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California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2015

Background —We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2015. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

DTCC Explores Blockchain Technology

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, is integrally involved with settlement of trades in public company stocks. It has issued a white paper examining the use of blockchain technology to settle securities...more

Data Security in the Financial Industry: Five Key Developments to Keep An Eye on in 2016

According to a 2015 report on threats to the financial services sector, 41% of financial services organizations polled had experienced a data breach or failed a compliance audit in the previous year, and 57% listed preventing...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

What's Coming in 2016? Data Security, Social Media and a Busy SEC

Data Security and Data Breaches! No surprises here. We’re getting a little fed up with spectacular stories about compromised personal data, but there is no doubt 2016 will show us more, and companies are adapting and...more

Tips for commodity brokers and traders facing auto-renewal provisions in vendor agreements

Businesses of all kinds, and all sizes, enter into vendor agreements in the ordinary course of business. And like many third-party vendors, the types of vendors that cater specifically to the technology needs of commodity...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

FinTech in the UK: Regulating Disruption

The United Kingdom Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in its 2015 FinTech Report considered “FinTech” as the integration of “finance and technology in ways that will disrupt traditional financial models and businesses and...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

The CFTC’s Proposed Standards Identify Cybersecurity Best Practices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) offered several reasons for proposing five new cybersecurity testing requirements for the commodity trading platforms it regulates in its December 23, 2015, Notice of Proposed...more

Digital Insights & Trends: Clearing and Settlement Platforms to Watch in 2016

2015 was the year that blockchain technology, initially used as the public ledger for tracking bitcoin, began to mature and expand beyond payments. While regulators focused on the risks associated with virtual currency,...more

SEC Outlines 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2016. The examination priorities, which address issues across a variety of financial institutions, include (i)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.15.16

Goldman Sachs is ready to close a major lingering chapter of financial-crisis-era litigation, announcing yesterday that it’s agreed to a civil settlement of $5 billion to resolve claims related to its “marketing and selling...more

Swisscanto v. Blackberry: What constitutes a “public correction” for the purpose of secondary market misrepresentation class...

In Swisscanto v. Blackberry(“Swisscanto”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered, for the first time, what constitutes a “public correction” of an alleged misrepresentation in a secondary market securities class...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

FCPA Enforcement Actions from 2015: SEC – Part II

Yesterday, I began a review of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where there were no parallel Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement actions. Today I...more

New IIROC Cybersecurity Risk Management Guides – Voluntary?

On December 21, 2015, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published two excellent resources to help IIROC-regulated firms address cybersecurity threats. The resources are aimed, in particular, at...more

Predictions for Anti-Corruption Enforcement for 2016

In all honesty, if I were betting on my predictions, I would be broke. If I were setting the line on the Super Bowl, I am sure I would go bankrupt in paying off bets. With such confidence, you may want to just click to the...more

FCA consults on MiFID 2 implementation

FCA has published its consultation paper on how it will change its rules to address the markets aspects of MiFID 2. See our detailed summary for further information. The consultation covers...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q3 2015

For initial public offerings, particularly those of technology companies, the second half of 2015 got off to a slow start and the pace has continued to be sluggish into December. Please see full Publication below for...more

Overstock Digital Wars: A New Market Awakens

On the eve of the much anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the SEC approved Overstock Inc.’s plan to issue digital shares. The online retailer plans to issue company stock via bitcoin blockchain–an enormous...more

SEC Commissioner Encourages Commission to Bolster its Own Cybersecurity

On December 16, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar issued a statement regarding the SEC’s cybersecurity protocols for its data gathering efforts. Commissioner Aguilar’s statement follows various SEC initiatives to gather...more

2016 Proxy Season – Quick Reference Guide

The year is coming to an end and the 2016 proxy season is on the horizon. This quick reference guide identifies considerations based on themes from 2015, offers recommendations and resources for the upcoming season, and...more

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