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SEC Approves NYSE Rule Change Regarding Dividend Notification Requirements

The SEC has approved a change to the NYSE’s rules which requires listed companies to provide dividend notifications to the Exchange at least 10 minutes prior to disseminating them publicly when the notification is made...more

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Mylan will pay $465 million to federal authorities to resolve claims that it overcharged the Medicaid program by millions for its EpiPen products. Though large, the figure represents about a third of the estimated...more

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We got our dose of Fed minutes yesterday, and it appears that the Fed—like the rest of us—is scratching its head over the “new reality” of concurrent low inflation and low unemployment. Fed officials are hoping that the low...more

UK Implementation of MiFID II (for Hong Kong and Other Asian Managers)

The release by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 3 July 2017 of its final rules on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU and the new Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

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Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

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The Labor Department has proposed (in a District of Minnesota court filing, at least) an 18-month delay in the retirement-adviser fiduciary duty rule compliance deadline. Experts suggest that a significantly revised rule is...more

SEC Provides Initial Coin Offering Guidance

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On July 25, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement issued a Report of Investigation (the “Report”) that concluded that the tokens issued in an initial coin offering (“ICO”) by a decentralized autonomous organization called...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - SEC Settles With Investment Adviser in Connection With a Conflict of Interest in a Client Transaction

On July 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reached a settlement with respondent Paramount Group Real Estate Advisor LLC (Respondent) regarding certain alleged violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as...more

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Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

Debt Dialogue: July 2017 - When Claims Travel With the Debt: a Review of NY GOL §13-107

A recent case in New York State Supreme Court, One Williams Street Capital Management LP v. U.S. Education Loan Trust IV, LLC (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. May 15, 2015), affords a useful opportunity to review the applicability and...more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

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On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

UK Implementation of MiFID II

The release by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 3 July 2017 of its final rules on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU and the new Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - CFTC Announces Review of Swap Data Reporting Regulations

In the most recent example of federal regulatory streamlining, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on July 10 that it will undertake a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations....more

ISDA Publishes the 2017 OTC Equity Derivatives T+2 Settlement Cycle Protocol

On July 28, 2017, ISDA published the ISDA 2017 OTC Equity Derivatives T+2 Settlement Cycle Protocol (Protocol) which will enable participants to adjust the settlement cycle of certain of their OTC equity derivatives...more

I recenti sviluppi del Decreto Madia ed il regime transitorio

1. L'APPROVAZIONE DEL DECRETO CORRETTIVO A SEGUITO DELLA SENTENZA DELLA CORTE COSTITUZIONALE N. 251/2016 - Il Consiglio dei Ministri del 9 giugno 2017, su proposta del Ministro per la semplificazione e la pubblica...more

When is an Initial Coin Offering a Security?

As discussed in a post from last week, the SEC determined that Initial Coin Offerings can be securities. The finding stems from the SEC’s investigation into The DAO’s offering and sale of DAO Tokens (a form of virtual...more

Digital Tokens as Securities: The SEC Weighs in on the Debate

Orrick's global Blockchain Working Group is in the camp that believes the blockchain and associated token or appcoin innovations are here to stay and have the potential to be a significant disruptive force, but we will be...more

Paths to social risk reform for the Hong Kong financial markets

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The Asia-Pacific business environment is rife with social risk, manifested as human trafficking, forced labour, modern day slavery, child labour, safety and work environment issues, and other labour rights violations. In the...more

Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings: SEC Provides First U.S. Securities Law Guidance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many initial coin offerings (ICOs) have recently raised large amounts of capital without the regulatory constraints of traditional initial public offerings (IPOs) and other capital-raising strategies. On July 25, the U.S....more

Blockchain and Digital Token Update: SEC Releases Investigative Report and Investor Bulletin

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On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released groundbreaking materials relating to blockchain tokens. These materials provide significant and welcome insight to the SEC’s and its staff’s thinking...more

SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...more

SEC Finds Initial Coin Offerings Can be Securities

The SEC issued an investigative report cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales,...more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

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We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

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