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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

FINRA Bar Results from Assertion of Fifth Amendment Right against Self-Incrimination in Criminal Action - On October 5, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) barred an indicted investment adviser,...more

SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Programs for Funds

On October 13, the SEC adopted rule reforms designed to improve liquidity risk management by open-end funds. Liquidity Risk Management Programs - Under the reforms, mutual funds (excluding money market funds) and...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued a joint announcement on 25 November 2016 approving the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock...more

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHC Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

TIC SHC is a mandatory benchmark study commissioned by the Treasury and administered by the FRBNY every five years.3 The survey reviews holdings of foreign portfolio securities – including short- and long-term securities and...more

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