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Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

Costly Thy Habit As Thy Purse Can Buy: Implications of the Proposed HVADC Rules for Borrowers and Lenders of Acquisition,...

On September 27, 2017, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “Agencies”) released a joint Notice of Proposed...more

DAO and the Art of Securities Regulation: SEC Clarifies that Digital Tokens May Be “Securities”

The rapid rise of distributed ledger technology and the spate of recent initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have focused attention on whether, and in what circumstances, virtual currencies and digital tokens may be securities...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 20

In late 2011 and early 2012, the fragile green shoots of recovery began to peek out from the barren blasted heath of the crisis-blown financial markets. Market activity was spurred by a rare confluence of secular trends,...more

OCC Explores Special Purpose National Bank Charter for Fintech Companies

On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced its plans to move forward with a proposal to consider applications from financial technology (“fintech”) companies to receive charters as...more

12/7/2016  /  Banking Sector , Banks , CFPB , FDIC , FinTech , FRB , National Bank Act , OCC

Better Late Than Never: The LSTA’s New Delayed Compensation Standard for Assignments of Par/Near Par Loans

In a long-awaited development, the delayed compensation standard for late settlement of par/near par loans is changing in important ways starting on September 1, 2016. On that date, the no-fault system for delayed...more

Bridging the Great Divide: Collaboration Considerations for Banks and Marketplace Lenders

Marketplace lending has grown dramatically over the last several years, but it still remains a nascent industry. As it continues to expand its reach, players in the industry and the traditional banking/investment sector are...more

Certain Compliance Risks in Marketplace/Peer-to-Peer/Online Lending

The tragic terrorist shootings in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015 shed light on serious risks associated with online marketplace lending. The attackers obtained $28,500 from an online marketplace lender under a pretext,...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

Mining collapse echoes subprime mortgage crisis

From its peak in 2011 to the beginning of 2016, the global mining sector has gone through a wrenching 90% reduction in global market capitalization, wiping out an estimated US$1.5 trillion. Following the sub-prime mortgage...more

2/1/2016  /  Australia , Crude Oil , Energy Sector , Mining

Financing Marketplace Loans: Ten Key Things to Know Before Catching the Securitization Wave

Marketplace loans are the most exciting securitization asset class to emerge since credit cards and student loans. Securitization provides marketplace loan investors with liquidity, diversified funding and interest rate...more

Regulation AB II: Second Time’s the Charm?

On August 27, 2014, following years of preparation, speculation and comment, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation AB II (Reg AB II). Reg AB II represents a response to requirements of Sections 939A...more

SEC Finalizes Cross-Border Rule for Security-Based Swaps

On June 25, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted the first in a series of final rules and interpretive guidance related to U.S. regulation of cross-border security-based swap activities....more

The Extra-territorial Impact of EMIR on Non-EU Swap Counterparties

On November 18, 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its final report on technical standards detailing how the regulation of over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contracts in the European...more

Allocation of FATCA Withholding Risk in Financial Transactions Outside the United States

The U.S. Treasury Department has delayed implementation of FATCA once again. However, this delay may be the last, and a phased implementation of FATCA is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2014. FATCA introduces the potential for...more

Back to the Drawing Board: Regulatory Agencies Re-Propose Risk-Retention Rules for Securitizations

On August 28, 2013, a consortium of U.S. banking, housing and securities regulators (the “Agencies”) re-proposed the joint regulations (the “Re-Proposed Rules”), to implement Section 15G of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

CFTC Guidance on Cross-Border Application of United States Swap Regulations

Introduction - On July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) that details the CFTC’s interpretation of the application of the Commodity Exchange...more

Securitisation as a means to finance distributed solar projects

Permission to use this reprint has been granted by the publisher Financier Worldwide. The future of solar energy in the US appears uncertain. With investment tax credits set to expire in 2016 the solar industry may lose...more

Swap Clearing and the Commercial End User Exception: Corporate Governance and Risk Management Issues for Commercial Companies

Central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives is a central pillar of the financial services reforms that are embodied in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). The presumption...more

CFTC Classifies Certain Securitization Vehicles as Not Being Commodity Pools

Recent changes to the commodity pool regulations under the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”) may subject certain securitization transactions and their managers to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...more

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