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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #24

FCA discusses advice regulation - Tracey McDermott spoke on the regulation of advice following FCA and Treasury’s Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR). She noted the high level of engagement with the review and looked...more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of...more

HALOS Act Passes Vote in U.S. House of Representatives

After a floor debate during which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle traded dueling press releases, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 325-89 in favor of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, on April 27,...more

New York State Bill Would Alter Taxation of Carried Interest

A bill recently introduced in the New York State Assembly would impose additional tax on carried interest. The taxation of carried interest has been widely discussed over the last decade, with a number of bills introduced...more

Three Bills Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Access to Capital Markets

On March 23, 2016, three bills affecting access to capital markets were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4850: Micro Offering Safe Harbor - Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota introduced this...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act Improves JOBS Act

The Fix Crowdfunding Act has been introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry, who was one of the architects of the FAST Act provisions simplifying securities laws. The Fix Crowdfunding Act increases the $1,000,000...more

Two Bills Aimed at Broadening Access to Capital Markets Reported out of House Financial Services Committee

Earlier this month, on March 2, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee reported favorably on two bills that propose changes to the federal securities laws: the Main Street Growth Act (H.R. 4638) and the Fostering...more

Brokaw Act to Increase Transparency of Activist Hedge Funds

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to increase transparency and strengthen oversight of activist hedge funds. According to the bill’s authors, the Brokaw Act is named for a small...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #13

SFO closes forex investigation - SFO has announced the closure of its investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market. SFO has concluded that despite grounds to suspect offences...more

Cannabis investing—a safe high?

The successive legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana in four states—Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska—and the District of Columbia, as well as legalization of marijuana for medical use to varying degrees...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #8

Administrator’s charge not covered by mis-selling redress payment - A company’s former administrators sought an order under the Insolvency Act 1986 that their remuneration and expenses should be payable out of a sum owed...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #4

Treasury Committee scrutinises appointments - The House of Commons Treasury Committee has published its eighth report of session 2015/16 on the scrutiny of appointments. It covers the appointments of various chairs and...more

House Committee on Financial Services Reports Favorably on the HALOS Act

United States Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio first introduced the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (the “HALOS Act”) on February 9, 2016. Less than a month later, on March 2, 2016 the House Committee on Financial...more

Proposed Legislation Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act of 2016, with the confusing alternative title of the WARN Act of 2016, has been introduced before the House of Representatives. The proposed legislation would...more

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (“WARN Act”), which aims to bolster whistleblower protections under both...more

U.S. Senate and House Members Urge SEC to Require Further Board Nominee Diversity Disclosures

On March 2, 2016, a number of U.S. Senate and House members sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging the Commission to speed-up its review of a rulemaking petition that would require increased disclosures regarding...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #18

FCA planning review of retained CCA provisions - FCA is seeking input on the planning phase of the review of retained provisions of the Consumer Credit Act (CCA). FCA is required to review remaining CCA provisions and to...more

Obama’s FY2017 Budget Would Double SEC & CFTC Funding

White House officials this week said that President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget will seek major increases in funding for Wall Street regulators in the near term, and proposes to double their funding by 2021....more

Foreign investment review and national security

Focus on the US - Scope of foreign investment review expanding in the US - The US maintains an extensive, though voluntary, foreign investment review process under the Committee on Foreign Investments in the US...more

Same Plaintiff Files New Complaint to Force SEC to Act on Rulemaking Petition Regarding Political Contributions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed Stephen M. Silberstein’s complaint to mandate the SEC to adopt rules regarding disclosure of political contributions. Among other things, the...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill Seeking to Raise Disclosure Thresholds under SEC Rule 701

A bill (H.R. 1675) seeking to increase the information disclosure threshold under SEC Rule 701 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3 by a vote of 265 to 159. Rule 701 exempts from registration issuer sales or...more

Three Bills Proposing Amendments to the Federal Securities Laws Gain Traction in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills on February 1, 2016 that propose changes to the federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 (’33 Act) and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (’34 Act)....more

House to (Again) Consider Bill to Exempt M&A Brokers from Exchange Act Registration

A bill that would provide a federal statutory exemption from the broker-dealer registration requirements under Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act for certain so called “M&A brokers” has been placed on the calendar for...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #10

Treasury updates Iran sanctions - Treasury has issued a notice explaining the effects on sanctions against Iran of Implementation Day (I Day) under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). I Day was 16 January, on...more

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