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The SEC Wants To Know What’s Next For Blockchain: Are You Keeping Up?

On October 12, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss Blockchain technology and its impact on the securities industry....more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 8

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on US-EU equivalence of certain OTC derivative rules; the FCA asset management...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

CSA, TSX Address Treatment of Canadian Reporting Issuers with U.S. Cannabis-Related Business Activities

On October 16, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) released staff notices regarding their respective treatment of issuers with cannabis-related activities in the United...more

A Ticking Clock: New York’s Pending Non-Guaranteed Elements Rule for Life Insurance and Annuity Products

by Carlton Fields on

The clock is ticking on the New York Department of Financial Services’ issuance of new Regulation 210 "Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements" (the Rule). ...more

Communications With Auditors and Audit Committees May Change

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC has proposed for comment major revisions in the disclosures auditors are required to make in their reports on financial statements audited pursuant to Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

by Goodwin on

Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Dismissal of Individual Claims Cap Insurer’s Winning Streak in Action Challenging FIA Product Features

by Carlton Fields on

In May, the Southern District of California handed ING a win in a case involving allegations that the company targeted seniors with annuities that hid an embedded derivative structure that made them worth less than promised....more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Fiduciary Duty Exists Only Where Consumer Cedes Decision-Making Control to the Fiduciary

by Carlton Fields on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Yenchi v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. that a financial adviser owed no fiduciary duty to a couple who purchased a life insurance policy based on the adviser’s advice where they...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite a stronger global economic outlook than we’ve seen in years, the world’s central bankers appear loath to let go of stimulus measures while lower-than-expected inflation bedevils them....more

PE in Indonesia – a vibrant market

by Hogan Lovells on

Indonesia is gaining popularity among both regional and international private equity funds. Demographics and economic forces increasingly portray Indonesia as a 'must-be-in' market....more

Certified Financial Planner Board Proposes Fiduciary Obligations for All CFP Financial Advice

by Carlton Fields on

In June, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board released proposed revisions to its standards of professional conduct that would require CFPs to adhere to a fiduciary standard at all times when providing any "financial...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

SEC Fines Director $25,000 for Two Missed Section 16 Filings

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC assessed a civil money penalty against a director of Medient Studios, Inc. for two missed Section 16 filings. But there was really only one transaction that was missed. One was a...more

Simplification of Regulation S-K - Proposed Rules

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The SEC has proposed a series of amendments to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers and investment companies, particularly those disclosure requirements under Regulation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

A Strategic Approach To Launching A New Fund

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many managers have portable track records from prior firms that they can legally use to market their new funds. This means that the manager owns the rights to the supporting data and that the strategy and decision-makers are...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

SEC’s Chairman Makes Changes After the Agency’s Latest Cyber-Attack

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The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been busy the last couple months on the cyber front. On September 20, the SEC announced a renewed focus on cybersecurity efforts and disclosed that it had been a victim of a...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

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