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The FHLB Boston’s $5.9 billion MBS case against Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Credit Suisse, is back in Massachusetts state court—a result of the Supreme Court’s Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage case that held that Fannie Mae’s...more

Draft UK Legislation to Amend the Special Administration Regime for Investment Firms Published

The UK Government published draft legislation to amend the Special Administration Regulations, i.e. The Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) and Special Administration (Amendment) Regulations 2017, the Amending SAR...more

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Judge John Bates of the US District Court for DC has blocked a proposed $37 billion mega-health-care-merger between Aetna and Humana, one of 2 major deals before the courts opposed by the Obama-era DOJ over antitrust...more

Transfer of French export credit activities from Coface to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S.

France's export credit agency Coface transferred its export credit activities to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S. on 31 December 2016. The transfer is a "fundamental change" in the French export credit support system....more

SEC Endorses Use of Conditional Offers to Buy Shares in IPOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently issued a no-action letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney L.L.C. (“Morgan Stanley”) that will streamline the process for its wealth management clients to participate...more

Updated MoFo FAQs on the Separation of Research and Investment Banking

New FINRA Rule 2241 covering equity research reports and analysts and new FINRA Rule 2242 covering debt research reports took effect less than a year ago in December 2015 and July 2016, respectively; and market practice with...more

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In a closely watched battle over the DOL’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers, the Labor Department has scored an early first victory. A DC federal judge ruled late last week that the rule at issue...more

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Soooooo . . . about that whole Brexit thing. A UK High Court has ruled that Britain’s EU withdrawal cannot move forward without the approval of Parliament, setting off more uncertainty and what’s expected to be a series of...more

FINRA “Capital Acquisition Broker” Rules are a Solution for Private Equity and Hedge Funds and Private Investment Banking/M&A

The CAB Rules will enter into force on April 14, 2017. On January 3, 2017, FINRA will begin accepting applications for CAB registration from new applicants and existing FINRA members that wish to be re-designated as CABs, and...more

How Much Should I Expect to Pay An Investment Banker To Sell My Family-Owned Business?

In our last blog post, we highlighted the benefits of retaining an investment banker for the sale of your family-owned business. As you might expect, investment bankers do not work for free. In today’s blog post, we outline...more

Should You Hire An Investment Banker To Sell Your Family-Owned Business?

Yes. In almost all circumstances, the buyer (whether a strategic buyer or a financial buyer) will have more financial resources and will be more experienced in buying and selling businesses. Retaining an experienced and...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016

FCM Agrees to Pay US $800,000 Fine to CFTC Because of US $1.1 Million in Erroneous Customer Exchange Fees Charges: Barclays Capital, Inc. agreed to pay a fine of US $800,000 to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to...more

Goldman Trial in London – See Any FCPA Issues?

It has been known for some time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been investigating investment banks over their dealings with the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, known as...more

Saving Time and Money when Selling a Small Business

Advance planning is crucial when you decide to sell your small business. You need to be at the center of that planning. Don’t abdicate your responsibility for selling your business to your lawyer, your accountant or your...more

Selling a Company: Important Considerations as Discussed by the Experts

As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility of exiting their companies, there are multiple factors they must consider. On May 3rd at FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, four seasoned entrepreneurs came together to discuss...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.11.16

The fallout from Lending Club’s surprise news about Renaud Laplanche’s departure continues, with Goldman Sachs and Jeffries LLC hitting the pause on planned LC bond sales – WSJ... A Treasury Department white paper...more

Interim Report on Investment and Corporate Banking Market Study Published by Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority published its interim report on the investment and corporate banking market study, which includes proposed remedies to the deficiencies identified. The FCA proposals include removing the...more

First Successful Prosecution For A Recommendation Based On Inside Information

French Administrative Supreme Court, 10 July 2015, n°369454 - A recommendation to acquire or dispose of a financial instrument on the basis of inside information is market abuse, even if no inside information is...more

Part 2: Shelf Registration Extended Offering Period

Our first post in this series examined the regulatory and contractual considerations for municipal securities issuers and conduit borrowers using shelf registration. Now we examine the equally important considerations for...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #8

Administrator’s charge not covered by mis-selling redress payment - A company’s former administrators sought an order under the Insolvency Act 1986 that their remuneration and expenses should be payable out of a sum owed...more

The Decline of the Small IPO

A recent journal article by Prof. Robert Bartlett, III, Prof. Paul Rose, and Prof. Steven Davidoff Solomon (What Happened in 1998? The Demise of the Small IPO and the Investing Preferences of Mutual Funds) suggests that the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.2.16

Solid economic data helped propel US stocks yesterday, with the Dow posting an impressive 350-point gain – WSJ and Bloomberg... Honeywell has again dropped its merger overtures to United Technologies, a move UT...more

Observable Networks Secures $1.625 Million In Convertible Debt Funding From DH Capital and Vectis II

St. Louis, MO – February 19, 2016 — Observable Networks Inc., an emerging leader in advanced threat detection services, today announced it has closed $1.625 million in convertible debt funding from investors arranged by DH...more

SEC Partially Settles “Portfolio Manager” Insider Trading Case

The SEC partially settled what is perhaps one of its more unusual insider trading cases. It involved defendants who posed as portfolio managers who then induced investment bankers to entrust them which inside information that...more

Preparing for Potential Inquiries into Designated Lender Counsel in PE Sponsored Syndicated Loans

Recent media reports have expressed alarm at the use of “designated lender counsel” in private equity-sponsored leveraged loan transactions. The phrase refers to the practice of a private equity firm instructing the...more

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