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Interview with Asset TV on Focus Areas of the SEC  [Video]

Pepper partner Irwin Latter discusses with Asset Tv some of the major areas the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is focusing on as the fiduciary rule takes hold as we head into 2017....more

October 2016 IPO Market Review

The IPO market produced 19 IPOs in October, representing the highest monthly figure since the 33 IPOs in June 2015. Over the first ten months of 2016, there have been 88 IPOs—36% below the 138 IPOs over the corresponding...more

Investment Highlights from CoinDesk’s State of the Blockchain

For anyone who hasn’t got around to reading CoinDesk’s third quarter State of the Blockchain report, here are some highlights pertaining to startup investment....more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: finance

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the UK government confirmed, as previously announced, that from April 2017, it is to cap the amount of tax deductions for interest to the higher of 30% of taxable earnings in the UK or the net...more

California’s Private Fund Adviser Exemption

Before the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, many advisers to alternative investment vehicles, such as hedge funds, private-equity funds, and venture capital funds relied on the Section 203(b)(3) exemption from...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Bad news for RBS, which is tasked with scrounging up more capital after failing its Bank of England stress test—a bad sign for a British financial system still coping with Brexit fallout....more

SEC Holds Forum to Discuss Fintech in the Financial Services Industry

On November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its first public forum to discuss financial technology (“Fintech”) innovation in the financial services industry. The Fintech Forum was divided into four...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Final Rule Amendments to Its Regulations Regarding CPO Financial Reports

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) announced that it had approved amendments to its regulations applicable to commodity pool operators and the financial reports they are required to...more

Rule 504 Becomes Useful Tool for Smaller Capital Raising and M&A Transactions

On October 26, 2016, the SEC amended Rule 504 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) to increase the maximum amount of securities that may be sold thereunder in any 12-month period from $1...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Proposals to Automated Trading Regulations

The CFTC approved the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking to enhance the CFTC’s previous notice of proposed rulemaking for automated trading regulation, which proposed a series of risk controls, transparency...more

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

German Investment Fund Association Extends Rules of Conduct - The general meeting of the German Investment Fund Association BVI (Deutscher Fondsverband) agreed to revised rules of conduct for the fund industry which will...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Rule Amending Chief Compliance Officer Annual Report Timing for Certain...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced its unanimous approval of a final rule amending CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide for a 90-day window after the end of an institution’s fiscal year for the filing of chief...more

Face facts: Retirement Plan Sponsors Only Seek Help When They Need It

When I was at that semi-prestigious law firm many moons ago, I developed this plan review called the Retirement Plan Tune-Up. I’d look at the plan document, plan design, costs, the Fiduciary process, basically anything that...more

Payments on Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Loans Cannot be Avoided in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code gives a trustee the power to avoid pre-petition fraudulent and preference transfers made by a debtor, except that a trustee may not avoid a transfer that is “made by or to (or for the benefit of)” a party...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Loyal Starwood pointers have been waiting anxiously to hear what the hotel brand’s merger with Marriott will mean for their coveted reward system. They’ll have to wait a bit longer, but here are a lot of answers to other...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Makes Public Statement on Implementing IFRS 9

The European Securities and Markets Authority issued a public Statement on the implementation of IFRS 9. The purpose of the Statement is to promote consistent application of European securities and markets legislation, and...more

Nasdaq and NYSE Provide Clarity for Equity Plan Amendments Increasing Share Withholding

Both Nasdaq and the NYSE have issued guidance clarifying that no stockholder approval is required for equity plan amendments permitting increased share withholding. Earlier this year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board...more

Road Map to Europe II - Bridging the Documentation Gap Between the US and Europe in Venture Capital Transactions

It's a common issue: a US venture capitalist and a European company agree on the commercial terms of an investment transaction and think that the hard work is done but quickly find themselves at an impasse over the way the...more

SEC Approves New FINRA and MSRB Mark-Up Disclosure Requirements for Corporate, Agency and Municipal Fixed Income Principal Trades

On November 17, 2016, some 40 years after having first proposed mark-up disclosure requirements for riskless principal securities transactions, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved rule changes by the...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

The Battle Over the New Fiduciary Rule

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rule expanding the definition of the “investment advice fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and modifying the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Counterpart to Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Authority in Newfoundland...

The CFTC announced that Chairman Massad had signed the Counterpart to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Superintendent of Securities for Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Minister for Intergovernmental...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A new trading link dropping next week will give international investors access to more than 800 stocks listed on China’s Shenzhen stock market, the boom/bust venue best known for its “rampant speculation”....more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Orders of Registration to Five Foreign Boards of Trade to Permit Trading by Direct...

The CFTC issued Orders of Registration (Orders) to the following Foreign Boards of Trade (FBOT): (i) Eurex Deutschland; (ii) CME Europe Limited; (iii) ICE Futures Europe; (iv) The London Metal Exchange; and (v) London Stock...more

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

AMF Doctrine – Management Fees - The AMF, within the framework of the FROG Working Group (French Routes and Opportunities Garden, whose role is to develop the French asset management industry), updated on 8 November 2016...more

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