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SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reforms

At a meeting held on July 23, 2014, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt amendments (the “Amendments”) to various regulatory requirements affecting money market funds (“MMFs”). The Amendments, which are set forth in SEC Release No…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SIFMA Provides Guidance on Verification of Accredited Investor Status by Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) with guidance for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers on various non-exclusive means of verifying an…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the accredited…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

AIFMD Goes Live

After a one-year transitional period, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) officially went into effect on July 22, 2014…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

FDIC Issues Guidance on Requests by Banks That Are S-Corporations for Dividend Exceptions to Capital Conservation Buffer

The FDIC issued guidance (the “Guidance”; FIL-40-2014) to banks and savings associations that have elected S-corporation tax treatment (collectively, “S-corporation Banks” and each an “S-corporation Bank”) concerning the factors…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Its Application to the ADA

The EEOC recently issued new guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The guidance provides the agency’s interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Secretary of the Treasury Lew Urges Financial Institutions to Enhance Their Cybersecurity Defenses

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew presented remarks at a conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor in which he urged financial institutions to increase their cybersecurity defense efforts because cyber intrusions…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Addresses Use of Proxy Advisory Firms by Advisers and Reliance by Proxy Advisory Firms on Proxy Rules Exemptions

The SEC’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (the “Guidance”) which provides guidance from the Division of Investment Management to investment advisers on their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FDIC Proposes Rule to Revise Deposit Insurance Assessments to Reflect the Basel III Capital Rule

The FDIC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposed Rule”) that would revise the FDIC’s risk-based deposit insurance assessment system to reflect the final Basel III capital rule (the “Final Capital Rule”) adopted by…more
| Finance & Banking, Insurance

New COPPA Guidance from FTC Significant for Apps and Platforms

The FTC has updated its guidance regarding compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Amendments to its Frequently Asked Questions reveal a softened position on using credit cards to verify parental…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Massachusetts Gaming Commission to Decide Wynn Agreement With Boston

In the race for eastern Massachusetts’ sole casino license, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts attempted negotiating Surrounding Community Agreements with the City of Boston. The agreements are designed to compensate surrounding…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance When Private Funds Use SPVs and Escrow Accounts

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2014-7 (the “Guidance Update”) to provide guidance on how Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Director of SEC’s Division of Investment Management Discusses Alternative Mutual Funds

In a speech presented to the Practicing Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum on June 30, 2014, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (the “Division”), discussed the rise of open-end mutual funds…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

New Concepts in Clean Technology

The term “clean technology” can be used to describe a wide range of infrastructural development, such as clean energy, advanced transportation, manufacturing water technology, sustainable materials and waste recycling. According…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit: Eastern District of Texas Should Have Stayed Litigation Pending USPTO Covered Business Method Review Proceeding

Covered Business Method Review (CBM) proceedings for challenging patents at the USPTO are more attractive than ever now that the Federal Circuit reversed an Eastern District of Texas judge’s denial of a motion to stay pending…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property
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