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Finders Bill Finds Success In Assembly Committee

In February, I wrote about the resurrection of a bill that would clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  Earlier this week, the bill, AB 667 (Wagner) cleared its first policy...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

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #3

CFTC Commissioner Bowen Argues for User Fees During House Subcommittee Hearing; Commissioner Wetjen Calls for Bankruptcy Law Amendments to Permit Individual Segregation of Customer Funds - Commodity Futures Trading...more

DOJ Charges A Futures Trader With Contributing To The Flash Crash

Almost five years ago the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 600 points in five minutes, creating chaos in the markets and huge losses for many. The market debacle became known as the flash crash. The causes were...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #4

FINRA’s Retrospective Rule Review Process Continues. On April 16, FINRA announced that the FINRA Board of Governors had authorized FINRA to publish a regulatory notice requesting comment on proposed amendments to Rules 2210...more

A Change for the Better? The Arguments For and Against a Venture Exchange

With a total of 284 U.S. operating company IPOs in 2014, the U.S. securities market might appear to be on an upswing – after all, this was its biggest year since the dot com era ended in 2000. Nonetheless, this figure does...more

German Fund Taxation: A Roundup of Recent Developments

Germany’s fund taxation regime continues to evolve as the country further refines and reforms domestic tax laws that were subject to significant changes towards the end of 2013 – when Germany introduced new domestic tax rules...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ICMA Issues Updated Legal Opinions On GMRA - On April 9, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) published the 2015 legal opinions on the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA), the principal standard...more

A Further Harbinger on the Application of SLUSA

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims in a putative class action against New York-based hedge fund manager Philip A. Falcone (“Falcone”), his advisory firm Harbinger...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - April 2015

It’s Stifling in Here! SEC Rules That Companies Can’t Put Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreements That Could Potentially Stifle Whistleblowers - Why it matters: On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its...more

Three Top Considerations After Omnicare

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U. S. ____ (2015), the Supreme Court clarified issuer liability under §11 of the Securities Act. Section 11 provides that issuers are...more

Who Files The Most Permit Applications?

California Corporations Code Section 25113(d) requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to prepare and publicize an annual report of the number of permits that it issues for the offer and sale of securities. The report...more

2015 Global High-Yield Bond Study

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - Methodology - Definitions - Categories of Analysis - High-Yield Bond Study: ..Call Protection ..Change of Control Portability...more

Fund and Adviser Tax Issues [Video]

Pepper partners Gregory J. Nowak and Steven D. Bortnick presented a webinar for West LegalEdCenter discussing issues that affect private funds and their managers. Over the hour program, Mr. Nowak and Mr. Bortnick covered a...more

Venture Perspectives: Third Quarter 2014

New England Outlook - Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings - Included in this Issue: .. Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q3 2013 -Q3 2014 - All Rounds .....more

Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In...more

BlackRock, CCO Settle SEC Conflict Charges

Conflicts of interest involving market professionals continue to be a focus of SEC enforcement. In many cases the conflict is uncovered by the inspection staff, OCIE. This time, however, the information came from an article...more

Whistleblowers to be Rewarded, Protected under OSC Proposal

Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has released for public comment a consultation paper on a proposed whistleblower program (Program), under which whistleblowers would be eligible for a financial reward of up to...more

Delegated Regulation on RTS for Specification of Margin Periods of Risk Published in Official Journal

On April 16, 2015, the Commission Delegated Regulation (Regulation 2015/585) on regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the margin periods of risk ...more

Credit Crunch Digest - March 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in criminal Libor manipulation actions; a significant victory for several large banks facing RMBS-related claims; the U.K. Serious Fraud Office’s probe of...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

SDNY Judge Deals Rejects Constitutional Challenge to SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

A former executive of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services has lost an early constitutional challenge to the SEC’s use of administrative proceedings....more

CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cross-Border SDs and MSPs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the supervision of CFTC-registered swap dealers and major swap...more

IRS Releases Clarifying 162(m) Regulations

The IRS recently released final regulations clarifying two aspects of the “performance-based compensation” exception to the $1,000,000 limit on deductible compensation paid to covered employees under Section 162(m) of the...more

European Commission Publishes Report on the Exercise of the Power to Adopt Delegated Acts Conferred on the Commission by...

On April 13, 2015, the European Commission published a Report to the Council and the European Parliament on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Directive 2003/71/EC of the...more

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