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FINRA Publishes New Sanction Guidelines Urging Tougher Penalties for Rule Violations

On May 12, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA’s) National Adjudicatory Council (NAC)1 released updated Sanction Guidelines for use in adjudicating disciplinary proceedings involving FINRA member firms...more

Mutual Funds with CFCs: Take Note of BE-10 Reporting Requirements

Mutual funds with Controlled Foreign Corporations may need to file a BE-10 with the Bureau of Economic Analysis or request an extension before the reporting deadline....more

Forex trading probes: what is the legal position of the individual?

Forex trading cases are back in the headlines after record settlements by a group of banks with UK and U.S. authorities. The best coverage is in the FT....more

CFTC Revises Seven-Part Test for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 18, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final interpretation on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (“Final EVO Interpretation”).1 In the Final EVO...more

SEC Radically Revamps Regulation A - Part 3

Reporting and Blue Sky Issues - For many years, SEC Regulation A languished as an exemption from registration that nobody really used. Although securities issued in a Regulation A offering are not “restricted...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

Proxy Access – Week of May 17 – The Trend Is Less Clear

During the week of May 17, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed six shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and five failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

SEC Proposes Rules Affecting Funds and Advisers

Proposals would impose new disclosure requirements designed to enhance the SEC’s ability to monitor the industry. On May 20, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously approved proposals intended to...more

SEC Proposes Rules Imposing Additional Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Investment Advisers

On May 20, 2015, the SEC announced proposals to modify and increase the amount of information that it collects from investment companies (“ICs”) and investment advisers (“IAs”) and to create new rules that impose additional...more

SEC’s Proposed SBS Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules in June 2014 on the cross-border activities of security-based swap (SBS) dealers and major SBS participants, the SEC indicated that it would reserve the...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

Swaps End-User Update: CFTC Provides Helpful Interpretation for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued its final interpretation (Final Interpretation) to clarify when a nonfinancial commodity contract that contains “embedded volumetric optionality”...more

Reporting Requirement for All U.S. Persons That Hold Interests in Foreign Affiliates

Pursuant to the requirements of the International Investment and Trade and Services Survey Act and related statutes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects information on international...more

Corruption Risks for Investors

Instances of corruption can have a significant impact on a company’s finances and reputation. Violations of regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or the UK Bribery Act can mean substantial penalties,...more

SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee: Assessing Complexity in the U.S. Equity Markets

On May 13, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (the “EMSAC” or “Committee”) held its inaugural meeting (the “Inaugural Meeting”) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) in...more

U.S. Money Market Fund Reform: Form N-CR and Related Website Disclosure Compliance Deadline Quickly Approaching

The July 14, 2015 compliance date for certain new money market fund reporting and disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is quickly approaching. In particular, money market funds...more

Note versus Mortgage: Who leads the dance?

Earlier this month, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal released an opinion seemingly designed to serve as a primer on perfecting a security interest in a promissory note secured by a mortgage. The analysis is found in...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“SPP”) proposing to exempt three categories of SPP transactions...more

EU Securities – Proposed Settlement System to Facilitate London Listings of US Companies

Historically, due to certain restrictions under US securities laws, equity securities of US companies and other companies that do not qualify as “foreign private issuers” under US securities laws (collectively, “US-Based...more

U.S. SEC Approves Proposals to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies and Registered Investment...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today unanimously approved proposals (Proposals) to modernize the reporting of information provided by registered investment companies (funds) and registered investment...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and...more

A Regulatory Reform Glossary

Since the financial crisis, financial institutions have been required to address significant regulatory changes. The new regulatory framework in the United States and Europe has introduced a series of new terms. This brief...more

California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the...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

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