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The Growing Power of Fair Price and Process in Delaware Appraisal Actions

On October 21, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal action in which it yet again found that the merger price was the most reliable indicator of fair value. Vice Chancellor...more

UK Government Plans to Extend New Senior Managers and Certificate Regimes to all UK Regulated Firms

The initial reception to the new senior managers and certification regime (SM & CR) for banks building societies and PRA-designated investment firms was that the government had gone too far. There was concerns that...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Final Rules Concerning Whistleblowers

On October 6, 2015, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) issued final rules formalizing whistleblower procedures to be implemented by certain banks, building societies, credit unions, investment firms, and insurance and...more

Up next from FCA

The latest edition of FCA’s Policy Development Update promises by the end of November: - policy statement on whistleblowing in deposit-takers, PRA-designated investment firms and insurers...more

Regulators make whistleblowing rules

FCA and PRA have published their feedback, rules and policy documents on whistleblowing. The rules complement the senior manager regime (SMR) and reforms of remuneration rules. The new rules affect...more

Regulators consult on regulatory references

PRA and FCA are consulting on regulatory references. The proposals, which take into account the recommendations of the Fair and Effective Markets Review, propose new rules for regulatory references for candidates applying...more

SEC Commissioners Making a “Noisy Exit”

Securities and Exchange Commission members Daniel M. Gallagher and Luis A. Aguilar will soon leave the SEC, but neither is keeping quiet about the SEC’s treatment of chief compliance officers (CCOs). Gallagher recently...more

SEC brings first cybersecurity-related enforcement action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled its first cybersecurity-related enforcement action against a Missouri based registered investment adviser, R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (the ...more

FCA updates liquidity policy for CRD 4 investment firms

FCA has updated its webpage on CRD 4 to alert firms to a clarification on its small firms website on its liquidity policy for CRD 4 investment firms. As a result of CRD 4, FCA planned to end the domestic liquidity regime once...more

Commission publishes EMIR responses

The Commission has published responses to its consultation on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The review asked stakeholders for feedback on experiences in the implementation of EMIR to date. It received...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

ESMA Publishes Final Report on Draft Rules Under MiFID II

On June 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report (Report) on draft rules (both draft implementing technical standards (ITS) and draft regulatory technical standards (RTS)) relating...more

MiFID 2RTS: Authorisation and Passporting

The MiFID 2 package takes effect (with a few exceptions) from 3 January 2017. We still await key technical measures. Following ESMA's discussion, consultation and advice papers last year, it has now started to publish final...more

MiFID II: The Next Big Challenge - Key Issues for Asset Managers

Background - The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) and the related Regulation (“MiFIR”) is the next big rewrite of EU legislation, due to take effect at the beginning of 2017. Although its greatest...more

Suspension of Contractual Rights of Counterparties to UK Banks

On 26 May 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) of the UK issued a consultation paper entitled “Contractual stays in financial contracts governed by third-country law”, proposing a new restriction that would apply...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Client Monies - New Legislation Adopted and Guidance Issued - The Central Bank of Ireland issued two sets of regulations on 30 March 2015 relating to investor monies held by third parties. These are the Client Asset...more

U.S. SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Cybersecurity Guidance

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Guidance Update on April 28, 2015 (Guidance) relating to the cybersecurity of registered investment companies and...more

Changes to the UKs Client Asset Source Book (CASS) –Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The collapse of Lehmans Brothers and MF Global outlined commercial challenges in respect of client assets and client money, including the role of regulated investment firms, the regulator, administrators and external auditors...more

Employees Face Uphill Battle in Holding Private Equity Firms Accountable under WARN Act

The United States District Court in Delaware recently issued a welcome decision for private equity firms whose portfolio companies run afoul of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”). In In re...more

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 Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. This...more

The Deal Video: Pepper Hamilton's Ed Dartley Talks Valuations [Video]

Right now, private equity firms are sitting on a cash glut that represents an all-time high for the industry, nearly $1 trillion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, says Pepper Hamilton securities lawyer Ed Dartley, we're also seeing...more

In the Crossfire Why Private Equity Firms, Investment Funds & Their Managers Should Beware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Lance Armstrong and the world of competitive cycling has come under great scrutiny in recent days with the domination of the U.S. Postal team now undermined by the systematic doping that appears to have helped spur the team...more

Highlights of Recently Released FATCA Regulations

On January 17, the Internal Revenue Service issued long-awaited final regulations (the Final Regulations) for implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (the Final Regulations are contained in T.D. 9610). For...more

Select Broker-Dealer, Investment Adviser, and Investment Company Enforcement Cases and Developments: 2012 Year in Review

This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC" or the "Commission") and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") enforcement developments and cases regarding broker-dealers during...more

Legal Alert: The CPO and CTA Regulatory Regimes: What Operators of and Advisers to Commodity Pools Should Expect in 2013

There were a number of significant changes to the regulatory regime for commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) in 2012. As a result of these changes, various types of collective investment...more

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