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Overhaul of Washington State Investment Adviser Rules: What it Means for Hedge, Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Managers...

In June 2014, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division amended the rules applicable to investment advisers in the state of Washington in Chapter 460-24A of the Washington Administrative...more

Tribal Lenders File Opposition to CFPB’s Motion to Enforce Civil Investigative Demand

Resisting the CFPB’s enforcement petition filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, as they resisted the petition in proceedings before the CFPB, a group of tribally-affiliated lenders...more

SEC Further Extends Securities Law Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

The SEC adopted amendments to the expiration dates of certain interim final rules adopted in July 2011. The interim final rules provide exemptions under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and...more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules, Interpretations and Commentary to Adjust the Exemption Threshold to Regulations M and Z

On Monday, November 25, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) issued final rules amending its Regulation Z (Truth In Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) in accordance with the requirements of...more

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry...more

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created Section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act...more

The Volcker Rule: A First Look at Key Changes

On December 10, 2013, five U.S. financial regulators (the Agencies) adopted a final rule implementing the Volcker Rule. The text of the final rule and its accompanying preamble are available here. The Volcker Rule was created...more

Volker Rule Has Vague Guidance About Prohibited Compensation

The so-called Volker Rule, as required to be implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act, generally prohibits any banking entity from engaging in proprietary trading. The final rule has been adopted by the Office of the Comptroller of...more

CFTC Issues Guidance, Exemptions In Advance of SEF Rule Compliance Date

Staff responds to industry concerns and confusion surrounding SEF operations and onboarding. One of the key aspects of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) is...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

CFTC Approves Final Cooperative Swap Clearing Exemption Rule and Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relied - On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued a final rule to exempt...more

New Rule 506(d) "Bad Actor" Disqualification - A Continuous Diligence Headache for Emerging Companies

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC on July 10, 2013, adopted final Rule 506(d) to "disqualify felons and other bad actors" from Regulation D private offerings. New Rule 506(d) identifies persons and triggering events...more

Finally, SEC Adopts Regulation to Permit General Solicitation in 506 Offerings—Worth the Wait?

Yesterday, the SEC adopted its final rules to eliminate the prohibition on general solicitation in Rule 506 Offerings as well as rules that prohibit certain “bad actors” from relying on Rule 506 exemptions. As detailed in my...more

Legal Alert: DOL Proposes to Substitute Creditworthiness Determinations for Credit Ratings in ERISA Prohibited Transaction Class...

On June 21, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) published proposed amendments to certain class exemptions required by Section 939 A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which directs federal...more

NYSE and NASDAQ Listing Rules for Compensation Committees | Scheduled to Take Effect as Early as July 1, 2013

This past January, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) approved new corporate governance listing rules proposed by each of the New York Stock Exchange (the NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (the NASDAQ) pursuant...more

Federal Reserve Board Report Finds Interchange Fee Exemption Benefiting Small Issuers

On May 23, the Federal Reserve Board issued a report showing that the exemption designed to protect small debit card issuers from interchange fee standards applied to large issuers is working as intended. ...more

Deadline Approaches for Amending Compensation Committee Charters

Companies must comply with certain final NYSE and NASDAQ listing rules by July 1. By July 1, affected companies must comply with recent amendments to the listing rules of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The CFTC, SEC, And Fed

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved a final order that exempts certain non-financial energy derivative transactions between and amongst government-owned electric...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - February 8, 2013

In this issue: - ISS Announces ISS Governance QuickScore to Replace GRId - Petitioners File Opening Brief Challenging SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule - SEC Roundtable Discusses Decimalization and Tick Sizes -...more

SEC Extends Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On January 29, the SEC amended the expiration dates in its interim final rules that provide exemptions for security-based swaps that, prior to July 16, 2012, were security-based swap agreements and are defined as “securities”...more

OCC Regulations Affecting Bank Note Offerings Become Effective

On January 1, 2013, the new regulations of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) amending Part 16.6 of the OCC’s securities offering rules became effective. These rules govern the exemption from OCC...more

CFTC Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Swap Provisions of Dodd-Frank

On December 21, 2012, the CFTC approved an exemptive order which provides relief from certain cross-border applications of the swaps provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act and the related regulations....more

CFTC Final Interpretive Guidance on Foreign Regulators’ Indemnification and Confidentiality Obligations

On October 22, the CFTC issued final interpretive guidance to, under certain circumstances, exempt foreign regulators from the indemnification and confidentiality provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act....more

CFTC Proposes Inter-Affiliate Clearing Exemption

On August 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a proposed rule to exempt swaps between certain affiliated entities from the clearing requirement set forth in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

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