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Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

ESMA Provides Further Clarity on Initial Coin Offerings in Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following our 7 November 2017 blog “Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings”, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published two statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The statements underline...more

Day 16 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Crowdsourcing as Communications

by Thomas Fox on

One of the greatest things about the compliance profession is that it is only limited by its collective imagination. If you can think it up, you can probably do it. This has led not only continuing evolution of compliance...more

Day 15 of One Month of 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Supply Chain as Compliance Communication

by Thomas Fox on

How can a Chief Compliance Officer use 360-degrees of communication with compliance stakeholders who are outside your organization? Obviously, the communications with those third parties about your compliance evaluation is a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

Day 14 of One Month of 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Twitter and 360 Degrees of Communication

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ways that CCOs and compliance practitioners can better use 360-degrees of communication is through Twitter. In “How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas”, authors Salvatore Parise, Eoin Whelan and Steve Todd...more

ESMA Highlights EU Regulatory Rules Applicable to ICOs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

ESMA has published two statements highlighting ICO risks for investors and EU regulatory rules applicable to issuers and advisors involved with ICOs. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published two...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: One Angel Investor On Choosing Companies, Managing Risk And Supporting Women - Loretta McCarthy banks on women with her investment strategy....more

Day 13 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Asking Questions to Boost Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Other than the skill of listening, asking questions is about as important to the compliance practitioner as any other that can be employed. Yet, equally critical is to ask the right question....more

US Securities and Exchange Chairman Jay Clayton Raises Concerns About Virtual Currency Offerings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

US Securities and Exchange Chairman Jay Clayton raised concerns about virtual currency offerings or so-called initial coin offerings. He noted that ICOs are similar to securities offerings by firms required to register with...more

Day 12 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Communicating Across Cultural Boundaries

by Thomas Fox on

A 360-degree approach to communications entails looking at all forms of interactions as a way to interconnect. This means both verbal and non-verbal and in clues, hints in addition to directly. This concept can be...more

Day 11 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Multiplying the Influence of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

What if you could multiple the impact and effectiveness of your compliance program throughout your company? That would be a great boon to any compliance practitioner and compliance program. It is also something that is very...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Subject to SEC Registration Requirements

by Bryan Cave on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies without Broadly Addressing Blockchain Tokens

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC released “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” The Primer provides an overview or virtual currencies and their potential uses, discusses the role of...more

Saudi Arabian Corruption Crackdown-What does it mean for Compliance?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I am interviewed by Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery Compliance in London on the implications of the Saudi Arabian corruption crackdown for the compliance practitioner....more

Day 9 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- 360 Degrees of Persuasion

by Thomas Fox on

The life of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) can be intense and the one of the most powerful tools you have is persuasion. Jenny O’Brien, CCO at United Health Care, has talked about the techniques that a CCO can use to...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 357, Paradise Papers and Saudi Arabia Corruption Crackdown

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I am interviewed by Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery Compliance in London on the implications of the Paradise Papers and Saudi Arabian corruption crackdown for the compliance practitioner. What...more

Washington Seeks New Regulation of Technology Investments: What You Need to Know Now About the Proposed CFIUS Legislation

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which would greatly expand the reach and consequence of the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

FAQ: What Businesses Need to Know About Investment Crowdfunding

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a marketing tool that businesses use to obtain capital from a large number of individuals, typically over the Internet....more

Upending Trade Finance through Blockchain Technology

Trade finance, in both domestic and international financial transactions, is often utilized when one company seeks to import a shipment of goods from a supplier (or exporter). These transactions comprise an enormous amount of...more

Digital Health Report - Fall 2017

Digital health is the convergence between healthcare, genomics, and digital technologies. It is a fast-growing sector with important implications for individuals and institutions alike. Whether it is hospitals and health...more

WSGR Fintech Update - November 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the November 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing CFTC guidance on virtual currencies, as well as an article on a...more

SEC Chair’s Remarks at PLI’s 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation

On November 8, 2017, to mark the opening of the Practising Law Institute’s 49th Annual Institute, SEC Chair Clayton gave a keynote address focused on governance and transparency, which was a surprising direction since the...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 65, The First 100 Days as a New CCO

by Thomas Fox on

Imagine that you finally have been able to secure a new position as Chief Compliance Officer in the compliance field. Every company believes that they are ethical and that they certainly do business ethically but what are...more

Spotlight On Initial Coin Offerings

by Murtha Cullina on

During the past year, the United States has seen an increasing number of a novel form of capital raising conducted by businesses or developers – known as an "initial coin offering," or "ICO." As often seen with other new...more

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