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Too Good to Be True: Fraudulent Self-Promotion Lands “Prodigy” in Hot Water with SEC

In June 2014, the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an alert cautioning that investment newsletters are often “used to carry out schemes designed to deceive investors.”...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Suit To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award

This case involved an underlying arbitration before an arbitration panel operating under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules, which was brought by Judith and Kenneth Goldman against their financial...more

Funds and Investment Advisers: Changes Coming in AML Compliance

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation has continued to evolve since it was introduced in 1970 under the broad regulatory scheme commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act. While funds and investment advisers have not been...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Dudenhoeffer Applicability to Privately Held Stock - Decision Clarifies Burden to Plead ERISA Section 406...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's Aug. 25, 2016, decision in Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 15-3569, made it the first court in a published opinion to expressly reject Fifth Third Bancorp v....more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 14-Wells Fargo and the Fraud Triangle [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a look at the Wells Fargo scandal through the lens of the fraud triangle. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.20.16

The hits just keep on coming for Wells Fargo, who now is facing questions about its failure to prime the market for news of its $185 million SEC settlement earlier this month. The main concern with that tack is that Wells...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

New FAQs Clarify Shareholder Approval Rules For Stock-For-Tax Withholding

It has been close to a decade since the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) last updated its set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding equity compensation plans. On August 18, 2016, the NYSE released updated FAQs and,...more

Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) “Manager of Managers” Lawsuit: AXA Advisory and Administrative Fees Held Not to...

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its post-trial ruling on August 25, 2016 in Sivolella v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company—the first Section 36(b) trial decision since 2009. The Court...more

SEC Suspends Regulation A+ Offering

In the first action of its kind, the SEC has temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The $15 million continuous offering of common stock was qualified by the SEC on November 3, 2015. ...more

New Foreign Investment Control of UK Critical Infrastructure Projects

Changes will align the UK’s policy framework for ownership and control of critical infrastructure with other major economies. On 15 September 2016, the UK Government announced its delayed approval of the proposed...more

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

AMF Doctrine – Authorisation of “Pre-Marketing” Activities - The AMF updated its Position n° 2014-04, which is a guide to the marketing regime of UCITS and AIFs in France. These changes have been implemented following...more

The New FCPA Cooperation Plan - Revitalized program or regurgitation of existing policy?

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an Enforcement and Guidance Plan (Plan) concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While the new Plan could be interpreted as a novel departure from past...more

CFTC Chief Supports Extension of Swap Dealer De Minimis Exemption

Under current CFTC rules, market participants who exceed $8 billion in gross notional swap dealing activity over a twelve-month period are required to register with the CFTC as swap dealers during the phase-in period...more

The SEC Wins First Jury Trial in a Muni Case: SEC v. City of Miami and Michael Boudreaux

In what the SEC called “the first federal jury trial by the SEC against a municipality or one of its officers for violations of the federal securities laws,” a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of...more

Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting...more

Regulations Finalized on REIT Real Property Rules

The Department of Treasury and IRS have finalized the regulations defining “real property” for purposes of the REIT rules. The regulations essentially adopt the proposed regulations...more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Who Is the Sponsor of a Securitization?

In a complex securitization structure, determining the identity of the sponsor under the credit risk retention rules can be a daunting task. Introduction Under the credit risk retention rules adopted pursuant to the...more

SEC Amends Form ADV and Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments to Form ADV and to Rule 204-2 (Recordkeeping Rule), as well as technical amendments to other rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisor with Conflicts for Law Firm Discounts

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC charged a private equity advisor, First Reserve Management, L.P., with conflicts of interest and other matters. First Reserve did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

NFA Proposal Would Require CFTC-Registered Asset Managers to Report on Financial Condition

The National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) latest proposal would require registered commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors to provide new information about their financial condition in quarterly reports to...more

SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

On Aug. 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its second fine in six days to an employer for drafting severance agreements that restricted former employees from collecting awards as whistleblowers. The fines...more

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

BaFin Plans to Prohibit Retail Distribution of Credit-Linked Notes - BaFin announced on its website that the regulator intends to prohibit the marketing, distribution and sale of credit-linked notes...more

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