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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2014 #3

In this issue: - G20 Leaders Summit - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market Infrastructure -...more

Fed Issues Final Rule Affecting Financial Market Utilities, Updates Policy on Payment System Risk

On October 28, the Federal Reserve announced its final rule to amend Regulation HH, standards for financial market utilities (FMUs) that have been designated as systemically important by the FSOC. The new rule will implement...more

ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultations on MAR

On October 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published responses that it received to consultations published in July 2014 relating to the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014) (MAR) on...more

IOSCO and CPMI Report on Recovery of Financial Market Infrastructures

On October 15, following a consultation launched in August 2013, the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI) issued a joint report on the...more

CPMI-IOSCO Recovery of Financial Market Infrastructures Report

On October 15, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissioners (IOSCO) published a final report entitled, “Recovery of Financial Market...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 20 • October 16, 2014 (Global)

Compliance template for Exchange Act Rule 17a-5(f)(2). The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has made available a new template and guidance for members electronically filing the statement required by Securities...more

Securitization in the Sand – ABS East Turns Twenty

On Sunday, September 21st through Tuesday, September 23rd, almost 3,500 industry insiders descended upon Miami Beach for the 20th annual ABS East Conference at the acclaimed Fontainebleau Hotel. The enthusiasm and excitement...more

Market shake-up is driving financial institutions M&A - As the global economy shows promising signs of recovery, M&A deals in the...

Bright outlook despite the dark clouds - Tighter controls and sell-offs by banks form the backdrop to an exciting financial services M&A market as the global economy continues to recover: The regulatory tidal...more

The Grand Illusion: A Strategy

Have you heard the following thought expressed recently in one way or the another, “I’m less worried about what new black swans might swim onto our screens and more worried that we will just wake up one day, peer out of our...more

ESAs’ Joint Committee Publishes Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System

On September 22, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its bi-annual report on the risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system. The report considers those risks that have...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Services - Shadow Banking - Funds - Financial Market...more

Using British Virgin Islands Companies for International Listings

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) corporate statute is ideally suited for international listings. BVI companies have been used widely for listings on international stock exchanges in New York, London, Singapore and Oslo. They...more

Treasury Department Announces Effort to Revive Private Label Securities Market

On June 26, the Department of the Treasury announced an effort to revive the residential mortgage-backed private label securities market to improve the overall efficiency of the U.S. housing finance system. ...more

Ian Hannam - Much Needed Clarity On Market Abuse?

Last month the Upper Tribunal (the "Tribunal") rejected an appeal by Ian Hannam ("Hannam") against the Financial Services Authority's ("FSA") (predecessor to the Financial Conduct Authority) controversial 2012 decision that...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2014 #1

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Bank Prudential Regulation - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Enforcement - People -...more

A Tale of Two Issues: Zach Ziliak Breaks Down the HFT Debate [Video]

Today’s financial markets can be summed up in three words - global, fast, and complex. But as the market structure evolves, so must the regulatory structure that oversees it. John Lothian News has spoken with several industry...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2014: Chapter 7: Yankee Loans – Structural Considerations...

The depth and liquidity of the investor base in the US institutional term loan market provides an attractive alternative for European borrowers in the leveraged finance market and has been a key source of financing liquidity,...more

Colorado Approves Financial Co-Op Plan for Marijuana Businesses

Colorado, which was the first state to legalize the possession, production and sale of recreational marijuana, has now become the first state to establish a financial system for the marijuana industry. On May 7th, the...more

Keith Ross on HFT, Reg NMS and Dark Pools [Video]

Today’s financial markets can be summed up in three words - global, fast, and complex. But as the market structure evolves, so must the regulatory structure that oversees it. John Lothian News has spoken with several industry...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

Federal Reserve Extends Volcker CLO Compliance Period

On April 7th the Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed”) announced that it would provide banking entities with two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership of CLOs covered by the Volcker Rule. The Fed stated that...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Reports on Information that Competent Authorities Should Provide to it Under the AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has published a final report of technical advice for the European...more

2014 Outlook

I have been mulling our 2014 Outlook for some time and decided to wait until after the New Year and CREFC to write. Just in case we got the whole Mayan calendar end of the world story wrong by a year (hey, it was 5000 years...more

CFPB's Arbitration Study—A Warning to Consumer Financial Service Companies

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its “Arbitration Study Preliminary Results,” mandated by Section 1028(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Study”). Unfortunately (and despite its statements...more

FINRA Announces 2014 Examination Priorities

On January 2, FINRA outlined certain specific areas of concern the independent regulator intends to focus on in 2014. The topics are largely consistent with FINRA’s 2013 priorities and are grouped in several categories: (i)...more

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