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This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC settled another action this week based on admissions of fact and that the Federal securities laws were filed, this time involving Oppenheimer. The action was based on the fact that the firm permitted an off-shore and...more

Overview of UK Real Estate Structures and Transactions

This Overview provides a general summary of the different corporate structures that may be used to hold, and transact in, UK real estate (such as special purpose vehicles, property unit trusts, partnerships and REITS), the...more

Seeking fair value: BVI Court provides guidance for appraisers valuing shares

This week the BVI Court issued important guidance to accountancy professionals, BVI companies and their shareholders as to how shares should be valued following a squeeze-out, merger or dissent from other restructuring...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers

On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to net capital and financial reporting requirements under Commission...more

These Data Show Nevada Rising And California Sinking

A recent paper by Matthew D. Cain, an economic fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stephen B. McKeon, an Assistant Finance Professor at the University of Oregon, and Steven Davidoff Solomon, a Professor of Law...more

Matchmaking Basics: How it Works, Current Regulations and Key Considerations

Background - “Matchmaking sites,” also referred to as “matchmaking platforms,” have come to play a more significant role in capital formation in recent years. A matchmaking site generally relies on the Internet in order...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #4

The CFTC Exercises Expanded Jurisdiction Over Retail Transactions in Physical Commodities. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to add new authority over certain leveraged,...more

SFC Guidance on Corporate Professional Investors Assessment and Description of Services in Client Agreements

On 22 January 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) issued a set of frequently asked questions to provide practical guidance on the criteria and application of the new principles based assessment for...more

Newly Passed Bill May Impact Dodd-Frank Act

The House of Representatives passed legislation that could loosen some of the restrictions imposed by Dodd-Frank on big banks. The bill, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Businesses Burden Act, passed by a margin of...more

EU Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments from 2017 Onwards

The European Commission has recently issued a supplementary regulation relating to regulatory technical standards on disclosure requirements for structured finance instruments. The disclosure requirements cover structured...more

The GM Engine that Couldn’t: $1.5B Nail in JPMorgan’s Coffin

In our recent post, “Review Twice, File Once, Review Again; UCC-3 Termination Intent Irrelevant,”we described how the Delaware Supreme Court set forth how a secured party’s lien can be terminated without the requisite intent,...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves Agenda for 114th Congress

On January 21, the Committee on Financial Services, in a voice vote, agreed to a new oversight plan that identifies the areas that the Committee and its subcommittees plan to oversee during the 114th Congress. Notable...more

End-Users Are Dodd-Frank Collateral Damage According To CFTC Commissioner

CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo recently delivered remarks where he stated “Unfortunately, caught up in some of the collateral damage surrounding the Dodd-Frank reforms were the traditional commodity and energy...more

The Advisor as Fiduciary - 2015, Vol. 2

This is my favorite topic. If you read my last post, you understand why I believe that acting in the spirit of "fiduciary" sets every advisory firm up for success, compliance and otherwise. One of the few remaining items in...more

The Aftermath of Newman Likely to Cause Problems for Prosecutors in Old and New Cases

In what is possibly a harbinger of how other courts will interpret the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s landmark insider trading ruling in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), Judge Andrew...more

"European High-Yield Market Looks Strong Coming Off Record Year"

Investor enthusiasm in Europe for high-yield bonds reached a peak in July 2014, followed by a quiet August and September before the market returned, driven by M&A activity. Despite an inconsistent year, European high-yield...more

New Five Business Day Timeline for Debt Tender or Exchange Offers

On January 23, 2015, the Staff of the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter (the “No-Action Letter”) providing that it would not recommend enforcement action with respect to a five business day...more

"United Kingdom: The SFO Focuses on Corporate Fraud and Corruption"

Once the subject of speculation regarding its possible consolidation with other agencies, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had an exceedingly busy 2014, with all signs suggesting that it will continue its aggressive enforcement...more

AUSTRALIA: ASIC rules risk management facilities to be used by sporting organisations are financial products

On 28 January 2015, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) rejected a relief application by the issuer of ’risk management facilities’ used by sporting clubs and retailers. The application for Australian...more

"Broker-Dealer M&A Transactions: Toward a More Accommodating Regulatory Process"

M&A transactions involving regulated broker-dealers often require Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval under NASD Rule 1017. Such approval is required for any direct or indirect acquisition by a...more

Blog: Glass Lewis Expands On Its Views Of Proxy Access Proposals

At the end of last week, as discussed here, proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis told the WSJ that, in some circumstances, it may recommend against company nominees for director when the company excludes a shareholder proposal for...more

Private Equity: SEC Custody Rule—One Size Does Not Fit All

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, since 2012 investment advisers that operate pooled investment vehicles such as hedge funds and private equity funds with $150 million of assets under management became subject to the...more

"New Listing Rules for Premium-Listed UK Companies: The Fine Line Between Upholding Majority Rule and Protecting Minority Rights"

The protection of minority shareholders in companies with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange came to the fore in the United Kingdom following the 2012 and 2013 publication of consultation papers on the...more

PCAOB Alerts on Deficiencies in Broker-Deal Audits

The first five inspections of broker-dealer audit and new attestation engagements subject to PCAOB standards show deficiencies in the auditors’ application of these standards according to the PCAOB. The requirement to...more

February 2, 2015 Deadlines for Reporting 2014 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Employers should be sure they are ready to comply with the fast-approaching deadlines for reporting 2014 incentive stock option (ISO) exercises and certain employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) transfers under Section 6039 of...more

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