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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 8

Sales of VIX-Linked ETPs – Back to Basics for FINRA - FINRA used a misselling case to remind member firms of certain fundamentals, including the importance of implementing a new product approval process, reasonable...more

Many Paths for IPO Submissions

The following chart highlights the alternatives for EGCs and non-EGCs and now the three paths for FPIs pursuing IPOs....more

SEC Comment about “Affiliate” Stockholder in Public Float Calculation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In monitoring SEC comment letters, we came across this SEC comment letter made public this month. It serves as a reminder to registrants that, when calculating a company’s public float, there is an informal presumption that a...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Amending Systematic Internalisers' Quote Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a consultation proposing amendments to the Regulatory Technical Standards on the equity transparency obligations of trading venues and investment firms (Commission...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission published a report on the new focus of the Enforcement Division, listing key priorities as cases involving retail customers and cyber issues. Groups have been established within the Division to focus on each of...more

SEC Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

by Goodwin on

The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...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

Five Key Takeaways on Food and Beverage M&A and Private Equity

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising activity remain steady due to the appeal of the industry’s stability and the continued demand for these types of deals. McGuireWoods’ food and beverage and...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Singapore Simplifies Rules for Managers of Venture Capital Funds

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") has introduced a new simplified regulatory regime for managers ("VC Managers") of venture capital funds ("VC Funds"). The Impact: The new regime has simplified and...more

U.S. Congress Introduces Legislation to Change Foreign Direct Investment Review

by Jones Day on

Congress recently introduced two pieces of legislation that could significantly change foreign direct investment review in the United States. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 ("FIRRMA") seeks to...more

Department of the Treasury Issues Report Recommending U.S. Capital Markets Regulatory Reforms

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a report to the President recommending extensive regulatory and legislative reforms to the U.S. capital markets. The recommendations, in response to the White House's executive...more

Continued Discussion on the Treatment of Companies with Multi-Class Shares by Major Index Providers

During the recent PLI Seminar on Securities Regulation that took place in New York City on November 8-10, 2017, panelists briefly discussed the recent decisions by major index providers to change their index eligibility rules...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of Change

On November 14, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker gave remarks before the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference: Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of...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

Court of Appeal looks past unregistered trading in ordering payment to investment finder

by Dentons on

For many junior resource company executives, deciding whether to engage investment “finders” can be like considering whether to breathe air. Such companies tend to have early-stage projects that don’t warrant debt financing...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q3 2017 - The strong venture financing market of 2017 has continued in Q3. Amounts raised in Q3 2017 kept pace with the near-record highs earlier in the year. In addition, up...more

MiFID II, Research and Extraterritoriality: The SEC, European Commission and FCA Solution

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority released, in a coordinated manner, a series of significant orders and guidance to address some of the...more

Latest Views From the FCA on Market Abuse

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

FCA speech contains some noteworthy statements and observations that firms should take into account. On 14 November 2017, the FCA published the text of a speech entitled “Effective compliance with the Market Abuse...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

The Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for tax reform, and how it compares with the bill passed by the House Committee on Ways &...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

UPDATE: The Senate Finance Committee last night released a revised version of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We are reviewing these changes and will release an update soon... On Thursday, November 9, the...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

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