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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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

The lure of South Korea - South Korea: Building for the future

South Korea's "can-do" business attitude and healthy regard for innovation make it a top destination for foreign investment. South Korea is a dynamic, export-led economy that is actively sending a signal to global...more

Director of SEC’s Enforcement Division Speaks About Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, Andrew Ceresney, the director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division (Division), gave a speech highlighting the sweeping changes that have occurred in equity market structure over the...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

Amendment to MiFIR published in OJEU

A correction to the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) has been published in the OJEU. The amendment has been made to include Article 4(6), ...more

IFLR Publishes Bankers’ Counsel Poll on Initial Public Offerings

The International Financial Law Review (IFLR)’s Bankers’ Counsel Poll was compiled with Morrison & Foerster LLP. With input from partners Anna Pinedo and James Tanenbaum, poll questions were formulated. Using recommendations...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Amending Solvency II Delegated Regulation on Treatment of infrastructure and ELTIF...

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation amending the Solvency II Delegated Regulation (EU 2015(35)) concerning the calculation of regulatory capital requirements for several categories of assets held by...more

The Regulatory State: May We Have A Little Humility, Please?

The Great Equity Correction of 2015 that is now being enjoyed by all of us is a correction, and not the beginning, of the Great Bear Market of 2015 (from my lips to God’s ears). It reminds me of just how little we know about...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2016 - On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective October 1, the fees that public companies and...more

New UK Financial List for Resolution of Complex Financial Disputes

The UK is to introduce a new means of resolving high value or complex financial disputes, to be known as the Financial List. This will be a specialist list for the following types of claims: - Financial claims of £50...more

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