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SEC Takes $15 Million Bite Out of an ICO

The SEC issued a cease and desist order against Munchee’s $15 million ICO, opining that the tokens were securities for which no there was registration statement filed or in effect with the Commission nor a qualifying...more

The Securitisation Regulation – the final text

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On 26 October 2017, the European Parliament approved the Securitisation Regulation, which contains significant changes to the current securitisation regulatory framework....more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 22

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - As we draw toward the close of another year, we always like to take a moment to reflect. This is our last issue of 2017, our sixth year of publication. It hardly seems possible it has been that...more

Preparing for the 2018 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

In anticipation of the upcoming annual report and proxy season, we are highlighting new requirements and trends for public companies in 2018....more

Day 9 of One Month to Better Written Standards-Revising Your Policies and Procedures

by Thomas Fox on

Simply having a Code of Conduct, together with compliance policies and procedures is not enough. As articulated by former Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, “Your compliance program is a living entity; it should be...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 62, Sentencing of VW Employee Oliver Schmidt

by Thomas Fox on

As many of you all know Matt Kelly can rant with the best of them, right up there with Howard Sklar. I was quite intrigued with I read Matt’s December 11, 2017 blog post entitled, “At What Cost Dishonesty? For VW Exec, Seven...more

Overview of New European Money Market Fund Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

As a result of the 2008 financial crisis, and to help make money market funds (“MMFs”) more resilient to the potential for heavy redemptions in times of stress, the European Commission issued a proposal for a regulation on...more

PSC Regime – issues when taking Scottish share security

by Dentons on

The UK persons with significant control regime (the PSC Regime) continues to cause uncertainty for lenders seeking to take security over shares in Scottish companies. The main concern is whether the security could cause the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors....more

MIFID II: Performing Investment Services and Activities by Institutions Based in Third Countries in Italy

The performance of investment services and activities by entities established in third countries in Italy is becoming an increasing concern among specialized operators for the obvious reason, which will be discussed...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - December 2017 - Issue 12

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory and tax developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the FCA’s stance on the reporting of cyber attacks; the Government’s opinion on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC announced yesterday that, 5 years after its controversial deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ following the Swiss bank’s 2012 $1.9 billion payment over money-laundering allegations, it’ll be released from those...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part III, Shaking Up the Software Industry?

by Thomas Fox on

Matt Kelly and I have put together a five-part podcast series where we explore implications of this new revenue recognition standard. Each podcast is short, 11-13 minutes and deals with one topic on the new revenue...more

Blog: SEC Chair Clayton Issues Statement On Cryptocurrencies And ICOs: Are All ICOs Securities Offerings?

by Cooley LLP on

To SEC Chair Jay Clayton, so far, it sure appears that way. Yesterday, Clayton issued a statement on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, which warns that, of the ICOs that Clayton has seen promoted so far, “[b]y and...more

SEC Approves Revised NYSE Rule Delaying Material News Releases After Closing

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a revised version of the previously proposed New York Stock Exchange rule that will prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the close of trading...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

Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

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The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

FINRA Releases Report On Examination Program Observations

by King & Spalding on

On December 6, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a report describing findings and observations from its member firm examination program (the “Report”)....more

SEC Halts Initial Coin Offering; Chair Clayton Speaks

Munchee Inc., a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering (ICO) after being contacted by the SEC. Munchee Inc....more

Iowa And Virginia Insurance Regulators Adopt The NAIC’s Term Model Rules Governing Term And Universal Life Insurance Reserve...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance regulators in Iowa and Virginia have adopted the NAIC’s Model Rules regulating term and universal life insurance reserve financing. The stated purpose of the rules is “to establish uniform, national standards...more

Regulation in 2018: What’s your compliance approach?

Even by recent standards, 2018 should be quite a year for regulation. How will those on the data management front-line ensure compliance with EU Benchmarks Regulation, MiFID II, FRTB, GDPR or PRIIPs in a cost-efficient way?...more

FINRA Continues to Prioritize Examinations of High-Risk and Recidivist Brokers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In its 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, FINRA made clear that one of its top priorities is identifying high-risk brokers and ensuring that their firms properly monitor them. To assist it in doing so, FINRA...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate; Broker-Dealer; Derivatives; CFTC; UK, EU and Brexit...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Further Comments on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Its Payments for Market Making Rule - On November 28, as part a retrospective rule review, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

Bridging the Week - December 2017 #2

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First Cash-Settled Bitcoin Futures Contract Begins Trading on CFTC-Overseen Exchange; Industry Organization Bemoans Self-Certification Process: The CBOE Futures Exchange commenced trading of Bitcoin Futures last night –...more

Luxembourg transparency registers: soon a reality!

by Dentons on

On 6 December 2017, two Bills of Law which will implement articles 30 and 31 of the Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for...more

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