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HorrorFest 2015 Celebration I- The Films of Val Lewton and a Win for the DOJ

Today, October 2, is the first Friday in October so I begin my annual month of Friday HorrorFest Film highlights. This year I wanted to highlight the films of one of the great unknowns of horror films, Val Lewton. Lewton, a...more

September 2015: White Collar Litigation Update

Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law. For the last 30 years, the seminal insider trading case discussing tipper/tippee liability has been the Supreme Court’s decision in Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646 (1983). In Dirks, the...more

Securitisation: Keeping it Simple?

On 30 September 2015, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a proposal for a regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”)1 intended to harmonise existing EU laws applying to securitisations (including proposed...more

Blog: Are Companies Now Quicker To Settle With Hedge Fund Activists?

According to data collected by Reuters, companies are settling with hedge fund activists “at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. The average number of days it takes companies to reach a settlement with activists...more

Do Public Pension Funds Breach Their Fiduciary Duties By Pursuing Social Issue Proposals?

Yesterday, UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge noted the publication of a recent study that reaches some devastating conclusions for public pension funds.  The study by Professor Tracie Woidtke at the University of...more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

SEC Commissioners Making a “Noisy Exit”

Securities and Exchange Commission members Daniel M. Gallagher and Luis A. Aguilar will soon leave the SEC, but neither is keeping quiet about the SEC’s treatment of chief compliance officers (CCOs). Gallagher recently...more

Energy Future Holdings – Kicking a Very Large Can Down the Road

Energy Future Holdings (“EFH” or “Debtors”) has cleared all of the preliminary hurdles in its path as it moves towards the confirmation of its plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). Last week Judge Christopher Sontchi of the...more

NDRC’s Reform On The Administration Of Foreign Debts - How It May Affect Your Transactions

On 14 September 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) promulgated the Notice on Accelerating Reform on the Administration of Filing and Registration of Foreign Debts Issued by Enterprises...more

ESMA publishes UCITS V ITS on penalties and measures

ESMA has published for the Commission’s endorsement implementing technical standards (ITS) on penalties and measures under UCITS V. ESMA did not conduct open public consultations on the draft ITS, as it says this would have...more

Navigating Derivative Lawsuits Against Mutual Funds After Northstar

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this spring held that mutual fund shareholders could maintain direct claims against the fund’s trustees for breach of their common law fiduciary duties. Before Northstar v. Schwab, such...more

ESMA speaks on changes to derivatives market

ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor spoke at the 2015 ISDA Annual Europe Conference in London. In his speech he highlighted the importance of ensuring consistent implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR),...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2015: China’s Policy Response to Market Turbulence: What It Means for Fund...

News of the volatile Chinese stock market has dominated international headlines over the past couple of months, and the spotlight has been on the Chinese authorities’ reaction to these developments. Their wide-reaching policy...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Fund of Funds

On September 15, the Internal Revenue Service published final regulations revising examples related to the application of the controlled group rules to regulated investment companies (RIC) and how the controlled group rules...more

FinCEN's Recently Proposed AML Rule: A Road Map for SEC-Registered Investment Advisers

The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) on September 1, 2015 that would impose anti-money laundering (AML) requirements for investment...more

District Court Denies Class Certification in Excessive Fee Case Against Service Provider

The plaintiffs, three plan participants, filed their lawsuit in 2012 and purported to assert claims on behalf of a class of all plans serviced by the defendants, affiliated entities that provided services to the plans and/or...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Coding Errors Lead To SEC Sanctions for High-Frequency Trading Firm

Mistakes in computer coding by a high frequency trading firm that went undetected for approximately four years were responsible for approximately 12.6 million orders that violated Reg NMS, according to an Order settling an...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2015

Adviser to European Court of Justice Says US-EU Safe Harbor Should Be Declared Invalid - An advisory opinion issued by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice states that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor should be...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes to Amend Administrative Proceedings Rules: On Sept. 24 the SEC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to rules governing its administrative proceedings. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015 #5

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

IRS Addresses RIC Asset Diversification Requirements

On September 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 851 clarifying that control groups under the regulated investment company (RIC) rules may consist of two...more

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Deals Loss to Lehman in Interpreting Loss Under ISDA...

In a blow to the Lehman Chapter 11 estates, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held on September 16, 2015 that Intel Corporation’s Loss calculation resulting from a failed transaction...more

Third country CCP exposure correction in OJEU

A corrigendum to the Commission Implementing Regulation makes a minor correction to the extension of transitional periods related to own funds requirements for exposures to CCPs from third countries under the CRR...more

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