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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

Court: Derivative Claims Allowed to Be Asserted as Part of Merger Attack

It is well-settled under Delaware law that in a merger a stockholder loses standing to assert a purely derivative claim. That claim passes instead to the acquiring company. As an asset of a Delaware company, derivative claims...more

ISDA Launches 2016 Variation Margin Protocol to Facilitate Compliance With Margin Rules

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol will help market participants implement the new variation...more

UK Regulator Publishes Second Consultation Paper on Implementation of MiFID II

The Financial Conduct Authority published a second consultation paper on implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II and the associated proposed changes to the FCA Handbook...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - August 2016

Brexit: The Consequences for International Tax Planning - Just over a month has now passed since the referendum in which the United Kingdom voted narrowly to leave the European Union: an event which some have...more

Second Circuit: Aluminum End Users Lack Antitrust Standing; Price Manipulation Claims Against Traders and Warehouses Foiled

Last week, in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) rejected a claim by certain downstream end-users of aluminum that their price manipulation...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

Brexit's Impact on ISDA Documentation

As previously noted in the client alert “Brexit: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives,” Brexit is not anticipated to have an immediate impact on ISDA Documentation or derivatives contracts. ...more

EMIR - The new margin landscape

Among other regulatory changes introduced by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR), there is now an obligation on OTC derivatives participants to collateralise their non-cleared OTC...more

SEC Approves Generic Listing Standards for Active ETFs

New standards are expected to simplify and expedite the process of launching an actively managed ETF. On July 22, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued orders approving proposals by Bats BZX Exchange,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

Derivatives in Review - July 2016

An Overview of Proposed Regulation AT - Orrick attorneys authored an overview of Regulation Automated Trading (known as "Regulation AT") proposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") in the May/June 2016...more

Brexit: Overview of Potential Impact on Derivatives

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and...more

Is This A Derivative or a Direct Shareholder Claim? New Tennessee Standard Makes it Easier to Tell

In Tennessee, shareholders may file a lawsuit for injuries suffered by the company or by the shareholders individually.  A shareholder files a derivative action when the company is entitled to some legal relief; and files a...more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

SEC Amends Rules on Security-Based Swap Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved certain amendments and guidance to the rules governing the reporting and public dissemination of security-based swaps (“SBS”), known as “Regulation SBSR,”...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.29.16

A federal judge in Idaho has dismissed a $24 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse alleging that the bank and real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield ran a “predatory loan-to-own scheme that . . . loaded four luxury ski and...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Brexit and financial markets

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in a so-called Brexit referendum. This historic decision raises significant challenges and potential opportunities for financial services activity within...more

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

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