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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Special Issue: Implications of the DOL Fiduciary Rule for...

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final conflict of interest regulations, which significantly expand who is considered a fiduciary when dealing with a retirement account. The new regulations,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

New York Supreme Court Dismisses ACE Action Re-Asserting Repurchase Claims against DB Structured Products

On March 29, 2016, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court rejected the trustee’s attempt to renew previously dismissed claims in ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products, Inc. As we previously reported, the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR - On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") opened a public...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 4

Structured Product Sales at Bank Branches: Networking- Arrangement Rules - Many broker-dealers engaged in the structured products industry are affiliates of large U.S. banks, which have a significant customer footprint. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 10, DBRS issued a report entitled: Mapping Financial Institution Internal Ratings to DBRS Ratings for Global Structured Credit Transactions. On March 14, Fitch issued a report entitled: U.S. Subprime Auto ABS...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 3

Structured Product Sales at Bank Branches: Networking- Arrangement Rules - Many broker-dealers engaged in the structured products industry are affiliates of large U.S. banks, which have a significant customer footprint....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 2

Is There a Standard Form of Rule 144A Representation Letter? - My file of Rule 144A representation letters has been growing fatter, and I‘m not sure why. I would have hoped that by now there would be just one great...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 1

T+2 Settlement and Structured Notes - Introduction - In December 2015, the “T+2 Industry Steering Committee” published its Implementation Playbook. The Playbook is intended to provide, among other things, a...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 16, 2015, Fitch released updated Criteria Assumptions for UK Residential Mortgages. On December 16, 2015, Fitch released updated EMEA RMBS Rating Criteria, which had no impact on existing ratings. On December 15,...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 8

Structured Notes and Issuer Quiet Periods Background - Most issuers establish a “quiet period” (also called a “blackout” period) prior to the release of potentially sensitive information and material non-public...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

TLAC, and Then Some… A Preliminary Assessment of the Federal Reserve Board’s NPR

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Board”) reaffirmed its commitment to both the bank holding company model and single point of entry resolution. In a departure from historical views of the purpose and...more

Canadian Investment Fund Regulatory Review for Q3 - 2015

The Canadian investment fund industry has been the subject of various regulatory developments in the third quarter of 2015. This bulletin provides a summary of certain key takeaways that will be useful for investment fund and...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 8, Fitch published a report clarifying the application of its United Kingdom RMBS criteria during the ongoing consultation period. On October 12, DBRS published a report describing its methodology for generation of...more

SEC Settles with Swiss Bank Over Misconduct of Issuing Complex Structured Notes

On October 13, the SEC announced a $19.5 million settlement with a Swiss bank for allegedly misleading U.S. investors by making false and misleading statements and omissions in connection with the offering of complex retail...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 6

U.S. Structured Warrant Programs: Introduction - U.S. and non-U.S. banks have offered structured warrants in the U.S. to address the needs of both institutional and high-net worth investors. This article will...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Proposes Rules for Funding Portals - On Oct. 9 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change to adopt Funding Portal Rules 100 (general standards), 110 (funding portal application),...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2015 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

UBS Settles Structured Note Case with SEC

The Commission brought its first case tied to inadequate disclosure regarding structured notes. The complex instruments, a debt security linked to a derivative tied to the performance of other products, are frequently...more

New Opportunities in Cross-Border Special Situations Lending

Recent changes in cross-border leveraged loan documentation requirements open up new possibilities for both borrowers and lenders. Cross-border leveraged loan documentation has become increasingly permissive with respect...more

The Bespoke Solution—Advantages and Challenges in Tailoring Single Investor Funds

The world of private investment funds has been evolving to address the specific goals and expectations of investors, including pension plan sponsors and other investors with specific regulatory and economic needs. As a...more

OCIE Warns on Suitability in Retail Sales of Structured Products

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a recent “Risk Alert” noting observed deficiencies in broker-dealer supervision and compliance controls over retail sales of structured products –...more

Business Litigation Report - July 2015

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan...more

Eurozone Crisis: Possible Outcomes

There is no precedent for a country leaving the Euro, and speculation continues as to how the crisis will unfold, and what the consequences would be of an exit of a member. There is uncertainty around various scenarios, not...more

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