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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and Requests Public Comment on a...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order of exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited (ASX). This is the first order that the CFTC has...more

Judge Berman Deflates SEC’s ALJ Appointment Process

United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York has been making headlines in recent weeks as he presides over the highly publicized case between the National Football League (“NFL”)...more

CFTC Proposes Cleared Swap Reporting Amendments

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend Part 45 of its regulations insofar as they relate to the reporting to a swaps data repository of swaps that are cleared by a derivatives clearing organization...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final "pay ratio" disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) at an open meeting on...more

Yet More Enhancements Proposed for Private Placement Reporting

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have managed to harmonize their differences for reporting prospectus-exempt distributions since their earlier proposals in February and March 2014. They have now proposed a common...more

TN Republican Party Loses Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday rejected a challenge to the SEC’s investment-adviser pay-to-play rule, holding that New York and Tennessee Republican-Party organizations filed it almost four years...more

Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Goofy Haircut

Under the Margin Rules, swap dealers and major swap participants that do not have a prudential regulator (Covered Swap Entities, or CSEs) would be required to collect and post initial margin for uncleared swaps with financial...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #4

CME Group Files Disciplinary Actions for Trading Ahead of Block Trades and Failure to Supervise an Employee Engaging in Disruptive Trading Activities - In two cases of first impression, CME Group exchanges brought and...more

A Summary of Comments From the DOL Hearing on the Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) concluded a four day public hearing on its proposed conflict of interest rule (the “Proposed Rule”). The approximately 75 witnesses generally fell into two groups: the...more

New Era in Private Capital Raising – Opening Up General Solicitation and General Advertising

The next few years may be the largest watershed event in opening up private equity capital since the 1980s when Regulation D was first published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). By allowing general...more

Pension Investment Management Services - with or without VAT?

A significant cost of running a defined benefit pension scheme historically has been the VAT on investment management services. However, HMRC has recently confirmed that a European court case means employers may now recover...more

SEC’s Conflict Mineral Rule Disclosure Requirement Unconstitutional Again

The SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rule, enacted under Dodd-Frank, is a continuing source of controversy. An initial challenge to the rules was brought by the National Association of Manufactures. That challenge was...more

PRA consults on miscellaneous rule changes

PRA is consulting on minor miscellaneous changes to its rules. The changes relate to: - deleting the administrative fee for late regulatory reporting: PRA will consider late returns as part of its assessment of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 32

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Upholds Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule - CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and...more

FDIC Sues BNY Mellon For Alleged Failure As Trustee of RMBS

On August 19, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., acting as receiver for Guaranty Bank, filed suit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp. in New York federal court, alleging that BNY breached its duties as trustee of 12...more

New York Appellate Court Upholds ACA’s Fraud Suit Against Goldman Sachs

On August 18, 2015, the New York Appellate Division’s First Department held that ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. adequately pled its fraud suit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. A four-judge panel held that ACA sufficiently...more

FINRA Sweep Exam on Compensation Conflicts

FINRA this week released its targeted exam letter requesting information on firms’ conflict-of-interest policies surrounding broker compensation and retail accounts. The sweep follows up on FINRA’s Conflicts Report from...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level Requirements for Non-U.S. Swap Dealers

On August 13, 2015, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight extended a time-limited no-action relief to swap dealers registered with the CFTC that are established under...more

SEC Pay Ratio Rules — A Recipe for Compliance and Model Disclosure

The SEC recently adopted its final pay ratio disclosure rules. Commencing in early 2018, public companies[1] will have to disclose (i) their CEO's total annual compensation, (ii) the median total annual compensation of all...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Swaps Looms

Implementation of the obligation for central clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation now seems imminent. The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation that would impose a...more

CFTC Issues Its First Ever Order of Exemption from Registration as a Derivatives Clearing Organization

On August 18, CFTC issued an order of exemption from registration as a derivative clearing organization (DCO) to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited (ASX). The order is the first of its kind issued by CFTC based on its authority...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

Sixth Circuit Concludes Morrison Does Not Apply To Advisers Act

In Morrison v. National Australia Bank, Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 (2010) the Supreme Court held that the reach of Exchange Act Section 10(b) is the water’s edge of the United States. Specifically, the court held that the Section...more

SEC Issues Concept Release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its long-anticipated concept release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures. The concept release notes the important function of the public company...more

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