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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.27.16

We heard last week about Unilever’s $1 billion acquisition of start-up Dollar Shave Club. With a few days to reflect, the Deal Professor suggests that this relatively innocuous deal should make “every other company . . . very...more

New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)...more

ESMA Updates Q&A on Application of UCITS Directive

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated version of its Q&A paper on the application of the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive (2009/65/EC)...more

NYSE Arca and BATS Adopt Generic Listing Standards for Active Exchange-Traded Funds, Which May Expedite Fund Launches

NYSE Arca, Inc. and BATS BZX Exchange, Inc. (each, an Exchange) separately received U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval on July 22, 2016 to adopt generic listing standards for exchange-traded funds (ETFs)...more

European Margin Rules for Non-Cleared OTC Derivatives – Final Draft RTS are adopted by the European Supervisory Authorities

On 8 March 2016, the European supervisory authorities (the "ESAs") adopted the long-awaited final draft RTS on margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives (the "Margin Rules"). The Margin Rules constitute the risk...more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Following Data Breach Misses Target

On July 7, 2016, Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss a shareholder class action that had been initiated following a 2013 holiday...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&A on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its questions and answers on the application of the AIFMD on 3 June 2016. The new content includes a new question and answer on requirements...more

OTC Derivatives Reporting and Clearing in Singapore – An Update on the Regulatory Reforms

Since 2012, in line with its commitment to the G20 and Financial Stability Board ("FSB") reform objectives, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the "MAS") has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Securities and Futures...more

Fizzled Suit Against Target Officers and Directors Raises Question as to the Value of Derivative Claims in Data Breach Cases

In a terse two-page order, Senior District Court Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed derivative claims brought against officers and directors of Target in connection with the 2013 holiday-season data breach. The dismissed claims,...more

Casting the Net Wider to Address "Too Big to Fail" - The ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol

21 major global banks signed the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol at launch. Pursuant to the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol, these banks have agreed to suspend their termination rights in relation to...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: MiFID II: Key Considerations for Asset Managers

The Council of the European Union on 13 May 2014 formally endorsed a new regulatory regime that will replace the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which has been in force since 2007. The new...more

Proposed QI Agreement Addresses Cascading Withholding on Dividend Equivalents

On July 1, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2016-42, which proposes changes to the qualified intermediary (QI) agreement to address cascading U.S. withholding tax on dividends and “dividend equivalents”...more

Helpful Amendments to the New Trade Reporting Rules Finalized

On June 30, 2016, the securities regulators of Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon (the "Announcing Jurisdictions")...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #1

ISDA advocates unity for margin timetable - ISDA has considered the implementation schedule for a coordinated global margining framework for non-cleared derivatives. Under the agreed timetable, implementation is to be...more

BREXIT: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives

Asset managers and investment funds that make significant use of derivatives will face regulatory and operational challenges in the post-Brexit vote environment. Although the Brexit vote is not expected to have an immediate...more

SEC Issues C&DIs for Securities Act Rule 701

On June 23, 2016, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) for Securities Act Rule 701. The new C&DIs address the exemption for offers and sales...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New CDIs Providing Guidance On Rule 701 Primarily In The Merger Context

Corp Fin has just issued some new CDIs providing guidance on Rule 701, with all but one of the CDIs addressing the application of Rule 701 in the context of merger transactions. The new CDIs are summarized below...more

The Delta Report - June 2016

White & Case LLP is proud to introduce the first edition of our derivatives newsletter, The Delta Report. In each issue, we will highlight recent key regulatory developments across the Americas, Europe and Asia and discuss...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #12

EBA publishes RTS on specialised lending exposures - EBA has published its final draft RTS on how institutions should take into account and treat several factors when assigning risk weights to specialised lending...more

European Commission Adopts Regulatory Technical Standards on the Direct, Substantial, and Foreseeable Effect of Derivative...

The European Commission adopted a Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. Under MiFIR, a new trading obligation is introduced for shares and other sufficiently liquid...more

Contractual Close-Out Netting Ineffective in the Event of Insolvency

In a decision of 9 June 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, "BGH") has ruled that the determination of the close-out amount in a netting provision based on the German Master Agreement for Financial...more

Goldman Trial in London – See Any FCPA Issues?

It has been known for some time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been investigating investment banks over their dealings with the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, known as...more

CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #4

ESMA publishes EU MAR Q&A - ESMA has published a Q&A document relating to practical issues surrounding the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR). It clarifies the scope of firms subject to the EU MAR...more

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