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Reading between the Headlines: A Lesson in Risk Mitigation from Edward Snowden

Whistleblowing has become a highly charged term, stirring up emotive rhetoric ranging from “ethical hero” to “treasonous traitor” with very little substantive evaluation of the real impact on the corporation and the broader...more

CFPB explores HMDA changes

The CFPB announced it will begin the rulemaking process for changes to the reporting requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). As an initial step, the CFPB will convene a Small Business Review Panel to seek...more

Amendments To "Regulation A" - A Step Towards a Middle Ground in Smaller Company Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) recently proposed rules amending Regulation A. Regulation A currently allows an exemption from federal registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) for...more

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Compliance Requirements

Background on the Final Rule - On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC enforcement cases to increase in 2014: 4 things public companies need to know

A casual observer of SEC trends could be forgiven for concluding that the SEC has lost interest in pursuing enforcement actions involving public company financial reporting violations. But the casual observer would be...more

CFPB issues report to congressional appropriations committee

Last week, the CFPB issued a report entitled “Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Pursuant to Section 1017(e)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Act.” That Dodd-Frank section requires the CFPB’s Director to submit an annual...more

Proprietary Trading Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

CLOs Under the Volcker Rule: New Exemptions, New Issues, New Obligations

Under the final version of the Volcker Rule issued this week, issuers and sponsors of new CLO issuances should consider structuring CLOs to conform to the exclusions contained in the rule, and banks and bank affiliates that...more

Disclosure Reform a Must

In a recent speech, Commissioner Gallagher provided another perspective on the need for the SEC to focus on disclosure reform. Gallagher acknowledges the importance of tackling disclosure reform, even amidst the challenges...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry...more

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created Section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act...more

The Volcker Rule: A First Look at Key Changes

On December 10, 2013, five U.S. financial regulators (the Agencies) adopted a final rule implementing the Volcker Rule. The text of the final rule and its accompanying preamble are available here. The Volcker Rule was created...more

House Passes Bill to Restore Registration Exemption for Private Equity Fund Advisers

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on December 4, 2013, that would restore an exemption from registration to advisers of certain private equity funds that limit leverage, an attempt to undo another...more

Connecting the Data Dots: Sapient’s Jim Bennett Talks Compliance Reporting [Video]

Jim Bennett of Sapient Global Markets knows full well how critical it is to properly integrate systems. “Standardized, automated messaging is the key” to compliance and reporting says Bennett, but platforms must also be...more

"EU Derivatives Trade Reporting Obligations to Begin on February 12, 2014"

Starting February 12, 2014, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) will require EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on or off exchange, to report certain trade information and details...more

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - November 12, 2013

CFTC Proposed Rule on Commodity Pools - On November 5, the CFTC issued a proposed rule that would require that all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

When is a Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

Even though Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act more than three years ago, the basic question of who can claim the anti-retaliation protections of that law are less clear than ever....more

Take Heart, Companies Can Win Whistleblower Cases: Two Key Victories Last Week In SOX And Dodd-Frank Cases

Two victories for employers last week in Dodd-Frank and SOX whistleblower cases may provide a basis for at least a sliver of optimism among employers and whistleblower defense lawyers hammered by a recent series of...more

CFTC Responds To FAQ On Commodity Options

Today, the CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a response to frequently asked questions regarding commodity options, including reporting obligations with respect to trade options. The response clarified a few...more

"SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules — Costly and Complicated"

The SEC has proposed rules to implement the “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposed rules would require many SEC reporting companies to publicly disclose the...more

Raising Capital in the United States: A Guide to Using MJDS for U.S. Public Offerings and Periodic Reporting

About this Publication: This publication is written for Canadian companies considering accessing the U.S. public capital markets through the Multi-jurisdictional Disclosure System (“MJDS”) and for those Canadian...more

Court Vacates SEC Rule on Disclosure of Government Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers While Similar EU Requirement Is...

On July 2, 2013, a US court vacated the new SEC rule requiring resource extraction issuers to file annual reports with information about government payments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals....more

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