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Food for Thought, part 4

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

FCA Publishes Two Papers on the Effectiveness of UK Primary Markets

by Jones Day on

In the FCA's 2016/2017 Business Plan, one of the FCA's main priorities was to carry out a review of the structure of the United Kingdom's primary markets in order to ensure that they continue to serve the needs of both...more

Proskauer’s 2017 Global High-Yield Bond Study

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Proskauer’s Leveraged Finance Group has released its 2017 Global High-Yield Bond Study, which provides dealmakers, issuers and investors with an in-depth look at deal terms and trends in the high-yield bond market. The...more

High yield bond to IPO—a natural progression

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 3 - The steps taken in a high yield bond issuance can be leveraged as a company considers an IPO. Below is a road map for high yield bond issuers contemplating an initial...more

"Volatility and Uncertainty Continue in the US Capital Markets"

The U.S. capital markets experienced continued volatility throughout much of 2016, as the bond and equity markets were affected by a series of significant events: the November U.S. presidential election; the June Brexit vote;...more

"Mergers and Acquisitions: 2016 Update"

Global mergers and acquisitions volume in 2016 declined from the record levels set in 2015, but activity was nonetheless strong by historical standards. Value of global deals was approximately $3.7 trillion, an annual total...more

Valuation Disconnect Leads to 2016 IPO Drought

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

2016 turned out to be a terrible year for IPOs, both in terms of number of deals and aggregate proceeds. According to Renaissance Capital’s U.S. IPO Market 2016 Annual Review, only 105 companies went public on U.S....more

We’re Entering TrumpWorld – The Fed to Raise Rates Today

As the Fed wraps up their last of its eight 2-day meetings this year it’s likely to raise its key short-term interest rate by 0.25% or 25 basis points. So, what’s motivating the Fed to raise the rate? A number of factors...more

EU Legislation on Indices and Recognized Exchanges under the Capital Requirements Regulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Implementing Technical Standards listing the main indices and recognized exchanges for the use of eligible collateral in accordance with the Capital Requirements Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the...more

Venture Exchange Regulation: Listing Standards, Market Microstructure, and Investor Protection

This summer, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Main Street Growth Act, which calls for legislative changes to promote the formation of venture exchanges. The idea that securities exchanges specially designed...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 36

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - On September 14, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech titled “Equity Market Structure in 2016 and for the Future”...more

Taking stock: Going public in volatile times

by Reed Smith on

The third report in our Deal Dimensions series, written in collaboration with Mergermarket and launched today, reveals that a wave of IPOs could hit the global markets within the next 12 months. The study of senior executives...more

The SEC Audit Trail – Several Industry Groups See Problems as Currently Proposed

Last week, several securities industry groups filed critical responses to the SEC’s plan for an audit trail. While most groups that commented on the SEC’s proposed regulation supported implementing the proposal, several had...more

The FCA Peers Into Dark Pools

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On July 21, 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom (UK) published a thematic review: UK equity market dark pools - Role, promotion and oversight in wholesale markets. Background - The...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

Brexit – Okay, I Really Do Care!  (I Think)

by Dechert LLP on

Back in early April I observed in this commentary that I wasn’t really sure how much Brexit mattered, at least here in North America. Of course, looking back, I realized we issued it on April Fool’s Day and now I simply...more

Brexit: What Now?

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The vote is not legally binding but Prime Minister David Cameron has already acknowledged that the will of the people must be followed. We consider the key preliminary...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #7

by Dentons on

Treasury updates sanctions - Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea, to reflect new prohibitions on dealing with any person in the country. It has also updated the guidance from the Office of...more

SEC's Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Considers an Access Fee Pilot and Changes to the Regulation of Trading Venues

by WilmerHale on

On April 26, 2016, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its fourth meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

Ketchum Clarifies How FINRA Will Assess a Firm’s Culture of Compliance

In an April 15, 2016 speech to the Brookings Institution, FINRA CEO Richard G. Ketchum addressed the fundamental question of whether the equity markets are sufficiently fair, flexible, and efficient to encourage the...more

SEC's Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Considers Market Volatility and Customer Issues

by WilmerHale on

The Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its third meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC on February 2, 2016. The Committee is considering...more

Primed for PIPEs

Volatile markets often require issuers to raise capital through PIPE transactions. We have collected data regarding PIPE transactions in the below infographic...more

At-the-Market Offerings by Canadian Issuers

Recent capital markets conditions have made at-the-market (ATM) offerings an attractive alternative to traditional follow-on equity offerings. ATM offerings reduce execution risk by permitting equity to be sold into the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 1

T+2 Settlement and Structured Notes - Introduction - In December 2015, the “T+2 Industry Steering Committee” published its Implementation Playbook. The Playbook is intended to provide, among other things, a...more

Research Note: Equity Market Volatility on August 24, 2015

On December 29, 2015, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Analytics and Research Division of Trading and Markets published a research note (Research Note) on the unusual price volatility that the...more

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