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ESMA Publishes Guidelines on Reporting Obligations Under the AIFMD

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published official translations of its Guidelines on Reporting Obligations under Articles 3(3)(d) and 24(1), (2) and (4) of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Rule Proposal

On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities...more

FinCEN Proposes Fifth BSA Pillar

On July 30, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the Proposed Rule) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence (CDD) requirements as a fifth pillar under the...more

New Legislation Concerning The Immobilisation Of Bearer Shares And Units

The Act intends to adapt Luxembourg legislation to the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (the FATF) and the global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes (the Global Forum) in...more

Board Responsibilities Under SEC's Money Market Fund Reform

On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) adopted final rules governing the structure and operation of money market funds (MMFs), in a release adopting amendments to Rule 2a-7 (Rule) under the...more

D.C. Passes NMLS Conformity Temporary Act of 2014

Recently, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray signed the NMLS Conformity Temporary Act of 2014. The Act authorizes the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) the necessary statutory authority to use the NMLS...more

New York Proposes Virtual Currency Licensing and Regulatory Framework

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently proposed a regulatory framework for virtual currency firms. In doing so, New York is the first state to propose a specially tailored regulatory framework for...more

Technology Outsourcing and UK Financial Services Regulation

The UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has published a new list of considerations for regulated financial services firms planning to use third-party technology to support their operations. The...more

New York Becomes First State to Propose Virtual Currency Regulations

On July 17, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) became the first state agency to release proposed regulations specifically governing the crypto-currency industry. The proposed regulations were...more

Special Alert: Recent Regulatory Actions Impacting Virtual Currency Ecosystem

On July 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a rule intended to govern the virtual currency marketplace. The proposed rule is extremely broad and as currently drafted would appear to capture...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Funds...more

EBA Publish Final Draft RTS on Equity Exposures

On August 5, EBA published its final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the treatment of equity exposures according to Article 495(3) of Regulation No 575/2013 Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). ...more

CoCo No-Go for Ordinary Joe

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, on 5 August 2014, announced the introduction of new temporary product intervention rules in relation to the retail distribution of contingent convertible instruments (CoCos). The...more

OCC Publishes Final Rule that Revises the Risk-Based Capital Definition of Eligible Guarantee for Advanced Approaches Banks

The OCC, the Fed, and the FDIC have published a final rule that revises the advanced approaches risk-based capital rules by removing the requirement that only guarantees provided by certain counterparties are eligible for...more

Removal of Credit Ratings References

On July 23, 2014, in connection with the adoption of final rules governing the structure and operation of money market funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-proposed amendments to Rule 2a-7 to implement...more

Money Market Fund Reform – A Summary of Significant Changes

The SEC recently adopted amendments to the rules governing MMFs. Most particularly, the amendments (i) require institutional prime and institutional tax-exempt MMFs to use a floating net asset value as opposed to allowing...more

CRA3: ESMA publishes final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on disclosure requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

Executive Summary - Following the consultation paper published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in February 2014, on 24 June 2014 ESMA published its final draft of the Regulatory Technical...more

Tech Companies, the Congo and Dodd-Frank

The fourth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act has prompted renewed discussion over the effectiveness of the legislation. Legislators continue their debate over the Financial Stability Oversight Committee and the Volcker Rule....more

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposed Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) proposed a regulatory framework for persons that engage in virtual currency activities involving New York (the “BitLicense Proposal”). In...more

Dodd-Frank News: July 2014 Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..RESPA ..FDCPA ..TCPA ..FCCPA & FDCPA ..TILA - In The News ..CFPB to Begin Collecting Complaints Regarding Prepaid Cards ..CFPB Proposes Letting...more

MSRB Proposes Revised Duties for Municipal Advisors

The MSRB proposed a Revised Draft of Rule G-42 (“Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors”) by Reg. Not. 2014-12 issued July 23, 2014. We addressed the original proposal in our January 23 blog post. The Revised Draft...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds -...more

AIFMD Goes Live

After a one-year transitional period, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) officially went into effect on July 22, 2014. ...more

New York Issues Proposed Bitcoin Regulations

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued proposed regulations delineating a license process for certain businesses involved in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies (Proposed Rules). The...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement

On July 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission authorized the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to implement FINRA Rule 2081 prohibiting brokers from conditioning settlement of customer complaints on (or...more

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