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FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture

Speaking at the Brookings Institution this April, FINRA head Richard Ketchum emphasized the importance of a broker-dealer having a "culture" that favors the firm’s customers when their interests conflict with those of the...more

Congress Poised to Extend Investment Company Act to U.S. Territories

Congress is poised to eliminate the exemption in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) for investment companies located in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. possessions. The 1940 Act governs...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: New Legal Framework Regarding Loan Funds in Germany

BaFin, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) last year eased its administrative practice with respect to loan origination and loan restructuring activities of...more

Casting the Net Wider to Address "Too Big to Fail" - The ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol

21 major global banks signed the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol at launch. Pursuant to the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol, these banks have agreed to suspend their termination rights in relation to...more

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Rules for Advisers While Staff Publishes Similar Guidance for Funds

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management published regulatory guidance on June 28, 2016, highlighting the need for registered investment company complexes to review their business continuity plans to ensure they are...more

SEC Raises ‘Qualified Client' Net Worth Threshold from $2 Million to $2.1 Million

Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 permits investment advisers to charge performance- based compensation (including performance and incentive fees by private funds) only to “qualified clients.” On June 14,...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

Blog: How Did Corporate Boards Become Afflicted With Economic ADHD?

The author, the Executive Director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute, begins with the evidence that the disease has taken hold: he first notes an academic study showing that “three quarters of senior...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

Market Abuse Regulation

The Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) will take effect on 3 July 2016. MAR contains the rules on insider dealing, unlawful disclosure of inside information and market manipulation that will apply throughout the European...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

Romanian Legal Update: Significant Changes In The Field Of Corporate Governance For Public Undertakings

Law No. 111/2016 for the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 109/2011 regarding the corporate governance of public undertakings (the Ordinance) has been published in the Official Gazette No. 415 of 1 June 2016...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016

Regulatory Developments - SEC Staff Updates 2014 Money Market Fund Reform FAQs - On May 23, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management published additional...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries Face an Alarming Number of Stable Value Fund and Other Class Action Lawsuits

In the last several months, plaintiffs have filed multiple class action lawsuits against plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries and stable value fund providers. These lawsuits, which have involved 401(k) plans sponsored by large...more

Recent Investment Management Developments - May 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Issues Order Modifying and Extending the Pilot Period for the National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility - On April 21, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order...more

New Collective Investment Vehicles

This week's Federal Budget ushered in a new era in investment management in Australia with the announcement that the Federal Government will introduce a new tax and regulatory framework for two new types of collective...more

FCA Assesses Whether Fund Managers are Meeting Investor Expectations

On April 7, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report (Thematic Review TR16/3: Meeting investors' expectations) (Report) containing its conclusions regarding a thematic review...more

The death of Australian Unit Trusts Federal Budget announcement of new selection of Collective Investment Vehicles

Does the Federal Budget announcement of a new selection of Collective Investment Vehicles herald the dawn of a new age in investment management in Australia? Is this the beginning of the end for Australian Unit Trusts?...more

Asia Region Funds Passport – Memorandum of Cooperation Signed

Representatives from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand have this week signed the final Memorandum of Cooperation (Memorandum) setting out the internationally agreed rules and cooperation mechanisms for the Asia...more

Will SEC Heed its Own Compliance Outsourcing Advice?

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently issued a compliance alert warning financial advisers about the dangers of outsourcing compliance functions to third-party providers. The alert, which...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

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