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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.16.15

Global stocks are down—but not dramatically—this morning in the continuing aftermath of the tragic weekend attacks in Paris – Bloomberg... News emerged Friday afternoon that Barclays and a proposed class over...more

The Rise in Arbitration Claims Filed by Renewable Energy Investors Under the Energy Charter Treaty

In the past three years, the number of claims filed by renewable energy investors under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has risen significantly. In particular, Spain, who had been the subject of only a handful of...more

CFPB Moves to Ban Class Action Waivers But Will Not Ban Individual Arbitration

In a move that the financial industry long anticipated but nonetheless greeted with loud groans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on October 7, 2015 proposed to ban class action waivers in contracts for...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Nj Law Tolls Arbitration Against Broker

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that New Jersey state law fraud claims against Morgan Keegan, the brokerage firm now part of Raymond James & Associates, were tolled by the plaintiffs’ efforts to collect an...more

ICSID Tribunal Upholds High Threshold for Granting Provisional Measures and Ordering Security for Costs

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal recently reaffirmed the high threshold for granting provisional measures in investor-state disputes, including in the context of making an order...more

ICSID Claim Against Austria Puts Bilateral Investment Treaties Under Spotlight

On 30 July 2015, the secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) registered a request to begin arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Austria. . The request was...more

Third Party Successfully Challenges Arbitral Award

Introduction - In France, a procedure exists whereby a third party (X) affected by a judgement between two other parties (Y,Z), may challenge that judgement by way of third party action (tierce opposition), where that...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

The International Arbitration Review

International arbitration is a fast-moving express train, with new awards and court decisions of significance somewhere in the world rushing past every week. Legislatures, too, constantly tinker with or entirely revamp...more

US Chamber Recommends SEC Enforcement Changes

Last week the US Chamber of Commerce, through its Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, issued a white paper proposing wide-ranging changes to the SEC’s enforcement process. Most of the 28 recommendations were...more

Enforcing arbitral awards in Sub-Saharan Africa--Part 1

Arbitration analysis: In Part 1 of this series, Steven Finizio, Danielle Morris and Katherine Drage of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP explore the importance of enforcement of arbitral awards to those investing in...more

FINRA Proposes Amendments to Arbitration Codes in an Attempt to Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness of Arbitration Process

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to amend Rules 12214 and 12601 of the Code of Arbitration for Customer Disputes...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

Mediation Pilot Program Caps Year of OSC Enforcement Developments

On May 1, 2015, the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will launch a mediation pilot program. This program caps a year that has seen significant changes to the OSC’s approach to initiating and...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

California court Refuses To Enforce Bylaw Amendment Compelling Arbitration By the Members Of The Corporation

There have been several recent Delaware court decisions and much commentary regarding the enforceability of bylaw provisions that establish rules governing stockholder litigation, including fee-shifting provisions and forum...more

SEC Approval of New FINRA Public Arbitrator Rule Imposes New Limits on the Pool of Potential Public Arbitrators

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed new rule changes to the definitions of public arbitrator (FINRA Rules 12100(u) and 13100(u)) and non-public arbitrator (FINRA Rules 12100(p) and 13100(p)), after receiving over 300...more

SEC Approved FINRA Public Arbitrator Rule

On February 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a rule proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). The rule, originally proposed by FINRA on June 17, 2014, amends...more

SEC Approves New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Arbitration Dismissal in Favor of Investor’s Estate in Clawback Suit

The receiver of hedge funds that were part of a $168 million Ponzi scheme was unable to vacate an arbitration award denying clawback claims brought against an investor’s estate. The US Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit...more

Weiner v. Milliken Design, Inc., C.A. No. 9671-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff-counterclaim defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking to compel arbitration of a post-closing price adjustment to a stock purchase agreement and...more

FINRA Proposes Higher Arbitration Cancellation Fees

FINRA Dispute Resolution filed with the SEC a proposed change to Code of Arbitration Rules 12214 and 12601 (and industry Rules 13214 and 13601) to increase late cancellation fees from $100 to $600 per arbitrator and expand...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Whistleblower Office 2014 Annual Report Details Rising Number of Tips and Increasing Awards - On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Office issued its Fiscal Year 2014...more

3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

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