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SEC Issues New C&DIs on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued 12 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the use of non-GAAP financial...more

House Passes the Fostering Innovation Act

On May 23, 2016, the House passed H.R. 4139, the Fostering Innovation Act, by voice vote. The bill had passed the House Financial Services Committee on March 2, 2016....more

Key Takeaways from SEC/DOJ Enforcement Panel

Last week, representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) participated in Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Annual SEC/DOJ Enforcement 2016 Panel at the Metropolitan...more

SEC – A Computer and Twenty-Seven Minutes To Profit

The SEC’s latest stock manipulation case might be titled “How to make (almost) over $400,000 in just 27 minutes.” The key is to use Williams Act filings not to alert the market and issuer to a potential take-over but to fake...more

China’s NDRC Proposes Changes to Outbound Investment Rules

Changes could reduce regulatory uncertainty for Chinese investors, potentially spurring significant increases on outbound Chinese investment, especially in sensitive industries. Summary - Continuing a policy of...more

Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Releases Additional Guidance Relating to the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance published additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) relating to the use of Non-GAAP financial measures in documents filed with or furnished to (for...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - May 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #13

Pensions guidance rules come into force - The second commencement order under the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 brings into force from 13 May the provisions on pensions guidance, which extend the...more

Blog: House Passes Bill For Five-Year Extension Of JOBS Act Exemption From Auditor Attestation Requirement

On Monday, the House passed the Fostering Innovation Act of 2015, notwithstanding this letter to Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi from the SEC’s Investor Advocate urging a vote against it. The bill, which presumably now moves to...more

SEC's Division of Corporation Finance Updates Non-GAAP Interpretations

In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has signaled that the use of non-GAAP measures will be scrutinized closely. Chair Mary Jo White has discussed non-GAAP disclosures in speeches, urging...more

California Federal Court Holds That U.S. Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Unsponsored, Unlisted ADRs

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held on May 20, 2016 that the federal securities laws do not apply to U.S. transactions in unlisted, unsponsored American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) for a foreign...more

SEC Reins in Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures with New Guidance

In Depth - On May 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued six new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) and modified other existing C&DIs to provide additional guidance on the use of non-GAAP...more

IRS Offers Tax Guidance Relating to Money Market Fund Rules

The IRS recently provided relief from the RIC distribution requirement for money market funds that receive contributions in connection with the transition to a floating NAV, enabling RICs to top up their NAVs without having...more

EU Technical Standards on the Valuation of Derivatives for Bail-in Adopted by the European Commission

The European Commission adopted Regulatory Technical Standards on the valuation of derivatives for the purpose of bailing-in derivative liabilities. The Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive provides that a resolution...more

EU Legislation Amends Technical Standards for Ratio of Unexecuted Orders to Transactions

A Commission Delegated Regulation, outlining the Regulatory Technical Standards on ratios of unexecuted orders to transactions, was adopted by the European Commission. The adopted RTS will supplement the requirements set out...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

UK Regulator Consults on UCITS, SFTR and consequential Changes to the Handbook

The Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper outlining proposed changes to the rules and guidance in the Client Assets sourcebook and the Collective Investment Schemes sourcebook (COLL), following the...more

UK Regulator Provides Feedback on Recovery Plans

The Financial Conduct Authority published initial feedback on the recovery plans submitted by investment firms regulated by it. Recovery plans are required to be submitted by banks and certain investment firms to national...more

Launching a Hedge Fund in 2016: An Overview for US Managers

Despite a challenging environment for the hedge fund industry, many institutional investors continue to allocate to hedge funds in a market environment otherwise devoid of promising investment opportunities. While the hedge...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.24.16

Tribune’s not only given a hard “no” to Gannett, but it’s got some new firepower (and capital) on its side thanks to a $70.5 million investment by Nant Capital—a group “founded by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who has...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule 2273

The SEC has approved FINRA Rule 2273, which requires a transferring representative to send customers an educational communication regarding firm recruitment practices and account transfers. The rule is designed to address...more

New SEC Guidance Helps Close the GAAP

As recently as last month I wrote about the SEC’s heightened focus on non-GAAP financial measure disclosures, evidenced by recent pronouncements from SEC Chair Mary Jo White, PCAOB Chair James R. Doty, SEC Commissioner Kara...more

Supreme Court Holds “Arising Under” Standard Satisfies Jurisdictional Questions

In an 8-0 opinion delivered by Justice Kagan on May 16, the Supreme Court affirmed the Third Circuit’s ruling that the “jurisdictional test established by §27 [of the Exchange Act] is the same as [28 U.S.C.] §1331’s test for...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #12

FCA publishes draft margin exemption form - FCA has published a draft application form relating to the exemption from the requirement to exchange margin for intragroup transactions under the European Market...more

Default Interest Provision Breaches Penalty Rule (Obiter)

Following the Supreme Court's new test for penalties in Cavendish v Makdessi, Snowden J found (obiter) in Hayfin Opal Luxco 3 SARL & anr v Windermere VII Cmbs Plc & ors [2016] EWHC 782 (Ch) that a default interest provision...more

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