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Future Uncertain After SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETFs

by Goodwin on

On March 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rejected the highly anticipated Winklevoss twins’ COIN bitcoin exchange traded fund (“ETF”), causing the digital currency to plummet 18% in value, to $978.76,...more

What Do the SEC’s Recent Bitcoin Disapproval Orders Really Mean for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Regulators responded to a narrow question about trading bitcoin-based securities, with orders that should not limit innovation in bitcoin technologies. On March 10, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

Significant Update of the General Regulations of the AMF ("GRAMF") - The Arrêté of 27 February 2017 and published to the Official Journal on 7 March 2017 has amended significantly the General Regulations of the AMF (the...more

WSGR Fintech Update - April 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the April 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition includes an article addressing guidance recently published by the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

SEC Rejects Second Bitcoin ETF Due to Lack of Regulatory Oversight

by Reed Smith on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a second denial of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (“ETF”), following its rejection of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust earlier this month. SolidX Bitcoin...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2017: SEC Approves New Continued Listing Standards for ETFs

by Dechert LLP on

Since their U.S. introduction in 1993, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) – which have grown to over 1,800 products with holdings of over $2.7 trillion1 – have operated under exemptive relief from many of the Securities and...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Asset Managers: Are You Ready for Your Exam? Steps You Should Take Now

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Last week we told you about the five biggest pet peeves of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) when examining investment advisers. This week, we want to get you ready for your exam. Here are the...more

SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF Proposal Citing Lack of Regulation

by Reed Smith on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC“) issued an order disapproving BATS BZX Exchange’s proposal to list and trade shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The proposal, if granted, would have...more

Reminder that the List of Securities Subject to Hong Kong Short Position Reporting will be Expanded with Effect from 15 March 2017

Market participants are currently only required to report short positions in 138 SEHK-listed securities (in accordance with the list of specified shares published by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on 10 February...more

Assessing the Prospect of a Bitcoin ETF As Deadline Looms

by Goodwin on

For the last 3 1/2 years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been considering whether to approve placement of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF (Nasdaq: COIN) on the Bats exchange. The Bats exchange is currently...more

The Bitcoin Blockchain: SEC May Approve Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin ETF

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Blockchain has been compared to the early days of the Internet: nearly everyone believes that it’s a world-changing technology with tremendous potential, but no-one can predict who the ultimate winners will be or what impacts...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

AMF - Update of the MiFID II guide for asset management companies - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) updated its MiFID II Guide for Asset Management Companies on 6...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

Is a Bitcoin ETF Destined For Failure?

by Goodwin on

For the last three and a half years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been considering whether to approve placement of the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF (“COIN”) on the Bats exchange. However, the SEC’s inaction...more

Federal District Court Rebuffs Attempt by Navy Sailors to Satisfy Judgment Against Republic of Sudan by Attaching Assets Held by...

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a victory to banks seeking to prevent judgment creditors from attaching assets “blocked” pursuant to Office of Foreign...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Efficiency at What Cost? Advantages of a Separate Board for ETFs

by WilmerHale on

Exchange-traded fund (ETF) products and sales have proliferated dramatically in the past five years and the trend promises to continue. It is no surprise then that established mutual fund companies have been eager to enter...more

Funds Talk: February 2017

Private Fund Advisers, Robo-Advisers, ETFs Among SEC, FINRA Exam Priorities for 2017 - As the new year begins, U.S. regulators highlighted the areas – some new and some familiar – which will be the focus of their...more

SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Sets Top Examination Priorities for 2017

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On January 12, 2017, SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) revealed where it plans to focus its attention throughout this year. By broadening its scope, OCIE will address a wide array...more

The Commencement of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect – a New and Direct Way to Access China's Capital Market

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following the official launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect ("Shanghai Connect") on 17 November 2014, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC") and the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC")...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

OCIE 2017 Exam Priorities: Focus on Retail, Elderly and Retirement Investors; Market Risks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC’s National Examination Program (NEA) of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced that its examination priorities in 2017 will focus on three general areas: retail investors, risks...more

FINRA’s Most Significant 2016 Enforcement Actions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization for broker-dealers, brings about 1,500 enforcement actions a year. Often lost in the volume of actions, however, are the ones that merit...more

SEC’s 2017 Exam Priorities

by Burr & Forman on

OCIE released its 2017 exam priorities on January 12. The priorities list was most notable for being shorter than prior years. But that likely means only more focus, rather than less vigor....more

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