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3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

When Does an Anti-Arbitration Provision Not Prohibit Arbitration of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010, provides broad whistleblower protections to individuals who report certain possible violations of federal securities laws. Mindful that...more

Regulators Adopt Risk Retention Rule with Few Changes

A final credit risk retention rule was recently issued with respect to asset-backed securities (ABS) by the prudential bank regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision Limited To Complaints About Securities Laws

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled that an Illinois-based bank employee could not state a claim under the whistleblower protection provision in Dodd-Frank because his complaints alleged...more

Nebraska District Court: Employee’s Disclosures To FINRA Make Her A Dodd-Frank Whistleblower

In a first-impression decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska recently ruled that an employee who disclosed information about potential securities law violations to FINRA may qualify as a...more

FINRA Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Tier 1 Capital Securities

Three Types of Hybrid Securities Subject to Classification and Reporting Changes - For some time now, there has been confusion regarding the appropriate trade reporting for certain hybrid securities. Hybrid securities,...more

SEC Issues Additional FAQs On Engineering Exclusion From Municipal Advisor Rules

We have reviewed prior SEC guidance on the municipal advisor rules, from a view point of structuring a business to avoid a municipal advisory role. The SEC has now issued additional FAQs, including on the engineering...more

Extension of Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 5, the SEC extended interim final rules that exempt security-based swaps that were security-based swap agreements prior to July 16, 2011, and are defined as “securities” under the Securities Act and the Exchange...more

Open for Business: SEF Competition Heating Up in the New Market Structure [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

Open for Business: SEFs Navigate the New Regulatory Environment  [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

Observation 1.1.1 On The Volcker Rule: Community Banks – Compliance

On December 10, 2013, the federal banking agencies jointly issued final regulations to implement the “Volcker Rule,” added to the Bank Holding Company Act by Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, to prohibit banking entities and...more

SEC Amends Rule 5b-3 and Fund Registration Forms to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final amendments to certain rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and the Securities Act of 1933 (1933 Act) to implement a...more

CFTC Issues Advisory Concerning Commodity Trading Advisors and Swaps

On December 23, CFTC provided guidance regarding requirements imposed on commodity trading advisors (CTAs) resulting from Dodd-Frank on the potential new advisory obligations of CTAs....more

Banking Regulators Say That Volcker Rule Does Not Require Immediate Sale of Collateralized Debt Obligations Backed by Trust...

The FRB, the FDIC, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a joint FAQ clarifying certain aspects of the treatment of interests in collateralized debt obligations backed by trust preferred securities (“TruPS CDOs”) under the...more

Key Provisions of the Volcker Rule Final Regulations for Non-US Banking Entities

The five US financial agencies (“Agencies”) have approved jointly prepared final regulations (“Final Rules”) to implement the prohibitions on engaging in proprietary trading and investment in or sponsorship of a private...more

Federal Agencies Seek Comment on Joint Proposed Rule Regarding Credit Risk Retention

In 2011, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Office of the Comptroller of...more

United States v. Vilar: new limits on extraterritorial securities enforcement

In United States v. Vilar, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has offered another data point in the federal courts’ ongoing efforts to define the extraterritorial reach of the federal securities laws. Although we...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 9, 2013

Agency Template for Tailored Resolution Plans - On September 3, the FDIC and the Fed released an optional model template for tailored resolution plans required to be submitted by the Dodd-Frank Act. SEC Risk...more

Lawmakers Claim SEC Proposals Are Contrary To JOBS Act

The SEC recently issued proposals related to Regulation D which, among other things, require a Form D to be filed fifteen days before a general solicitation under Rule 506(c) can commence....more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

SEC Extends Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On January 29, the SEC amended the expiration dates in its interim final rules that provide exemptions for security-based swaps that, prior to July 16, 2012, were security-based swap agreements and are defined as “securities”...more

Securities Law Essentials For Growing Companies

We recently gave a presentation at a CLE titled Securities Law Essentials for Growing Companies. The presentation included an overview of what constitutes a public offering, what is a security, classical private placements,...more

The End of Unlimited FDIC Insurance: How Banks Can Retain—and Depositors Can Protect—Their Uninsured Deposits

In an attempt to limit the flight of deposits from insured depository institutions resulting from the 2008 fiscal crisis, Section 343 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided temporary,...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Changes to Banking Laws

Significant changes to Pennsylvania banking laws will take effect on December 24, 2012, as a result of three bills, known as the “Banking Law Modernization Package,” signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett....more

The Fight Isn’t Over: Employers Should Keep Battling The Definition of “Whistleblower” Under Dodd-Frank

The “Securities Whistleblower Incentives and Protection” section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“DFA”) is an integrated scheme designed to encourage individuals to complain to the...more

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