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SEC Charges Another China Based Firm With Fraud

The key to China based Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limited’s business was its storage facilities for oil, gas, fuel oil and solvents, claimed to be the largest in the area. While the firm repeatedly made...more

3 Takeaways (a Litigator’s Perspective) from CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The CFPB recently issued its newest edition of Supervisory Highlights Mortgage Serving Special Edition, Issue 11 (June 2016). From a litigator’s perspective, the Supervisory Highlights do more than summarize recent...more

Whistleblower Concerns for Private Fund Advisers – Seven Mistakes To Avoid

As we have previously observed, private fund advisers face a difficult challenge when SEC guidance (in the form of a speech or a public enforcement order) indicates that certain long-standing practices may be contrary to the...more

Bitcoin after Brexit: Safe Haven or Harbinger of Future Distress?

What a difference a week makes! On June 17, 2016, bitcoin was trading at more than $750. Five days later, as polls showed the Brexit vote leaning heavily to “remain,” bitcoin dropped as low as $585....more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

SEC Charges Business Media Star With Fraud

The Frack Master was a media star with frequent appearances on CNBC, CNN International, Fox Business news, the BBC and a weekly radio talk show in Dallas, all discussing oil-and-gas topics. He marketed interests in oil and...more

Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

Dorsey TCPA Team Earns the Country’s First Post-Spokeo Dismissal of a TCPA Case for Lack of Article III Standing

Dorsey’s TCPA litigation team continues to thrive on the cutting edge. In a first of its kind ruling, a Pennsylvania District Court ruled today that plaintiffs who manufacture Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)...more

SEC to Adjust Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients

On June 14, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order increasing the net worth threshold for “qualified clients” under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”). This change, made...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - July 2016

The Future Is Now For 401(k) Plan Sponsors. The future is here. When I was the head ERISA attorney at a New York based third party administrator (TPA), I left because I saw the future of the retirement plan...more

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rule Regulating “Pay Day Loan” Industry

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a lengthy proposed rule to regulate so-called “pay day loans.” Specifically, the proposed rule would impose restrictions on “covered loans,” defined as (i) loans with a term...more

Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a...more

SEC Approves IEX Proposal to Launch National Exchange, Issues Interpretation on Automated Securities Prices

On June 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the application of Investors’ Exchange LLC (“IEX”) to register as a national securities exchange. Prior to transitioning its operation to a national...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

A discussion draft for the Financial CHOICE Act is now publicly available. Many of the provisions of interest from a corporate standpoint are in Title IV—Capital Markets Improvements and Title X—Unleashing Opportunities for...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Announces Date of Release for Results of Supervisory Stress Tests and the...

The Federal Reserve Board announced that it would release results from the latest supervisory stress tests on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review will be released on Wednesday,...more

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

SEC Increases Net Worth Threshold for “Qualified Clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Advisers Act

On June 14, 2016, the SEC issued an order (the “Order”) to increase the net worth threshold for “qualified clients” under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”), from $2 million to...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari Petition in Madden Case

Although it is reasonably unlikely that other circuit courts will follow the Second Circuit decision, it is uncertain whether application of the Madden case in the Second Circuit will be confined to its facts....more

Leveraging Government's Brief, Midland Pushes for Cert

Capitalizing on the government's position in its brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, Midland Funding filed a supplemental brief in support of its quest to have the justices overturn a Second Circuit Court of Appeals opinion...more

Maryland Enacts Mandatory Private-Sector Retirement Program That Impacts Most Maryland Employers

Maryland joins California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon in leading state initiatives to set up state-sponsored retirement plans for employees. The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust (“the...more

Brexit: What to Expect and How to Prepare for the ‘New Normal'

The U.K. has voted, in a popular referendum, to leave the EU. The referendum is not legally binding and the result was extremely narrow: 51.9 percent in favor of leaving, 48.1 percent in favor of remaining. This partly...more

The Best Defense is a Good Strategy: Planning for the Arbitration Rule

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) held its fourth field hearing on Arbitration and issued a proposed Rule that would prohibit the use of arbitration clauses that block consumers’ participation...more

Revised Mining Charter published for comment

On 15 April 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources published the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2016 (Draft Mining Charter) for public comments....more

US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Finalizes Regulatory Reporting Requirements for Intermediate Holding Companies...

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System adopted a proposal to extend various regulatory reporting requirements to US intermediate holding company (IHC) subsidiaries of foreign banking organizations...more

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