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The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 1 January 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, announced in FINRA’s 11th annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, published earlier this week, that...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants - On December 16, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a new regulation for...more

CFTC Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT)

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) held an open meeting at which it unanimously approved its long-anticipated notice of proposed rules referred to as Regulation Automated Trading...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Federal Housing Administration Announces New Loan Limits for 2016 - On December 9, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration ("FHA") announced its schedule of loan limits for the 2016 calendar year. The new schedule,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 47

SEC/CORPORATE - FAST Act Legislation and Impact on Securities Law - On December 4, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This transportation bill includes...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Performance and Accountability Report - On November 16. 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that analyzes its duties as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

MiFID II Overhaul of Financial Market Rules to be Delayed - The MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) seeks to implement a major overhaul of existing legislation concerning the structures within which financial instruments are...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 39

SEC/CORPORATE - House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills - On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015

ESMA Publishes Final Technical Standards for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued the equivalent of final rules (known as “technical standards”) to implement three cornerstones of the European...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 36

BROKER-DEALER SEC - Extends Specified Temporary Relief Related to Security-Based Swaps - On September 15, the SEC issued an order extending temporary exemptions and exceptions from compliance with certain...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - September 2015

District Court Holds that Assignee is Not Entitled to Safe Harbor Protections - On May 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Central District of California affirmed a bankruptcy court order finding that a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 18 - September 2015 (Global)

Casino games are designed with a house advantage. Mathematically, the house advantage is a measure of how much the house expects to win, expressed as a percentage of the player’s wager. The house advantage is the difference...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015

Alleged Flash Crasher's Formal Indictment Provides More Details Regarding His Purported Spoofing - The US Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Navinder Singh Sarao in a US federal court in Chicago on...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 17 - September 2015 (US)

We all love to quote statistics when they tend to support whatever position we may be advocating. At the same time, however, we are often loath to take the time and effort to respond to surveys or provide information needed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Potential Damages in RMBS Suit Against WMC Mortgage Drastically Reduced - On August 18, Judge Denise Cote of the federal district court for the Southern District of New York addressed the appropriate measure of potential...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 34

CFTC - CFTC Announces Upcoming Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting - The CFTC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on September 22 to address speculative positions limits for...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #5

Charles Schwab Fined US $2 Million by FINRA for Net Capital Deficiencies: Charles Schwab & Co. agreed to pay US $2 million to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to resolve allegations that it had net capital...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 32

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Upholds Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule - CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #3

Hackers and Traders Charged by SEC and Department of Justice in International Securities Fraud Scheme - The computer servers of three major newswire companies were allegedly hacked as part of an elaborate illicit...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #2

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

Dodd-Frank at 4: Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? As we mark another milestone in regulatory reform with the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, it strikes us that although most studies required to be undertaken by the Act...more

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