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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The CFPB issued a no-action letter to Upstart Network this week that will allow the online lender to “continue using alternative credit data to evaluate borrowers in exchange for providing data to the federal consumer finance...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief to certain...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On July 26, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released an update on the credit risk transfer programs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...more

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

SEC Confirms Sales of NFL Fan Memberships Fall Outside of Securities Act

In a no-action letter issued earlier this week, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance granted relief to LA Fan Club, “a fan club for loyal fans of the Rams football team,” to offer fan memberships for sale and...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs From Certain CFTC Regulations for Correction of Errors

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission‘s (“CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight and Division of Clearing and Risk issued a no-action letter extending the relief provided in CFTC Letter No. 16-58, which...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017

Registration Form for Individuals Revised by CFTC: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved revisions to its Form 8R – the basic application form used by individuals to register with it as an associated person of a...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 7

by DLA Piper on

Does it ever make sense to file something with the US government when it is not clear whether the filing is required, or what might need to be filed? Recently, the staff of the US SEC’s Division of Investment Management...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Limitations under 1940 Act to Permit Certain Global “Master-Feeder” Arrangements, Although Obstacles Remain

by Dechert LLP on

The Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 8, 2017 issued a no-action letter (Staff Letter) in response to a request from Dechert LLP for assurance under Section 12(d)(1) of the Investment Company...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 14

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Provides Update on Conflict Minerals Rule - On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued a statement...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Provides Relief Associated with Swap Trade Confirmations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued a no-action letter extending relief associated with swap trade confirmation requirements that previously was provided in CFTC Staff Letter 16-25, which expires March 31,...more

SEC Issues Update for Advisers Relying on the Unibanco No-Action Letters

Recently, the staff (Staff) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Investment Management issued an information update (the "Information Update") for investment advisers registered under the...more

SEC Approves U.S. Master Fund/Foreign Feeder Fund Arrangement – Section 12(d)(1)(E)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) providing assurance with respect to a plan for foreign-regulated investment companies (“Foreign Feeder Fund”) to invest exclusively in corresponding...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Battle Over the Proposed OCC FinTech Charter Continues. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released a draft supplement to its Licensing Manual explaining the process for FinTech...more

Director Cordray and Comptroller Curry speak at LendIt USA conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, we attended the LendIt USA conference in New York City, a leading annual fintech conference, at which CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry both spoke....more

Registered Investment Advisers Take Note: New SEC Custody Rule Guidance

Registered investment advisers should take note of recent pronouncements by the staff of the SEC's Division of Investment Management (the "Division") regarding Rule 206(4)-2 (the "Custody Rule") of the Investment Advisers Act...more

Blog: SEC Continues To Grant No-Action Relief In Connection With Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC has posted a number of additional Corp Fin responses to requests for no-action, as well as to requests for reconsideration of previous denials of relief, regarding shareholder proposals to amend proxy access bylaws,...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Provides Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Aggregation Notice Filings for Position Limits

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter stating that, from February 14, 2017 to August 14, 2017, it will not recommend an enforcement action for failure to file a notice when relying on...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Time-Limited No-Action Transition for March 1, 2017 Compliance Date for Variation...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a time-limited no-action letter (CFTC staff letter 17-11) which provides that, from March 1, 2017 to September 1,...more

SEC Staff Provide New Custody Rule Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 21, 2017 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) released new guidance concerning when a registered investment adviser is deemed to have “custody” for purposes of Adviser’s Act Rule 206(4) (the Custody...more

Bridging the Week - February 2017 #2

Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer Agrees With CFTC and NFA to Cease Doing Business for Concealing Relationship With Closely Tied Market Maker - Forex Capital Markets, LLC, a retail foreign exchange dealer, and two of its...more

SEC Issues No Action Letter Regarding Canadian Companies’ Registration of Rights Offerings on MJDS Form F-7

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced an amended regime for a prospectus-exempt rights offering in Canada. This amended regime allows certain public companies in Canada to conduct a...more

SEC Simplifies Filing of Broker-Dealer Annual Reports on EDGAR

The SEC has previously provided guidance on the filing of annual and supplemental reports required under Rule 17a-5 or Rule 17a-12 by broker-dealers or over-the-counter derivatives dealers on the SEC EDGAR system. However,...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance—SEC Says Brokers Can Impose Their Own Commissions on Sales of “Clean” Fund Shares

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 11, 2017, the SEC staff issued a no-action letter (the “Letter”) to Capital Research and Management Company in which the staff confirmed that the restrictions of Section 22(d) of the 1940 Act do not apply to a...more

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