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Cyber-Attacks, and the Seven Steps to Protect Your Advisory Business Against Them

It sounds futuristic, or like CSI: Cyber, a sci-fi world of white hat/ black hat hackers, and of constant threats to national security and the financial markets caused by the digital world we live in. Based on the latest SEC...more

More ERISA Complications

In passing the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), Congress sought to make it as easy and economical as possible for employers to provide benefits to their workers; for example, pensions, health insurance,...more

SEC Pursues Another Fractional Interest Company

On April 7, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Pacific West Capital Group, Inc., its owner, and the...more

Claims Made During Policy Period Barred When Arising Out of Facts Disclosed or Required to be Disclosed in Application

In Crown Capital Securities v. Endurance Amer. Specialty Ins. Co. (No. B256241, filed 4/10/15), a California appeals court affirmed summary judgment for a professional liability insurer on a finding that coverage was barred...more

Trademarks in Cuba, Successful Whistleblowers, Big Data, Health Care Encryption, Jury Instruction Tips [Expect Focus – Vol. 1,...

IN THE SPOTLIGHT · Is your Company Ready to Comply with Encryption of Individually Identifiable Health Information? LIFE INSURANCE · STOLI Schemers Must Make Good on Damages Caused · At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index...more

Too Many Changes, More Consultation Required: Comments on Proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Legislation

Comments on the consultation drafts of the uniform provincial capital markets legislation, Provincial Capital Markets Act (PCMA), and new federal capital markets legislation, Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA),...more

The Big Deal About Big Data: What Life Insurers Must Know

Big data and predictive analytics, which forecast future outcomes based on past occurrences, allow companies to examine large stores of data and uncover patterns that can be used to gain a competitive advantage. Long-used in...more

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Prevails in Securities Fraud, RICO Case

The SEC has brought a series of investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes. Indeed, the Commission has brought so many of these cases in recent years they have become a staple....more

Cybersecurity Securities Class Actions: A Wave or Trickle?

One of the foremost uncertainties in securities and corporate governance litigation is the extent to which cybersecurity will become a significant D&O liability issue. Although many D&O practitioners have been bracing for a...more

SEC Issues Rule 482 No-Action Relief to Non-ERISA 403(b), 457 Plans

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter extending relief to certain investment-related information provided to participants in non-ERISA 403(b), 457(b), and other qualified participant-directed...more

Unclaimed Property Issues Under Debate as Uniform Law Commission Rewrites the Uniform Act

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

The Administration Proposes Imposing a Fiduciary Standard on Retirement Advisers

Yesterday, the Obama administration called on the Department of Labor to draft rules that, in effect, would require brokers who provide retirement advice to abide by a fiduciary standard. In a speech at an event hosted by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #4

In this issue: - US Banking Regulators Request Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burden - European Banking Authority Opinion on Definition of Eligible Capital - Implementing Technical Standards under CRR...more

Alternative Capital Proving That For Reinsurers, Size Does Not Matter

The (re)insurance industry is changing and recent consolidations are signaling a momentous shift for customers too. Every once in a while the staid insurance and reinsurance industries go through a momentous change...more

Goldman Sachs Settles RMBS Suit

On February 6, 2015, plaintiffs Union Central Life Insurance, Ameritas Life Insurance, and Acacia Life Insurance filed a letter with the court stating that they had reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs to settle claims...more

RMBS Fraud Claims Against Bank of America Dismissed

On February 6, 2015, Judge Stanley Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted in part and denied in part Bank of America’s motions to dismiss two related cases filed against it by...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Grants Relief From Commodity Pool Operator Obligations Concerning Insurance-Linked...

In CFTC Letter No. 14-145 Exemption (November 12, 2014) and CFTC Letter No. 14-152 No-Action (December 18, 2014), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO)...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

The Directed Trustee in the Post-Dudenhoeffer World

Overview - Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002. Since then, a large number of cases are in the ‘‘stock...more

New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps

On January 13, President Obama signed legislation that aligns the rules relating to swap clearing and mandatory margin for uncleared swaps so that any entity that qualifies for an exemption from clearing its swaps also is...more

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles

Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked securitization vehicles: CFTC...more

CFTC Staff Grants No-Action Relief to Entities Operating Insurance-Linked Securities Issuers

On December 18, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a letter granting relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration to certain entities...more

Managing Litigation Risk: Critical Questions for Private Equity Professionals Serving on Portfolio Company Boards

Private equity funds, and individuals affiliated with fund sponsors, are increasingly being named as defendants in lawsuits involving their portfolio companies. This litigation risk arises most frequently where a fund...more

Congress Exempts Non-Financial End-Users, Their Agents and Certain Cooperatives From Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements in...

On January 8, 2015, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, by a 93-4 vote, to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”). The legislation, dubbed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the...more

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