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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

Investment Crowdfunding Exemptions: Understand What You Can and Cannot Do to Advertise Your Offering

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This article expands upon a recent overview of the securities law exemptions commonly used for investment crowdfunding campaigns. The six distinct exemptions or "paths" outlined below are the most commonly used by...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - December 2017

The Battle Over CFPB Leadership Continues - Although the first round in the battle over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went to President Donald Trump’s pick for the position, the fight continues,...more

Company Abandons ICO, Agrees to Cease-and-Desist; SEC Chairman Issues ICO Warning

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

December 11, 2017 was a day of reckoning for entrepreneurs conducting or contemplating initial coin offerings, and for securities professionals who advise them. ...more

SEC Shuts Down Initial Coin Offering Using Blockchain for Failure to File Securities Registration Statement

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the SEC instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Munchee Inc., the creator of an iPhone application that allows users to review restaurant meals, with regard to Munchee's planned initial coin...more

Crowdfunding 101

by LeClairRyan on

“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union (“EU”) General Court (“GC”) rendered a judgment partially annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision fining a broker for its involvement in the Libor Yen interest rate...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews on Broadcom’s threat to Qualcomm’s board in the form of a slate of 11 director nominees for the company it has, so far, unsuccessfully attempted to purchase....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here’s the inside scoop on “Sheltered Harbor,” a “doomsday project” from US banks that they hope will “prevent a run on the financial system should one of them suffer a debilitating cyberattack.” The gargantuan voluntary...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo is again in federal regulators’ crosshairs. The OCC has dubbed the bank a repeat offender and is weighing a “formal enforcement action” over “improprieties in its auto-insurance and mortgage operations”....more

SEC And FTC Warn Celebrities Must Disclose Financial Connection For ICO Endorsements

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Cryptocurrency is the latest trend to be embraced by celebrities, so much so that the federal government this month issued a warning about the possible risks involved. Both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Time Inc. announced yesterday that it’s sold itself as part of a roughly $3 billion all-cash transaction to Meredith Corporation. Meredith, which publishes Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens, among other glossies, is...more

Presentation and Portability of Investment Adviser Performance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An investment adviser’s investment track record is an important resource when raising capital from prospective investors. However, investment advisers, particularly registered investment advisers or emerging fund managers,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we’ve been expecting, the DOJ announced yesterday that it was suing to block AT&T’s $84.5 billion bid for Time Warner over antitrust concerns....more

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As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews is all about new GE CEO John Flannery’s quest for the “soul” of the company, but it’s also very interested in less philosophical matters—especially on the heels of GE halving dividends....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on Legislative Proposal for EU Framework on Crowdfunding - On October 30, 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment for a legislative proposal...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Snap’s awful Q3 be damned—Chinese tech giant Tencent has increased its stake in the company to more than 12% thanks to shares it purchased on the open market....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews is raising an eyebrow at the news from yesterday about Broadcom’s unsolicited $105 billion offer for Qualcomm [the largest-ever proposed tech deal], especially in light of the “mountain of debt” Broadcom would...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The moral of this story is as follows: if Maysayoshi Son says the merger’s off, it’s probably off (regardless of what the rest of the board says). We discussed the will they/won’t they status of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal last...more

SEC Risk Alert Highlights Most Frequent Investment Adviser Advertising Rule Violations

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert summarizing the compliance issues most frequently identified in SEC-registered investment advisers' deficiency letters with respect to...more

European Commission Furthers its Initiative on Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published an Inception Impact Assessment on the possible introduction of legislation for crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. The Inception Impact Assessment discusses the need for the EU to...more

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Samsung, beset by top-level resignations and a mess of bribery allegations reaching the former South Korean President and the crown prince of the family’s chaebol, has announced a new slate of execs “In an effort to bring...more

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