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FINRA Prioritizes Cryptocurrency Regulation in 2018

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week, I posted a blog about the SEC’s increased focus on cryptocurrency and ICOs in the coming year. It looks like that scrutiny will not be limited to the SEC. In its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

Blog: Impact of government shutdown on SEC operations

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC has finally posted a notice about its operating status in the event of a government shutdown. If there is a shutdown “after January 19, the SEC will remain open for a limited number of days, fully staffed and focused...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Judge Hiring Process

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a longstanding controversy regarding the validity of the appointment process for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs). The decision will impact the...more

CFTC Continues Federal Crackdown On Virtual Currency Fraud Schemes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced two enforcement actions as part of a continuing crackdown on virtual currency fraud schemes by numerous federal agencies. (We have previously written...more

Day 22 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Assessing Compliance Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In the Evaluation, Under Prong 9 Continuous Improvement, Periodic Testing and Review, it stated "Control Testing - Has the company reviewed and audited its compliance program in the area relating to the misconduct, including...more

Day 21 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Continuous Improvement in a Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Under Hallmark Nine of Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program as articulated in the 2012 FCPA Guidance, it stated, "Finally, a good compliance program should constantly evolve. A company's business changes over...more

Episode 22 -- Test and Evaluate Your Ethics and Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

As more companies implement ethics and compliance programs, chief compliance officers are increasingly focusing on the need to test and evaluate their compliance program. An effective testing program provides important...more

CEO Does Not Get Whistle Blower Protections for His Opinions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In order to get whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, whistleblowers have to subjectively believe that fraud was occurring, their belief has to be reasonable, and they have to make a report to the...more

Day 20 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Responding to Investigative Findings

by Thomas Fox on

There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

UK Conduct Regulator Bans RBS Trader for Manipulation of Japanese Yen LIBOR

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice in relation to Neil Danziger, a former RBS interest rate derivatives trader, in connection with his involvement in the manipulation of Japanese Yen LIBOR. The FCA...more

CFTC Proposes Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Virtual Currencies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The proposed interpretation would further clarify the CFTC’s jurisdiction over virtual currency platforms that facilitate retail commodity transactions. On December 15, 2017, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Washington Legislature Introduces Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 10, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Washington State Legislature that would substantially enact the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA) finalized by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in late 2016. The...more

BitConnect and the Advent of State Securities Enforcement Over ICOs

by Goodwin on

In the wake of the SEC’s clarifying guidance in Munchee regarding the application of the federal securities laws to initial coin offerings (“ICOs”), there has been increased activity among both federal and state regulators as...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Texas Taking the Lead in State Cryptocurrency Enforcement

by Jackson Walker on

While the SEC has worked over the last several months to provide meaningful guidance around the offer and sale of digital tokens, state securities regulators have now begun to take action, with Texas leading the way. In the...more

Insurance for Cryptocurrencies: Tips for Maximizing Coverage

by Goodwin on

We share some practical tips and key considerations for cryptocurrency-related insurance issues below. Retain a Good Broker - An obvious starting point is choosing a well-regarded insurance broker with a deep bench of...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from applicants for employment....more

FDA Accepts Sandoz aBLA for Adalimumab Biosimilar

by Goodwin on

Sandoz, a division of Novartis, announced on Tuesday that the FDA has accepted for review its BLA under the 351(k) pathway for a biosimilar candidate to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab). According to the press release, adalimumab...more

Small & Mid-Cap Public Company Update: 2018 Annual Report and Proxy Season Highlights

by Williams Mullen on

With 2017 being another active year for regulators and governance activists, Small & Mid-Cap Public Companies should be aware of the following changes and trends for the upcoming reporting season....more

Caveat Emptor: Are Lengthier EC Merger Reviews the New Norm?

As merger reviews become more thorough and document-intensive, companies planning to engage in global M&A deals in 2018 should factor potentially lengthier merger reviews by the European Commission (EC) into their deal...more

Double Jeopardy Argument Fails in Ponzi Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In R. v. Samji, 2017 BCCA 415 [Samji], the B.C. Court of Appeal decided that a $33-million administrative monetary penalty (AMP) assessed by the province’s Securities Commission against a person who had run a massive Ponzi...more

SEC Nixes 40 Act Registration of Cryptocurrency Related Funds for Now

In a letter to representatives of the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the SEC staff indicated it would not be receptive to 1940 Act registration of cryptocurrency...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

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