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The Securities Law Crystal Ball

At the beginning of each new year, we find ourselves engaged in discussions of the evolving securities regulatory landscape and the changes that we anticipate may occur. We have done this for many years now. Each January we...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks

A recent SEC no-action letter gives broker-dealers more time to perform suitability and other reviews when opening certain customer accounts. The firms requesting the letter were affiliated with three different insurance...more

Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks

A recent SEC no-action letter gives broker-dealers more time to perform suitability and other reviews when opening certain customer accounts. The firms requesting the letter were affiliated with three different insurance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Issues Final Rule on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Duty to Serve Underserved Markets - On December 13, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a final rule implementing the Duty to Serve provisions...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Extends No-Action Relief

The CFTC extended the relief granted under No-Action Letters 15-62 and 15-63 until December 31, 2017. The extended no-action relief in CFTC Letter No. 16-80 exempts inter-affiliate swaps from the trade execution requirement...more

SEC Issues No-Action Letter Regarding Relief from Registration under Advisers Act for Adviser to Affiliated Foundation

On December 8, 2016, the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission“) provided “no-action letter” assurance to CenturyLink Investment Management...more

SEC Endorses Use of Conditional Offers to Buy Shares in IPOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently issued a no-action letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney L.L.C. (“Morgan Stanley”) that will streamline the process for its wealth management clients to participate...more

New SEC Guidance on Five Business Day Debt Tender and Exchange Offers

On November 18, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") published several new compliance and disclosure interpretations ("C&DIs") that provide guidance on the abbreviated tender and exchange offers no-action...more

Guidance Provided by SEC on Abbreviated Debt Tender Offers

On November 18, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a set of compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) pertaining to abbreviated debt tender offers, which were the subject of an SEC no-action...more

Blog: Corp Fin Oks Technical Modification Of Process For Offers And Sales In IPOs

In a new no-action letter to Morgan Stanley, Corp Fin agreed that, as outlined in the request letter, the firm’s proposed procedures for offering and selling securities in IPOs would not involve a pre-effective sale for...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Rules for Abbreviated Debt Tender or Debt Exchange Offers (aka Five-Day Tender Offers)

On November 18, 2016, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) (Questions 162.01 through 162.05) to provide guidance on the Abbreviated Tender or...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance for Up-C Structures Permitting Holding Period Tacking under Rule 144 for Unit-for-Share Exchanges

On November 1, 2016, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance concluding that in Up-C structures the holding period of LLC units or other partnership interests (the “OP...more

Recent Proxy Access Developments

To date, nearly 300 companies have adopted proxy access bylaws, including over 40% of S&P 500 companies. Given the widespread adoption of proxy access by large U.S. companies, it was only a matter of time before a shareholder...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 21 - November 10, 2016

Many people reading this issue of The Financial Report will be very surprised by the results of the Presidential election and, as always, many will also be disappointed. But, as typically happens every four years, the...more

SEC Staff Allows Exclusion of “Fix Proxy Access” Proposal under (i)(10)

In a recently issued no-action letter, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance allowed a company to exclude a shareholder proposal seeking specific changes to the company’s existing proxy access bylaw. According...more

Up-C Rule 144 Relief

On November 1, 2016, the SEC issued a no-action letter with respect to the required Rule 144 holding period after the exchange of partnership interests in an umbrella operating partnership (OP units) into shares of its parent...more

Update on SEC Proxy Access No-Action Letters

Recent SEC responses to no-action requests involving shareholder proposals seeking initial adoption of a proxy access bylaw confirm that the SEC staff is continuing to evaluate company requests to exclude these proposals from...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016

Editor's Note Voting Matters. Next week, we head to the polls to elect a new president of the United States and other government representatives. Voting is important because it allows registered citizens to cast their...more

Cordray remarks/CFPB report on financial innovation and Project Catalyst include warning on limiting consumer access to financial...

In a new report, the CFPB discusses its approach to FinTech and financial innovation, its Project Catalyst initiative, and marketplace developments the CFPB views as potentially beneficial for consumers. The report, entitled...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 39

SEC/CORPORATE SEC - Staff No Longer Requires “Tandy” Representations in Filing Reviews - On October 5, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective immediately, a company...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

CFTC Guidance on FCM and DCO Investments in Money Market Funds

Divisions of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 8, 2016 issued letters restricting futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) from investing in money market...more

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