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DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #14

Reference rates group reports - The Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFR) has published an interim report and work plan. It is focusing on: - finalising the process to be followed for the RFR...more

Administration Releases Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda with Timeline for Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has posted its updated 2016 regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned rulemaking and the expected timing for action. The latest agenda includes numerous rules in the pipeline impacting...more

U.S. Treasury Department Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending Industry

On May 10, 2016, the Department of the Treasury issued a white paper on online marketplace lending that maps the current market landscape, reviews industry insights and offers policy proposals for the road ahead. Based on...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #8

FCA announces insider dealing convictions - FCA has announced two convictions in the case it brought as part of Operation Tabernula. Martyn Dodgson, an investment banker, and Andrew Hind, a property developer and...more

EPA Doubles Down on Methane Regulation for Oil and Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a packet of measures targeting methane emissions from operations of the oil and gas industry on May 12, 2016. These measures include three final regulations affecting...more

CFPB Academic Research Council to meet on May 20

The CFPB has announced that there will be meeting of its Academic Research Council on May 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C. to discuss methodologies for CFPB research....more

FCC Adopts Framework for Broad New Regulations of Newly Christened “Business Data Services” f/k/a Special Access Services

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s plan to extend a new rate regulation regime to so-called business data services (which provide point-to-point transmission of data at guaranteed speeds and service levels), formerly known as “special...more

UK Regulator Consults on Reporting of Financial Statements and Forecast Capital Data

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a consultation paper on regulatory reporting of financial statements, forecast capital data and IFRS 9 requirements, setting out the PRA’s proposals on future reporting of balance...more

Fair Play! German Federal Government Proposes New Regulatory Frameworkd in Sports Law

The introduction of the new draft legislation with changes in German criminal law was deemed necessary as the "general" provision against fraud in German law often is ineffective as it requires to prove that bets were placed...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.29.16

Major news for the extended Blackstone & private equity family yesterday, as federal authorities arrested Wall Street exec Andrew Caspersen on charges of securities and wire fraud in what they’re labeling a “’brazen’ scheme...more

CFPB to participate in Financial Data Summit

The CFPB is among the federal agencies participating in a Financial Data Summit hosted by the Data Coalition to be held on March 29, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Linda Powell, the CFPB’s Chief Data Officer, will be on a panel...more

The Final Persuader Rule: What You Need to Know About the New Reporting Requirements

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations revising the “advice exemption” and requiring employers and consultants (including lawyers) to report labor relations advice and services under...more

China Auto Regulatory Trends 2016: New-Energy, Materials Restrictions, Recalls and Emissions Figure Prominently

China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

DOL and EEOC to Make 2016 A Challenging Year for Employers

Members of the Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law recently met. The meeting includes employer and employee advocates, as well as government...more

PA's New Strategy for Methane Reduction Raising the Bar on Air Emissions for Oil & Gas Operations

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") outlined a strategy to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of their plan to establish...more

Minerals Matters - Winter 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and the first one of 2016. Last year was, on the whole, positive for the sector. We had the drama of the UK General Election and the surprisingly decisive outcome which...more

Aviation Emissions - what next?

Aviation and shipping account for around 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So it is surprising there is no global system to oversee or limit greenhouse gas emissions from these sectors. However, during...more

Insurance 2015 year-end review and forecast for 2016

Our Year-End Review and Forecast for 2016 reviews some of the more notable events and trends in the insurance industry over the past 12 months. Our crystal ball is a bit clouded by the scale and speed of changes we see, but...more

Update: Clean Power Plan - Energy Sector: Transformation or Regulatory Overreach? - Presented at the AHC Carbon Innovation...

Lou Tosi was a presenter at the AHC Group's Carbon Innovation Workshop on January 19, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lou gave an update on the Clean Power Plan. Please see full Presentation below for more information. ...more

The Year Ahead in Chemicals Regulation

Companies that manufacture and distribute chemical products across the value chain in the U.S. need to be aware of several legal developments with the potential to impact their business in the year ahead....more

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities Under Increasing Fire in California – Are You in Compliance?

A recent Los Angeles Times report confirms what most legal experts have been forecasting for quite some time; the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry in California is likely to face increased regulatory scrutiny and, in...more

REGULATORS, QUANT UP! New Rules from FINRA, SEC and CFTC Target Automated Algorithmic Trading

On February 11, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that would require individuals who “design, develop or significantly modify...more

Risk Retention and the Regulatory State: What It Means to “The Folks” in 2016 and Beyond

We may be approaching a tipping point where the burden of the new federal regulatory state, purportedly designed to make our economy stronger by making the banking system safer, will begin to demonstrably become a cure that’s...more

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