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Diversity Reports at Two Federal Agencies Offer Glimpse of Regulatory Review under Impending Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at...more

"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a...more

California AG Declares Whistleblower Tally A State Secret

Since 2004, the California Attorney General has been required to maintain a whistleblower hotline to receive calls from persons who have information regarding possible violations of state or federal statutes, rules, or...more

OCC Issues New Comptroller’s Handbook Sections Relating to Securities Compliance, Litigation and Conflicts of Interest

On January 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Government Securities Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This new booklet, part of the Securities Compliance series, consolidates certain...more

Update on state AGs/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is...more

Uses and Advantages of Delaware Statutory Trusts and Delaware Limited Liability Companies in Structured Finance Transactions

Over the past 10-20 years, a large number of secured equipment finance and asset securitization transactions have been structured using either a Delaware Statutory Trust (a “DST”) created pursuant to the Delaware Statutory...more

Shorter Tender Offer Period Permitted for Certain Securities

The SEC recently issued a no-action letter that significantly expands the scope of securities that are eligible for an abbreviated tender offer process. The SEC’s new position should allow for issuers to restructure their...more

"Shanghai-HK Connect Opens Possibilities for Companies Looking to Tap Chinese Investor Demand"

November 17, 2014, marked the first day of trading under the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, a mutual market access platform that effectively opens the Hong Kong market to mainland Chinese investors. The Shanghai-HK Connect...more

Massachusetts Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules, Effective Immediately

The Massachusetts Securities Division has recently joined a number of other states in adopting a “crowdfunding” exemption from securities registration requirements for certain offerings made within the Commonwealth, with the...more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 1 - January 26 , 2015

In This Issue: - FINRA Releases 2015 Regulatory and Exam Priorities Letter: Structured Products Remain an Area of Focus - OCIE Exam Priorities: 2015 - In Re: TVIX Securities Litigation - Second...more

"Overwhelming Majority of Say-on-Pay Proposals Continue to Garner Support"

The overall say-on-pay proportions for 2014 are not substantially different from those in prior years, with the overwhelming majority of companies easily getting majority support on say-on-pay proposals. Despite this seeming...more

Bitcoin – The Ever “Curiouser and Curiouser” Bitcoin Wonderland – Part Eleven

“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny. In the United States, the recent establishment of the Digital Currency...more

Preparing for the 2015 AGM and reporting season

As the 2015 AGM and reporting season gets underway, this bulletin gives an overview of the key changes affecting listed companies. Directors' remuneration report The 2015 AGM season will see the second year of...more

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K...

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley...more

UPDATE: Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Note: This version includes an additional section on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which amends certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt certain counterparties from the initial...more

Earnings Call Practices: How Does Your Company Compare to Others?

Results from the 2014 Earnings Call Practices Survey conducted by the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants, confirm that an...more

SEC Files Prime Bank Fraud and Offering Fraud Actions as Administrative Proceedings

The trend of selecting administrative proceedings rather than Federal court by the SEC appears to be continuing. Since last September, for example, the SEC has filed at least seven insider trading cases as administrative...more

NFA Increases Minimum Security Deposits for Forex Transactions

National Futures Association (NFA)’s Executive Committee has temporarily increased the minimum security deposits required to be collected and maintained by Forex Dealer Members (FDMs) for foreign exchange transactions...more

"Reconciling Regulatory Requirements in Cross-Border Derivatives Takes Center Stage"

As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) completes the derivatives regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Union continues to develop its own derivatives rules. Both sets of regulations seek to...more

SEC Comments on FINRA’s Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure

On January 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission commented on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s proposed amendment to FINRA Rule 2232 regarding transparency on prices in certain retail transactions in...more

Supreme Court Permits Appeal To Go Forward in LIBOR Antitrust Lawsuit

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided a narrow but important issue of appellate jurisdiction in cases that have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A...more

U.S. Risk Retention Final Rule: Capitalized Manager Vehicles, Majority Owned Affiliates and Other FAQs

Since its initial release we have received numerous inquiries from market participants (clients and non-clients alike) concerning the meaning and ramifications of the final U.S. risk retention rule (the “Final Rule”) on...more

Chinese Legal Overhaul to Impact Overseas IPOs, Private Equity Investments

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued for comment a new draft foreign investment law that if implemented would be the most significant change to China’s foreign investment regime in at least the...more

CFTC Grants Order of Registration to Tokyo Commodity Exchange

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting the Tokyo Commodity Exchange––an exchange subject to the regulatory supervision of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #4

Swiss Franc-Euro Decoupling Spurs Worldwide Legal and Regulatory Fallout - Following the unexpected decoupling by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) of the Swiss franc-Euro exchange rate on January 15; the subsequent...more

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