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FHFA Releases 2015 Performance and Accountability Report - On November 16. 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that analyzes its duties as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 214-Felipe Sousa [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brazilian journalist Felipe Sousa on his observations about the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil and the ongoing Petrobras scandal....more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2016 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms such as Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) provide an array of services related to corporate governance and proxy voting to public company shareholders....more

ESMA updates EMIR data reporting TS

ESMA has updated its TS on the data reporting requirements under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Since it created the original standards ESMA has issued a set of Q&As on elements of the reporting...more

ESMA consults on CRA methodologies

ESMA has issued a discussion paper on the validation and review of Credit Rating Agencies’ (CRAs) methodologies. The consultation seeks stakeholder views on how CRAs should demonstrate rating methodologies’ “discriminatory...more

CFTC Releases Preliminary Report on the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception

On November 18, staff from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and Office of the Chief Economist issued a preliminary report regarding the swap dealer de minimis...more

ESMA updates MiFID protocol

ESMA has updated its protocol on the operation of its database for publishing market transparency calculations under the MiFID Implementing Regulation....more

ESMA writes to Commission on MiFID 2 delays

ESMA has written to the Commission setting out areas of MiFID 2 that it thinks will in practice be challenging or impossible to have in place by the current “go-live” date. It has noted several requirements that will involve...more

SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference

On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference in New York to share his views on the current and future state of financial...more

New crowdfunding regime adopted by five provinces

On November 5, 2015, securities regulators in five provinces published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) setting out rules that will provide a new way for businesses to raise capital over...more

Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation

Everything old is new again. On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. – will be taking back some of the regulatory responsibilities it yielded to the Financial...more

BoE publishes RFR meeting minutes

BoE has published the minutes from the 13 October meeting of its working group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFRs). The group...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the...more

CFTC To Hold an Open Commission Meeting on Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to consider a proposal on automated trading. Among other provisions, the proposed rules are...more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Amendments to the German Voting Rights Notification Rules

New European transparency requirements have been transformed into German law. On 27 November, Germany will implement the Amendment Directive to the Transparency Directive (2013/50/EU, the Amendment Directive). The...more

Bank of Italy: New Reporting Requirements on Issuances and Offerings of Financial Instruments

The Bank of Italy post-trade reporting requirements are likely to impact the issuance and offering of bonds and other debt securities in Italy. The Bank of Italy has the power to require entities issuing or offering...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Exclusion of Shareholder Proposals Under the “Ordinary Business” and “Direct Conflict” Exclusions of Rule...

On October 22, 2015, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which addresses issues related to shareholder proposals that conflict with a company’s own proposal or...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Affiliated Counterparties

On November 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) each extended no-action relief for certain affiliated counterparties....more

Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What These Disclosures Mean for Businesses

Regulatory agencies are focusing on required climate change-related disclosures in securities filings and other public disclosures, seeking to ensure not only that such disclosures are made, but also that they are supported...more

IRS Issues Guidance on the Applicability of Section 162(m) to CFO Compensation

Summary: The IRS recently informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of public companies must be considered when determining the compensation deduction limitation of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer...

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 8

Structured Notes and Issuer Quiet Periods Background - Most issuers establish a “quiet period” (also called a “blackout” period) prior to the release of potentially sensitive information and material non-public...more

SEC Secures Freeze Order In Nursing Home Offering Fraud

The SEC charged a 25 year veteran of the nursing home and retirement community business with offering fraud. The defendant has been involved multiple offerings, raising over $190 million. SEC v. Brogdon, (D. N.J. November 20,...more

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