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Bridging the Week - September 2014 #2

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps and Approves Special Treatment for Operations-Related Swaps With Certain Government-Owned Natural Gas and Electric Utilities - A few weeks after the Federal Reserve Bank...more

IRS Affirms Treatment of Short Sales for UBTI Purposes

Since there are many hedge funds that utilize short selling as part of their investment strategy, it is important for hedge fund investors, including tax exempt organizations, to understand the U.S. tax treatment of these...more

California Retroactively Extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief, But Only For 2013

At the end of July, the California state legislature enacted an extension of its modified conformity to federal mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for 1 year, through 2013. The law allows exclusion of income realized as a...more

Abandonment: When Property Drops Out of the Bankruptcy Estate

In re Rich, 510 B.R. 366 (Bankr. D. Utah 2014) – In a case that was converted from a chapter 11 reorganization to a chapter 7 liquidation, the debtor sought an order directing the trustee to abandon certain real...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

SEC Continues Crack Down on Short Sale Rule Violations: Settles $7.3 Million Case Against Worldwide Capital

In the largest Rule 105 (Short Sale Rule) enforcement case to date, the SEC reached a $7.3 million settlement against Worldwide Capital and its principal last Wednesday, March 5. The SEC's message has been consistent since...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 7, 2014)

Matthew Martoma was convicted of insider trading by a Manhattan jury. That jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud. The convictions continues the unbroken string of victories in...more

SEC Sanctions University Professors For Naked Short Scheme

Two university professors settled fraud charges brought in an SEC administrative proceeding centered on a naked short selling scheme. The scheme yielded profits of over $400,000. In the Matter of Gonul Colak, Adm. Proc. File...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

Freddie Mac Updates Short Sale, Deed-In-Lieu Of Foreclosure Requirements

On November 25, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-24, which revises numerous short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure (DIL) requirements. The bulletin updates, among other things, eligibility requirements for exceptions to...more

FHFA OIG Recommends Changes To Fannie Mae Short Sale Oversight

On November 20, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report critical of Fannie Mae’s oversight of its short sale process and the servicers who participate in that process. The OIG determined—based on a review...more

2013 Reform of Short Selling Regulations in Japan

On November 5, 2013, the amendments to the laws and regulations related to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (the “FIEL”) went into effect, in which regulations concerning short selling in the Japanese...more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus - October 2013

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx publishes Amended Listing Rules to Complement the New IPO Sponsor Regime - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law...more

SEC: Zero Tolerance for Short Selling Violations

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against 23 firms for violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M. Rule 105 prohibits the purchase of securities in a follow-on...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2013

In this issue: - EU Developments - Opinion on ESMA’s Powers under the Short Selling Regulation - ESMA Publishes Third Country Advice on Equivalence - ESMA Consults on the Clearing...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Put Spotlight On Prohibited Short Selling

Recent SEC enforcement actions demonstrate the SEC’s increased focus on violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M. On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced enforcement actions...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Suggest Continued Attention to Rule 105 of Regulation M

On September 16, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged over 20 firms with violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Rule 105” or “the Rule”), which prohibits the...more

SEC "Zero Tolerance" Nets Nearly Two Dozen Firms for Alleged Violations of Short Sale Rule

Hedge fund and other private investment fund managers, both domestic and foreign, those registered or not, beware. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White's crackdown on securities violations continued last Tuesday with the announcement...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short Selling in Connection with a Public Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding Rule 105 of Regulation M’s (Rule 105) restrictions on short selling in connection with a...more

Don’t Short Before The Deal, SEC Reminds Hedge Funds And Buyside Firms

On September 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 23 investment firms for violations of Rule 105 of SEC Regulation M. Rule 105 generally prohibits short selling...more

How To Trap a Tiger – Regulators’ Nets Tighten Around Tiger Asia on Both Sides of the Pacific

Government securities enforcement agencies in Hong Kong and the United States have been pursuing Tiger Asia Management and its affiliates for four years with claims of insider trading and market manipulation on the Hong Kong...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert regarding options trading that may circumvent Regulation SHO. Regulation SHO tightened requirements for...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

California Appeals Court Holds Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment Protections Apply To Short Sales

On July 23, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held in a case of first impression that a section of California law that prohibits a deficiency judgment following a foreclosure on a purchase money loan...more

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