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ETF Boards Need to Apply Gartenberg Differently

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The differences between the respective cost structures of exchange-traded funds and mutual funds and the nature of advisory services provided for each product may require boards to think about the Gartenberg factors...more

MiFID II / MiFIR Update – May 2017

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Reporting Obligation (Article 26 of MiFIR / RTS 22) - 28 July 2016 – European Commission adopted Delegated Regulation supplementing Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council with...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

SEC Modernization in Plain English: Decoding the Regulation

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Practical points on managing SEC Modernization. INTRODUCTION - On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final Investment Company Reporting Modernization rules and forms for the...more

SEC Order Prevents Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC declined to approve a rule change submitted by Bats BZX Exchange designed to permit the listing and trading the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The SEC said it did not approve the proposed rule change because it did not...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

How effective are the UK's primary markets? The FCA asks for feedback on suggestions for market reform

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On 14 February 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published: a discussion paper: 'Review of the Effectiveness of Primary Markets: The UK Primary Markets Landscape' (DP 17/2) which prompts a discussion on the...more

IRS Releases New Regulations Regarding Dividend Equivalents

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Code...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

Much-Anticipated Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Guidance Provides Promised Transition Relief

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has released Notice 2016-76, providing anticipated guidance and transition relief for certain dividend equivalent transactions described in section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal...more

Summary of New SEC Requirements for Open-End Fund Liquidity Risk Management and Amendments to Permit Use of “Swing Pricing”

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On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) unanimously adopted regulatory changes that require open-end funds, including traditional mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, to establish...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Merrill Lynch has already staked out the position in response to the DOL’s retirement account fiduciary duty rule that it would no longer offer commission-based IRAs to retirement savers. Yesterday, it effectively doubled...more

OCIE By the Numbers and the Use of Big Data

On October 17, 2016, Marc Wyatt, the Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspection and Examinations, gave a keynote address to the National Society of Compliance Professionals titled: Inside the National Exam Program...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 10

FINRA Revises its Proposed Amendments to Rule 2210 - In our recent Client Alert, we wrote about the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.’s proposed changes to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public. One of...more

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

Better Late Than Never: The LSTA’s New Delayed Compensation Standard for Assignments of Par/Near Par Loans

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a long-awaited development, the delayed compensation standard for late settlement of par/near par loans is changing in important ways starting on September 1, 2016. On that date, the no-fault system for delayed...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #4

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ESMA publishes EU MAR Q&A - ESMA has published a Q&A document relating to practical issues surrounding the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR). It clarifies the scope of firms subject to the EU MAR...more

Investment Management Update - April 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #9

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ESRB extends deadline for recommendations on funding credit institutions - ESRB has published a Recommendation which it adopted concerning changes to the set of recommendations on the funding of credit institutions. EBA...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 7 - April 2016 (Global)

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- United States US indicts Iranian computer specialists for cyberattacks on banks and a dam. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #2

CFTC Again Extends Deadlines for New OCR Compliance; Puts Pressure on FCM Clients Who Will Not Provide Adequate Information Regarding Trading Control - Late last week, staff of the Division of Market Oversight of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 14

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Expansion of Supplement Schedule for Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items - On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-11...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 13

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Proposes Amendment to Transactions in Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares Rule - On March 29, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

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Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Investment Management Update - March 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. SEC, FINRA...more

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