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CFPB Proposes Changes to Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans Exemption Threshold

On August 4, 2016 the CFPB published for comment proposed substantive and organizational changes to the Regulation Z Commentary regarding the calculation of the annual exemption threshold  amount for the special appraisal...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Companies Engaged in Resource Extraction

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules which require “resource extraction issuers” to disclose annually the type and amount of payments that they (or their subsidiaries or entities under...more

Community Banks Win Exemption From Dodd-Frank Margin Requirements

Community banks and other small financial institutions will not have to post margin for their noncleared swap transactions. On August 1, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and amendments to Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) (See SEC...more

SEC Proposes Higher Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients under the Advisers Act

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed to increase the net worth threshold for qualified clients from $2 million to $2.1 million. This proposed adjustment is being made...more

CFTC Further Reduces Regulatory Burdens Associated with Commodity Options

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action to further reduce the regulatory requirements associated with commodity trade options through issuance of a final rule that took effect on...more

CFTC Approves Amendment to Trade Options Exemption

The CFTC recently amended its trade option exemption to exclude certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements if a party to the option is a commercial end user of the underlying commodity. The broadened exemption provides...more

No-Action Relief from CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) Clearing Requirement

CFTC grants no-action relief regarding the application of the exemption in CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) to swaps that are not subject to a clearing requirement. On February 12, 2016 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Annual Reports & Best Practices for VCs and Other Exempt Reporting Advisers

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) created a new classification called “exempt reporting advisers” (ERAs) for advisers who are exempt from investment adviser registration as...more

RMBS Risk Retention is Here

It's official. Risk retention became effective for residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) on December 24, 2015. Since the final rules (the “Rules”) were issued, there has been a lot of talk throughout the broader...more

OCIE Extends Exams to Exempt Reporting Advisers

Marc Wyatt, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), indicated on November 20, 2015 that the OCIE staff is now examining “Exempt Reporting Advisers”...more

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rule

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule to implement the requirement of Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) that public...more

SEC Extends Specified Temporary Relief Related to Security-Based Swaps

On September 15, the SEC issued an order extending temporary exemptions and exceptions from compliance with certain provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) applicable to security-based swaps (SB...more

Alert: SEC Adopts Final Pay-Ratio Rule

On August 5, 2015, the SEC adopted a final rule to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, often referred to as the pay-ratio provision. The pay-ratio provision mandates...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted long-awaited final rules on CEO pay ratio disclosure (the “Rules”), which require that almost every SEC registrant disclose the ratio of the annual...more

SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rules

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3-2 to approve its controversial pay ratio rules. The rules were adopted pursuant to the mandate of Section 953(b)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Dodd-Frank at 4: Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? As we mark another milestone in regulatory reform with the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, it strikes us that although most studies required to be undertaken by the Act...more

A User's Guide to Volcker Rule Complexities

Increasingly, we receive questions from prospective investors in covered bonds on whether an investment is prohibited or limited under the Volcker Rule, which was adopted by the various agencies under section 619 of the...more

Non-U.S. Investment Funds and Managers: Regulatory Framework for Raising Capital in the United States

U.S. regulation of money managers, including non-U.S. managers, and the funds they manage is a complex regime that has changed significantly since the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Reform and Consumer Protection Act of...more

New Legislation Exempts Swap End Users From Margin Requirements

The House and Senate have passed legislation which provides that swap end-users do not have to provide initial and variation margin for uncleared swaps as previously required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The provision is...more

Truth in Lending Act and Consumer Leasing Act Dollar Thresholds Raised: Fewer Transactions Exempt

More consumer credit and leasing transactions will be subject to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Consumer Leasing Act (CLA) in 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the dollar threshold for exemption of most consumer...more

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

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