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Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #4

Editor's Note - Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election. The November 16 edition of the Roundup indicated that the Financial CHOICE Act (Act) may be a blueprint for legal changes affecting the financial...more

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Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

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The saga of Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, grandson of former Secretary of State (and Theranos director) George Shultz, who faced threats, a familial rift, and a boat-load of legal fees as he tried to expose Theranos’...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Board Basics: Advisory Boards - A seed or series A round often triggers a game of musical chairs for board seats. Fortunately, an advisory board serves as...more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

Bitcoin Rebounding Following Security Breach

Bitfinex is a Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange – one of the world’s leading such exchanges, and the self-proclaimed largest exchange by volume for trading bitcoin against the US Dollar. On August 2, 2016, Bitfinex...more

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The CFTC’s reportedly investigating the interest rate swap activities of Citigroup and others. Swaps allow companies to “hedge against a rise or fall in interest rates on the debt that they issue or hold, with banks usually...more

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The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al Franken....more

SEC Adopts Changes to Rules 147 and 505

Changes Reflect Adoption of Intrastate Crowdfunding and Increased Usage of Private Offerings Under Regulation D The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 26, 2016 voted to update Rules 147 and 504....more

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Qualcomm is reportedly set to acquire NXP Semiconductors for just shy of $40 billion in a deal that would help Qualcomm move beyond smartphone chips and into the broader internet of things....more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 28, the FCPA Blog NYC Conference edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss this past week’s FCPA Blog NYC Conference. We discuss the panels and speakers as well as the impact of the FCPA Blog and its founder Dick Cassin the greater compliance community....more

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Faced with new Department of Labor rules requiring investment advisers to act in the best interest of their retirement account customers, Morgan Stanley’s decided to let its customers keeping paying for retirement advice with...more

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Italy’s struggling lender Monte Dei Paschi is cutting jobs and closing branches in an effort to revive the world’s oldest bank (and maybe save Siena in the process)....more

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The latest from the CFPB and its “Project Catalyst,” which aims to “encourage the development of innovative consumer financial products that meet regulatory requirements” [think Fintech]....more

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The weekend’s business news was dominated by the word that AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in the biggest yet in a series of telecomm mergers....more

SEC Fines Fantasy Stock Market App Developer

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently fined New York-based Forcerank LLC (“Forcerank”) $50,000 in connection with charges that Forcerank’s fantasy stock market mobile app illegally offers complex derivative...more

Takeover Code: changes to communicating and distributing information

There have been recent changes to the Takeover Code. The purpose of these is to ensure that the Code's rules on communicating and distributing information and opinions during a takeover offer adequately reflect recent...more

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China’s expected to announce Q3 economic growth of 6.7 percent this week—a number envied by any other country in the world but the sign of major slowdown there. Dealbook looks at what, exactly, a less-gangbusters Chinese...more

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Like a hot new underground nightclub [I presume.  Not exactly  my scene], Marcus—Goldman Sachs’ new online lending platform aimed at the consumer banking segment—requires a password. Goldman’s reportedly sending out the...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

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Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

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In a “highly anticipated” ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, a three-judge panel has found the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, holding that the current organization...more

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Regulators aren’t the only ones after Theranos now. On Monday, one of its major investors—Partner Fund Management—filed suit against the embattled blood-testing company in Delaware state court over an alleged series of...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

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