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SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Transparency and Oversight of Alternative Trading Systems

On November 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems (ATSs) that trade stocks listed on a national securities...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer...

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

SEC Proposes Rules To Enhance Transparency And Oversight Of Alternative Trading Systems

The SEC announced this week its proposal to substantially overhaul the rules regarding alternative trading systems (“ATS”), often referred to as dark pools. The proposed rules would require firms operating ATSs to make...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

Progress for Venture Exchanges

We have seen various initiatives intended to promote capital formation for smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies. Among these initiatives, the development of venture exchanges in the United States appears...more

Big Loss For Plaintiffs In High Frequency Trading Cases

Last week, SDNY Judge Jesse Furman issued a 51 page decision in In Re: Barclays Liquidity Cross and High Frequency Trading Litigation dismissing all of the cases consolidated under the MDL. In these cases, investor...more

SEC Sanctions Dark Pool Operator and Affiliated High Frequency Trader

In the latest round of regulatory action involving high frequency trading and dark pools, the SEC announced yesterday that it reached a settlement with ITG, Inc., and its affiliate Alternet Securities, Inc., imposing a $20.3...more

SEC Charges Another Dark Pool

Dark pools are one of the issues which have been debated at least since Michael Lewis published Flash Boys and Scott Patterson put out Dark Pools. To date the SEC has brought two actions involving the trading venues. One was...more

From the Wild West to SEC Regulation:’s Proposed Digital Securities and the Lessons of Bitcoin

On April 24, filed a Form S-3 with SEC for securities offerings up to $500,000,000. This filing is the first to propose offering digital securities, which the prospectus defines as “uncertificated securities,...more

SEC Adopts New Regulation to Govern the Technology Systems of the National Exchanges and Certain Other Market Participants

On November 19, 2014, the five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously voted to adopt Regulation SCI, which stands for Systems Compliance and Integrity, to govern the technology...more

FINRA Addressing Market Risks: HFT, Algo’s, CARDS, CAT & Dark Pools

Carlo DiFlorio, FINRA’s Chief Risk Officer and Head of Strategy, told the annual meeting of the National Society of Compliance Professionals Monday that FINRA is emphasizing efforts to mitigate market risks, even as it...more

Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

As we discussed in July, Tiversa, a “cyber-intelligence” company, notified the FTC in 2009 that a file containing the personal information of about 9,300 LabMD patients was available on a peer-to-peer file sharing network....more

SEC Charges ECN Operator For Failing To Protect Customer Data

Fragmented markets, alternative trading systems and dark pools are increasingly a focus of discussion in the wake of repeated market outages. Interest in these venues has been intensified by the publication of Flash Boys and...more

Swimming in the Deep End: A Primer on Dark Pools

“Dark pools of liquidity” have recently become the focus of increased regulatory scrutiny, including a number of high-profile enforcement actions related to these alternative trading systems. This increased scrutiny follows...more

Flash Rules: Is A Wall Street Reform on the Horizon or is the SEC Merely Reacting to the Latest Media Headline?

Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt has caused a commotion on Wall Street, on Capitol Hill, and with law enforcement agencies. The SEC is the latest government agency to examine and propose new rules on...more

The SEC And A Dark Pool That Is Not Dark Enough

High speed trading, dark pools and similar market structure issues have become hotly debated topics. Former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton gave several speeches discussion the subjects and proposed that high speed traders be...more

Trade Reporting: SEC Approves FINRA Rule Requiring Alternative Trading Systems to Report Activity Weekly

US-registered broker-dealers that operate Alternative Trading Systems will have to report volume information, by security, to FINRA weekly. The first report, for the week of May 12, 2014, is due May 28, 2014. ATS will, by...more

SEC Proposes New Technology Standards for Key Market Participants

On March 7, 2013, the SEC proposed Regulation SCI (“Reg SCI”), which would replace existing voluntary standards applicable to securities exchanges, clearing agencies and certain other market participants with enforceable...more

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