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Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

ESMA to Centralize Instrument Reference and Trade Repositories Data

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has launched two major projects at the request of a number of National Competent Authorities (“NCAs”): the Instrument Reference Data Project and the Trade Repositories...more

Proposed Registration of Associated Persons Involved With Algorithmic Trading Strategies

FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice 15-06 requesting comments on the proposal that would require the registration of associated persons involved in the design, development or modification of algorithmic trading...more

SEC Creates New Financing Opportunity

Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently presided over an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at which the Commission followed the recommendation of the Division of Corporation Finance to adopt final rules...more

Heard at the SIFMA Conference

Recently, partners from K&L Gates’ Government Enforcement, Broker-Dealer and Investment Management practice groups attended the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (“SIFMA”) Compliance and Legal Society...more

Inadequate Internal Controls Cost Tech Firm $750,000

Without admitting or denying the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s findings, Polycom Inc. settled with the agency on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, over alleged insufficient internal controls and disclosure violations for...more

Neither Side Folds on FINRA CARDS Proposal

The Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS) proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to regularly collect customer account data from various broker-dealers and clearing firms and allow FINRA to...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two individuals receive multi-year sentences for Venezuelan bribery,...more

The Big Deal About Big Data: What Life Insurers Must Know

Big data and predictive analytics, which forecast future outcomes based on past occurrences, allow companies to examine large stores of data and uncover patterns that can be used to gain a competitive advantage. Long-used in...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Effective Supervision for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-09 to provide guidance to member firms and market participants on effective supervision and control practices with respect to algorithmic trading...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

FINRA Seeks Comment on Proposal Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

Introduction - As part of its ongoing market structure initiatives related to, among other things, automated trading activities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a proposal that would...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

New York's Banking Regulator Proposes Tougher Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Enforcement Rules

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) supervises all New York State chartered banks, most U.S.-based branches and agencies of foreign banking institutions, and all insurance companies in New York. The DFS also...more

FINRA Issues Report on Cybersecurity Practices

Following up on our post from last week on the SEC’s cybersecurity exam sweep, you should also know about FINRA’s recent report on this area. Last month, FINRA published a Report on Cybersecurity Practices that really could...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

In this Newsletter: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

SEC Releases Results of Cybersecurity Exam Sweep

We’re a bit behind on this, but better (a little bit) late than never. Last month the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations released the first results of its Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, announced...more

Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and...more

Derivatives in Review - March 2015

NYDFS Releases Revised BitLicense Proposal - On February 4, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") released a revised version of its proposed virtual currency regulations (commonly referred...more

CFTC to Host Roundtable on Cybersecurity and System Safeguards Testing

On March 18, Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff will hold a public roundtable on cybersecurity and system safeguards testing. The roundtable will focus on improving system safeguards testing requirements, including...more

SEC Report: Just How Prepared are Broker-Dealers and Advisors for Cyber- Attacks?

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published a highly-anticipated summary of its examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers...more

February 2015 IPO Market Review

Momentum in the IPO market ebbed in February with the month producing only six IPOs—the lowest monthly figure since the four IPOs in February 2013. The 19 IPOs over the first two months of 2015 are just over half the total of...more

Carolinas Corporate Update

We are pleased to share the following representative engagements from 2014: Strategic M&A - We advised private and public companies and their subsidiaries, both domestic and foreign, in their merger and...more

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

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

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