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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rule Summary

The SEC substantially adopts prior proposed rules. On October 30, pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which was passed in 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

SEC (Finally) Adopts New Equity Crowdfunding Rules, Promoting Increased Access to Capital and Democratization of Investment...

Late last week, the SEC adopted its final rules for equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act. These rules, when implemented, have the promise of reducing the cost and increasing the availability of sorely needed...more

Following the Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look at the SEC’s Final Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the final rules, Regulation Crowdfunding, which will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

“Building a Dynamic Framework for Offering Reform”

At today’s PLI Securities Regulation Institute conference, SEC Chair White delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Chair White addressed a broad range of topics. She noted the successes of securities offering reform as...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Joins Chorus Pushing For Overhaul in SEC Enforcement Practices

A recent report by the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber Report) regarding the enforcement program of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) identified...more

ESMA publishes 2016 work programme

ESMA has published its 2016 Work Programme. ESMA’s priorities are, as promised, moving from rulemaking towards implementation and promoting the convergence of supervisory practices. The key priorities focus on...more

European Commission Publishes Action Plan on Building Capital Markets Union

The CMU is intended to strengthen access to public markets in the European Union, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On 30 September, the European Commission (EC) published its action plan...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2015

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting - The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy...more

Commission consults on EuVECA and EuSEF review

The Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the EuVECA and EuSEF regime in an effort to increase the take-up of these funds since only a few have launched since the regime was introduced in 2013....more

Angola's New Private Investment Law

On 11 August 2015, Angola's New Private Investment Law ("NPIL") came into force on its publication in Angola's Gazette, repealing the previous 2011 law. Like its predecessor, the NPIL sets out the rules applicable to...more

FINRA to Propose Action on Exploitation of Elderly Investors

On September 17, 2015, FINRA announced that it would propose rules to help member firms protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would create a safe harbor enabling broker-dealer...more

NYSE Amends Rules for Release of Material News

Changes to Notification Requirements - Notifications During Pre-Market Hours. Currently, Rule 202.06 requires listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before they release material news “shortly before the...more

Regulation A Roundup - September 2015

This week marks the three-month anniversary of the effective date of Regulation A. Of course, given this limited experience, it may be premature to comment on market developments. Instead, below we summarize significant...more

How to protect investments in Indonesia despite the termination of its Bilateral Investment Treaties

Various nationalistic measures have been taken by states in Asia against foreign investors in recent times. Investment treaties provide investors with protection against such incursions and, if necessary, a means by which...more

SEC: It Doesn't Matter Where You Blow the Whistle

Why it matters - In a new rule interpretation, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declared that whistleblowers that report allegedly unlawful activity internally are entitled to the same protections as those...more

Forex Dealer Members—The Times, They Are A-changing

On January 15, 2015, two days after the Swiss National Bank reaffirmed its commitment to a three-year peg on the franc, and less than a month after stating that the cap was “absolutely central,” and it would continue to...more

ESMA Publishes Advice on Extending the Marketing Passport Beyond Europe

ESMA has recommended that the AIFMD passport be extended beyond the countries within the European Union to Jersey, Guernsey, and Switzerland. On 30 July, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) sent its...more

SEC Brings Heightened Scrutiny to the Real Estate Fund Industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has expanded its focus on private equity funds to ancillary asset classes, including specifically private equity real estate funds, with its Private Funds Unit (“PFU”) undertaking...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Rule Regarding Definition of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower”

In response to the disagreement amongst courts regarding the scope of Dodd-Frank’s employment retaliation protections, on August 4, 2015, the SEC issued an “interpretive rule” clarifying that individuals who have not reported...more

AIFMD: ESMA Recommends the First Wave of Non-EU Countries to Obtain a Europe-Wide Marketing Passport

On July 30, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its advice to the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission on the application of the passport to non-EU...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') - The main points

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') is an ambitious trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States. The European...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - May 2015

FINRA has published updated and revised Sanction Guidelines that, among other things, highlight the SRO's position that penalties in disciplinary actions should be significant enough to achieve deterrence and not serve merely...more

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