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SEC Extends AML Relief for Broker-Dealer CIP Reliance on Advisers

The SEC’s action suggests that formal antimoney laundering program requirements for investment advisers may be on the horizon. On January 9, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the...more

SEC Investment Management Director Speech Focuses on Alternative Mutual Fund Disclosures

On October 29, Norm Champ, the director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management, spoke before the SIFMA Complex Products Forum in New York. In the speech, Mr. Champ discussed SEC staff...more

SEC’s Champ: Staff to Focus on Alt Fund Risk Disclosures

The Division of Investment Management again has turned its attention to alternative mutual funds, this time ensuring that they adequately disclose risks to retail investors. ...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014

The Day After: There are still a few undecided races but we know that Republicans will control the House and the Senate in the next session of Congress. This may provide an opportunity for more bipartisan legislation in the...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - October 2014

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Rules for Uncleared Swap Margin - Both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the prudential regulators re-proposed their April 2011 proposed rules imposing initial and...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

Regulators at SIFMA Regional Conference Highlight Regulatory, Litigation and Arbitration Risks

At a recent regional SIFMA conference, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state regulators discussed the risks inherent in the ongoing low-yield environment....more

The Financial Report, Volume 3, Number 18 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last Tuesday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia mostly upheld the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s authority to regulate cross-border derivatives trading. The...more

Securities Litigation Update

The summer may feel like a more leisurely time of year, but not in securities litigation news. Here are some of the more significant headlines...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #42

We are pleased to present the 42nd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address controversies involving Google and privacy rights, the Foreign...more

Omnicare Petitioners and the United States Battle Over the Scope of Liability for Registration Statements

The Petitioners in Omnicare, Inc. v. The Laborers District Council Construction, No. 13-435 came out swinging in their opening merits brief to the Supreme Court, which granted certiorari earlier this year. See Brief of...more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

The SEC’S New Municipal-Advisor Rules Go Effective July 1

The SEC’s new MA Rules become effective July 1, 2014, 17 CFR 240.15Ba1-1 through 1-8 and 15Bc4-1. Required by Dodd-Frank § 975, the Rules were adopted last year, but the SEC postponed their implementation from January to...more

SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments

On February 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets granted two separate requests for no-action relief, one submitted by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)...more

Insurgents Denied Access to Early Vote Tallies

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (“Broadridge”), the leading U.S. firm that distributes materials on behalf of banks and brokers and collects shareholder ballots, recently decided to stop sharing real-time polling...more

Enforcement Heads Reveal All at SIFMA Annual Seminar

The federal budget sequester and recent Supreme Court decision in Gabelli et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, 568 U.S. ____ (2013), will not substantially slow down regulators’ enforcement efforts, according to...more

FINRA Offers Regulatory Road Map for 2013

On January 11, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Priorities Letter) to member firms, which highlights its primary areas of focus for the...more

New State Laws Prohibit Employers and Academic Institutions from Requesting Usernames and Passwords to Monitor Social Media...

An increasing number of states are passing laws that prohibit employers and academic institutions from requesting or requiring employees, job applicants, students, and prospective students to turn over their social media...more

SEC Extends No-Action Letter Permitting Broker-Dealers to Rely on Certain Investment Advisers to Conduct Customer Identification...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended a no-action letter dated February 12, 2004 (the 2004 Letter) from the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) that permits broker-dealers, subject to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 3, 2012

In This Issue: - Financial Industry Developments · CFTC Final Rule on Clearing of Credit Default Swaps and Interest Rate Swaps · Fed, Treasury Proposed Amendments to Bank Secrecy Act Definitions...more

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