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SEC’s Risk Alert Offers Observations on Cybersecurity

Why it matters - Joining a growing chorus of regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released two publications addressing cybersecurity: a Risk Alert based on observations from the Office of Compliance...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2014 Year End Update

Over the course of 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have continued their aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). This has led to critical...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2015 (Updated)

In This Issue - White House Releases Proposed Privacy Legislation - Lessons from the Anthem Data Breach - SEC and FINRA Release Results of Industrywide Cybersecurity Examination Sweeps - COSO Releases Report on...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Hedge Funds Now Using IPR Challenges [Video]

The patent world is watching to see the ramifications of a recent patent challenge that observers are calling the first of a kind. It involves a recently filed IPR Petition by a Hedge fund. How might this impact the stock...more

The SEC and FINRA Will Continue to Audit the Financial Services Industry to Ensure Cybersecurity Protocols Are Current and Viable

On February 2, 2015, Wilson Elser released an overview entitled Corporate Hacking and the Financial Services Industry that provided in-house counsel with talking points to better discuss and understand their corporate...more

What General Counsel Need To Know About The Latest Cybersecurity Developments

In the wake of reported security breaches at a number of significant financial institutions, cybersecurity is garnering more attention and concern than ever before — both within the financial services industry and among...more

The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences - (with apologies to Robert Michels)

It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the...more

Target Data Breach Price Tag: $252 Million and Counting

In a recently-released Form 8-K filing announcing fourth quarter and year-end financial results, Target Corporation reported that expenses incurred in 2014 relating to its 2013 data breach totaled over $191 million. Those...more

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is...more

2015 SEC Speaks Conference: SEC to Balance Broad Enforcement Agenda and Initiatives with Focus on Core Mission

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) touted an expansive regulatory agenda at this year’s “SEC Speaks” conference, held February 20-21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. At this year’s Speaks, SEC representatives...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Calls for Increased Funding and Discusses Priorities During Congressional Testimony - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, appeared before members of the House of...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q4 2014

Welcome to the Q4 2014 issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

A Few Takeaways from the OCIE Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) with summary observations from its recently...more

Going for Brokerage: SEC Report Highlights Best (and Worst) Practices in Cybersecurity Preparedness

On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert addressing cybersecurity issues at brokerage and advisory firms, along with suggestions to investors on ways they can protect themselves...more

SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

An SEC cybersecurity sweep examination by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) found that 88 percent of the broker-dealers (BDs) and 74 percent of the registered investment advisers (RIAs) they...more

How Does Your Firm Compare? Results from the SEC’s Cybersecurity Examinations

On Feb. 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Risk Alert summarizing observations gleaned from a cybersecurity examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers (BDs) and 49 registered investment...more

SEC Publishes Industry Alert on Cybersecurity

On February 3, the SEC released a set of publications – a Risk Alert and an Investor Bulletin – assessing the level of cybersecurity at broker-dealers and advisory firms and highlighting best practices that allow investors to...more

Going for Brokerage: SEC Report Highlights Best (and Worst) Practices in Cybersecurity Preparedness

On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released a Risk Alert addressing cybersecurity issues at brokerage and advisory firms, along with suggestions to investors on ways they can protect themselves...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - February 2015

It’s still the case that commentators have said nothing revelationary about “proxy access ,” the recent private-ordering push, and the SEC’s flip-floppery on its Whole Foods no-action letter. “Proxy access” is short hand for...more

SEC and FINRA Issue Cybersecurity Publications

On February 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued separate publications on cybersecurity risk. The SEC’s risk alert provides summary observations from the SEC’s Office of...more

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) Publishes Risk Alert On Addressing Cybersecurity Issues for...

On February 3, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert that contains observations based on examinations of more than 100 broker-dealers and investment advisers....more

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