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Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In...more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 1 - January 26 , 2015

In This Issue: - FINRA Releases 2015 Regulatory and Exam Priorities Letter: Structured Products Remain an Area of Focus - OCIE Exam Priorities: 2015 - In Re: TVIX Securities Litigation - Second...more

FINRA Issues Regulatory and Examination Priorities for 2015

On January 6, 2015, FINRA set forth its regulatory and examination priorities (the “Priorities Letter”) for 2015, providing insight into FINRA’s concerns about the operation of the securities industry and markets. The...more

SEC Sanctions Two Exchanges for Failing to Accurately Describe Order Types and Making Preferential Disclosure to High Frequency...

On January 12, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had obtained a $14 million settlement against two exchanges formerly owned by Direct Edge Holdings, EDGA and EDGX (the “Respondent Exchanges”) for...more

SEC Brings Action Against Exchanges Centered on Order Types

There was a time when orders for securities were straight forward – buy, sell, limit and perhaps a few variations. Now, however, there is a multiplicity of order types as Michael Lewis points out in his book “Flash Boys.” ...more

CSRC Issues New Provisions

The provisions detail a new regime for privately placed, exchange-traded, and asset-backed securities in China. On November 19, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued the long-awaited Provisions on...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come ..The Results Are In: Investors Favor Additional Regulatory Protection ..SEC Declines to Approve Non-Transparent...more

SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come

The SEC offered a peek into what new rule proposals we can expect in the coming months. The sneak preview includes some eye openers, like proposed rules to require funds to adopt liquidity management programs and...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 8 - December 2014

In This Issue: - Key Regulators Speak at Structured Products Conference - FINRA Shows Its CARDS; It Will Use Big Data to Review Suitability of Complex Products Sales - FINRA’s Proposed Bond Mark-up...more

SEC Issues Notice of Intention to Grant Application for New Non-Transparent, Actively-Managed “Exchange-Traded Managed Fund”

On November 6, 2014, the SEC issued a notice of intention to grant an application for exemptive relief (the “Application”) under the Investment Company Act, as amended (the “1940 Act”), filed on behalf of Eaton Vance...more

SEC Intends to Grant Exemptive Relief to Permit Exchange-Traded Managed Funds

On November 6, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued notice of its intent to grant Eaton Vance Management (“Eaton Vance”) and related parties exemptive relief from various provisions of the Investment...more

SEC Denies Two Proposed Applications for Non-Transparent Active ETFs

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission took an unprecedented action on Wednesday in issuing a preliminary denial to two exemptive relief applications under the Investment...more

Investment Management Firm Discloses Wells Notice Over Performance Claims

F-Squared Investments, Inc. (F-Squared), a registered investment manager that provides portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), recently disclosed that it received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

ESMA Discussion Paper on Calculation of Counterparty Risk by UCITS for OTC Derivatives Subject to EMIR Clearing

On July 23, ESMA published a discussion paper on how the limits on counterparty risk in centrally cleared OTC derivative transactions under the UCITS IV Directive should be calculated, and whether the same rules for both OTC...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds -...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 27

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor...more

FINRA Continues Focusing on Suitability of Complex, Non-Traditional ETFs

FINRA recently announced another settled disciplinary proceeding alleging unsuitable sales of levered and inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This second such announcement in recent months involving non-traditional ETFs...more

Two Months to Comply With European Reporting Rules for Derivatives – What Buy-Side Entities Need To Know

Many of the provisions of the Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories, known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation 648/2012 (“EMIR”), are now in effect throughout the...more

First steps on the path forward: As US swap execution facilities go live, the EU’s move to mandatory exchange trading continues....

At their September 2009 summit in Pittsburgh, G20 leaders agreed that by no later than December 2012, all standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms ‘where...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 15 • August 15, 2013

ESMA proposes delay in reporting date for exchange traded derivatives. The European Securities and Markets Authority has sent the European Commission its Final Report proposing an amendment to Article 5 of the Commission...more

Second Circuit Addresses Materiality of Alleged Omissions at the Pleading Stage

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a noteworthy decision regarding the standard for judging the materiality of alleged omissions in a class action lawsuit brought under Section...more

New Paradigms In Investor Liquidity: Private And 'Off-Market' Resales Of Securities Under Rule 144 And Beyond

I. Introduction - Over the past decade, a paradigm shift has been occurring in the capital markets that has opened a new panoply of options for security holders desiring liquidity. Originally Published in...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 6 -- April 26, 2013

In This Issue: FINRA Issues Guidance on Backtested Performance Data; FINRA’s Ketchum Discusses Structured Products; and Update Regarding TRACE and Rule 144A Securities. Excerpt from FINRA Issues Guidance on...more

FINRA Formalizes Position on Pre-Inception Index Performance Data

Interpretive letter outlines the conditions for the use of exchange-traded product marketing materials containing pre-inception index performance, including disclosure requirements, performance presentation standards, and a...more

Exemptive Relief filed for New “Exchange-Traded Managed Fund”

On March 27, 2013, Eaton Vance applied to the SEC for exemptive relief for a new type of exchange-traded fund, which it calls an exchange-traded managed fund (“ETMF”). Exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), particularly actively...more

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