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B.C. Increases Access to Private Placements for Institutional Investors

By an instrument effective March 23, 2015, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) removed barriers to participation by institutional investors in private placements by foreign issuers by addressing two requirements...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

FCA Study on Competition in Investment and Corporate Banking Services - The FCA has announced plans to launch its first wholesale market study into investment and corporate banking to assess whether competition in the...more

Implementation of Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules Deferred

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and IOSCO have extended the implementation date for the Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules, originally scheduled to start from December 1, 2015....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 145-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode which is Part II of my look at SEC enforcement of the FCPA, I consider whether profit disgorgement is available to the SEC in a strict liability enforcement action of violation of internal controls. ...more

Internal Accounting Controls – The Framework for Enforcement (Part II of IV)

When you review the actual law surrounding books and records and internal controls, you wonder to yourself what took the Justice Department and the SEC so long to discover the full power of the provisions....more

Do Your Executives Have (Compensation) Skin in the Game?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ascent of the most famous mountain in Europe, the Matterhorn. On Bastille Day, in 1865, four British climbers and three guides were the first climbers to reach the summit. In an...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

Blog: CFSI posts “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure”

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has posted an updated 2015 version of its practical guidance white paper on conflict minerals specifically for downstream companies, called “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict...more

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

Internal Controls Enforcement (Part I of IV)

I was recently inspired by Tom Fox’s excellent writings on the COSO 2013 framework, and his examination of internal controls issues – see here, here, and here. Today, I begin my own series on internal controls but from a...more

Underwriter, Two Employees Charged By SEC

The SEC brought another case tied to Chinese reverse mergers. This one differs from many earlier actions which focused on the company and or the executives. This action names as defendants one broker-dealer and two of its...more

Compensation Incentives in a Best Practices Compliance Program

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) anti-corruption compliance programs is compensation. However the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court handed down the Omnicare decision on Securities Act Section 11 liability for opinion statements this week. In a judgment joined by all nine Justices the Court reversed the Sixth Circuit, concluding that...more

Three Practical Steps to Oversee Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Introduction - Oversight of enterprise risk management, or ERM, continues to challenge boards and occupy a prominent place on the governance agenda. Effective ERM seeks to balance risk and opportunity while enhancing...more

Half-Pie or No Pie? News for Kaisa’s Offshore Creditors

Kaisa Crisis - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), has been in the headlines for several months....more

Draft legislation released covering changes to the employee share scheme tax regime

The Australian Government has today introduced the draft Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 containing measures designed to ease the tax impost for employee shares schemes, to make...more

Why It's Wise to Pay Attention to Your FCPA Compliance

Companies in the automotive industry would be wise to pay attention to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) compliance. What has in the past been a risk management issue principally for massive multi-national...more

DPAs and “Reforming” Corporate Criminal Liability

The controversy surrounding Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) and Non- Prosecution Agreements (“NPAs”) continues to boil. In response to continuing criticism that the Justice Department is using DPAs and NPAs to...more

Biomet FCPA Announcement Highlights Distributor-Related Risks

Last week, Biomet Inc. announced in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that instead of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding violations of the...more

Global Regulators Push Back Margin Requirements for Non-cleared Derivatives

On March 18, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a “final” policy framework that establishes minimum global standards for margin...more

UK’s Financial Services Regulator: No Hashtags in Financial Promotions

Earlier this month the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued its final guidance on financial promotions made via social media channels. As we reported last year, the FCA...more

CFTC Issues an Exemption to HKSFC Permitting US Customers to Deal Directly with Hong Kong Brokers

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an exemption to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) permitting US customers to deal directly with Hong Kong brokers pursuant to CFTC Regulation...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Proposal Requiring Banking Organizations to Include Legal Entity Identifiers on Reporting Documents - Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry Testimony -...more

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