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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on...more

Debate Continues Regarding Proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System

On July 9, 2014, on what Finance Minister Joe Oliver called “a landmark day” for reforming Canada’s capital markets regulatory regime, the federal government announced that Saskatchewan and New Brunswick had agreed to join...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes - Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 25, 2014)

The Commission issued its long discussed rules reforming money markets this week, requiring that institutional prime money market funds have a floating NAV. The vote was 3-2....more

Timing and Scope of EU Clearing Obligation for Derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority is consulting on the mandatory clearing obligation for certain derivatives. Draft regulatory technical standards have been published for the mandatory clearing of certain interest...more

Commissioner Piwowar Slams “Dodd-Frank Politburo” for Overstepping Authority

In a speech on July 15, 2014, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar expressed his views about the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) operating in secrecy as it tries to expand its regulation of financial institutions...more

Exchange – International Newsletter - Issue 23 – July 2014

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-third edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 4 - May 30, 2014

In This Issue: - No More KIDding Around: European Parliament Approves PRIIPs Regulation - FINRA Amends Rule 5110 to Exempt Certain Collective Investment Vehicles from Its Filing Requirements - The Time for the...more

Enhanced Protection for Retail Investors in the Financial Sector in Belgium: Pre-Contractual Information Requirements and Risk...

After the approval by Royal Decree of the Regulation of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (the “FSMA”) banning the distribution of certain non-mainstream financial products to retail clients (see here), two...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Enforcement...more

Update on the EU's Proposed Financial Transactions Tax

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently issued a decision rejecting the UK government’s initial legal challenge against the proposed introduction of a financial transactions tax (FTT) in Europe. The...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Judicial Reform - Banking - First Reading: Quota for participation of foreign capital in Russian banking sector - Excerpt from Judicial Reform: On 4 June 2014 the President signed...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House To Vote On CFTC Reauthorization Bill - This week, the House is expected to debate and vote on the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through September...more

A Flexible Capital Raise: Shelf Registration Statements For Closed-End Funds

Exchange-listed closed-end investment companies (closed-end funds) have historically faced challenges in raising additional capital after their initial public offering (IPO) due to the structure of such funds and certain...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Publishes Consultative Document on Guidelines Concerning Weak Banks

On June 18, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published a consultative document on supervisory guidelines for identifying and dealing with weak banks. The guidelines are intended to assist bank supervisors and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Bank Prudential Regulation - Financial Services - Enforcement - People - Events - Excerpt from...more

Flash Rules: Is A Wall Street Reform on the Horizon or is the SEC Merely Reacting to the Latest Media Headline?

Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt has caused a commotion on Wall Street, on Capitol Hill, and with law enforcement agencies. The SEC is the latest government agency to examine and propose new rules on...more

SAFE to Relax Foreign Exchange Control over Cross-border Guarantee

On May 19, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) released Notice on the Promulgation of Foreign Exchange Administration Rules on Cross-border Guarantee(“Circular 29”) with a view to promoting...more

Massachusetts Broadens Licensees Subject To Record Keeping Requirements, Allows For Electronic Records

This week, the Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Office, Division of Banks, released final amendments to the state’s licensee record keeping rules, intended to, among other things, “modernize the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Capital and Prudential Regulation - Remuneration - Credit Ratings - Funds - Financial Services - Enforcement - Events -...more

Federal Banking Agencies Seek Comments on Their Regulations in Effort to Reduce Regulatory Burden

The FRB, FDIC and OCC (the “Agencies”) published the first of a series of four requests seeking public comments to identify regulations of the respective Agencies that are seen as outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome. ...more

ECB Opines on the Proposed Money Market Funds Regulation

On June 4, the European Central Bank (ECB) published an opinion on the European Commission’s proposed regulation on Money Market Funds (MMF). The MMF regulation, which is aimed at enhancing the liquidity and stability of MMF,...more

Banking Agencies Seek Comments On Outdated, Unnecessary Regulations

On June 4, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, and the OCC published a notice of regulatory review and request for comments to identify outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations imposed on insured depository...more

SEC Chair Describes Sweeping Initiatives To Reform Market Structure And Increase Transparency

In a speech delivered on June 5, 2014 at the Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference in New York, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White unveiled a package of SEC initiatives aimed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

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