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IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

FINRA Holds Regulator Forum on Distributed Ledger Technology

On July 13, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) held a Blockchain Symposium (the Symposium) in which representatives from a number of US regulators discussed the work they have undertaken to assess...more

Private Equity and Privilege: Why Recent Legal Developments Matter to Buyout Firms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Legal professional privilege allows clients to share information with lawyers, knowing it need not be revealed in court. Privilege extends to legal advice generally, and to documents prepared in contemplation of litigation. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland - On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA"), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...more

PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard1 that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission affirmed by a divided vote an Initial Decision dismissing insider trading charges against Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri. At a hearing the Division of Enforcement failed to prove that in six instances Mr....more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With all of Europe closely eyeing the ECB for hints about its move away from aggressive bond buying, some cities that have benefited disproportionately from the QE are being forced to consider what life on the other side will...more

FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland

On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA“), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced it had reached a settlement with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, related companies and specifically...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

My long running issues against self-directed brokerage accounts

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I used to joke that the only clients that used to ask about self directed brokerage accounts were medical practices and law firms. I stopped telling the joke when so many advisors told me that was the truth. My opinion about...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. After making a splash with the finalized version of its Arbitration Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed temporary adjustments to the reporting requirements for...more

Three Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Increasingly complex fund structures and documentation mean that analysing how potential portfolio acquisitions interact with the fund at the top of any deal structure is more important now than ever. Investor Excuse...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

Blog: Will The House Now Try To Undo SOX?

by Cooley LLP on

What’s next for the House after taking on Dodd-Frank in the Financial CHOICE Act? Apparently, it’s time to revisit SOX. The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the House Financial Services Committee...more

Let’s Talk Municipal Finance – Municipal Lease Purchase Agreements

by PretiFlaherty on

In the last installment of Let's Talk Municipal Finance, I discussed municipalities and governmental entities that issue bonds, a form of municipal debt. An alternative to incurring municipal debt and less onerous option for...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big American banks (BofA, Citi, Morgan Stanley) are avoiding deals with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group over concerns regarding HNA’s debt level and ownership structure....more

Ireland Retains Safe Harbour Regime for Wholesale MiFID Firms

by Dechert LLP on

The Department of Finance has issued its Feedback Statement on its public consultation on national discretions under MiFID II. The consultation dealt with the exercise of national discretions in relation to the implementation...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: Out-Bound Investment from the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. There are three (3) specific surveys which track “out-bound” foreign investment: a...more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Launches Cooperation Initiative

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When investigating potential wrongdoing, government investigators have powerful tools that they can use to obtain information. As the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual explains, one such tool is the ability to enter into non-prosecution...more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

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