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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed...more

US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 3, the Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency and Farm Credit Administration (collectively, Agencies) proposed...more

Second Circuit Decision Provides Guidance for Drafting Enforceable Broker-Dealer Agreement Forum Selection Clause

On August 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided two closely watched appeals regarding the intersection of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) rules mandating arbitration of...more

FINRA Charges Firm With AML And Systematic Market Access Violations

On August 18, FINRA announced a complaint against a financial services and investment firm, alleging that the firm was responsible for systematic supervisory and AML violations in connection with providing direct market...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

ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions

With exactly one month left until the September 22 effective date of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) new 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions, ISDA has published a protocol to assist in applying...more

Trade Group Proposes Standards For Private RMBS Market

On August 6, the Structured Finance Industry Group released the first edition of a “comprehensive set of proposed industry standards” to promote growth in the private label RMBS market. The SFIG explains that the project...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds -...more

CFTC No-Action Relief from Potentially Burdensome Requirement for Automated Form 40S Response to CFTC ‘Special Calls’

On July 23, the CFTC staff issued No-Action Letter 14-95 extending the compliance date from August 15, 2014 to February 11, 2016 for use of new Forms 40/40S—reports solicited from market participants by “special call” of the...more

Saudi Opens Market to Foreign Financial Institutions

In a long anticipated measure, the Saudi Council of Ministers (which is the highest authority in the Kingdom) issued a resolution on 21 July, 2014 authorizing foreign financial institutions to directly buy and sell stocks...more

The CFTC’S Cross-Border Application of the Dodd-Frank Act

After years of anticipation, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in July 2013 issued more than 300 pages of “guidance” ostensibly to assist market participants in understanding the breadth of the extraterritorial...more

More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over four Federal...more

NAESB to Seek Industry Comments on Proposed Modified Standards Prepared in Response to FERC Gas-Electric Coordination NOPR

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (Docket No. RM14-2-000) (“NOPR”) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

FERC Proposes New Regulations on Priority Rights and Access to Generator Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on open access and priority rights with regard to Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (ICIF)....more

SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules

On June 25, the SEC adopted the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for market participants. The rules and guidance explain when a cross-border transaction must be counted...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan to Assess Impact on Market Quality for Small Cap Companies

On June 25, the SEC announced that it has ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to act jointly to develop and file with the Commission a national market system plan...more

SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order directing certain national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to jointly develop and file with the SEC a national market...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Publishes Table Showing Compliance with its Guidelines Relating to Global Supervisory Co-Operation on AIFs - On June 20, ESMA published a table showing which competent authorities comply or intend to comply with...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it had ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) to act jointly to develop...more

SEC Orders Tick Size Pilot Program

The SEC has announced that it ordered the national securities exchanges and the FINRA to develop and file a plan to implement a targeted 12 month pilot program that will widen tick sizes for specified small-cap stocks. The...more

Second Circuit Holds Mandatory Broker Dealer Arbitration Not Available to Non-Customer

On May 15, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order in a closely watched case regarding the circumstances in which a broker dealer may be compelled to arbitrate with an institutional counter-party...more

CFTC Staff to Host Position Limits and Aggregation Roundtable

Market participants are encouraged to submit further comments to the Commission. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on May 27, 2014 announced that it will hold a public roundtable at the CFTC on Thursday,...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

Activist Hedge Funds Find Myriad Ways to Profit from M&A Transactions

Activist hedge funds continue to find ways to use public M&A transactions as a tool to generate returns for their investors. As a result, market participants need to consider potential activist strategies in determining how...more

EMIR Clearing And Margin Consultation Paper Proposes Rules Which Will Impose Substantial Trading Costs On Market Participants

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) imposes a number of risk mitigation techniques on counterparties to uncleared swaps. Some of those involve much tighter operational procedures (such as the rules for...more

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