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Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

It’s OK, Capital Markets Associates, You (Probably) Haven’t Lost a Day to Get to Closing

As we noted in a previous blog, the SEC recently adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two...more

Impact of US Risk Retention Rules on Sukuk

by White & Case LLP on

In July 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). The Dodd-Frank Act mandated extensive changes to the financial regulatory system in the...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 1st Quarter 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the realization that a number of Trump's fiscal policy changes, including tax reform, could face many roadblocks, investors welcomed reports of firming economic fundamentals, providing a...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

Belgian FSMA Issues Two Communications on the Marketing of Units in EEA and Non-EEA AIFs - The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) published two communications dated 24 February 2017 on the...more

When Financial Planning Meets Family Law

Late 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided the case of Curtis v. Curtis (887 N.W.2d 249) and in so doing provided a lesson in how to invest $2,000,000.00 to maximize your return in an alimony case....more

What Explains Plaintiffs’ Post-Morrison Preference for the Third Circuit in Securities Filings Involving Overseas Parties or...

In monitoring securities cases filed around the country, I like to keep an eye out for regional trends. Historically, plaintiffs’ counsel respected the company defendant’s forum, filing in the federal court closest to the...more

Hague Securities Convention Takes Effect to Clarify Applicable Law Governing Securities Accounts Held by Intermediaries

by Sullivan & Worcester on

On April 1, 2017, the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary (the "Convention") will take effect in the United States. On December 15, 2016, the United...more

The Hague Securities Convention – IV. What effect does the Hague Securities Convention have on perfection by filing?

The Convention does not affect perfection of a lien by taking physical possession of the securities. However, the Convention may affect perfection of a lien by filing, including the place where the security interest or other...more

Unpacking Your LLC: Tax Considerations in Limited Liability Company Liquidations

by Smith Anderson on

Has your LLC lost its luster? Has it outlived its usefulness as an asset management, asset protection, or, dare we say it, wealth transfer vehicle? Are you tired of discussing the company’s operations with the other owners?...more

The South Carolina Uniform Gifts to Minors Act: Past, Present and Future?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

This blog is intended to highlight certain aspects of the South Carolina Uniform Gift to Minors Act (the “SCUGMA”), which is found in Article 5 of Chapter 5 of Title 63 (the Children’s Code) of the South Carolina Code of...more

The Hague Securities Convention – III. What is required to be a governing law?

Two things are required. First, the choice should be expressly made. If an express choice is not made, there are a series of fallback rules under the Convention, but clearly the far better approach is to make an express...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Development of Crowdfunding in France

by Dechert LLP on

During the nascent stages of crowdfunding as a fund raising strategy, there was a great deal of uncertainty in France as to the legality of such activities. In 2014, initial regulations were enacted applicable to crowdfunding...more

The Hague Securities Convention – II. What do these provisions accomplish?

The cited provisions are choice-of-law provisions that select the governing law for the intermediary account agreement, which under the Hague Securities Convention will then also dictate the governing law for other issues...more

The Hague Securities Convention – I. Lending Against Securities in the U.S. After April 1, 2017

The Hague Securities Convention, which goes into effect in the United States on April 1, 2017, will have significant impact on the law applied to all transactions – past and future – collateralized by securities held by an...more

Hague Securities Convention to Enter Into Effect in the United States - Choice of Law in Respect of Securities Held by...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 1, 2017, the Hague Securities Convention — or by its actual name, the Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary — will enter into effect in the United...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

EU Regulation on Penalties for Settlement Fails Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Commission Delegated Regulation on the parameters for the calculation of cash penalties for settlement fails and the operations of CSDs in host Member States was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Whether a Commodity Futures Contract is a "Security"

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the appellate court upheld a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff, finding commodity futures contracts are not "securities" and Plaintiff, who was trading them...more

Financial Stability Board Targets Fund Finance

by Dechert LLP on

In marked contrast to the emerging U.S. deregulatory climate, the G-20’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) has issued Policy Recommendations for the regulation of four “structural vulnerabilities” in the asset management...more

TIC Form SHC Deadline Approaching to Report U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a revised Form SHC (with corresponding instructions), which is part of the Treasury International Capital (TIC) data reporting system. Form SHC is the mandatory five-year...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

US SEC and Hong Kong SFC Sign New Memorandum of Understanding

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which came into effect on January 18, 2017. The subject of the MOU is...more

Potential Relief for Employee Option Exercises

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Employees must generally recognize income for tax purposes upon the receipt of employer stock to the extent that the fair market value of the stock received is greater than the amount, if any, paid by the employee for the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

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