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SEC, NASAA, and State Regulators Caution on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

by K&L Gates LLP on

If 2017 was the year that cryptocurrencies came to the forefront of public attention, 2018 will be the year that this emerging medium of exchange enters a new phase of regulatory scrutiny. As an example, on January 4, 2018,...more

Fort Worth Regional Office of SEC Previews 2018 Priorities

by Locke Lord LLP on

On January 11, 2018, the Fort Worth, Texas, Regional Office (“FWRO”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) held a first-of-its-kind call to increase transparency by discussing the 2017 regional examination...more

Day 18 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Internal Reporting and Triaging Claims

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a FCPA issue for your company. As the CCO, it will be up to you to begin...more

CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney Announces Call for Public Input Regarding CFPB Functions

On January 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that it is soliciting public input “to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” ...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 24, the Looking Back to Look Forward Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a look at some of the top FCPA, compliance and data privacy/data security issues from 2017 and how they inform what will be the top such issues in 2018....more

FINRA’s 2018 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter Includes Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies

On January 8, 2018, the Financial Markets Regulatory Authority (“FINRA“) published its 2018 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter which identifies topics that FINRA will focus on in the coming year. Included for the...more

Virtual Currency -- NFA Reporting Requirements and CFTC Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery”

by K&L Gates LLP on

National Futures Association(NFA) is requiring that member commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) immediately notify NFA if they operate a pool or manage an account that engages in a...more

European Central Bank (“ECB”) Publishes Recommendation on Dividend Distribution Policies and a Letter on Variable Remuneration...

The ECB has published a recommendation and a letter on dividend distribution policies and variable remuneration policy. Both the recommendation and letter relate to the payment of dividends in 2018 for the financial year...more

D.C. Circuit To Hear Appeal In Fight To Control CFPB

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to remove Mick Mulvaney as the CFPB’s acting director, finding that the President has authority to appoint the acting director despite former CFPB Director...more

Plan Sponsors and Service Providers Must be Aware of Changes Made to Rules Pertaining to Puerto Rico Qualified Retirement Plans

by Littler on

Recent changes to Puerto Rico’s tax treatment of certain retirement plans have taken effect. Act No. 106 of August 23, 2017 (“Act 106”) amended Section 1081.01 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code as amended, (the “PR...more

Another Hitch in the Crypto Boom? North Korean Malware Hijacks Computers to Mine Monero Cryptocurrency

Researchers at cybersecurity firm AlienVault have discovered a computer virus of North Korean origin which infects and hijacks computers in order to mine Monero, a private digital currency which styles itself as “secure,...more

Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

The Dawn of a New Era: The HKMA launches its Open API consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 January, 2018, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the "HKMA") published its "Consultation Paper on Open API Framework for the Hong Kong Banking Sector" (the "Consultation Paper"). The Consultation Paper summarizes the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

What’s on the minds of fund managers in 2018?

Fund managers examine the 2018 outlook in a series of interviews with Lipper Alpha Insight on topics ranging from emerging markets to interest rate expectations and inflation. During the course of 2017, Jake Moeller, Head of...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes Guidance Clarifying Risk Management Supervisory Expectations for Large Financial Institutions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued proposed guidance for comment that would clarify supervisory expectations related to risk management for large financial institutions. This proposed guidance...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Luxembourg recently published two important bills to combat money laundering and terrorism financing – one transposes the EU AML4 Directive1 into Luxembourg law; the second establishes a central register of beneficial owners,...more

Key Tax Reform Issues for Nonprofit Membership Organizations/Associations

Associations avoided the harshest proposals but should be aware of several important new tax issues. Associations subject to unrelated business income tax can no longer use losses in one unrelated business to offset income...more

CFPB to reconsider final payday loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced yesterday that it intends to engage in a rulemaking process to reconsider, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, its final rule on Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (the...more

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Disclosure of Accounting Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in SEC Reports

by Goodwin on

On December 22, 2017, the Office of the Chief Accountant (the OCA) and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published guidance relating to financial accounting...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs on New Measures to Prevent the Financial Exploitation of Seniors

In January 2018, FINRA issued guidance on the provisions of Rule 2165 and the amendments to Rule 4512, which were approved in February 2017. The new requirements are aimed at preventing the financial exploitation of seniors,...more

2018 CREFC January Conference – Plateau or Status Quo?

by Dechert LLP on

South Beach played host to the 2018 CREFC January Conference last week, as roughly 1,800 of our best friends in the CRE lending and securitization industry assembled in Miami to reflect on another year gone by and to muse...more

New Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate Decrease Affects Borrowers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Late in 2017, H.R.1, the federal tax reform bill (the “Federal Tax Act”) was signed into law. Effective January 1, 2018, the maximum federal corporate income tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%. ...more

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