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Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program....more

Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violations

One thing the SEC likes to do is bring cases with a lot of deterrent value. That is, cases that it hopes will scare other people and companies into complying with the law. Often that means cases with large price tags...more

U.S. Brokers Doing Business Overseas

Recently, regulators have made inquiries about the lawfulness of U.S. brokerage firms soliciting foreign clients. The regulators want to know under what exemptions or rules U.S. firms can do business overseas. This is a new...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

D.C. Circuit Refuses to Stay SEC's Conflict Mineral Deadline: Deadline to File Still Set for June 2

On May 14, 2014, the D.C. Court of Appeals rejected an emergency motion by business groups to delay the June 2, 2014 due date for companies to file disclosures about their use of certain minerals tied to armed factions in...more

SEC Staff Issues Statement on Effect of Court Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued a statement on the effect of a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “Court”) on the SEC’s...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

U.S. Administrative Law Judge Suspends Chinese Affiliates of “Big Four” Accounting Firms

In a surprising turn in the long-running and widely reported dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms, on January 22, 2014, a U.S....more

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

CFTC Faces Court Challenge to Cross-Border Guidance

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”), and Institute of International Bankers (“IIB”) filed a suit against the CFTC in the U.S. District...more

AIFMD: ESMA Final Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies

On February 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report in relation to sound remuneration policies under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). ...more

Justice Department and SEC Issue Guidance on Anti-Bribery Law

Originally published in Swampfox - January 22, 2013. In November 2012 the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a 120-page “resource guide” to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. ...more

AIFMD: Level 2 Regulation adopted by the European Commission

Harneys continues to monitor developments related to the EU’s AIFMD with a focus on how it will affect our clients in the Cayman Islands and BVI. The most significant recent development is that the AIFMD Level 2 Regulation...more

The Cutting Edge Of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Proactive Audits

The FCPA world is fast-becoming the leader in new compliance strategies. The Justice Department and the SEC have embraced the requirement for conducting “proactive audits.”...more

2012 Corporate Finance Review – Low Interest Rate Environment Provides Opportunities in the Debt Markets

Osler has published its 2012 Capital Markets Review which includes a look back at the year in Canadian corporate finance by Desmond Lee and Michael Innes....more

UK Treasury Publishes First Consultation on AIFMD Implementation

On 11 January 2013, HM Treasury published its first consultation on Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) implementation in the UK, entitled "Transposition of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

New Reporting Requirements Under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012

On August 10, 2012, the United States delivered its latest economic blow to Iran by enacting the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. U.S. companies have long been forbidden from engaging in most...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Endorses Revised Basel III Liquidity Standards for Banks

It was announced on January 6, that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s (BCBS) Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) has endorsed revised Basel III liquidity standards for banks....more

Financial Services Legislative And Regulatory Update -- January 14, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; Miscellaneous; and International. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - As was widely anticipated, President Obama announced that he...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - OCC Guidance on Transition Periods under Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - CFTC Reporting of Swap Transactions and Swap Dealer Registration - Department...more

"CFTC Issues Final Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations"

Swaps trade in a global market. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to impose a panoply of regulation on the swaps market mostly through regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures...more

EC Technical Standards for European Markets Infrastructure Regulation

On December 19, 2012, the European Commission adopted nine regulatory and implementing technical standards to complement obligations defined under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation on OTC derivatives, central...more

Liquidity Coverage Ratio: New Basel Measurement Published

On January 6, 2013, the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (“GHOS”), which oversees the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS”), approved a significantly revised version of the liquidity coverage ratio...more

Focus on Securities - January 2013: TMX Group Consultation Paper On Emerging Market Issuers

On December 17, 2012 the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV” and together with the TSX the “Exchanges”) published a consultation paper on their respective listing requirements applicable to issuers...more

Internal Audit Review of Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

When is a rose not a rose? When it is a charitable donation not made for philanthropic purposes and it violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). I thought about that concept when reviewing the Eli Lilly and Company...more

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