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Seventh Circuit Reverses $2.46 Billion Judgment in Securities-Fraud Class Action

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reversed a $2.46 billion judgment in a long-running securities-fraud class action against Household International and granted a new trial on limited issues. The opinion...more

Exercising Registration Rights Did Not Violate Fiduciary Duties

Molycorp, Inc. is a publically traded Delaware corporation engaged in a the production and sale of rare earth oxides. Private equity investors held 44% of Molycorp’s stock, appointed certain directors and had demand...more

European Commission Launches Review of EMIR

On May 21, the European Commission (EC) issued a consultation paper (CP) as part of its review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Article 85(1) of EMIR requires the EC to prepare a report by August 17 on...more

The SEC’s Current Views on Private Equity OCIE is still focused on fees and expenses, but also is turning its attention to real...

As a follow-up to last year’s “Spreading Sunshine in Private Equity” speech, in which then-OCIE Director Andrew Bowden stated that the SEC had found that more than half of the funds examined by OCIE had allocated expenses and...more

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their...more

ACE Portal, in association with NYSE, Brings Technology to Private Equity Fundraising – An Interview with the General Counsel

In the Summer 2014 issue of the PE Newsletter we reviewed a private placement platform set up by ACE Portal, in partnership with the New York Stock Exchange, to facilitate the private placement of securities by issuers. The...more

SEC Issues Proposed Investment Adviser Reporting and Disclosure Rules

In the wake of the financial crisis, the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted detailed data reporting rules for private funds on both Form ADV (2010) and Form PF (2011). In its continuing push to gather more asset...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

The CSRC and the SFC Announces Launch of the Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme

Introduction - On May 22, 2015, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) issued a joint announcement on the decision to implement the Mainland-Hong...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 163-the FIFA Indictments, with Mike Brown [Video]

In this episode, Mike Brown, Managing Director at Infortal, and I discuss the recently released indictments against FIFA officials. We review the implications for US companies under the FCPA and discuss steps you should take...more

The CSMAD: Forthcoming Changes to EU Market Abuse and Insider Dealing Rules

On July 3, 2016, the European Union’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will replace the EU’s Market Abuse Directive (MAD). The directive on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation (CSMAD) will be...more

FINRA Approves Use of Related Performance in Mutual Fund Marketing Materials to Institutional Investors

On May 12, 2015, the FINRA staff published an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) permitting FINRA members to include Related Performance Information in mutual fund marketing materials directed at institutional investors...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

Montana Joins Massachusetts in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana has joined Massachusetts in a challenge to Regulation A+ adopted pursuant to the JOBS Act. The Montana and Massachusetts cases have been consolidated....more

Delaware Courts Continue to Clarify Creditor Standing With Respect to Insolvent Companies

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in Quadrant Structured Products Company, Ltd. v. Vertin clarifying when a creditor gains standing to pursue derivative...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments - The European Banking Authority ("EBA") has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy...more

SEC Proposes Additional Cross-Border Rules for Security-Based Swaps

If finalized, the proposed rule would be the SEC’s second major step toward finalizing the cross-border rules for security-based swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act. On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Form ADV and Performance Information Recordkeeping Requirements

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed amendments to Form ADV and Rule 204-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The proposed amendments, if adopted, would...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

Final Risk Retention Rules: Impact on RMBS

The following is a brief memo outlining the impact of the final risk retention rules on the securitization of residential mortgage loans. Overview - In October 2014, the final Credit Risk Retention rules were...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 162-Kristine Robidoux on new Canadian whistleblower initiatives [Video]

In this episode i visit with Kristine Robidoux QC on the new whistleblower initiative by the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada, which may have a dramatic effect in anti-corruption enforcement north of the border. ...more

Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance

A recent opinion by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denying a motion to dismiss “short-swing” profit claims under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against members of an alleged...more

FHFA Releases Update on the Single Security Project

On May 15, the FHFA released an update on the structure of the Single Security, a project involving the development of a single mortgage-backed security that would be issued by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The update contains...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Adding Additional Asset Types to Meet LCR Requirements

On May 21, the Federal Reserve Board proposed adding certain general obligation state and municipal bonds to the range of assets a banking organization may use to satisfy the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) requirements...more

ESMA, ISDA, and FIA Europe Publish Capital Markets Union Responses

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and FIA Europe have published their responses to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Building a Capital...more

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