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OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

SEC and States Are Upping Their Cyber Game, Are You Doing the Same?

September 2017 saw no respite from the relentless pace of cyber developments, not only from the perspective of rapidly evolving attacks, but also from the perspective of dynamic federal and state regulatory moves. In...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - Translating Goals Into Action.Many financial institutions likely would say that financial regulatory reform in the Trump administration has fallen short of expectations, at least so far. While various...more

OCIE Releases Risk Alert Regarding Advertisements of Investment Advisers

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 14, 2017, OCIE published a Risk Alert identifying issues associated with Rule 206(4)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The Risk Alert was based on observations of the OCIE staff...more

SEC Announces Cyber Enforcement Initiative: Distributed Ledger Technology, Initial Coin Offerings Under the Microscope

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The new SEC Enforcement Cyber Unit will target cyber-related misconduct, including violations involving distributed ledger technology, initial coin offerings and misconduct perpetrated using the dark web....more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cybersecurity Returns to Center Stage. The Equifax breach and recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR test filing system was hacked in 2016 have brought cybersecurity back to...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published interpretive guidance (the “SEC Guidance”) to assist public companies in their preparation of the pay ratio disclosure required by Section...more

NASAA Survey Finds Seniors Are Most Vulnerable to Financial Fraud

On August 21, 2017, the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) released a survey on senior citizens and financial exploitation. The survey of the state securities regulators highlighted, among other...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. Federal banking agencies are seeking public comment on their proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a small...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

UK Regulator Examines Scope of Securities Laws, Warns of Initial Coin Offering Risks

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The Situation: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has released a statement on initial coin offerings. It focuses the circumstances in which an ICO might fall within the scope of the FCA's current regulatory boundaries as well...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFPB Issues Final Rule Temporarily Raising Reporting Threshold for Home Equity Loans Under Home Mortgage Act Rules - On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") issued a new rule that amends...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

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Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

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Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

The difficulties in challenging a FOS decision by way of judicial review

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In Full Circle Asset Management Ltd v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd [2017] EWHC 323 (Admin) the Administrative Court refused to quash a decision of the Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd (FOS) following allegations that the...more

MiFID II Regulations Transposed into Irish Law

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The European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 375/2017) (the “MiFID II Regulations”) were signed into law on 10 August 2017 and are now publicly available....more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - DOJ Emphatically Ends Operation Chokepoint. After four years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formal end of its controversial Operation Chokepoint initiative. Launched in 2013, Operation...more

SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

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On August 7, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert directed to the financial advisory industry, identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could make the industry’s networks...more

OCIE Provides Insight into Issues Identified in Recent Cybersecurity Sweep

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently published its observations from the second generation of its Cybersecurity Initiative. It reported overall improvement...more

SEC Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations Identify Best Practices

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The SEC continues to focus on cybersecurity as an area of concern within the investment management industry....more

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