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Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments: SEC Approves New Debt Research Rule and Amended Equity Research Rule - On July 16, the SEC approved FINRA Rule 2241, which modifies and clarifies existing rules related to research analysts,...more

A Kickstart to Business: Florida Joins Other States in Passing Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

The local charitable campaign that raised funds for new team uniforms is moving to the boardroom as Florida joins more than 20 other states that have passed legislation or enacted regulations permitting some form of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 180-Introducing the FCPA Master Class Training [Video]

In this episode I discuss my new service offering, the FCPA Master Class training. This training will be the premier nuts and bolts training on how to create, implement or enhance a best practices compliance program. ...more

Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

SEC Announces Third-Largest Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

Whistleblowers continue to reap extraordinary awards under Dodd-Frank’s “bounty” program in exchange for bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “original” information that leads to a successful enforcement...more

House Financial Services Committee Reports on JOBS Act Related Bills

A flurry of activity was seen last week on the House floor as the Financial Services Committee reported on various bills, many of which JOBS Act related. These bills propose to change registration and reporting requirements...more

SEC’s Proposed Modernized Reporting Regime: Effects on ETF Sponsors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 20, 2015 unanimously approved proposed rules, forms and amendments that are intended to modernize and enhance the reporting and disclosure of information by investment...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Central Bank Update Concerning Fund Management Company Boards The Central Bank has published a document in relation to Fund Management Company Boards including a feedback statement on CP86 and a new consultation on...more

Blog: Does Auditor Rotation Impair Professional Skepticism?

CFO.com is reporting on a study published in a leading accounting journal The Accounting Review (payment required) that reaches the counter-intuitive conclusion that auditor rotation actually impairs professional skepticism....more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2015

What Private Equity Funds Should Know About ERISA: Basics of ERISA Coverage - The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) imposes numerous duties on fiduciaries holding employee benefit...more

BDC Master Feeder Funds on the Horizon – No-Action Relief Granted to One Issuer

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not recommend enforcement action if a business development company (BDC) reorganizes into a master-feeder structure. The relief will also be...more

Volcker Agencies Provide Seeding Period Guidance for BDCs, RICs and FPFs in New FAQ

On July 16, 2015, the agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker rule (Agencies) issued FAQ 16, which provides guidance on the circumstances under which a seed investment would not cause (i) a registered investment...more

CFPB seeks to hire administrative law judge

The CFPB recently posted a job opening for an administrative law judge (ALJ). According to the government jobs website, the position is closed which suggests that it has been filled. A recent Politico article indicated that...more

Court Dismisses in Part a Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Action Against SEI

Introduction - Over the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence in the number of shareholder suits against mutual fund investment advisers for excessive fees under section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act. Currently,...more

ISDA Publishes EMIR Classification Letter

On July 13, 2015, ISDA published a classification letter that will enable counterparties to notify each other of their status for clearing and other regulatory requirements under Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #3

Et tu, CFE? CBOE Futures Proposes Amended Disruptive Practices Rules and New Related Policies and Procedures: CBOE Futures Exchange became the latest designated contract market to propose specific rules to ban disruptive...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC’s Financial Responsibility Rules

In June, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority updated its interpretations of the Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 15c3-1 (net capital) and 15c3-3 (customer protection). Among other things, FINRA updated its...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee to Meet on July 29

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on July 29. The Advisory Committee will discuss how energy and environmental markets would be affected...more

ISDA Publishes EMIR Classification Letter

On July 13, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA EMIR Classification Letter (the Classification Letter), a form of letter that may be used by market participants managing their...more

CFTC Division of Market Oversight Holds Roundtable to Assess the Made Available to Trade Process

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) hosted a public roundtable to discuss the process to determine whether a swap must be executed on an...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 179-Tim Peterson on the FIFA Bribery Scandal and the SEC Investigation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Tim Peterson, a partner at McGonigle and Murphy on the burgeoning FIFA bribery scandal, the recent announcement that the SEC is investigating US companies involved with FIFA and the reasons folks...more

SEC Proposes Rules on Clawback Policies & Other Dodd-Frank Act Executive Compensation Updates - July 2015

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank” or the “Act”) includes a number of measures focused on governance and disclosure practices related to executive compensation. Although...more

SEC's Warning — Fund Trustees Are Fair Game

In a cease-and-desist order entered on June 17, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found that a fund adviser, two independent trustees and an inside trustee willfully violated Section 15(c) of the Investment...more

Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

In all jurisdictions, financing for greenfields projects is available from traditional sources - commercial banks, export credit agencies (ECAs, such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Korea's...more

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