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US Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Public Comment on Possible Change to Industry Guide 3 – Statistical Disclosure by Bank...

The SEC published a request for public comment on disclosures called for by Industry Guide 3 - Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies. Stating that the financial services industry has changed drastically since Guide...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs."...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 11

SEC Adopts Amendment to Shorten Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions - On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) that shortens the standard settlement cycle for...more

SEC’s Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

Recently, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management published a four-page Information Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters (the “Update”). The stated purpose of the Update is to inform...more

Day 19 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalizing Compliance Through Leadership From The Top [Video]

Many companies struggle with some type of metric which can be used for upper management regarding compliance and communication of a company’s compliance values. One technique might be to require the CEO to post companywide...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

On March 22, 2017, as previously anticipated by the market, the SEC adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Requirements for Shareholder Inspection Demands

In Chitwood v. Vertex Pharm. Inc., SJC-12101 (March 20, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided important guidance on the scope of the Massachusetts shareholder inspection statute, Mass. G.L. 156D §...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 45-the Compliance is Good for Business Edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on why good compliance is good for business. We discuss: 1. LRN Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report. 2. Ethisphere’s 2017 World’s Most Ethical...more

Hague Securities Convention to Enter Into Effect in the United States - Choice of Law in Respect of Securities Held by...

On April 1, 2017, the Hague Securities Convention — or by its actual name, the Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary — will enter into effect in the United...more

Day 18 of One Month to a Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Through Management of 3rd Party Relationships [Video]

The Department of Justice Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs states, in Prong 10, Third Party Relationships: Management of Relationships – How has the company considered and analyzed the third party’s incentive...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2017: SEC Approves New Continued Listing Standards for ETFs

Since their U.S. introduction in 1993, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) – which have grown to over 1,800 products with holdings of over $2.7 trillion1 – have operated under exemptive relief from many of the Securities and...more

SEC Proposes Inline XBRL Filing of Tagged Data

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment a proposed rule requiring the use of the Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) format for the submission of operating company...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 9, DOJ Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Part II [Video]

This episode is dedicated to the Justice Department’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, which was released in February. In this episode, Jay Rosen and Jonathan Armstrong provide next insight. Listen to last week’s...more

Foreign Private Issuers May Begin Submitting Their Financial Statements in XBRL

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided notice that the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) taxonomy has been published on the SEC’s website as provided for by the EDGAR Filer...more

Updates on Public Company GMS and shareholders reporting

On March 14, 2017, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan or "OJK") issued two regulations impacting voting rights at a General Meeting of Shareholders of Public Companies ("GMS") and transparency...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 316-Kristy Grant-Hart & a debate on ISO 37001 Certification [Video]

In this episode Kristy Grant-Hart, author of How to be a Wildly Successful Compliance Officer, joins me to debate the merits of the ISO 37001 certification. I think the process is worse than useless while Kristy believes it...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 317-Susan Divers on LRN 2016 Compliance Program Effectiveness Report [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Susan Divers on the recently released LRN Ethics and Compliance Program effectiveness report. ...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Financial Stability Board Consults on Unique Transaction Identifier Governance Arrangements

The Financial Stability Board began a consultation on draft governance arrangements for the Unique Transaction Identifier. The UTI is a critical element for the production and sharing of global aggregated derivatives...more

Between Bridges: March 2017 – CME Group Settles Disciplinary Action Alleging That Automatic Liquidation of Under-Margined...

CME Group announced today that Saxo Bank A/S, a member firm, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US $190,000 to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to resolve two disciplinary actions against it for...more

Compliance Report-International Edition, Carlos Ayres [Video]

In this episode i visit with Brazilian compliance practitioner Carlos Ayres on recent developments in Brazil and South America in the ongoing fight against bribery and corruption....more

Day 15 of One Month Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Determining the Effectiveness of Compliance Training [Video]

The importance of determining effectiveness and the evaluation of your ethics and compliance program is now enshrined by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its Evaluation. The Evaluation is the first formal step taken by the...more

EU Secondary Legislation on Internalised Settlements Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation on the content of the reports on internalised settlements was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Delegated Regulation will supplement the Central Securities...more

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