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CHECKMATE: South Africa's credit rating downgraded to "junk status"- what this means for South Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

In a catastrophic moment for South Africa, credit rating agency Standard and Poor (S&P) downgraded South Africa's credit rating to "junk status". S&P cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch to BB+, which is S&P's...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Finalizes Effective Date Extension for Prepaid Accounts Rule - On April 20, 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule to delay the...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Eskom's coal-fired power struggle - Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago....more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

by Fenwick & West LLP on

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

SoftBank’s been burning up the deal scene in recent months (Fortress, anyone?), and it keeps right on rolling by helping orchestrate the merger of satellite operator and investee OneWeb with Intelsat in a bid to increase...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

European Commission Reports on Reporting Obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission published a report on reporting obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation. The Report reviewed references to external credit ratings in EU legislation and in private contracts among...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd. Quarter 2016

by Perkins Coie on

Investor confidence rebounded in the third quarter immediately following Brexit, driving the S&P 500 to new highs. Comments by the Fed in early September stirred up some volatility and share prices slipped backwards. Not...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 10, 2016, KBRA published its rating methodology for global closed-end fund securities issuances. On August 10, 2016, KBRA published its rating methodology for global investment funds. On August 10, 2016,...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 2, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securitisations Backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans. On August 1, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled: General: Global...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2016

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - The markets endured much drama in the two weeks leading up to quarter - end as the surprise exit of the U.K. from the European Union rattled investors. Brexit knocked over 5% off of the S&P...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.13.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On Tuesday, the SEC announced that Citigroup would pay $7 million and admit that it submitted “inaccurate trade data” to the Commission over a period of 15 years in order to resolve claims that it left out “thousands of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.12.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC’s opened an investigation into Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors over whether the electric automaker breached securities laws by failing to disclose to investors the fatal crash involving one of its cars in self-driving mode...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislative Session in Recess Until April 29 - In late night sessions ending at 2:30...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 6, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European structured finance transactions. On April 6, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for ratings in the forest products industry. On April 6, 2016, DBRS...more

IRRCi Publishes Follow-Up Study on Controlled Companies

Recently, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) published a follow-up to its initial 2012 study on “controlled” companies, entitled “Controlled Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500: A Follow-up...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR - On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") opened a public...more

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