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CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Prompts Thousands of Comments

The comment period for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s proposed arbitration rulemaking ended on Monday, and the Bureau received nearly 11,000 comments both strongly supporting and opposing the proposed rule....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 32

SEC/CORPORATE - 2016 Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Highlight Two-Step Mergers and Appraisal Rights - On August 1, a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) went into...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

U.S. Court of Appeals to Consider Class-Certification Ruling in Petrobras Securities Litigation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has allowed the defendants in the Petrobras securities litigation to pursue an immediate appeal from the District Court’s order certifying classes of investors who had...more

SIFMA Releases Draft Municipal Advisor Rule G-42 Compliance Documents

Starting June 23, municipal advisors will be subject to revised Rule 42 and its heightened engagement letter and disclosure obligations. SIFMA has released exposure drafts of compliance documents to help MAs meet those...more

Financial Industry Associations Agree on Common Cybersecurity Principles

On May 9, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the European Banking Federation, and the Global Financial Markets Association (comprised of three other industry associations, including the Securities...more

US Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule Introduces a Brave New World

Final rule reflects some concessions, but its broad scope and compliance costs will cause financial services advisers to re-evaluate their business models. On April 6, 2016, the US Department of Labor (the DOL) released...more

What Does the Department of Labor's New Fiduciary Rule Mean?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its highly anticipated final fiduciary rule, which is intended to help ensure that Americans saving for retirement get investment advice that is in their best...more

US Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Discusses Strengthening of US Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of...

At the SIFMA Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference, Jennifer Fowler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, spoke regarding progress that the US has made in strengthening its framework for anti-money...more

The Department of Labor Releases its Final Fiduciary Rule

The White House recently announced the Department of Labor’s (DOL) highly anticipated final fiduciary/conflict of interest rule and exemptions intended to ensure that retirement savers get investment advice in their best...more

Heard at the 2016 SIFMA Conference

Recently, attorneys from K&L Gates’ Government Enforcement practice group attended the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (“SIFMA”) Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar. We wanted to share with you...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 6 - March 2016 (Global)

DLA Piper was proud to be a sponsor of last week’s Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar in Orlando. The seminar brought together nearly 2,000 lawyers,...more

Quantum Dawn 3: SIFMA’s Cybergames

It reads like a movie script: First, the financial services industry experiences a bout of firm-specific attacks in the form of distributed denial of service (DDoS), domain name system (DNS) poisoning, or breach of personally...more

MSRB Considering T+2 for Munis

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is seeking public comment on a proposal to facilitate shortening the settlement cycle for transactions in municipal securities in response to a securities industry-led...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has released a client alert on the SEC’s Division of...more

SIFMA Urges Senate to Pass Cyber Sharing Bill

It seems as if every day there is a new report of a data breach or cyber attack. For the same reason that Willie Sutton robbed banks — “because that’s where the money is” — cyber criminals have been incessant in their...more

IRS Delays Effective Date for New Regulations on Embedded Loans in Swaps

The Treasury and the IRS have delayed implementation of the recently announced rule change that treats certain types of upfront payments on swaps as loans for federal income tax purposes (including for purposes of the...more

SEC Shows It’s Serious About Cyber Security

A week after OCIE announced it would conduct a second round of cyber-security exams, the Commission emphasized the issue by bringing an enforcement action against a non-custodial investment-adviser over a remediated data...more

OCIE to Conduct More Cybersecurity Exams

This week the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced a second-round of cybersecurity examinations, continuing its initiatives on the issue. The move follows the SEC’s: March 2014 roundtable...more

MSRB Proposes Further Changes to Municipal Advisor Conduct Rule

The MSRB responded August 12 to the SEC’s initiation of proceedings on proposed conduct standards for Municipal Advisors, filing some amendments to the proposed Rule. The MSRB’s Amendment No. 1: MSRB declined to make a number...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 11 • June 2015 (Global)

FRB will extend high-quality liquid asset status to some state and municipal bonds. The FRB has proposed a rule that would recognize certain general obligation state and municipal bonds meeting the same liquidity...more

The Battle Lines Continue to Form Over the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal

Earlier this month, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) released its “Proposed Best Interests of the Customer Standard for Broker-Dealers” – an alternative to the U.S. Department of Labor’s...more

Concerns Mount over Department of Labor’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a controversial proposed rule on April 20, 2015, that seeks to expand fiduciary duties in the context of retirement-investment advice. Specifically, the proposed rule would rework a...more

FINRA is Apparently Holding its CARDS

Broker-dealers appear to have succeeded, at least for now, in beating back FINRA’s proposal to capture extensive amounts of data through electronic means....more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $9.6 Billion. The total amount that the federal government could save over 10 years under the PTC Elimination Act (H.R. 1901) – a bill that would phase out and repeal the renewable energy production tax...more

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