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Dealing with conflicts of interest for registrants - disclosure is not enough

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On April 27, 2017, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) issued a rules notice and guidance note (the “Notice”) regarding dealer firm (“Dealers”) management of compensation-related conflicts. The...more

Portuguese courts consider the enforceability of derivatives

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Within the last few years, derivatives have been under scrutiny by Portuguese courts, affecting not only derivatives entered into under agreements subject to local law, but also derivatives subject to International Swaps and...more

Wish Lists

Many groups have come forward in recent weeks with their lists of regulations that should be reviewed or amended, as well as their list of areas that merit close review in light of the potential burdens that may be imposed by...more

Amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code for 2017 Published and In Force

by Jones Day on

On 24 April 2017, the Corporate Governance Committee established by the German Federal Government (Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex) officially published various amendments to the German Corporate...more

SEC Takes Action: Results of Under-Disclosing Executive Perks

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The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of and the action taken against MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC”) and its former Chief Executive Officer, Miles S. Nadal (“Nadal”), underscore the importance of proper disclosure...more

Demand-Side of IPOs

Earlier this month Rick A. Fleming, Investor Advocate at the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a speech in which he discussed the impact that shrinking public markets have on investor participation. Mr. Fleming noted...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 9

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US financial regulators discuss Volcker Rule. CNBC reported that US financial regulators are tackling one of Wall Street’s biggest concerns by discussing the Volcker Rule governing banks’ proprietary trading. Rich Foster,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

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International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

Complete Revision of German Securities Trading Act Passed German Parliament

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On 30 March 2017, the German Parliament (Bundestag) finally approved a complete revision of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz) as part of the Second Financial Markets Reform Act (2....more

FCA Announces Review on Availability of Information Before IPO

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May 2017 On 1 March 2017, the FCA published a consultation paper proposing a number of policies aimed at improving the information made available to investors during the initial public offering ("IPO") process. The paper also...more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

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On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 19

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Employees’ Outside Business Activities - On May 15, as part of a new review, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requested public comment on the...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017 #4

Innocuous Changes in CME Group Globex Rule Could Inadvertently Increase Potential FCM Liability Bigly: CME Group announced amendments to its rule related to Globex order entry that will affirmatively require all persons that...more

More Bond Traders Sued By The SEC For Alleged Fraudulent Misrepresentations Relating To MBS Prices

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On May 15, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued two commercial mortgage backed securities (“CMBS”) traders for securities fraud allegedly committed while buying and selling CMBS on behalf of a large broker-dealer...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

Second Circuit: Reclassification of Claim as Equity Interest? Not Unless It Is Duplicative

The Second Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district courts’ decisions subordinating claims asserted against the Debtor by holders of restricted stock units. However, while the court agreed with the lower courts that the...more

FINRA T+2 Rules Are Approved

In May 2017, in Regulatory Notice 17-19, FINRA announced the SEC approval of a variety of its proposed rule amendments relating to the upcoming move of the U.S. securities markets to the T+2 settlement cycle....more

NASAA adopts statement of policy to usher in e-delivery and e-signature for non-traded offerings

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Under an initiative approved last week by the membership of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), sponsors, issuers, broker-dealers and others involved in the offer and sale of shares of non-traded...more

U.S. IPO Market: Can We Bounce Back From Two Slow Years?

The U.S. IPO market began 2017 with a solid start, with 25 IPOs raising nearly $10 billion in the first quarter and another 31 IPOs in the second quarter through May 15. We have a number of U.S. and non-U.S. clients moving...more

FINRA Retrospective Rule Review: Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is conducting a retrospective review of the rules that govern outside business activities and private securities transactions to assess their effectiveness and efficiency....more

Proposed NYSE Amendments: Dividend Notices and non-IPO Listings

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The NYSE has recently proposed two notable amendments to its rules. The first proposal would require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution,...more

SEC and NYU Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation: Recommended Measures for Improving the IPO Market

In the May 10, 2017 dialogue held by the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and New York University’s Stern School of Business, academics and industry representatives provided recommended measures for rejuvenating...more

WilmerHale, Waivers and When to Stop Investigating

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Boyd Johnson is the New York-based co-chair of WilmerHale’s investigations practice, while Stephen Pollard leads the firm’s UK team. Both partners joined WilmerHale in late 2011 – Johnson from the US Attorney’s Office for the...more

More regulation in the pipeline for supervisors, custodians and wholesale managers?

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The last assessment in 2003/2004 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified a number of material deficiencies in New Zealand’s framework for securities regulation. The Government’s response was to completely overhaul...more

SEC and NYU Hold Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation: Reviving the U.S. IPO Market

On May 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and New York University’s Stern School of Business held a dialogue aimed at assessing the economic factors causing the recent downturn in initial public...more

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