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Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Increasing Focus on European ETFs

by Dechert LLP on

The rise of passive investment strategies and the growing momentum of investment in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has not gone unnoticed by European regulators. The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) recently released a...more

Red Light for New Activist Strategy

by Jones Day on

Earlier this month, General Motors ("GM") won a decisive victory in a proxy contest waged by Greenlight Capital, the activist fund headed by David Einhorn. Greenlight claimed that GM's shares, which were trading at a price...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 58, the Declination Edition

by Thomas Fox on

After last week’s guest announcers, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories, including: 1. The first Declination of the Session’s Justice Department, Linde gas....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Treasury Department Report: Decreasing Regulatory Burdens, Increasing Regulatory Accountability and Fostering Economic Growth - On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department released...more

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee

The Committee devoted the morning’s session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed the Committee and noted that the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs and in the number of listed...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 23

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Updates to Form ADV FAQs - On June 12, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD. Much of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The first criminal charges against a major international bank and four of its executives tied to the market crisis were brought this week by the SFO. The charges were based on actions the firm took with private lenders to...more

Day 17 Of One Month To Better Investigations and Reporting-Whom To Suspend During an Internal Investigation and De-Confliction

by Thomas Fox on

Who to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contingent Equity-Based Compensation of Former Lehman Employees are Subordinate to Creditor Claims

In In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Bros. (“Lehman”) employees...more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Taiwan M&A has strong Q1 after a robust 2016 - Spurred by semiconductor...

by White & Case LLP on

The 2017 kickoff in Taiwan M&A showed the second-highest Q1 deal volume since Q1 2010, with 13 deals (Figure 1). This matched the Q1 2016 total—which itself was a busy year for M&A in Taiwan....more

FINRA Permits Related Performance Information in Institutional Communications for Registered Closed-End Funds

Introduction In an interpretive guidance letter issued to a registered closed-end fund on June 9, 2017, FINRA permitted the use of “related performance information” in communications that are distributed solely to...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 43, the Linde Declination

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the first Declination issued by the DOJ in the era of the Trump Administration, which was issued by the DOJ on June 16, 2017, when it issued a Declination to Linde North...more

European distressed debt and private equity - defensive strategies coming to the fore?

by DLA Piper on

Where a corporate borrower defaults on its debt terms, distressed debt investors are often presented with opportunities to acquire the debt at a discount. The strategy of investing in distressed debt presents investors with a...more

Valuation of Illiquid Portfolio Investments – Avoiding Regulatory Risks with Form and Substance

For private fund managers, the valuation of privately-held securities has been subject to heightened regulatory scrutiny. As the IPO on-ramp for private “unicorn” investments has lengthened, fund managers may hold illiquid...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into 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 seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

Attention Retail Investors: The SEC Wants to Hear Your Views on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

In connection with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), key provisions of which became applicable on June 9, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a public statement seeking retail investors’...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

OJK Simplifies the IPO Process and Enhances Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

New regulations issued by the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan "OJK") aim to increase the number of public offerings in Indonesia by (1) shortening the regulatory review period by adopting a...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Parameters of Privileges

by Thomas Fox on

The concept of privilege in an internal investigation is critical. Two important privileges are the attorney/client privilege and the work product privilege. Unfortunately both are often miss-understood, miss-applied and...more

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