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N.Y. Banking and Insurance Superintendent Unveils Aggressive Agenda

Benjamin M. Lawsky, who heads the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), indicated that his agency is seriously considering more aggressive investigation and pursuit of individuals whose malfeasance has led...more

Amendment to the 10% Rule for Ontario-Registered Plans Now in Force

We had reported a few weeks ago that the Ontario Government had posted for public consultation a proposed exemption to the 10% rule. The 10% rule limits the percentage of plan assets that can be invested in, or loaned to, any...more

JPMorgan Settles RMBS Litigation Brought by Syncora

On February 24, monoline insurer Syncora Guarantee, Inc. announced that it had reached a settlement of RMBS litigation against JP Morgan Chase for an undisclosed sum. Syncora had alleged that J.P. Morgan and its affiliates...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-04 - Feb 28, 2014

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Systemic Risk and Asset Management: Progressing from Ignorance to Confusion

Early this year, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a Consultative Document regarding Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer...more

Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2014

With the first month of the year behind us, this report outlines major insurance topics that we will be watching throughout 2014. Forces, trends and events that we believe will affect regulation, transactions and...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Private Equity Investors Demand More: More Insurance, That Is

As in years past, investors continue to pressure fund general partners for greater transparency, enhanced governance and more performance-based compensation structures. However, they are now also making demands in what would...more

New Dutch transfer pricing decree: incorporating case law, bringing clarity

The Dutch Ministry of Finance has released a new transfer pricing Decree that is already in effect. The New Decree, announced in late November, supersedes two earlier Decrees, that of 30 March 2001 (IFZ 2001/295) and...more

Global Financial Market Insight - November 2013

Welcome - With recovery in financial markets starting to take hold it is an exciting time to launch our Global Financial Markets Insight. The purpose of our new quarterly is to help guide new and experienced users of...more

Futures Industry Releases Insurance Study

On November 15, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Futures Industry Association, Institute for Financial Markets, and National Futures Association released a study on the economic feasibility of adopting an insurance...more

Ralph Ferrara Discusses Private Securities Litigation at PLI [Video]

Ralph Ferrara speaking at the Practising Law Institute’s 45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute. Ralph is part of a panel addressing the topic of Private Securities Litigation, including: * Key considerations in...more

Financial Institutions Practice - Quarterly Review (October 2013)

In This Issue: - “The Upfront Costs of Compliance Are Looking More Like a Bargain Every Day” and “How to Minimise the Risk of Insider Trading and Leaking of Material Information” (October-December), Risk &...more

EIOPA Publishes Concerns on Investment Insurance Products’ Inclusion under MiFID II

A letter sent on September 19 from Gabriel Bernardino, the Chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), to the European Commission Director General of Internal Market and Services, Jonathan...more

Legal Alert: Acquisitions of Insurers by Private Equity Firms Under Heightened Regulatory Scrutiny

In recent months, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) has raised concerns over the perceived trend of private equity firms and other investment companies acquiring insurance companies, particularly those...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-17 -- Sept 13, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

European Commission Issues Communication Addressing New Sources of Risk in the Financial Sector

On 4 September 2013, the European Commission published a long-anticipated communication that detailed far-reaching plans to reform the shadow banking industry. The envisaged reform project anticipates a five point approach,...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - August 2013

Listing rule changes regarding the new IPO sponsors regime - The much anticipated new regulatory regime for IPO sponsors will come into effect this October. Details of the reforms under the new regime have been...more

July 2013: Structured Finance Litigation Update - New York’s Evolving Reasonable Reliance Standard.

Among the more hotly contested issues facing structured finance investors and insurers bringing fraud claims in New York is the requirement that plaintiffs establish that they reasonably relied upon the alleged fraudulent...more

New York Appellate Court Clarifies Fidelity Bond "Direct Loss" Requirement

In a unanimous July 16th decision, the New York Appellate Division held that MF Global, Inc.’s loss sustained on account of the commodities trading activities of its employee was a “direct financial loss” under MF Global’s...more

Looking Past The Labels: Bank’s Disgorgement Payment To SEC Not Necessarily Excluded From D&O Coverage

In 2006, Bear Stearns agreed to a $250 million “neither admit nor deny” settlement with the SEC to settle charges that it facilitated late trading and deceptive market timing by its hedge fund customers....more

Residential Mortgage Securitization Update: GSE Reform Bill

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced a bi-partisan bill to reform the U.S. housing finance market. Entitled the “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013” (the “Reform Bill” or...more

Three Landmark Decisions for Insurers and RMBS Investors

Quinn Emanuel recently secured landmark rulings for its client MBIA Insurance Corporation (“MBIA”) in three major decisions in MBIA’s long-running lawsuit against Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (“Countrywide”), various...more

Fed Rewrites Section 716 of Dodd-Frank

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, June 5, issued an interpretation of the so-called “swaps push-out” section of the Dodd-Frank Act that corrects a drafting error that virtually everyone agrees needed to be fixed. The Federal...more

May 2013: Insurance Litigation Update - Insurer Prevails on Standards for Loss Causation.

On April 2, 2013, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued its decision in MBIA Insurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans et al., No. 602825/2008. The decision is significant for insurers,...more

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