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ISDA’S Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) For Uncleared Derivatives: Draft Documents

On June 19, 2015, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published three draft documents relating to its proprietary Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) for non-cleared derivatives. The SIMM project...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&As: June 26, 2015 - On June 26, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing eight new questions. The single rulebook Q&As relate...more

EMIR Pensions Exemption

EMIR: Pension funds have been granted a further two-year exemption from central clearing requirements, but what difference does it make in practice? - The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) came into...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Disloyalty for Independent Directors

Public companies incorporated in Delaware frequently adopt a charter provision, pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 102(b)(7), that insulates their directors from monetary damages for breaches of the fiduciary duty of care. Those...more

SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to Form ADV

On May 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several proposals, "Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act Rules," that would require investment advisers to provide additional information on...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 11 • June 2015 (Global)

FRB will extend high-quality liquid asset status to some state and municipal bonds. The FRB has proposed a rule that would recognize certain general obligation state and municipal bonds meeting the same liquidity...more

SEC Halts “Smart Contract” Exchange Built on Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Two entrepreneurs wanted to create a business that centered on valuing private start-up companies. They experimented with models that began with a variation of “fantasy sports,” changed to a contest and became a game. It...more

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

U.S. SEC Approves Proposal to Modernize Investment Company Reporting Regime

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) unanimously approved a proposal (Proposal) to modernize the reporting of information provided by registered investment companies (funds). Guided by the recent...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #3

In This Issue: - US Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Guidance Regarding Calculations of Stage 1 Threshold - US Federal Agencies Issue Final Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of...more

European Supervisory Authorities launch second consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have launched a second consultation on draft Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) outlining the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The document is...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - June 2015

NYDFS Finalizes BitLicense Regulations - On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services released its final BitLicense regulations, which it described as "the first comprehensive framework for regulating...more

Fairer and More Effective Fixed-Income, Currency and Commodity Markets?

At the annual Mansion House speech to the City on Wednesday, 10 June, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney announced an end to “the age of irresponsibility”. Shortly before the Mansion House speeches began, the...more

When $16.5 Million Is Not Enough: Insurer And Reinsurer Battle Over Fronting Arrangement

Lincoln General Insurance Company (“Lincoln”) appealed a district court judgment, despite it having won a $16.5 million dollar tortious interference verdict, to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lincoln alleged that the...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 23

In This Issue: - Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Rule to Require Delivery of an Educational Communication to Customers of a Transferring...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The question of forum selection by the SEC was a key issue this week. While to date suits challenging the SEC’s right to bring an action as an administrative proceeding rather than in federal court have had little success –...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on a Petition from ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for Exemption From Registration as a DCO

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition by ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). ...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Modernize and Enhance Information Reported by Investment Companies and Investment Advisers

On May 20, the Securities Exchange Commission proposed changes to rules affecting the reporting and disclosure obligations of registered investment companies and advisers. Investment Company Proposals: The SEC...more

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

Capital Markets Union - European Commission published a speech by EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill on 17 April 2015, in which he highlighted the benefits of the proposed CMU. Points of interest from the event...more

Kruger: FX Derivatives Gains/Losses Taxed Only When Realized

In Kruger Incorporated v. The Queen (2015 TCC 119), the Tax Court held that the taxpayer could not value its foreign exchange options contracts on a mark-to-market basis, with the result that certain losses were not...more

SEC Proposes to Modernize Reporting/Disclosure by Investment Companies/Advisors

On May 20, 2015 the SEC proposed rules, forms and amendments to modernize the reporting and disclosure of information by registered investment companies and investment advisors. The proposals are seen as a first step in a...more

ESMA Guidelines on the application of Sections C6 and C7 of Annex I to MiFID I

EMSA has recently published Guidelines on which commodity derivatives fall within the definition of "financial instrument" for the purposes of MiFID I. The Guidelines give clarity on the status of forwards, and guidance on...more

Derivatives End-Users Granted Interim Relief from Trade Reporting Obligations for Inter-Affiliate Transactions

Trade reporting obligations take effect in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba (Applicable Provinces) on June 30, 2015 and will require over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions between “End-Users” to be reported if either or...more

ESMA Calls for EMIR Modifications to UCITS Directive

On May 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion to the EU institutions (including the Commission, Parliament and Council) calling for a modification of the Directive for Undertakings for...more

SEC Proposes Heightened Data and Reporting Rules for Funds and Advisers, Ponders New Rules on Derivatives and Leverage

At an open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Chair Mary Jo White announced to enhance SEC reporting by investment companies and investment advisers. Data collection. The SEC proposed rules that...more

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