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UK Regulator Consults on Qualification Standards for Financial Advisers

The Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper on proposed updates to the current appropriate qualification examination standards. Individuals within regulated firms that, for example, advise on securities,...more

Corporate & Business Transactions Tips

Here are 5 tips for positioning the strongest possible partnership when starting your new company: - 1. FREQUENT AND DETAILED COMMUNICATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. The most effective CEOs and CFOs are sophisticated...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Suit To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award

This case involved an underlying arbitration before an arbitration panel operating under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules, which was brought by Judith and Kenneth Goldman against their financial...more

Broker-Dealers dealing with The New Fiduciary Rule: Some Guidance

I’ve been hired by a couple of broker-dealers in how to develop a plan to comply with the new fiduciary rule. Unlike some of my competitors, all of my fees are based on a flat fee (cheap plug here). I’m often asked how a...more

The New DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the final version of its “investment advice” regulation (Final Rule), which is widely expected to impact significantly the financial services industry, including registered investment...more

Navigating the DOL’s New Fiduciary Rules: A Game Plan for Broker-Dealers

This OnPoint focuses on the new and amended fiduciary investment advice regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (Final Rules), from the perspective of...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2016

A Conditional Primary Obligation to Pay Is Not a Penalty - In iTronic Holdings Pte Ltd v Tan Swee Leon [2016] SGHC 77 (Singapore High Court, 21 April 2016), the Singapore High Court held that an obligation to pay a...more

In re Volcano Corporation Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016) (Montgomery-Reeves, V.C.).

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duty under Chancery Rule 12(b)(6), holding that an irrebuttable business judgment rule standard applies to a merger effected under...more

401(k) Plan Participants want help, give it to them

Charles Schwab announced their 2016 401(k) participant survey and it states the obvious: 401(k) participants need help. Less than half (43%) of participants know how much they should save for retirement. Fewer that...more

California State Treasurer Sets His Sights on Curbing Pay-to-Play in the Municipal Bond Arena

While it’s easy for mainstream news outlets to get caught up in the mid-summer drama of Vice-Presidential selections, national political party conventions, and the geopolitical repercussions of Brexit, we here at Pay to Play...more

Majority of Fully-Informed, Disinterested Stockholders Insulated Merger from Attack

The Delaware Supreme Court held in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings, that "when a transaction not subject to the entire fairness standard is approved by a fully-informed, uncoerced vote of the disinterested stockholders, the...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Rule After Majority Tender Shares

In what might be one of the most important decisions this year, the Court held that the tender of their shares by a majority of the stockholders invokes an “irrebuttable” presumption that the business judgment rule applies...more

I’m not interested in making $$$$ off referrals

Maybe I’m like Larry David, but I have a lot of pet peeves. I hate when people whistle or sing in public. I hate when people talk on the phone in line. I also don’t deal well with working with, working for, and being related...more

The Ever-Increasing Importance of the Shareholder Vote: Delaware Chancery Court Extends Corwin to Two-Step Mergers under DGCL §...

On June 30, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court extended the Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), to two-step mergers under DGCL § 251(h). The Chancery Court concluded that...more

Latest Keydata enforcement action sets out valuable lessons for compliance officers

In this decision report we consider the FCA's final notice issued to Peter Francis Johnson on 19 May 2016. ?Mr Johnson was formerly the compliance officer and money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) for Keydata...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #15

FCA brings investment fraud charges - FCA has charged five individuals with various offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and with conspiracy to defraud. The offences relate to promotion and sale of...more

CFPB takes another challenge to its jurisdiction to court

The CFPB filed suit against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on June 7, 2016 after the company challenged the Bureau’s expansive view of its jurisdiction. The CFPB served a CID against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on September 11, 2015 to...more

FCA Fines And Bans Financial Adviser For Committing Market Abuse

In this decision report we consider the FCA's final notice issued to Mark Samuel Taylor on 5 May 2016. Mr Taylor was fined £36,285 (reduced from £78,819 on the grounds of serious financial hardship) and banned from performing...more

Plan Sponsors are Seeking ERISA Fiduciary Services

When I was in law school at American University and we moved into a new building (20 years later, they are now in another new building) a few blocks away from the main campus. The computer sync site at the new building had a...more

You’re Always Going Against The Tide

I always get the call from my third party administrator (TPA) and financial advisory clients concerning the same topic. The topic is how it’s still difficult to get across with potential plan sponsor clients on the urgency to...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Broker-Dealer’s Liability For Employee’s Fraud

Will a broker-dealer be liable when a financial advisor employed by the firm solicits investments as part of a fraudulent scheme, where the firm specifically prohibited the advisor from soliciting the investment, the...more

Broker-Dealers and the New DOL Fiduciary Rule

Under ERISA and the Code, a fiduciary to a plan or IRA includes a person who renders investment advice for a fee. ERISA imposes safeguards on a fiduciary by applying standards of care and duties of loyalty and penalizing a...more

MAS Withdraws Fund Manager’s Regulatory Approval

Financial institutions in Singapore, whether licensed or exempt, are reminded to comply with all relevant regulatory obligations. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently withdrew a fund manager’s status in...more

CSA’s New Consultation Paper Looks to Enhance Registrants’ Obligations

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers and Representatives Toward their Clients (Consultation Paper), which considers...more

The DOL Script

I had a client who had been undergoing a Department of Labor (DOL) audit. Their mistake? Years ago, a former participant asked for a distribution from this trustee directed profit sharing plan (so no 401(k)) and my client...more

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