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EB-5 Securities Law Roundtable Offers Technical Language Resource to Lawmakers

Check out what’s new in the EB-5 world, where a team of securities lawyers are at work offering to help lawmakers understand complex legal provisions of proposed EB-5 integrity legislation. The group is called the EB-5...more

EB-5 Securities Law Roundtable Launches Web Presence

Several securities lawyers from several firms across the United States with a focus on EB-5 have organized a roundtable to discuss securities law issues....more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule...

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

SEC Overrules Its Own Administrative Law Judge to Clear Customer of Fraud Charges

In a rare reversal of its own administrative law judge in the Matter of optionsXpress, the full Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously held that the SEC’s Enforcement Division had not met its burden of proof that the...more

The (Heart)Beat Has Sounded: The World Economic Forum Places Blockchain Front and Center

It’s official – Blockchain is ready for its close-up. Blockchain and smart contracts have moved out of the wings and are the new stars of the finance industry, according to the World Economic Forum’s report released on...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.19.16

The Journal reports that big companies [banks included] are pouring more into dividends than at “any time since the financial crisis”—likely, a response to record-low bond yields that’s “put a premium” on kicking back...more

FINRA Relaxes Rules for M&A and Private Placement Brokers

The SEC has approved a series of FINRA rules that are meant to simplify regulation of firms engaged as M&A brokers and those who conduct other limited activities. While the rules may be simpler, it still looks like a...more

Proposed New Regulations on Arrangement and Promotion Activity in the UAE

In early August 2016, the UAE Securities & Commodities Authority (the SCA) issued draft new regulations (the Proposed Regulations) on arrangement and promotion activity in the UAE. Only an Arabic version of the Proposed...more

Court of Appeal Lifts Stay in Cross Border Class Action

In Kaynes v. BP [1] (referred to herein as “Kaynes”) the Court of Appeal for Ontario (“ONCA”) recently lifted a stay of a class proceeding in which the Plaintiff is seeking damages for alleged misrepresentations made to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.15.16

More details have emerged from the February cyberheist that resulted in the theft of more than $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the NY Fed, including a pretty significant lack of critical concern from the bank itself....more

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

The 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (2016 Act) was adopted unanimously by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in a 49-0 vote at its 2016 summer meeting. The adoption of the revised model law is a significant step forward for...more

DC Circuit Upholds SEC ALJs in First Merits Opinion

The D.C. Circuit has affirmed that SEC ALJs are not constitutional Officers subject to the Appointments Clause, rejecting perhaps the strongest of the constitutional challenges to the Commission’s administrative forum. The...more

It’s Not Easy Being Green: LeapFrog Execs Dodge Class-Action Over Sales Projections

On August 2, 2016, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen dismissed a shareholder lawsuit brought against children’s educational toymaker LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (“LeapFrog”) for failure to adequately plead statements were false...more

SEC Increases Performance Fee Net Worth Threshold for Qualified Clients

Effective August 15, 2016, the net worth threshold for qualified clients under Rule 205-3 is increased from $2 million to $2.1 million. If you have advisory agreements or subscription agreements that require a client or...more

The SEC Retains its House Advantage During Administrative Proceedings

Amendments to the Rules of Practice Do Little to Address Criticism that the Deck is Stacked - Facing pressure from industry practitioners and in the wake of constitutional challenges in multiple jurisdictions, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.4.16

As foreshadowed a few weeks ago, the Bank of England has cut its main interest rate to an historically low .25 percent in an effort to address the impact of June’s Brexit vote. The BOE will start bond buying in September....more

August Antitrust Bulletin

Activist Investor Settles DOJ Premerger Notification Case for Record $11 Million - On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a settlement in its landmark lawsuit against...more

In Conflict With Other Circuits, Seventh Circuit Rules That Certain Transfers Involving Financial Institution Intermediaries Not...

Section 546(e) of the bankruptcy code prohibits a bankruptcy trustee from avoiding “settlement payment[s]”, or payments “made in connection with a securities contract,” that are “made by or to (or for the benefit of)”...more

SEC & MSRB’s Pay-to-Play Rule: “Governing Games - Mocking, Part 2”

This SRO gamesmanship is making a mockery of governing. The latest is the SEC’s position that it didn’t take any action on the new MSRB Rules extending pay-to-play prohibitions to municipal advisors, so it can’t be sued...more

6th Circuit Joins Majority, Accepting "Materialization of the Risk"

Last month, the 6th Circuit joined the majority view recognizing the “materialization of the risk” theory of loss-causation as an alternative to “corrective-disclosure” in securities litigation under Rule 10b-5....more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

California Health Care District Financing Techniques

Across the nation, the delivery of health care services is undergoing a period of transformation. Much of this change is being driven by The Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. Many hospital facilities in...more

The SEC Audit Trail – Several Industry Groups See Problems as Currently Proposed

Last week, several securities industry groups filed critical responses to the SEC’s plan for an audit trail. While most groups that commented on the SEC’s proposed regulation supported implementing the proposal, several had...more

Deadline to Comment on European Blockchain Technology Regulation Quickly Approaching

The European Securities and Markets Authority is soliciting public comment on its recently published discussion paper on the benefits and challenges of using Distributed Ledger Technology. The European Securities and...more

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