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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

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

Federal Ministry of Finance Guidance on Tax for Closed-Ended AIFs - The Federal Ministry of Finance has issued guidance on 12 February 2015 that broadens the favorable tax regime for investment partnerships applicable to...more

SEC Delegates Authority to Invest Whistle-Blower Fund

On September 26, the SEC amended its rules to delegate authority to its CFO, Kenneth Johnson, to request that the Treasury Secretary invest a portion of the SEC’s Investor Protection Fund. The fund, comprised of over $439...more

Extraterritoriality Revisited: Access to the European Markets by Financial Institutions, Funds and Others from Outside Europe

In an effort to harmonise investor protection across the EU and ensure effective market competition, a framework has been established for financial institutions, funds and market infrastructure established outside the EU to...more

SEC's Findings and Observations on OCIE's Presence Exam Initiative

During his speech on May 6, 2014, Andrew J. Bowden, the Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided an overview and initial observations...more

SEC Collects Record $3.4 Billion in 2013 Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it levied a record $3.4 billion in sanctions in its fiscal year 2013 ending September 30, 2013. This is an increase of 10% from the previous year, augmented by a...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Agencies Adopt Final Rules Exempting Certain Higher-Price Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements - On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal...more

SEC Charges an Investment Adviser and a Portfolio Manager with Fraud and Causing a Money Market Fund to Violate Rule 2a-7

This OnPoint describes the role of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management (Division) in uncovering the alleged fraud through an analytical review of the Fund’s performance data and portfolio information. It then...more

Goldilocks, Porridge and General Solicitation

Introduction - At long last, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took action today to implement rules that complied with the JOBS Act mandate to relax the prohibition against general solicitation in...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 1, 2013

In this issue: - Recent SEC Speeches Focus on Investor Protection and Disclosure - SEC 2013 Examination Priorities - CFTC Revises Clearing Compliance Schedule for iTraxx CDS Indices - SEC Division...more

SEC Speaks: Agency Takes Back-To-Basics Approach In Face Of Changing Leadership, Congressional Mandates And New Technologies

The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more

Preparing for AIFMD: Some Practical Tips, Part 1

In This issue: - A general round-up of key provisions in the AIFMD level 2 implementing regulations - Scope of the AIFMD - Timetable and transitional relief - Cross-border marketing - Delegation and...more

Complex Financial Products – International Support for yet More Investor Protection

The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has recently released its final report on "Suitability Requirements with respect to the Distribution of Complex Financial Products" (Report), which outlines the...more

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