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Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

FINRA Permits Related Performance Information in Institutional Communications for Registered Closed-End Funds

Introduction In an interpretive guidance letter issued to a registered closed-end fund on June 9, 2017, FINRA permitted the use of “related performance information” in communications that are distributed solely to...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

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Here we were watching Amazon for a Slack pick-up, and all the while it had its eyes set on Whole Foods. Jeff Bezos added the upscale grocery giant to Amazon’s expanding portfolio for $13.7 billion on Friday (perhaps kicking...more

Does A Political Yard Sign Really Violate Investment Advisers Act?

by Allen Matkins on

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Doug Cornelius recently published this post reporting that the SEC staff is taking the position that the pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5, applies...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber made it official today, announcing that controversial CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, though even the announcement and board commentary that followed seemed to highlight the “bad-boy...more

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PM Theresa May’s call for a snap election looked a lot better a few weeks ago than it does on the morning after. But regardless of the outcome (hung parliament, anyone?), the pound sterling sure took it on the chin....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

When it comes to the big (tech) 5, investors are cheering on their massive gains even as they nervously look around the corner for the dreaded market correction....more

What's next for robo-advice? The SFC consults on the proposed guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms

by Hogan Lovells on

With the rapid development of technology, there is an increasing trend of intermediaries providing investment services and distributing investment products over the internet. Whilst the Securities and Futures Commission...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered the move by Exxon shareholders to push the company for greater climate-change accounting last week. Now we’re learning that the NY AG believes that Exxon’s been “misleading” its shareholders about the impact that...more

Application of the U.S. Risk Retention Rules to “Indenture-Style” Cellular Tower Securizations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and five other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rules”), requires a sponsor of asset- backed securities...more

Individual Accountability in AML Cases

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This post discusses individual liability in AML/BSA enforcement, which is an area of increasing attention. Indeed, according to public statements by the government, individual liability is the focus of enhanced scrutiny...more

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The SEC hasn’t had much luck with its attempts so far to hold MBS traders responsible for allegedly lying to customers about MBS prices. Yet on the Monday’s charges against ex-Nomura traders suggests that the agency’s not...more

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A series of cyberattacks featuring ransomware rocked the world this weekend, and the aftershocks “could linger” for a while....more

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You’ll remember Snap’s highly anticipated March IPO as a splashy affair, with a valuation in the $30+ billion range and a relatively consistent stock price. Well, reality hit hard yesterday, as Snap announced a $2.2 billion...more

Social Media Update: FINRA Releases Additional Guidance on Social Networking Websites and Business Communications

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) released a Regulatory Notice titled Social Media and Digital Communications: Guidance on Social Networking Websites and Business Communications...more

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Local-TV powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t all that well known outside of the Baltimore area, but it’s making a big play for the national stage as it nears a deal to buy Tribune Media—the former “Tribune empire’s...more

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We’ve mentioned Uber’s Greyball issues before in passing. But since the authorities are literally making a Federal case out of it, you should probably know more about the details if the software tool that has the...more

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Italy’s Alitalia has filed for bankruptcy yet again, the third filing in less than a decade, and it’s home country looks far less likely to bail out the troubled carrier this time around....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 4

FINRA’s Proposed Amendments to the Corporate Financing Rules – Impact on Structured Notes - In April 2017, FINRA released a set of significant proposed amendments to its Rule 5110, known as the “Corporate Financing Rule.” ...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2017 #4

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Once Unicorns, Now Zombies - For entrepreneurs equating success with their startup being labeled the next “unicorn,” Fortune provides some insight as to the...more

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Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

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New FCC Chair Ajit Pai is wasting little time in reversing Obama-era regulatory efforts meant to restrict media firms and telecomm companies, and he’s got his sights set on net neutrality next....more

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China’s infamous shadow banking industry—an $8.5 trillion marketplace that’s sprung up in reaction to the government’s “campaign against financial leverage”—is back and bigger than ever these days....more

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