SCI...more

2014 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation Considers Adding Qualitative Requirements to the Standards...

On Thursday, November 20th, the 2014 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation met at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The forum was attended by SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Commissioner...more

SEC Adopts Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity Rules

On November 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI), a set of rules designed to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the US securities markets...more

DOJ and SEC Officials Focus on Enforcement, Self-Reporting and Compliance at International FCPA Conference

From November 18 to 19, 2014, the American Conference Institute held its annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) conference outside of Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule

On November 18, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the petitions of the Securities Exchange Commission and Amnesty International for a panel rehearing of the lawsuit challenging the SEC’s...more

Credit Crunch Digest - October 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on estimated Forex-related fines and exposure; requests by U.K. authorities for additional funding to investigate rate-rigging and Forex manipulation; a guilty plea in connection...more

SEC Reports Amount of Whistleblower Tips, Awards Rose in 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its annual report on its new whistleblower program, and according to that report, whistleblower tips and awards through the agency are on the rise. This year...more

Buyer’s “I Have A Plan” Statement Found To Be Immaterial Puffery

A recent California Court of Appeal decision is a helpful reminder that buyers can also be targets of securities fraud suits. In Goldsholle v. Brisco, 2014 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7997 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Nov. 6, 2014), the...more

How to Avoid a Mousetrap – Resource Reductions in Your Compliance Function

On this day, 62 years ago, “The Mousetrap”, a murder-mystery written by Agatha Christie, opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit has become the longest continuously running play in history,...more

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