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FATCA and CRS: 2016 Year End Reminders and a Look Ahead to 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, U.S. FATCA is almost fully phased-in, U.K. FATCA is being phased-out and the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is nearing the first anniversary of its effective date. What began as a concept in 2010...more

Court in the BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation Upholds Opt-Out Procedures But Then Allows Individual Action Plaintiffs to Opt Back...

On November 4, 2016, Judge Keith Ellison of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted preliminary approval of a $175 million settlement in the federal securities class action In re: BP p.l.c....more

FINRA Fine Addresses Broker Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

A recent enforcement action by FINRA underscores the regulator’s continuing concern regarding how financial advisers are paid to sell investment products. In a case announced on November 28, 2016, a member firm settled...more

SEC Holds Forum to Discuss Fintech in the Financial Services Industry

On November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its first public forum to discuss financial technology (“Fintech”) innovation in the financial services industry. The Fintech Forum was divided into four...more

Road Map to Europe II - Bridging the Documentation Gap Between the US and Europe in Venture Capital Transactions

It's a common issue: a US venture capitalist and a European company agree on the commercial terms of an investment transaction and think that the hard work is done but quickly find themselves at an impasse over the way the...more

Blog: That Was Quick — Proxy Access Test Drive Hits A Wall

You probably recall that, on November 9, 2016, GAMCO Asset Management Inc. (entity affiliated with activist investor Mario Gabelli) and certain affiliates used the proxy access bylaws recently adopted at National Fuel Gas...more

REITS May Soon be Coming to Poland: Law Firm of Miller Canfield

Poland’s Ministry of Finance published a draft bill which would authorize the establishment and operation of Polish Real Estate Investment Trusts (Spólki Rynku Wynajmu Nieruchomosci) in Poland. At this stage, the proposal has...more

Florida Banks: Beware of Eleventh Circuit Decision Implications

Banks beware: At the very least in Florida, you may be liable for negligence and “aiding and abetting fraud” to non-customers for trust funds deposited by a bank customer that were obtained by the customer through fraud,...more

Gryphon Investors Closes Fourth Fund to Back Healthcare, Other Services

Gryphon Investors has announced it closed its fourth fund, Gryphon Partners IV. The fund raised $1.1 billion, exceeding the original target of $600 million....more

New JOBS Act Rules Regarding Accredited Investor Determination

New SEC rules mandated by the JOBS Act require that an issuer’s determination of an investor’s “accredited investor” status must be made as of the last day of the issuer’s most recent fiscal year rather than at the time of...more

Warning to "Marijuana Investors" Consider Federal Enforcement

The Controlled Substances Act ("CSA") lists Marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule 1 drug. That means "the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Efforts to reclassify marijuana...more

Chinese Investment in the United States – Prospects for the Trump Presidency

An important thing for people interested in U.S.-China commercial and financial relations to consider in connection with Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election on November 8, 2016 is that no one can know with...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: ReferWell Completes Financing Round Led by HCCM

ReferWell has announced completion of a private equity financing round led by Health Catalyst Capital Management (HCCM). ReferWell, based in New York, is the developer of a cloud-based referral management platform for...more

Time to Get With the (Liquidity Risk) Program: SEC Issues Liquidity Risk Management Rule for Open-End Funds

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new Rule 22e-4 (“Liquidity Rule”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”), which requires registered open-end funds, including open-end...more

Protecting High-Net-Worth Individuals from Fraud

With new fraudulent schemes devised and perpetrated against individuals and businesses on a daily basis, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners created International Fraud Awareness Week, running from November 13-19,...more

Steps to Take Now to Avoid the EB-5 Dragnet

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping an eagle eye on EB-5 projects these days, as evidenced by a dramatic increase in the number of fraud cases the agency has filed in federal courthouses across the...more

FCA fines and makes restriction order against investor for market abuse

In this decision report we review the FCA's final notice issued to Gavin Duncan Paul Breeze on 15 July 2016. Mr Breeze was an investor in, and a former non-executive director (NED) of, a mobile payment software...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

Changes in Taxation of Closed-end Investment Funds

The Sejm has received a draft act on the amendment of personal income tax and corporate income tax. The amendment aims at changing taxation of investment funds....more

PIABA Slams Broker-Check Again

The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) renewed its criticism of FINRA’s Broker-Check® system in a report issued in late October. PIABA was especially critical of the system’s: Lack of synchronization...more

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Wells is working hard to keep from having to produce four databases in ongoing toxic RMBS litigation with an investor class headed by Royal Park & BlackRock...more

German Government’s Enhanced Scrutiny of Recent Chinese-German M&A Transactions – A Turning Point or Just a Temporary Resentment?

So far this year, Chinese companies have announced a record-breaking US$11 billion of M&A transactions in Germany. However, the decision of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (“FMET”) to have a more...more

Looking Ahead: Top Issues Impacting the Tech Industry in 2017

As technology continues to reshape how business gets done and the way people live their lives, there are many reasons to be excited about the tech industry’s prospects heading into 2017. The more than 300 executives,...more

Changing Proxy Rules: SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxy Cards

The SEC, by a two-to-one vote on October 26, 2016, proposed amendments to its proxy rules to require universal proxy cards in contested director elections at annual meetings of listed U.S. public companies. If adopted, the...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

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