Debt Securities

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Europe’s New Market Abuse Rules For Issuers of Debt Securities

European Market Abuse Regulation 2016 imposes new obligations for issuers of debt securities traded on multilateral trading facilities. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have adopted a new...more

SEC: Gatekeeper Facilitates Unlawful Stock Sales

Gatekeepers are a critical focus for SEC enforcement. Lawyers, accountants and other professional are often at the scene and, in many instances, can be either key to halting, or in some instances implementing a wrongful...more

Annulment of the European Commission´s decision regarding the former "Spanish tax lease structure" - EU General Court Decision:...

Background - On December 17, 2015 the EU General Court of Justice (EUGC) pronounced on appeals of joined matters T-515/13 Kingdom of Spain vs Commission and T-719/13 Lico Leasing, S.A., E.F.C. and Pequeños y Medianos...more

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Holds That Claims Arising from Securities of a Debtor’s Affiliate Must Be...

On December 14, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that claims arising from securities of a debtor’s affiliate must be subordinated to all claims or interests senior or equal to claims of the...more

The Private Placements Withholding Tax Exemption

The Finance Act 2015 introduced an exemption from a borrower’s obligation to withhold tax from interest payments arising on qualifying private placements. It was introduced to stimulate and grow the private placements market...more

Saudi Arabia Issues New Regulations for Companies, Altering Regulatory Landscape

Innovative changes address company and investor concerns as Saudi Arabia moves to modernize its corporate legal regime. On 9 November 2015, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approved the...more

U.S. Securities Laws Not Applicable to Certain Purchases of Petrobras Debt Securities

The narrowing of the federal securities laws’ applicability to non-U.S. transactions continues. On December 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held in In re Petrobras Securities Litigation...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: Separate and independent rights for lenders - Can lenders go at it alone?

In the recent Hong Kong Court of First Instance case Charmway Hong Kong Investment v Fortunesea (Cayman) Ltd & Ors [2015] HKCU 171, the court considered whether an individual lender has the right under a syndicated credit...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Bank of Italy: New Reporting Requirements on Issuances and Offerings of Financial Instruments

The Bank of Italy post-trade reporting requirements are likely to impact the issuance and offering of bonds and other debt securities in Italy. The Bank of Italy has the power to require entities issuing or offering...more

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

The Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union – Part 1: Aims, Priorities and Measures

On 30 September 2015, the European Commission adopted an action plan to achieve a European single market for capital for the 28 Member States (the Action Plan). On the same date, the Commission also launched some of the...more

International Arbitration Newsletter (Oct 2015)

Anti-Suit Awards Are Compatible With the Original Brussels I Regulation. (Gazprom OAO v Republic of Lithuania, Case C-536/13, Judgment dated 13 May 2015) The European Court of Justice decision in Gazprom v....more

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice requesting comment to revisions on a proposed rule that would enhance information disclosure standards for retail-size customer trades of corporate and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice...more

FINRA Releases Revised 4210 Margin Rule Proposal

The reproposed amendments to Rule 4210 attempt to address commenters’ concerns that the original proposed rule would impact business activity in the TBA market....more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Proposes Rules for Funding Portals - On Oct. 9 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change to adopt Funding Portal Rules 100 (general standards), 110 (funding portal application),...more

UBS Settles Structured Note Case with SEC

The Commission brought its first case tied to inadequate disclosure regarding structured notes. The complex instruments, a debt security linked to a derivative tied to the performance of other products, are frequently...more

General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

SEC Approves Rule to Regulate Debt Research Reports and Debt Research Analysts

Background - Eight years in the making, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA's) proposed Rule 2242 (the Rule or Rule 2242), which will...more

AFME publishes model BRRD clause for bail-in recognition

AFME has published a model clause for the contractual recognition of bail-in. It is for use by UK issuers of New York law governed debt securities who are subject to the requirements of article 55 of the Bank Recovery and...more

Overcoming A Securities Overissue

I like to remind my colleagues that California has two securities laws. Neither of these laws applies exclusively to corporations or other entities organized under California law.  The Corporate Securities Law of 1968, Cal....more

FINRA Sets Effective Dates for Research Report Conflicts Rules

FINRA rules addressing conflicts of interest relating to the publication of equity research reports become effective on September 25, 2015, or December 24, 2015. Corresponding rules for debt research reports become effective...more

FINRA’s New Research Rules

The new rules retain many of the current rules’ core requirements, but expand certain obligations and impose requirements on debt research activities for the first time. On August 26, 2015, the Financial Industry...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+

Newly adopted exemption to securities registration requirements may offer new capital raising opportunities for developing companies - A company that seeks to raise capital by offering or selling securities to potential...more

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