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Blockchain and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

US SEC and Hong Kong SFC Sign New Memorandum of Understanding

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which came into effect on January 18, 2017. The subject of the MOU is...more

Financial Stability Board Issues Activities-Based Recommendations for the Global Asset Management Industry

by Dechert LLP on

The FSB continues to plan to revisit whether there are residual entity-specific sources of systemic risk that cannot be addressed effectively by market-wide activities-based policies that would support global systemically...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - October 2016

by Stoel Rives LLP on

After a one-month hiatus, we find ourselves with much to catch up on. Brace yourself. The SEC . . . - announced, that it no longer requires Tandy language, generally an acknowledgment in SEC comment...more

SFC Circular to Managers of SFC Authorised Funds Addressing Liquidity Risk Management

Key Points - - All managers of SFC authorised funds (including overseas managers of SFC authorised funds) are required to enhance internal liquidity risk management processes and procedures in order to implement...more

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

by DLA Piper on

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

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 1 January 2016 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, announced in FINRA’s 11th annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, published earlier this week, that...more

Prudential Regulators Release Final Margin Rules for Swaps

On October 22, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation held an open meeting at which it voted to adopt: (i) final rules governing margin and capital requirements for uncleared swaps and (ii) an interim final rule to...more

Asset Management Industry: Financial Stability Update, Fall 2015

by Dechert LLP on

As U.S. and global regulators continue to evaluate the potential impact, if any, of the asset management industry and its products and activities on financial stability, the regulatory standards that will ultimately be...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Announces Proposal to Amend the Definition of "Material Terms" - On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to...more

The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 18 - September 2015 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

Casino games are designed with a house advantage. Mathematically, the house advantage is a measure of how much the house expects to win, expressed as a percentage of the player’s wager. The house advantage is the difference...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - Form PF — What Purpose? SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million of assets under management in private funds are required to periodically file Form PF with the SEC. The...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Decreases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2016 - On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective October 1, the fees that public companies and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 14 • July 2015 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

US lawmakers seek push out details. US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the country’s banking regulators asking for information concerning the effect of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank act...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #4

Investment Adviser Chief Compliance Officer Blamed in SEC Lawsuit for President’s Theft of Client Funds; SEC Commissioner Criticizes Enforcement Actions Against CCOs Generally - The Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 11 • June 2015 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

FRB will extend high-quality liquid asset status to some state and municipal bonds. The FRB has proposed a rule that would recognize certain general obligation state and municipal bonds meeting the same liquidity...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #2

Two Traders Subject of CME Summary Suspension for Alleged Spoofing Sued by CFTC Too - Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenced a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Heet Khara and Nasim...more

A Practical Guide for the Buy-Side to the U.S. Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps - What the Buy-Side Needs to Know about the OTC...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This guide is designed to provide in a concise format the principal information that the buy-side needs to know about the U.S. margin rules. The format of the guide is question-and-answer, with most answers followed by the...more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 7 • April 2015 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #2

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SEC Spotlight on Broker-Dealer Supervision of Outside Business Activities of Registered Representatives. In this issue we report on the SEC’s settled administrative proceedings against H.D. Vest Investment Securities,...more

Bridging the Week - December 2014

CFTC Issues CME Group Report Card: Scores Generally Good But NYMEX and COMEX Directed to Continue to Enhance Spoofing Surveillance - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group found early presents under its Christmas tree...more

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