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Overstock.com Considers Issuing Digital Securities

Overstock.com has been a leader in embracing digital currency, and now the company wants to embrace digital securities. On April 24th, Overstock.com filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

New Guidance from the SEC: Cyber Security Best Practices

On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) issued a Guidance Update to investment and fund advisers on the topic of improving cyber security. While it...more

SEC Invalidates Confidentiality Agreement for Stifling Whistleblowers

Protecting employee rights while also protecting the employer can be a balancing act, but a necessary one in order to maintain a successful and compliant business. One such challenge is maintaining data protection and...more

Blog: They Spurred The Stock Buyback Phenomenon. Will Hedge Fund Activists Now Eviscerate R&D?

It is widely recognized that one of the primary causes of the current stock buyback phenomenon has been pressure from hedge fund activists....more

"SEC Proposes How to Apply Security-Based Swap Rules to Non-US Persons When Using US Personnel"

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules1 that would address how registration, SEC Regulation SBSR and other SEC requirements for security-based swap transactions would apply to a...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Oversee Non-US Firms’ Swap Activity in the United States

On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules to enhance its oversight of non-US firms’ security-based swap activity in the United States. The proposal, if adopted, will have important...more

SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity

Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of...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

SEC Answers Money Market Reform Questions

The SEC responded on April 22, 2015, to industry questions regarding its 2014 money market reform rules (Rules) through a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format. The 15-page release answers 53 questions on various topics. ...more

SEC Announces Pay Versus Performance Proposal

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the long-awaited proposal to disclose the relationship between executive pay and a company’s financial performance (the Pay to Performance Proposal)....more

Bribery Settlements in 2014: A Record-Setting Year

Corporations facing bribery charges under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) will pay significantly higher fines to resolve their cases, at least if recent settlements are a reliable guide. Last year, FCPA...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Singapore

Regulation of OTC Derivatives and Singapore Regulatory Reforms - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published a consultation paper on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”) which...more

Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD)

Headlines - Commission urges EP to accept MLD 4, ESMA consults on knowledge and competence guidelines, EU Court judges on plain and intelligible language, FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227 million for IBOR failings and misleading...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

The SEC announced that a compliance professional has been awarded $1.4 million to $1.6 million for reporting misconduct inside his firm to the SEC. The SEC recently noted that it has paid $50 million to 17 whistleblowers, out...more

Director Equity Grants Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Valma v. Templeton et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that grants of restricted stock units, or RSUs, to directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. were subject to an entire fairness standard of review. The court found...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Disclosure Regarding the Relationship Between Executive Pay and Company Financial Performance

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of the company, as well as...more

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Funds

On April 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the “Division”) published a Guidance Update setting forth cybersecurity concerns and advice for the registered investment ...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Transactions

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require non-United States persons that use United States personnel to arrange, negotiate or execute a security-based swap transaction in...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 24, Fitch released its updated U.S. Auto Lease ABS Ratings Criteria. On April 27, DBRS released its Rating Canadian Covered Bonds Methodology. On April 27, S&P updated its Bank Rating Methodology and Assumptions to...more

SEC Proposes Title VII Regulatory Framework for Non-US Dealers Transacting in the United States

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) reproposed rules addressing the application of certain requirements under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Reproposal”) to non-U.S. persons dealing in...more

FCA Publishes New Procedures and Forms for Disclosure of Material Changes by Non-UK Managers Marketing in the United Kingdom

On April 21, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage of guidance on the United Kingdom’s national private placement regime (NPPR) for the marketing of non-EU funds in the United Kingdom by non-UK managers...more

Court Offers Good Privilege News for Draft Form 10-K Filings

Courts disagree about the attorney-client privilege protection's applicability to draft documents whose final version will be publicly disclosed. Public companies naturally worry about this issue's impact on their draft...more

European Council Approves Strengthened EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules

On April 20, the European Council of Ministers adopted its version of new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing in the form of a draft new European Union Directive and Regulation (Draft Rules)....more

Securities Regulators in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Propose Prospectus Exemption for Certain Distributions...

On April 16, 2015, the securities regulatory authorities in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan (the Participating Jurisdictions) published Multilateral CSA Notice 45-315 Proposed Prospectus Exemption for Certain...more

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