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The Big Deal About Big Data: What Life Insurers Must Know

Big data and predictive analytics, which forecast future outcomes based on past occurrences, allow companies to examine large stores of data and uncover patterns that can be used to gain a competitive advantage. Long-used in...more

Court Of Chancery Issues Mother Of All In Pari Delicto Decisions

This and the AIG decisions are the leading decisions on when the in pari delicto defense works. The Court carefully summarizes the 3 exceptions to when in pari delecto bars a recovery: (1) the adverse interest exception, (2)...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Regulation SHO FAQ 2.5(B) on Order Marking

As reported in the March 20 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Staff) issued new frequently asked questions (FAQs)...more

Crowdfunding: What It Is and What It Isn’t

THIS OUTLINE is intended to flag a number of things about Crowdfunding that counsel should consider and in guiding entrepreneurial clients and small issuers with this developing capital formation exemption from the...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Rule 15b9-1

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, to require broker-dealers that engage in off-exchange proprietary trading to become members of a...more

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation

The FCA published an updated timetable relating to the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II”) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MiFIR”). The timetable sets out the key...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Matters - SEC 2015 Rulemaking Geared to Asset Managers - Certain Personnel of Registered Municipal Advisers Will Be Subject to Qualification Exams - Rulemaking Completed for Reg A+, But Will It Matter? -...more

Capital Markets Union: the EU’s Next Focus for Reforms

On 18 February 2015, the European Commission published a green paper on building a Capital Markets Union, alongside two complementary consultation papers on a revised EU framework for securitisation and a review of the...more

Welcome To California: No Foreign Corporations Need Apply

California continues to hemorrhage corporate charters to Delaware and Nevada.  The most recent potential emigrant is SJW Corp. which filed this proxy statement last week seeking shareholder approval of a reincorporation from...more

RBS Motion to Dismiss RMBS Fraud Claim Granted in Part

On March 20, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint filed by several HSH Nordbank affiliates against several RBS...more

SEC Charges Underwriter and Bankers in Connection with Offering by China-based Issuer A Cautionary Tale of How Bad Facts and Weak...

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against an investment bank and two of its bankers for failing to adequately review and escalate a due diligence report which contradicted...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Regulations on Methodology for Calculation of Fixed Costs by Investment Firms - UK Bank of England Announces Details of 2015 Stress...more

CFTC Issues Advisory on Ownership and Control Reporting

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have issued an advisory on ownership and control reporting (OCR) for futures...more

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

SEC Imposes $6 Million in Penalties for Straw Purchaser Arrangement

On March 26, 2015, the SEC settled charges against 22 parties relating to arrangements by which companies not registered as broker-dealers purchased securities on behalf of Global Fixed Income, LLC (GFI) and received...more

European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Adopted its Report on Securities Financing Transactions

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) adopted its report on securities financing transactions (SFTs). This document reflects ECON’s final position on measures to monitor the build-up of...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Related to Perks

The SEC charged the former CEO of Silicon Valley-based technology firm Polycom Inc. with using nearly $200,000 in corporate funds for personal perks that were not disclosed to investors. It’s the second enforcement action in...more

Court Dismisses FDIC’s Amended Complaint for Untimeliness

On March 24, Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss an action filed by the FDIC, as receiver for two failed banks, related to...more

SEC Adopts Rule Giving Access to Capital for Smaller Companies

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, a current exemption from registration for smaller companies issuing securities. The new rules, which allow smaller companies to offer and sell up to $50 million...more

In Long-Awaited SEC Action – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurial Startups Facilitated by New Rules - Venture Capital and...

On March 25, 2015, in a long-awaited action by the SEC, the regulatory agency finally made a bold move intended to facilitate access to capital for entrepreneurial, high tech startups and other smaller companies. Pursuant to...more

SEC Issues Regulation A+ Rules; Increases Access to Capital Markets for Smaller Issuers

On March 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules to amend Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The new rules, referred to as “Regulation A+,”...more

The ASEAN Trading Link

The ASEAN Trading Link is a stock trading link established among the stock exchanges of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand that has been in place since September 2012. This initiative is one of the measures driven by the ASEAN...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Expanding Regulation A, Providing a New Option for Offerings Under $50 Million

On March 25, 2015, the SEC formally adopted its final rule amendments governing the expansion of registration exemptions for public offerings of $50 million or less in any 12-month period under Regulation A of the Securities...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Effective Supervision for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-09 to provide guidance to member firms and market participants on effective supervision and control practices with respect to algorithmic trading...more

"CFTC Extends Annual Report Deadline for Certain Chief Compliance Officers"

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief that provides chief compliance officers (CCOs) of registered swap dealers (SDs),...more

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