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Eleventh Circuit Joins Peers in Preserving SEC’s Home Court Advantage

After four failed attempts at persuading federal appellate courts to hear constitutional challenges to SEC administrative courts, it is increasingly clear that defendants in SEC in-house proceedings will not be able to pursue...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #12

EBA publishes RTS on specialised lending exposures - EBA has published its final draft RTS on how institutions should take into account and treat several factors when assigning risk weights to specialised lending...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 9-the COSO ERM Framework  [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and I go deep into the weeds to being our discussion of the new COSO Enterprise Risk Management Framework. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.21.16

We reported last week on the additional $2 billion that Uber took in through the leveraged loan market. Andrew Ross Sorkin gives us an interesting reason for why Uber’s still got its hat in hand ($15 billion cash in hand and...more

The Whistle Blows Again: SEC Pays Second Largest Whistleblower Bounty Award

On June 9, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC”) awarded the second largest whistleblower bounty – $17 million – granted under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules to date. Previously, the highest whistleblower...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #11

BRRD ITS on form and content of support agreements published in OJEU - The Implementing Regulation laying down ITS under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) on the form and content of the description of...more

SEC Non-GAAP Guidance: Impact on Earnings Releases, SEC Reports and Other Disclosures

As discussed in our recent client alert “SEC Issues Important Non-GAAP Interpretations” (May 19, 2016), the SEC recently released a series of new C&DIs on the use of non-GAAP financial measures by reporting companies and new...more

11th Circuit Holds Judicial Review of SEC ALJs Premature

The Eleventh Circuit Friday joined three others in concluding that Congress intended Respondents must wait until appeal from the Commission to have a Court consider their challenges to the Constitutionality of the SEC’s...more

Pending Legislation Would Streamline Regulation of Private Equity

On June 16, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5424) as part of a package of several economic growth bills. The bill passed with a vote of 47-12 and...more

Goldman Trial in London – See Any FCPA Issues?

It has been known for some time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been investigating investment banks over their dealings with the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, known as...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

"Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Signed Into Law"

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) described in our March 16, 2016, client alert. Among the amendments are changes to Section 262 to impose...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #10

FCA publishes data bulletin - FCA has published its latest data bulletin, highlighting areas of interest for users. This edition covers: - consumer credit authorisations: providing an update as at 31 March on the...more

FINRA Sanctions Investment Firm Following Unsuitable Sales of Nontraditional ETFs

On June 7, 2016, FINRA settled proceedings against a New York-based investment firm for alleged violations of its suitability and related rules, namely NASD Rule 2310 and FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010. According to FINRA,...more

CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Insider trading was a key focus this week. Two actions were brought based on information secured from the FDA and CMS by former employees who were employed by and investment adviser. Another case centered on tips by a...more

OFAC issues clarifying FAQs for Iran sanctions regulation

On June 8, 2016, US the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued several new frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide further guidance regarding activities authorized by General License H (GLH), and address how to...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #9

OCC upholds complaint about misinformation for third party insurer complaints - OCC has published a decision partially upholding a complaint relating to FCA’s rules for third party insurers. The complaint highlighted...more

SEC Fines Morgan Stanley for Data “Breach”

Last week, the SEC fined Morgan Stanley $1 million for two data security failures resulting in the exposure of personal information of 730,000 of its customers. Andrew Ceresney, the director of enforcement at the SEC stated,...more

"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

Inducement Rules: FCA Reminds Firms of Its Expectations

The FCA has found that client hospitality events do not always enhance the quality of service to clients in line with its inducement rules....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.16.16

As expected, the Fed announced yesterday that it was holding current interest rates steady and would be slow to push rates up while the economy tiptoes toward stability. Much more from Chair Yellen and economists’ reaction...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

ESMA updates EMIR Q&A - ESMA has updated its Q&A on EMIR. The new questions address: - the clearing obligation, specifically about the self-categorisation needed to establish which counterparties belong to which...more

SEC Raises Qualified Client Threshold for Investment Adviser Performance Fees

Effective as of August 15, 2016, the dollar amount of the “qualified client” net worth test will increase from $2,000,000 to $2,100,000. On June 14, 2016, the SEC issued an Order Approving Adjustment for Inflation of the...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

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