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Whistle While You Work: SEC Announces First Retaliation Whistleblower Award

On June 16, 2014, the SEC issued its first-ever charge of whistleblower retaliation under section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, charging a hedge fund advisor and its owner with “engaging in prohibited principal transactions and...more

New Volcker Rule FAQ Allows Non-U.S. Banks to Make Certain Investments Despite Offerings to U.S. Residents

Federal regulators recently issued a new interpretation of Title VI of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — commonly referred to as the "Volcker Rule" — that makes it significantly easier for...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

Private Equity: SEC Custody Rule—One Size Does Not Fit All

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, since 2012 investment advisers that operate pooled investment vehicles such as hedge funds and private equity funds with $150 million of assets under management became subject to the...more

2014 Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights

Mary Jo White was confirmed in April 2013 as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), becoming the first former United States Attorney to serve in that role. Given her background, and despite criticism...more

Federal Reserve Board Extends the Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Funds

On December 18, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) issued an order extending for an additional year – i.e., until July 21, 2016 – the Volcker Rule conformance period for banking entities to...more

Federal Reserve Acts to Extend Conformance Period Under Volcker Rule for Legacy Covered Funds Until July 2017

On December 18, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it has acted under Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, to give banking entities until July...more

The Fed Extends Volcker Rule Conformance for Private Funds

The Federal Reserve Board has announced that it has extended the Volcker Rule’s conformance period for compliance with the private fund provisions for investments in, and relationships with, “legacy” covered funds....more

Volker Rule Compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds Extended

The Federal Reserve Board has acted under section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, to give banking entities until July 21, 2016, to conform investments...more

Investment Management and Hedge Funds – What’s Happening Now?

In This Presentation: - History of Obama’s First Six Years - Constitutional Constraints - Several Rules That Wrankle - Market Constraints - Crystal Ball Prognostications - Excerpt...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation: Long-Awaited Money Market Fund Rules Adopted - SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms - SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset...more

Regulation: The New Normal for Hedge Funds?

By all accounts, hedge funds are having a great year. According to the Wall Street Journal, fund managers added a net $26.32 billion of new cash in the first quarter, the highest in almost three years. Better yet, many...more

Something Old, Something New: SEC Brings Action for Prohibited Principal Transactions and Retaliation Against Whistleblower

Clearly signaling its intention to support whistleblowers who provide actionable evidence of wrong-doing, the SEC this week settled the first case brought under the authority granted by the Dodd-Frank Act enabling...more

SEC's Enforcement Action Against Hedge Fund Adviser for Retaliation Against a Whistleblower Highlights Challenges Employers Face

After repeated warnings over the last few years that it had both the authority and willingness to do so, on June 16, 2014, the SEC brought its first enforcement action for retaliation against a whistleblower under the...more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Whistleblower Retaliation under Dodd-Frank

On June 16, 2014, the SEC issued its first-ever charge of whistleblower retaliation under section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, charging a hedge fund advisor and its owner with “engaging in prohibited principal transactions and...more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Whistleblower Retaliation under Dodd-Frank

On June 16, 2014, the SEC issued its first-ever charge of whistleblower retaliation under section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, charging a hedge fund advisor and its owner with “engaging in prohibited principal transactions and...more

Are Distressed Loan Fund Investors “Financial Institutions” And Why Does It Matter?

Once again, those of us in the commercial finance world are reminded of the age-old adage caveat emptor. This time the warning is directed at hedge funds and other investors with a penchant for purchasing distressed debt from...more

U.S. House Approves Volcker CLO Fix

On April 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote HR 4167, a bill that would exclude certain debt securities of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) from the so-called Volcker Rule’s prohibition against...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 8 • April 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - According to various media sources summarizing the findings of a recently published “Progress Report,” as of April 1, 2014, of the 398 total rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

Dodd-Frank: The Volcker Vortex

In its simplest form, the Dodd-Frank Act's Volcker Rule prohibits U.S. bank holding companies and their affiliates from engaging in "proprietary trading" and from sponsoring hedge funds and private equity funds. While the...more

“Interim Final” Volcker Rule Approved

On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities Exchange...more

Volcker Rule Regulations Issued: Understanding the Practical Implications for U.S. and Foreign Banking Entities, Funds and...

The Volcker Rule (“Volcker Rule” or “Rule”) is intended to limit risks to the financial system that Congress believes may be created by (i) proprietary trading operations of insured depository institutions, foreign banking...more

Lamson Comments on Volcker Rule [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Donald Lamson, one of the leaders of the firm’s Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice, advises financial institutions to focus on compliance when determining their next...more

SEC Exam Priorities Include Newly Registered Hedge Fund And Private Equity Advisors

The SEC has announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, exchanges and...more

Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Secured Loans and the Volcker Rule

Loans secured by interests in hedge funds and, to a lesser extent, private equity funds have been a staple of many banks’ credit offerings for years. However, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

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