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LMEShield and other developments – the LME’s continuing pivot to Asia

The announcement of the LMEShield initiative arrives off the back of a number of other Asia focused developments for the LME. The LMEShield initiative takes the LME yet one step further towards its desire of having LME...more

Blockchain Basics: A Primer - Blockchain, the technology underlying the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is poised to revolutionize how all...

You have probably heard of Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer, non-governmental currency. Bitcoin is the first money that is its own payment system. That is, no bank, money transmitter or intermediary of any kind is required to clear...more

Justice Friedman of the New York Supreme Court Dismisses Two FHFA Repurchase Actions

On April 12, 2016, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court granted motions to dismiss in two RMBS breach of contract actions filed by FHFA against Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. (“MSAC”) and Morgan Stanley...more

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

Il Decreto Banche E La Vigilanza Sulle Obbligazioni Bancarie Collateralizzate

The decree law no. 18 of 14 February 2016 (cd. Banks Decree, hereinafter the "Decree 181 ") has recently been converted, with modifications, by Law no. 49 of 8 April 20162 ("Exchange Act"). Thanks to the Conversion Law were...more

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

CSSF Press Release 16/17 on Global Situation of UCIs and SIFs at the End of February 2016 - CSSF press release 16/17 of 31 March 2016 summarizes the global situation of Undertakings for Collective Investment and...more

Avoiding a Messy Break-Up: How a Firm’s Investigation Can Deflect a Financial Advisor’s Form U-5 Defamation Claim

Breaking up is hard to do. In the investment industry, it can be even harder because one half of the couple needs to publish the reasons for the break-up. When a registered representative separates from a broker-dealer...more

Second Circuit Reverses and Remands Trial Court’s Summary Judgment Order in Favor of Morgan Stanley in a CMBS Case

On April 27, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the district court’s summary judgment order entered in favor of defendant Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital, Inc. in the Southern District of New York....more

Panel Offers Insights on Doing Business in Colombia

As Colombia moves toward a peace agreement with FARC rebels and works to accomplish reforms necessary for OECD accession, the nation stands poised at the threshold of significant growth and transformation. Such was the...more

Final DOL Fiduciary Rule – Q&As for Employers and Plan Sponsors on Investment Education

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issued its final rule defining who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as a result of giving...more

Serious Fraud Office Closes Forex Investigation

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently announced that it had closed its criminal investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange (FX) market. The SFO began its investigation in July 2014...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #23

PSR reviews competition in the payments sector - Carole Begent, PSR Head of Legal, has given a review of competition in the payments sector. She discussed the three ways in which concurrency can be approached, namely the...more

SEC Eyes Mutual Fund Transfer Agents

The SEC’s December advance notice of proposed rulemaking, concept release and request for comment (ANPR) concerning its transfer agent rules, may foreshadow significant changes for mutual fund transfer agents. Even though...more

SEC Probes Retirement Advice

The SEC has been sending lengthy sweep examination letters to many registered investment advisers (RIAs) and broker-dealers, requesting a broad variety of information regarding retirement plan advice. A form of the...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Letter Regarding Independent Verification Required by Rule 206(4)-2 Under the...

On April 25, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter that provides that it would not recommend enforcement action to the Commission under...more

The Vagueness of the Best Interest Exemption

One of the interesting points of the new fiduciary rule is the best interest exemption that is intended to stop conflicts of interests especially for brokers who need to meet a new fiduciary standard. As long as a broker...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 5

Electronic Structured Product Systems and FINRA’s Robo-Advisor Report - In a prior issue of this publication, we wrote about electronic structured note issuance platforms, and how these might be affected by U.S....more

Asia Region Funds Passport – Memorandum of Cooperation Signed

Representatives from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand have this week signed the final Memorandum of Cooperation (Memorandum) setting out the internationally agreed rules and cooperation mechanisms for the Asia...more

First Crowdfunding Portal Application Appears on EDGAR

CFS, LLC became the first crowdfunding portal application available on EDGAR. Actually, the initial application and two amendments are available. The company will conduct business under the name uFundingPortal and its website...more

TN COA Tosses Fraud & Securities Claims Over “Crazy” Scam

Tennessee fraudulent misrepresentation claims – and “investment contract” claims under the State’s Blue Sky Law – fail the “reasonable reliance” requirement, where the plaintiff himself asserts it’s a fraud because nobody...more

"Bad Boy" Guarantys

The term “bad boy” guaranty is used in certain circumstances to describe a guaranty to be provided – usually by an individual, not an entity – in connection with, most often, real estate financing. The original intent of...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

Partnerships Must Respond to New Audit Rules

The recently-enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 includes a far-reaching overhaul of the rules applicable to IRS partnership audits and tax adjustments. This will be significant for partnerships and limited liability...more

Will SEC Heed its Own Compliance Outsourcing Advice?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued a compliance alert warning financial advisers about the dangers of outsourcing compliance functions to third-party providers. The alert, which...more

FAST Relief from Some Securities Law Requirements

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which became law in December 2015, contained important federal securities law changes. - Among other changes, it further reduced the burdens on emerging growth...more

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