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The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

We all face a number of risks every day. Yet, we do not respond to each and every risk. We engage in risk-ranking our responses. Some are more risk than others and some are more catastrophic than others. So, we engage in risk...more

The Only Thing You Have to Fear . . . Is No Documentation

Compliance is a profession that requires multi-tasking – another profound grasp of the obvious. But in the multi-tasking world, some principles and strategies are more important than others. My colleague and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #4

Breaking News - Solicitor General Files Brief in Madden v. Midland Funding - On May 24, the U.S Solicitor General (SG) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) in the matter of Madden v. Midland...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFPB Proposes Prohibition on Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses - On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and sought comment on proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses...more

Broker, Compliance Officer Fined For AML Failures

Money laundering continues to be a key focus of regulators. Recently, for example, FINCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery discussed money laundering through real estate transactions. Earlier this year the SEC brought an...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - May 2016

The SEC, along with the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the National Credit Union Administration, proposed a joint...more

SEC Affirms Sanctions on Stanford’s CCO

The SEC recently affirmed its ALJ’s ruling barring Alan Stanford’s former CCO from the industry and ordering monetary penalties of $260,000 together with $591,992 in disgorgement. The Commission held the CCO approved false...more

Are Your Company’s Legal, Due-Diligence, De-risking, or Compliance Obligations Impacted by the “Panama Papers”?

In an unprecedented event earlier this week, 11.5 million files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were allegedly leaked. Assuming they are genuine, as appears to be the case, these “Panama Papers” offer a...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Revising Fund Disclosure in Light of Changing Market Conditions

On March 2, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued new guidance (the “Guidance”) to registered investment companies and their investment advisers regarding the dynamic...more

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #2 – Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Compliance

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our second consideration was Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and OFAC compliance in 2016. Compliance with the...more

Investment Insights - Top 10 Takeaways (November 2015)

Cybersecurity is more than a compliance issue, it is a business issue for all businesses, including investment advisers. What do your policies and procedures say and are you actively following them? How are your service...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending November 6, 2015)

Conflicts and investment fund fraud cases were the focus this week. The SEC brought two actions in each category. In addition, a settled insider trading action was filed....more

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Reporting Rules for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rules that would require registered investment advisers to adopt anti-money laundering (AML) programs and report...more

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Another Round of Favorable SEC Settlements, But Only for Underwriters that Self-Reported

The SEC has rolled out its second wave of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for alleged securities violations in municipal bond offerings in connection with its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

New Study Highlights Anti-Bribery & Corruption Gaps & Risks

Everyone reading this post should have conducted a corporate risk assessment (CRA) in the past couple years. If not, stop reading and go conduct one now. Seriously, how can you know if your compliance program resources,...more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

Using the Internet to Raise Money: Securities Laws and Crowdfunding

There are many services available to emerging companies to raise money through crowdfunding. As an entrepreneur or leader of a company evaluating these options, it is important to understand the basic legal foundations of...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

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

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