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Ireland Retains Safe Harbour Regime for Wholesale MiFID Firms

by Dechert LLP on

The Department of Finance has issued its Feedback Statement on its public consultation on national discretions under MiFID II. The consultation dealt with the exercise of national discretions in relation to the implementation...more

MSRB's G-42 Guidance Notes Ambiguities for MAs in Conduit Issues

by Burr & Forman on

Last week, the MSRB issued “guidance” on the application of Rule G-42 conduct standards for Municipal Advisors in conduit issues. The “guidance” highlights ambiguities from the “for or on behalf” language in the MA Rule when...more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A Tuesday Times op-ed accuses Wall Street of “fleec[ing]” American pension plan, mutual fund, and insurance policy investors by routing orders to particular exchanges in return for “rebates”—fractions of cents for each trade...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part VI: What Does Mean?

by Thomas Fox on

Over several blog posts, I have explored in detail the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which set forth a new Revenue...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

Commercial Division Rules that U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Access to a Company’s Detailed Financial Information in His Role as a...

Members of a company’s board who are also investors in the company often have access to detailed information about the company’s finances and its lending facilities. But what happens when an investor-board member could,...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

by Burr & Forman on

In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

The PSC register

by Hogan Lovells on

From 6 April 2016, UK companies have been required to maintain a register of persons with significant control over them (a “PSC register”). This requirement is intended to increase the transparency of corporate ownership, by...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

A New Era: The New European Framework for Securitisations

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a prolonged period of political scrutiny and negotiation, the texts of two regulations implementing significant changes to the regulation and capital treatment of securitisations were broadly agreed by the three EU...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is officially taking on his biggest target yet—consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble. The announcement begins the public stage of a fight we’ve been waiting for since Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

ESMA Issues Opinions on Supervisory Convergence in the Areas of Investment Management and Secondary Markets

by Dechert LLP on

The European watchdog has issued its much anticipated opinions on outsourcing/delegation of: (i) fund management companies; (ii) MiFID entities; and (iii) trading venues. This Newsflash focuses on the opinions as they relate...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Federal Reserve and FDIC Post Resolution Plans for Eight Major Financial Firms - On July 5, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") posted the public portions of...more

6th Circuit Rejects GOP Suit Against MA Pay-to-Play Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit by the Tennessee, Georgia and New York Republican parties challenging the constitutionality of an MSRB extending pay-to-play prohibition to municipal advisors. The Court...more

More Cos. Authorizing No-Vote Shares Despite Resistance

More companies are establishing the right to issue nonvoting shares at their initial public offering through a triple-class stock structure, venturing beyond dual-class setups that already contain unequal voting rights...more

SEC Allows Non-EGCs to Submit Certain Draft Registration Statements for Confidential Review

by Baker Donelson on

Effective July 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance began accepting draft registration statement (DRS) submissions from issuers filing registration statements in connection with...more

Family Office Series, Part II: The Pros and Cons of Forming a Family Office

A family with sufficient net worth, a shared vision for how to invest the family’s wealth, and the ability to communicate openly and resolve differences may be a good candidate to form a family office. There are a number of...more

SEC to Allow Issuers to File Draft Initial Registration Statements on a Nonpublic Basis

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) announced that it would begin to allow issuers to file draft initial registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act“) on a...more

CFTC Launches Review of Swap Reporting Regulations

On July 10, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced the launch of a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations1 adopted by the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017

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Editor's Note - Fireworks After the July 4th Holiday. On July 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the highly anticipated final Arbitration Rule, which prohibits the use of mandatory arbitration...more

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