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New California Law Requires Increased Private Fund Fee and Expense Disclosure

Recent state legislative developments in California will require disclosure of certain information by private investment fund managers, primarily in the area of fees and expenses incurred by state and local pension and...more

California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension...more

Colleges and Universities Targeted in Class Action Lawsuits over Operation of Retirement Plans

Multiple class action lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages were filed last week against eight nonprofit universities challenging the administration of their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits, which were all...more

Carrots, Corruption & Compliance [Video]

In part one of a two-part interview, Frank Brown, Value Chain and Anti-Corruption Program Team Leader at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), addresses a CIPE paper “Anti-Corruption Compliance, A Guide for...more

"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of Sina.com on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from...more

This Week in FCPA-Episod 9 [Video]

In this episode Jay Rosen and I discuss the FCPA related events for the week of June 17. We talk about the Biomet DPA extension, the Rincon FCPA guilty plea, open FCPA investigations in China and the recently concluded ACFE...more

SEC’s First Action Based On Dodd-Frank Muni Adviser Fraud Section

The SEC has been focusing on municipal bond offerings, filing a series of enforcement actions. An action brought this week is the first, however, based on the Dodd-Frank fraud section related to municipal advisers. The action...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds to Industry Concerns on Know Before You Owe Rule - On April 28, the CFPB issued a letter to banking and industry groups in response to an inquiry by the Mortgage Bankers...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

Prepaid College Tuition Programs Deemed Eligible for QIB and Accredited Investor Status

On January 12, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) granted no-action relief to the College Savings Plan Network (“CSPN”), an affiliate of the National Association of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 215-Bill Waite on the Compliance Horizon Report [Video]

In this episode I visit with Bill Waite, CEO of the Risk Advisory Group on their recent Compliance Horizon Report...more

FINRA Proposes New TRACE Data Set

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced last week that it is seeking comment on a proposal to create a new academic Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) data set. While academic researchers...more

Keeping Marblegate in Perspective: Implications for Debt Restructurings, Indenture Amendments and New Bond Issues

Involuntary debt restructurings that have the effect of impairing a bondholder’s right to receive payment may violate the Trust Indenture Act. This was recently held in the Marblegate/Education Management Corp. bondholder...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 23, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating operational risk of U.S. servicers of RMBS and small balance commercial securities. On April 23, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating operational risk of...more

SEC Commissioner Wonders Whether Harvard Violated Securities Laws

SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher and Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, have just published a paper titled “Did Harvard Violate Federal Securities Law? The Campaign Against...more

Court Affirms $3M Jury Award In Illinois Whistleblower Action

On August 28, 2014, Judge James McCarthy issued a decision in Crawley v. Chicago State University, Case No. 10 L 12657 (Cook County, Ill., Law Div.), affirming payment of over $3 million to Plaintiff James Crowley...more

White Collar Watch - September 2014

In This Issue: - Conditions of participation vs. conditions of payment – a recent trend in False Claims Act cases - SEC gives first whistleblower award to audit and compliance employee - Whistleblower...more

Deadlines Applicable to Colleges and Universities Approaching for Participation in SEC’s Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a voluntary self-reporting program for issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds for reporting of inaccurate statements made in offering documents...more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

SEC Issues First MCDC Cease and Desist Order

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first cease and desist order under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative). The MCDC Initiative was introduced on...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

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