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Massachusetts Challenges Regulation A+

On May 22, 2015, William F. Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking court review of the portion of...more

ESMA Responds to Prospective Directive and Securitization Consultations

ESMA has responded to the European Commission’s consultations on the Prospective Directive and Securitization, recommending, in relation to prospectuses, an approach that would facilitate access to capital, while stressing...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+"

As part of its mandate under the JOBS Act to facilitate capital raises by smaller companies and emerging businesses and its continuing effort to broaden the number of investment options for investors, the Securities and...more

Massachusetts Moves to Block Regulation A+

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has filed a petition for review of Regulation A+. The Secretary is asking that the rule be vacated because it is arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the...more

SEC Updates EDGAR for Regulation A+

The SEC has updated its EDGAR Filer Manual to document changes being made to accommodate Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act. EDGAR will be updated to add Regulation A submission form types DOS, DOS/A, DOSLTR, 1-A, 1-A/A,...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 20

In this issue: - Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline...more

Gambling and the Bank Secrecy Act

The Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) is a complex set of federal laws and regulations that require “financial institutions” to keep records, make reports, and conduct due diligence as a means of helping the federal government detect...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Application of EU Requirements for Remuneration Policies for Small and Non-Complex Firms Confirmed - US Regulators Issue the Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric...more

SEC Approves Proposed Rules for Executive Compensation

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) narrowly approved proposed rules requiring certain reporting companies to disclose the relationship between pay to named executive officers and performance by...more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

Alert: SEC Proposes New Rules on Pay Versus Performance When "Compensation Actually Paid" is Not Compensation Actually Paid and...

On April 29, 2015, the SEC voted to propose rules requiring public companies to disclose the relationship between compensation actually paid and company financial performance. The proposal comes almost five years after the...more

FINRA Allows Use of Related Performance Information in Communications Regarding Mutual Funds with Financial Intermediaries and...

Overview and Background - On May 12, 2015, the staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA staff) issued an interpretive letter to Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (Hartford Funds) that conditionally...more

Is the SEC a Toothless Watch Dog?

SEC enforcement actions are supposed to halt violations, protect investors and the markets, act as a deterrent and prevent a future repetition of wrongful conduct. To facilitate those goals settlements typically incorporate...more

FINRA’s NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability

On May 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) revised its Sanction Guidelines to call for tougher sanctions against those who commit fraud or make unsuitable...more

FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines: Higher, Tougher, Fairer?

FINRA’s newly revised Sanction Guidelines, effective immediately, signal that the upward trend in sanctions against broker-dealers is likely to continue. The Sanction Guidelines, which establish the range of sanctions...more

SEC Settles Another Market Crisis Financial Fraud Action

The Commission resolved another financial fraud action stemming from the aftermath of the market crisis. This proceeding, initially brought in June 2014, named as a Respondent Thomas Neely, Jr., and E.V. P. of Regions Bank....more

SEC Approves Tick Size Pilot Program

In response to the initial proposal received last August from the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on May 6,...more

SEC Clarifies “Voting Equity Securities” for Purposes of the Bad Actor Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently released additional guidance on the definition of “voting equity securities” as applied to the bad actor disqualification rules under Rule 506(d) of the Securities...more

SEC Proposes Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued its long-awaited proposal for "pay-versus-performance" disclosure. The proposed rules would implement the requirements of Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

CFTC Ownership and Control Reports

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the federal agency that regulates trading in futures and other derivatives in the United States, has long maintained and operated a Large Trader Reporting System (“LTRS”) as...more

Further Delays in Transatlantic Clearing Accord

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad, and Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, released a joint statement on May 7 relating to the...more

SEC and FINRA to Hold National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers

On May 12, the SEC and FINRA announced the opening of registration for their 2015 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers. The program is intended to provide an open forum for regulators and industry...more

FINRA Revises Sanction Guidelines

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s disciplinary appellate body (the National Adjudicatory Council or NAC) has revised the Sanction Guidelines used to determine penalties in enforcement cases. The revisions increase...more

High Court Clarifies Approval Process For ESMA Inspections

In this case report, we consider the High Court’s judgment in European Securities and Markets Authority v DTCC Derivatives Repository Limited [2015] EWHC 1085 (Ch), in which the High Court clarified the process that the...more

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner...more

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