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Translating the success of UK fintech measures to the US

The successful growth of fintech within a region depends on myriad factors, but an unquestionably material one is the regulatory environment. Regulatory regimes that foster innovation and exercise oversight in a purposeful,...more

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors...

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),...more

New SEC Guidance for Rule 144A/Exxon Capital Debt Exchanges

For decades companies have privately issued nonconvertible debt securities to large, sophisticated investors (usually in a Rule 144A transaction) and agreed to exchange those unregistered securities for subsequently issued,...more

SEC Staff Addresses Funds’ Auditor Independence Problem

On June 20, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided a temporary no-action letter (the “Letter”) to a fund group (the “Fund Group”) applicable to registered investment companies (each, a “Fund”) and other...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

SEC Staff Throws Funds a Lifeline on Auditor Independence (For Now)

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided temporary relief from the headache created for funds when the failure to meet the provisions of the so-called “loan rule” may disqualify fund auditors from being...more

Order Entered Against Private Equity Fund Adviser for Broker-Dealer Activity

Under the notoriously ill-considered Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, previously exempt advisers to private equity funds are subject to Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and...more

SEC Waives Custody Rule Requirements for Certain Affiliated Sub-Advisers

Under the SEC Rule 206(4)-2, the “custody rule,” registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities are required to take a number of steps designed to safeguard those client assets. One such step is...more

SEC Grants Sub-Advisers No-Action Relief from Custody Rule Audit Requirements

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) no-action letter issued on April 25, 2016 provides relief from the annual surprise audit requirement of the “Custody Rule” for a registered investment adviser (RIA)...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Issues Letter Regarding Independent Verification Required by Rule 206(4)-2 Under the...

On April 25, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a no-action letter that provides that it would not recommend enforcement action to the Commission under...more

CFPB: The Quarterly Review - April 2016

If the first quarter is any indication, 2016 is going to be a busy year for the CFPB and market participants alike. The CFPB Speaks - Regulation by enforcement - On March 9, during his prepared remarks to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

No-Action Letter Issued Regarding the OCR Final Rule - On April 8, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter regarding the ownership and control final...more

No-Action Letter Issued Regarding the OCR Final Rule

On April 8, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter regarding the ownership and control final rule (the “OCR Final Rule”). The OCR Final Rule requires...more

CFPB Steps Up Scrutiny of FinTech Companies

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will begin collecting complaints from consumers about online marketplace lenders, signaling its intention to increasingly regulate the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 15

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Publishes Concept Release Regarding Business and Financial Disclosure - On April 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a concept release, recommended by the SEC’s Division of...more

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and...

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions. While the hearing was much less contentious than last...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter on Index Fund Investments in Insurance Companies and Securities Related Businesses

SEC staff expands upon prior no-action positions to permit funds that track a third-party index to invest in insurance companies and securities related businesses beyond the limitations set forth in Sections 12(d)(2) and...more

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Rule 144(d)(1) Holding Period Requirements For REIT Shares Exchanged For Operating Partnership...

On March 14, 2016, the staff of the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (the "No-Action Letter") concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Provides Relief in Connection with Swap Trade Confirmations

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter extending the time period for relief from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 37.6 that a SEF obtain documents incorporated by...more

SEC Releases Additional No-Action Letters on “Substantial Implementation” of Shareholder Proxy Access Proposals

In the last year, the number of companies that have adopted proxy access bylaws provisions – and the number of proxy access proposals submitted by shareholders – has risen significantly. Competing proxy access provisions...more

CFTC Extends No Action Relief for SEFs With Respect to Certain Uncleared Swaps Transactions

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight has extended previously granted relief for Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) with respect to requirements for certain transactions in uncleared swaps....more

CFTC Staff Provides Relief in Connection with Swap Trade Confirmations

On March 14, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight published a time-limited no-action letter that changed the deadline “for relief in connection with swap trade confirmation...more

SEC Permits Immediate Resale Under Rule 144 of REIT Shares Issued in Exchange for OP Units

On March 14, 2016, the SEC issued a no-action letter permitting holders of shares of common stock of a publicly traded REIT, or REIT shares, received in exchange for privately placed units of the REIT’s operating partnership,...more

Companies Accelerate Adoption of Proxy Access as SEC Continues to Grant No-Action Relief

As we previously reported here, companies that adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws received a vote of confidence from the SEC when the agency issued a series of no-action letters allowing companies to exclude related...more

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

The buzz phrase of the moment in the financial services industry is robo adviser. On Monday, February 29, The Wall Street Journal published a Journal Report in the Personal Finance Section of that day’s newspaper. The...more

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