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China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the...more

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Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

Regulation A+ Issuer Aims for NYSE MKT Listing

Myomo, Inc. has had an offering statement qualified by the SEC in which it discloses an intent to apply to list its common stock on the NYSE MKT LLC. The offering seeks to raise $15 million on a “best efforts” basis without...more

Commercial Division Dismisses Claim Against Major Chinese Securities Firm Due to Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

In Lantau Holdings, Ltd. v. Orient Equal International Grp., No. 653920/2016, 2017 BL 77469 (Sup. Ct. Mar. 6, 2017), Judge Anil C. Singh of the New York County Commercial Division dismissed several claims by the plaintiff,...more

China Tightens Regulations on Investing Insurance Funds in Shares of Listed Companies

The entire Chinese economy, including its insurance industry, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Speculative investments have become an inevitable byproduct of this growth. One of the most well-known examples of a...more

Should the SEC Allow FinTech Firms to Play in a Sandbox?

The growth of financial services technology (FinTech) presents tremendous opportunities for the industry. However, the growth of FinTech also poses substantial challenges to regulators including the U.S. Securities and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - House Committee on Financial Services Comments on OCC Fintech Charter - All 34 Republican members of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, including...more

Insolvency - proof liquidation netting strengthened and broadened in Germany

A decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (“Bundesgerichtshof” - BGH) in June 2016 regarding the validity of liquidation netting agreements sparked widespread fear of a new banking crisis. It led to immediate action...more

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Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....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

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SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

NZX Regulatory Agenda published

NZX recently published its second annual NZX Regulatory Agenda (Agenda), outlining its objectives and focuses for 2017, as well as some of the key trends that have influenced the Agenda. NZX's five main areas of focus...more

A win for investors? FCA consults on its proposals to improve the availability of information

On 1 March 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper: 'Reforming the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process' (CP 17/5) which sets out various proposals to improve the timing,...more

The Call for a Statutory Insider Trading Law

Judge Jed S. Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) recently made headlines after urging lawyers to draft and advocate for a more straightforward insider trading statute to replace judicially-created insider trading law. During his keynote speech...more

The Snap IPO: Speculation Without (Board) Representation

The just completed IPO of Snap Inc. has received enormous buzz and plenty of press coverage, mostly about its eye-popping valuation and offering proceeds, the big winners among the founders and early investors and the...more

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The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

The Devil Is in the Details: SEC Regulation of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology has captured the imagination of the financial services industry. Unfortunately, the adoption of the technology is impaired by a lack of clarity from regulators including the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Funds Bulletin - February 2017

Funds Bulletin (a monthly round-up of topical legal, regulatory and tax issues affecting the fund industry). Features our summary of the FSCP's position paper on the impact of Brexit on financial services consumers, as well...more

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: Changes in Store for SEC Enforcement under the Trump Administration

Even before President Trump’s nomination of Jay Clayton as the next Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), signs have been appearing that changes are afoot within the Division of...more

Regulation D Battlefield Heating Up as Acting Chairman Piwowar Suggests Doing Away with Concept of Accredited Investors

On the same day that President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to create task forces designed to identify regulations for potential elimination, Michael Piwowar, Acting-Chairman of the Securities...more

Banking and Finance. Major Russian Legislation Changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in customs for 2016. The year 2016 saw a host of legislative changes with clear and immediate implications for the finance market. Russian...more

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It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...more

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CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

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After months of anticipation, yesterday was finally official Snap IPO day. And despite losses of more than $500 million last year, the company saw willing investors flock to buy the $17 shares, pushing Snap’s valuation to...more

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A collection of corporate heavy hitters are betting big on the blockchain technology behind bitcoin rival Ethereum to build a computing system to track data and financial contracts. The project is seen by some as a way to...more

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