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SEC’s Proposed Rules for Expedited Settlement May Impact Long-Standing Exception for Firm Commitment Offerings

The SEC has agreed to propose rules that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (also known as T+3 settlement) to two business days after...more

SEC Amendments to Form ADV and Advisers Act Rules Change Investment Adviser Reporting Requirements

Proposals made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2015 to amend Form ADV and certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) (SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Rejecting "True Lender" Arguments, California District Court Dismisses Claims Against Student Loan Servicers - This past Thursday, September 22, a federal district court in the...more

International Task Force to Review Cyber Security of Wholesale Payments

The Bank for International Settlements' Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures announced that it had established a task force to review the security of wholesale payments that involve banks, financial market...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to Report Sales of Unregistered Securities

On two successive days, the SEC brought settled enforcement actions against issuers for failure to report sales of unregistered securities. Under Item 1.01 of Form 8-K, a registrant must disclose its entry into a material...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.27.16

We learned yesterday that Twitter’s shopping itself around for a buyer. It’s facing one big complication, though—the sizeable amount of stock Twitter has doled out to its employees over the years. Last year, for example,...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Remember Europe? Harshing My Mellow

Maybe it’s because I have been in Europe this past week (Munich at Octoberfest actually – Men in way-too-short leather shorts, dirndls, beer steins the size of a politician’s ego, the most astonishing amount of drinking, etc....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.23.16

Well, see, Yahoo just doesn’t have enough on its plate these days. So why not the revelation that hackers stole data on 500 million users in 2014? The hack—thought to be a state-sponsored affair—is likely the biggest data...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.22.16

As most expected, the Fed held rates steady yesterday. Though its divided FOMC and Chair Yellen’s comments about an improving economy seem to portend a rate hike before the end of the year....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

European Parliament Votes to Object to PRIIPs Implementing Legislation

The European Parliament voted to object to draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) implementing the Packaged Retail and Insurance Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation (the “Regulation”) on 14 September 2016. The draft...more

SEC Suspends Regulation A+ Offering

In the first action of its kind, the SEC has temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The $15 million continuous offering of common stock was qualified by the SEC on November 3, 2015. ...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe - Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AMF Doctrine – Authorisation of “Pre-Marketing” Activities - The AMF updated its Position n° 2014-04, which is a guide to the marketing regime of UCITS and AIFs in France. These changes have been implemented following...more

Japan steps into Brexit debate with a message to the UK and the EU

The Japanese government has stepped into the Brexit debate with an unprecedented warning to the EU and the UK, saying that Japanese inbound investment into the UK could be put at risk by Brexit particularly if withdrawal...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

SEC's Filing Fees Increase 15 Percent Effective October 1, 2016

On August 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that in fiscal year 2017, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will be increased from...more

CFTC Proposes Rules to Align with SEC Whistleblower Program

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments last month to the regulations governing its whistleblower bounty program. A number of the changes are aimed at more closely aligning the CFTC’s...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe - Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

FCA Chief Executive Comments on FCA Mission and Brexit - The FCA has published a speech by Andrew Bailey, FCA Chief Executive, at the FCA's 2016 annual public meeting on 19 July 2016. Mr Bailey stated that the FCA...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.13.16

In a closely watched and dissected speech yesterday, Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard told the crowd gathered at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that she favored “prudence” in raising rates despite recent signs of...more

Tennessee Securities Division Ramps Up Enforcement

The Securities Division of Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Industry has increased its enforcement activity during 2016. The recent actions include: Final Administrative Orders: Clifton Alexander and HugeROI.com...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR – Exemption for Danish Pension Schemes and Endorsement of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives - ESMA issued its opinion exempting certain Danish pension scheme from central clearing under EMIR on 3 August...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

ZAG-S&W Provides U.S. Legal Advice to Medigus Ltd. in Offering of ADSs

A ZAG-S&W Team served as U.S. counsel to Medigus Ltd. (NASDAQ: MDGS) (TASE: MDGS), a medical device company developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and a leader in direct visualization technology, in definitive...more

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