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The Growth of European Covenant Lite

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In 2016, global sponsors and their advisers were successful in continuing to export their experiences from financing transactions in the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market, and...more

Planning ahead: the FCA's 2017/18 Business Plan priorities and strategic framework

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCA's latest Business Plan demonstrates a commitment to pushing forward on both existing and new initiatives across sectors, focused on maintaining fair consumer outcomes in the rapidly changing UK financial services...more

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Meet HAL, Your New Robo-Adviser: SEC Regulatory Guidance For Robo-Advisers

by Polsinelli on

“Hello, Dave. You're looking well today.” In the iconic science fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer courteously greeted his astronaut human companion Dave Bowman. HAL was a Heuristically...more

Is the EU shifting the goal posts? European regulator plans review aimed at UK firms using outsourcing structures to respond to...

by Hogan Lovells on

In a speech that was ostensibly on the progress of the Capital Markets Union, Steven Maijoor, the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") announced, that ESMA is planning possible measures to avoid a...more

Effect of the MIFID II Research Regime on US Investment Managers

by Morgan Lewis on

The MiFID II regime will have significant ramifications for US investment managers and their use of client commissions to obtain research—especially as cross-border impacts have yet to be addressed by global regulators....more

Quarterly Investment Update - 1st Quarter 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the realization that a number of Trump's fiscal policy changes, including tax reform, could face many roadblocks, investors welcomed reports of firming economic fundamentals, providing a...more

Enforcement Sweep Snares Issuers for Paid Stock Promotions

The SEC announced enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind various alleged stock promotion schemes that left investors with the impression they were reading independent, unbiased analyses on investing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

European Commission Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

On 29 March 2017, the same day that United Kingdom has officially launched the Brexit process, the European Commission (Commission) blocked the proposed 29 billion Euro merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DBAG) and London Stock...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions - On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a), shortening the...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Securities Settlement Cycle

by Carlton Fields on

On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) adopted a rule amendment that shortens the time by which most securities transactions effected by a broker-dealer are required to settle. Under the amendment,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

News emerged in past weeks that North Korean hackers were likely behind the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh. You can add to that an attack on more than 20 Polish banks and an attempt at other...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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?

by Polsinelli on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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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