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SEC Adopts Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) unanimously adopted final rules regarding the application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major Security-based Swap Participant”...more

SEC Finalizes Cross-Border Rule for Security-Based Swaps

On June 25, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted the first in a series of final rules and interpretive guidance related to U.S. regulation of cross-border security-based swap activities....more

Additional Volcker Rule Guidance Addresses Some Low-Hanging Fruit

When the Volcker Rule was issued by the bank regulators in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (collectively, the Agencies) last December (the Final Rule), it...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Recent Developments Affecting Banking Entities, Funds and Securitization Vehicles

Following years of incubation, in December 2013, five U.S. regulatory agencies – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

SEC’s Final Municipal Advisor Registration Rules Will Take Effect on July 1, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) temporary stay on its final municipal advisor rules under Section 15B of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) expires July 1, 2014. Accordingly, municipal...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

SEC Updates Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Municipal Advisor Registration Rules

The SEC’s Office of Municipal Securities has updated its frequently asked questions (the “FAQs”) that present its views regarding various aspects of the SEC’s municipal advisor registration rules (the “Final Rules”). (See...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

Crowdfunding PART 3(A)– Alternatives: Rewards-Based Crowdfunding

The prior 2 crowdfunding discussions focused on what crowdfunding is under Title III of the JOBS Act and its potential disadvantages should the SEC and FINRA ever get around to promulgating the applicable final rules…...more

SEC Adopts Retail Foreign Exchange Rule in Order to Prevent Dodd-Frank Amendment from Disrupting the Retail Forex Markets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 11, 2013 adopted Rule 15b12-1 (“Final Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (“Exchange Act”) in order to allow market participants to continue...more

SEC Rule 506 Amendments and Blue Sky

The Securities and Exchange Commission took some long-awaited action in the area of private offerings at its open meeting on July 10, 2013. The Commission issued two releases adopting final rules (i) to eliminate the...more

Law Firm Verification Of Accredited Investor Status

The SEC suggests in its final rules eliminating the ban on general solicitation that law firms may be in a position to verify accredited investor status for issuers conducting Rule 506(c) offerings. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 19, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Extends Interim Final Temporary Rule for Broker-Dealers Engaging in a Retail Forex Business - FINRA Announces Targeted Examination Letter Regarding High-Frequency Trading - CFTC...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Change That Requires Reporting OTC Equity Transactions Within 10 Seconds

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a proposed rule change by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requiring that transactions and transaction cancellations in over-the-counter (OTC) equity securities...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- May 20‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The conflation of three scandals clearly tainted President Obama...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- May 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Allows Limited Use of Social Media for Public Disclosure; Federal Reserve Board Publishes a Final Rule Specifying when Nonbank Firms are “Predominantly Engaged in...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 10, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Roundtable Discusses Current Securities Law Topics at 33rd Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute - SEC Reopening Comment Periods for Certain Rulemaking Releases and...more

SEC and CFTC Issue Final Joint Rules on “Red Flags” Compliance

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity and Futures Trade Commission (“CFTC”) (together, the “Commissions”) have issued final joint rules and guidelines that require certain entities regulated by the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 8, 2013

UK Financial Services Regulatory Handover - On April 1, the long-awaited handover of power from the FSA to the "twin-peaks system," consisting of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - April 5, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PAYMENTS - Excerpt from Payments: CFPB...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - April 5, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Recommendations - SEC Provides Guidance Regarding Social Media and Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD) - SEC Amends...more

Swap Definitions Rules Finalized by the SEC and the CFTC under Dodd-Frank

Introduction - On July 18, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC” and, together with the SEC, the “Commissions”) jointly published several final rules...more

CFTC, SEC Finalize Swap Product Definitions

I. Introduction - On July 9 and 10, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, the “Commissions”) approved joint final rules and interpretations (the “Swap...more

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