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NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) recently announced the launch of the online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD). The EFD is an online system that creates a streamlined process to enhance the…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend part 32 of its regulations governing trade options to reduce the reporting requirements for counterparties that are not swap dealers or major swap participants…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules to require annual disclosure in proxy and information statements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding the relationship between executive…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Bridging the Week - May 2015

CME Group Summarily Suspends Trading Privileges of Two Traders Without Hearing for Alleged Spoofing and Non-Cooperation - Less than two weeks after civil and criminal charges were filed by the Commodity Futures Trading…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 17

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules - NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D - CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties -…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

FCA Publishes New Procedures and Forms for Disclosure of Material Changes by Non-UK Managers Marketing in the United Kingdom

On April 21, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage of guidance on the United Kingdom’s national private placement regime (NPPR) for the marketing of non-EU funds in the United Kingdom by non-UK managers under…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

European Council Approves Strengthened EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules

On April 20, the European Council of Ministers adopted its version of new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing in the form of a draft new European Union Directive and Regulation (Draft Rules). The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

ESMA Consults on Knowledge and Competence Requirements

Under the original EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) framework, investment firms must ensure that their personnel have the “skills, knowledge and experience” necessary for their particular functions. Article…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Grants Compliance Officer $1.4 to $1.6 Million Whistleblower Award

On April 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is awarding a compliance officer between $1.4 million and $1.6 million for voluntarily providing the SEC with information that contributed to a successful…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

DOL Proposes to Revise Definition of “Fiduciary” Under ERISA

On April 20, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposal to revise portions of the definition of a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) in the Federal Register…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

ESMA Issues Call for Evidence on Virtual Currency

On April 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a call for information (Call for Evidence) on virtual currency. Unlike recent studies performed by the European Banking Authority and HM Treasury, ESMA is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Judge Declines to Dismiss Spoofing Charges Against High Frequency Trader

On April 16, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss “spoofing” charges against Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities futures trader, finding that the indictment was…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting

On April 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold its first meeting on May 13. The Committee, which was created earlier this year to formally…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #4

Volcker Alliance Calls for CFTC and SEC Merger Among Other Financial Oversight Agencies’ Reform - A not-for-profit think tank headed by Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors

On April 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight and Division of Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued CFTC Letter No. 15-24 to provide no-action relief to enable swap execution facilities…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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