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Blog: Senator Urges SEC To Revisit Rules And Policies On Stock Buybacks

Data compiled by S&P and Bloomberg shows that companies in the S&P 500 spent 95% of their earnings on repurchases and dividends in 2014, including spending $553 billion on stock buybacks in 2014. ...more

"MSRB’s Rule G-42 Submitted to SEC for Approval; Rule G-44 Now in Effect"

This alert is to inform you that the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) recently submitted Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors) to the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Finders Bill Finds Success In Assembly Committee

In February, I wrote about the resurrection of a bill that would clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  Earlier this week, the bill, AB 667 (Wagner) cleared its first policy...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Contribution Caution: Mitigating Risks From Pay-To-Play

With the record-breaking campaign expenditures of the 2014 midterm elections behind us, and the 2016 campaign cycle already heating up, this is an ideal moment for investment advisers (including advisers to venture capital...more

SEC 2015 Budget Impacts Investment Management Industry

This past December, President Obama signed an appropriations bill that provides an $11.8 million budget increase for the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) intended to bolster the agency’s cost-benefit...more

Why PE Should Stick with Entrepreneurs’ Relief Over the New Employee Shareholder Status

Over the years the UK has seen a variety of tax efficient schemes available to incentivize management; and in 2014 the Employee Shareholder Status (ESS) regime was added into the mix. ESS essentially allows an employee...more

On the Hill this Week….

On March 24th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment will hold a hearing on “Capital Formation and Reducing Small Business Burdens.” Information...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Suggests European-CFTC Agreement on Clearinghouse Equivalency May Come Soon; Skin in the Game Debate Needs More Study - In an address before the 40th annual FIA Boca Raton International Futures Industry...more

Blog: Senate Bill Introduced To Raise Rule 701 Disclosure Threshold

Senators Pat Toomey (R., PA) and Mark Warner (D., VA) have introduced Senate Bill 576, the ‘‘Encouraging Employee Ownership Act.’’ The bill would require the SEC, within 60 days after enactment, to raise the threshold in...more

"SEC Approves MSRB’s Professional Qualification Requirements for Municipal Advisors; Status Update of Other Municipal Advisor...

Municipal Advisor Professional Qualification Requirements and Exam - On March 2, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the MSRB’s...more

Is SEC Regulation of Political Spending Dead?

It is unlikely that it is dead, but it certainly is on life support. But, I believe that board oversight, and disclosure, of corporate political expenditures will continue to increase. In 2011, the Committee of...more

Fighting the Fiduciary Rule Before It’s Been Even Proposed

Not long after President Obama expressed the desire that the Department of Labor (DOL) implement a fiduciary rule for brokers who work on retirement plans; did one of Wall Street’s paid minions strike back....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - February 2015

In this issue: - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Developments -...more

Newly Passed Bill May Impact Dodd-Frank Act

The House of Representatives passed legislation that could loosen some of the restrictions imposed by Dodd-Frank on big banks. The bill, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Businesses Burden Act, passed by a margin of...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves Agenda for 114th Congress

On January 21, the Committee on Financial Services, in a voice vote, agreed to a new oversight plan that identifies the areas that the Committee and its subcommittees plan to oversee during the 114th Congress. Notable...more

House Financial Services Committee approves oversight plan; Committee chair gets new subpoena authority

The House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously today to approve the Committee’s oversight plan for the 114th Congress. The plan provides that the Committee intends to continue its close examination of the...more

First Salvo by New Congress To Roll Back Dodd-Frank

The House of Representatives recently passed, by a vote of 271-154, legislation that includes a delay in the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019. The proposed change would add two years to the maximum extension...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

President Obama's New Executive Order Blocks Trade to Crimea

The executive order bans the export of goods, technology, and services to the Crimea region of Ukraine, but that’s not all it does. On December 19, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama issued Executive Order #13685,...more

House Passes Bill Implementing JOBS Act Changes (and Volcker Rule changes)

Today, the House voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, titled “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” Among other things, the bill includes a number of measures that correct issues arising in the JOBS...more

CalPERS Continues To Take Shots At The Press

I continue to be shocked at CalPERS’ vitriolic approach towards the press. In the last 12 months, CalPERS has taken on The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, several California metropolitan newspapers, several local newspapers,...more

Democrats Fend Off Changes to Volker Rule and Derivative Matters

The political gamesmanship has begun. According to Maxine Walters “Republicans attempted to move a package of 11 bills that contained controversial changes to provisions relating to derivatives and Volcker rule. The...more

From EMIR to Eternity? - The EU Financial Regulatory Agenda Into 2015 and Beyond

2014 was a very active year for financial regulation in the European Union (EU). There was a push to finalise much of the outstanding primary legislation on the regulatory reform agenda in advance of the European...more

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