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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.23.16

It was House day for Chair Yellen on the Hill, and if you guessed that in this election year her final appearance before this Congress was more about her questioners scoring political points than it was anything related to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.22.16

Elon Musk is curing what ails SolarCity by having his Tesla motors company buy it—a move he’s called “obvious” [though others disagree] but which will leave him personally exposed to margin calls if the stock price for the...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 9-the COSO ERM Framework  [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and I go deep into the weeds to being our discussion of the new COSO Enterprise Risk Management Framework. ...more

CFTC Brings Significant Enforcement Action Against Online Cryptocurrency Exchange

The action reflects the CFTC’s expanded jurisdiction and provides further clarity on what constitutes “actual delivery” in cryptocurrency trading. On June 2, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.21.16

We reported last week on the additional $2 billion that Uber took in through the leveraged loan market. Andrew Ross Sorkin gives us an interesting reason for why Uber’s still got its hat in hand ($15 billion cash in hand and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.16.16

As expected, the Fed announced yesterday that it was holding current interest rates steady and would be slow to push rates up while the economy tiptoes toward stability. Much more from Chair Yellen and economists’ reaction...more

May 2016 IPO Market Review

The IPO market in May produced 15 IPOs, doubling the count for the first five months of 2016 to 30 IPOs. Gross proceeds for the month were $3.56 billion, buoyed by a pair of billion-dollar IPOs, the first such sized offerings...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.13.16

Hedge fund managers—not that long ago the titans of Wall Street, thanks in part to their “2 and 20 model” that saw them receiving fees of 2% of assets under management and 20% of any gain in any year—are reeling from the loss...more

Morgan Stanley Hit With $1 Million Fine In SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action

On June 8, 2016, the SEC announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC ("MSSB") has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle an enforcement action. The enforcement action is based on the charge that MSSB failed to adopt...more

April 2016 IPO Market Review

The IPO market produced seven IPOs with gross proceeds of $1.22 billion in April, for the best monthly performance of 2016 as the IPO market slowly pulls itself out of the slumber that has persisted since mid-2015....more

European Securities and Markets Authority Seeks Views on Distributed Ledger Technology

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on how distributed ledger technology (including, for example, "blockchains") applies to the securities markets. ESMA is assessing the risks posed by...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.10.16

More thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new retirement adviser fiduciary duty standard, including questions about the “grassroots” movement the US Chamber of Commerce is claiming to support its opposition to the standard....more

SEC Sanctions BD for Compliance Issues Tied to Data Security

Data security has long been a critical issue. Protecting confidential customer information is key for broker-dealers, investment advisers and other Wall Street participants. Cyber security is a related issue of at least equal...more

CFTC Fines Bitfinex For Failing To Register and Operating An Illegal Exchange

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), showing continued regulatory interest in digital currency companies, issued an Order and settled charges against Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex. The...more

8th Circuit Dismisses Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claims

In Beacom v. Oracle America, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit considered retaliation claims under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank. The essence of the matter was a business unit of Oracle...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

European Union: ESMA Blockchain Regulation

On June 2, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a discussion paper seeking feedback from Fintech companies and financial institutions on the possible use of blockchain technology in securities...more

Blog: ESMA Publishes Discussion Paper On Distributed Ledger Technology In The Securities Markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Discussion Paper on “The Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets“....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?

What is crowd-funding? “Crowd-funding” is an umbrella term describing the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations, to fund a project, a business or personal loan, and...more

Innovation in the Securities Markets: ESMA Releases Discussion Paper on Distributed Ledger Technologies

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published today a Discussion Paper on the application of “distributed ledger technologies” (“DLT”) to securities markets. This technology derives from the virtual...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.1.16

All of us are entitled to a change of heart. But when you’re one of the world’s most famous activist investors and the change involves a decent-sized stake in a drug maker (Allergan) that just 5 months ago was mixed up with a...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Funding for Venture Capital-Backed Fintech Startups is Poised to Hit a Record in 2016 - Some perceive fintech to be defying gravity in a down market, and...more

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