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Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - Going Strong to the Mic. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposed special purpose nondepository national bank charter for FinTech companies (FinTech Charter) has long been the source...more

SEC Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on Token Sales

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other market participants offering digital assets by “virtual” organizations may be subject to the...more

SEC Determines That Certain Virtual Tokens Are Securities

On July 26, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an investigative report concluding that certain tokens (or coins) offered and sold by The DAO, a virtual organization, were securities under the Securities...more

Deadline Near for Passing the Municipal Advisor Qualification Exam

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 12, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) began offering the Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (the “Series 50 Exam”). Municipal advisor professionals must pass the...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

Colorado Set to Regulate Cybersecurity Practices of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

by Carlton Fields on

On May 15, Colorado became the latest state to publish major regulations tackling cybersecurity in the financial services industry when the Colorado Division of Securities released amendments to existing division rules...more

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

by Perkins Coie on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lack of workable replacement (so far, at least) be damned—the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has announced that [the scandal-plagued] Libor will be phased out by 2021 in favor of “transaction-based benchmarks”....more

Day 18 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO Objective IV: Information and Communication

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In its Framework Volume, COSO said, “Information is necessary for the entity to carry out internal control responsibilities to support the achievement of its objectives. Management obtains or generates and uses relevant and...more

SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...more

Rolling in the Regulations for Robo-Advisers

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Robo-advisers have surged in popularity as people seek low-cost, automated investment opportunities. In a worldwide forecast, the number of people to use robo-advisory services is estimated to reach 95.4M by 2021 compared to...more

Between Bridges: SEC Declines to Prosecute Issuer of Digital Tokens That It Deems Securities Not Issued in Accordance with US...

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Report of Investigation that concluded that digital tokens issued by an entity for the purpose of raising funds for projects – even if using distributed ledger or...more

ISDA Master Agreement – Court of Appeal favours chosen law over local

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When commercial parties choose English law to govern their hedging or financing contracts, the English courts will usually apply that choice with very few exceptions. A recent Court of Appeal case further narrows one such...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

Carried Interest tax regime in Italy (art. 60 of Law 96/2017)

The new tax regime aims at discounting the taxation of the excess profit (i.e. profit in excess of the amount that the managers have contributed to the undertaking) attributed to investment managers or managers of target...more

US Banking Agencies Provide Temporary Relief Under the Volcker Rule to Foreign Banks With Respect to Certain Foreign Private...

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The US federal banking agencies with responsibility for enforcing the Volcker Rule have issued temporary one year no-action relief with respect to certain private non-US investment funds that are not “covered funds” for...more

Six Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

The SEC has declared cybersecurity to be an examination priority for financial institutions (i.e., broker-dealers, investment advisers, and registered investment companies) in each of the past four years. While the SEC’s...more

Getting into trouble with the DOL and the IRS maybe just bad luck

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years, I have seen a lot of strange things that plan sponsors have done to risk the ire of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 2

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the updated Q&As published by ESMA in relation to the AIFMD and UCITS, IOSCO's...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO Objective III: Control Activities

by Thomas Fox on

In its Framework Volume, COSO Control Activities “are the actions established through policies and procedures that help ensure that management’s directives to mitigate risks to the achievement of objectives are carried out....more

Compliance into the Weeds-Espiode 47

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss SOX and Dodd-Frank reform efforts involving compliance. ...more

The New Prospectus Regulation

by White & Case LLP on

Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Debt Capital Markets Transactions - On 20 July 2017 after its publication in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017, the new Prospectus Regulation ("PR3") entered into force. PR3...more

Saudi Arabia's Transformational Privatization Plans

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The leadership of Saudi Arabia (the “KSA”) has embarked on a bold transformation strategy to revitalize KSA’s economy and to position it for the demographic and economic challenges that lie ahead. The flagship transaction for...more

France Introduces New Legal Regime for Security Agents in Debt Financings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Syndicated financings with French security will likely adopt the new regime for security agent appointment once it takes effect on 1 October 2017. Key Points... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

United States v. Allen and the Taint of Compelled Testimony in Cross-Border Enforcement Actions

In a decision likely to cause global reverberations in the realm of cross-border enforcement, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions and indictment in the first US criminal appeal related...more

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