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The Evolution of Marketplace Lending

Marketplace lending in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace as a result of legal and regulatory developments and market forces. In particular: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ramped up its...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Supply Chain Transparency: The Impact on Private Investment Funds

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is new legislation introduced in the UK with the intention of combatting slavery and human trafficking. Continuing the trend for legislation to have extra-territorial reach, as illustrated by the...more

Update on the EU STS and Risk Retention

On 19 May 2016, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament (“ECON”) published a working document on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”) intended to...more

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Law to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination, Require Pay Transparency

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a significant expansion of the Maryland Equal Pay Law, including new provisions to prohibit pay discrimination on the basis of gender identity and to make it easier for...more

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

Treasury Department Issues Marketplace Lending Report

On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (hereafter, Department or Treasury) released a report on “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The result of Treasury’s July 20, 2015 Request for...more

A New Age of Transparency: U.S. Announces

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury, published its final rule addressing Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions (CDD Rule)....more

Treasury Department Weighs in on Online Marketplace Lending

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department released a white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The white paper is the result of a request for information that elicited more than...more

"FinCEN Finalizes Customer Due Diligence Rule Amid Other Actions to Enhance Financial Transparency"

In the wake of the Panama Papers controversy, the U.S. government has taken major steps this month to promote financial transparency. First, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) finalized its proposed rule issued...more

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

The Wild, Distributed World: Get Ready for Radical Infrastructure Changes, From Blockchains to the Interplanetary File System to...

Every so often—and more frequently now than ever before—we are treated to a deluge of media stories telling us why some new technology will change our lives. Recently, the thundering drumbeat of technology topics has included...more

CONSOB launches public consultation on three recommendations aimed at protecting retail clients

On 9 May 2016, CONSOB published on its website three draft recommendations on public consultation with a view to increase investors' protection and enhance the transparency of information on financial products. The proposed...more

SEC Approves PCAOB Transparency Rules

On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as expected, issued an order approving the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules requiring that accounting firms disclose in a new PCAOB form the names of audit...more

Key Developments in The Photovoltaic Sector in Italy

In Depth - In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall...more

The UK Lobbying Act - Do you have to Register and Name your Clients?

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act (the “Act”) was first introduced in the House of Commons in 2013 and it came into force into force in full on 1 April 2015. The main...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Proposes Amended MiFID II Standards on Non-Equity Transparency and Position Limits

The European Securities and Markets Authority published two Opinions proposing amendments to two of its draft Regulatory Technical Standards under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the Markets in Financial...more

CMS Proposes Increased Transparency of Hospice Quality Data in Annual Payment Update

In Depth - On April 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule regarding updates to fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare...more

The Ethics Advisor: Bad Stuff Sometimes Happens, Even to Good People

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Sometimes, it just happens. Tragedy strikes. Disaster hits. Whether self-inflicted or supernaturally caused,...more

European Commission under MiFID II Requests Amendments to Draft Technical Standards

The European Commission published three separate letters rejecting European Securities and Markets Authority draft technical standards and requesting amendments in accordance with the Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Balancing Transparency and Secrecy in Class Action Settlements

Companies have the right to protect their trade secrets against public disclosure, while class action members (and the judges who must determine the fairness and adequacy of proposed class action settlements) have the right...more

Blog: OECD Issues New Edition Of OECD Due Diligence Guidance On Conflict Minerals And Declassifies Report On Implementation Of...

Just in time for those Forms SD and conflict minerals reports, due May 31, the OECD has posted a new edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

After New York, Florida Curbs Surprise Bills for Emergency and Out-of-Network Services

It is generally understood that if a managed care member utilizes the services of a non-participating provider, the member could incur significant out of pocket expenses. However, there are instances where a member may...more

US Government Accountability Office Issues Report on Resolution Plan Review Process by US Regulators

The US Government Accountability Office issued a report on the resolution plan review processes developed by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The report...more

Sounding the Alarm: White House Agency Warns of Decreasing Competition Across U.S. Economy

The Council of Economic Advisors, a White House agency charged with advising the president on economic policy, recently issued a report, Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power, addressing the state of...more

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