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Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume IV, December 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Newsletter...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

Countdown to the First Annual New York DFS Cyber Regulation Certification

On February 15th, organizations subject to the New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation are required to submit their first annual certification attesting to their compliance with the state’s new data...more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - January 2018 - Regulatory developments

by Dentons on

Senior managers regime, certification regime and conduct rules (SMCR) - Individual Accountability: Extending the Senior Managers & Certification Regime to all FCA firms, and extending the SMCR to Insurers - Consultation...more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

FASB to Revise Accounting for Tax Act

FASB received unsolicited input from banks and insurance companies and related trade groups on the accounting for what is referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Based on the input, FASB has tentatively decided to revise...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

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For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

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As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

Based on Principles of Fairness, Court Dismisses Putative Class Action RICO Claims Asserted Years After Initiation of Suit

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In Robertson v. SunLife Financial, a federal district court in Louisiana dismissed with prejudice as time-barred an amended putative class action complaint alleging RICO and state racketeering claims related to alleged...more

Third Time Is the Charm: Class Certified in DMF-Related Shareholder Suit

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In City of Westland Police & Fire Retirement System v. MetLife, the plaintiffs allege that the insurer overstated its earnings because it did not hold sufficient reserves for death benefit claims on group life insurance...more

The Continuing Representation Doctrine Does Not Apply to Fraud Allegations

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In Messmer v. KDK Fin. Serv. Inc., an individual action involving alleged fraud in connection with the sale and surrender of deferred annuities to a senior, the Indiana Court of Appeals refused to extend the doctrine of...more

Delicate FINRA Balancing Act: To Self-Report or Not?

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FINRA Rule 4530(a) requires member firms to promptly report certain enumerated events. Rule 4530(b) is less specific, with supplemental guidance advising that a firm should report when it concludes or reasonably should have...more

UK Regulators Consult Further on Extension of Individual Accountability Regime to All Financial Services Firms

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority have issued further consultations on aspects of the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all firms authorized under the Financial...more

ML Strategies Outlook: Health Care

“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Happy New Year!?! - 2017 was an eventful year for health care, and...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 9, Issue 1

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THE TOP 10 NEW YORK TAX HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 - As we look forward to an exciting new year, here is our annual list of what we viewed as the Top 10 New York Tax Highlights of 2017. 1. Appellate Division finds error in...more

New York Proposes “Best Interest” Standard for Life and Annuity Sales Alongside NAIC Proposal for Annuities

On December 27, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYS-DFS), the regulatory authority for the insurance industry in New York, published a proposal (New York Proposal) to add a “best interest” standard to...more

January 2018: Lender's Edge Newsletter

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Are Lenders Entitled to Insurance Proceeds When Foreclosing? A lender’s right to insurance proceeds after foreclosure depends on the type of loss payable clause contained in the insurance policy and the timing of the loss....more

Regulation Round Up - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 December - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its 19th quarterly consultation paper (CP17/39). The proposed changes to the FCA Rules include changes to the FCA's Decision Procedure and Penalties manual,...more

New York Department of Financial Services Rings in the New Year with New Suitability Requirements for Insurance Companies

by Carlton Fields on

New York’s Department of Financial Services decided to bid farewell to 2017 and ring-in the new year by proposing to amend Suitability in Annuity Transactions, 11 NYCR 224 (the Annuity Suitability Rule). On December 27, 2017,...more

UK Regulations on Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulations 2017 have been published and will enter into force on January 1, 2018....more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 15 December 2017 – 21 December 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - CBI Brexit guide to EU bodies and regulators: financial services aspects - On 21 December, the CBI published a guide to the EU bodies and regulators that matter to business in the Brexit negotiations, including...more

New York DFS Cybersecurity Regulation Update: Lots Left To Do

by Locke Lord LLP on

Insurers and producers, banks, lenders and others licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) have already had to comply with several of the requirements of the new DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, but for...more

NAIC Report: 2017 Fall National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2017 Fall National Meeting from December 2 through December 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Despite the exotic locale, the Fall National Meeting was not as well...more

Landmark decision awards security for costs against third-party funder in excess of funder’s commitment

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The decision in Sandra Bailey & Others v GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited on 8 December 2017 examines the exposure of third-party funders to security for cost applications and considers whether the so-called Arkin cap is of any...more

Pension schemes and VAT: where are we now?

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HMRC has confirmed that existing arrangements enabling employers to reclaim VAT in respect of pension scheme administration costs borne by scheme trustees may continue. Please see full Publication below for more...more

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