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Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

ESMA Provides Further Clarity on Initial Coin Offerings in Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following our 7 November 2017 blog “Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings”, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published two statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The statements underline...more

Day 16 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Crowdsourcing as Communications

by Thomas Fox on

One of the greatest things about the compliance profession is that it is only limited by its collective imagination. If you can think it up, you can probably do it. This has led not only continuing evolution of compliance...more

Day 15 of One Month of 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Supply Chain as Compliance Communication

by Thomas Fox on

How can a Chief Compliance Officer use 360-degrees of communication with compliance stakeholders who are outside your organization? Obviously, the communications with those third parties about your compliance evaluation is a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

Day 14 of One Month of 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Twitter and 360 Degrees of Communication

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ways that CCOs and compliance practitioners can better use 360-degrees of communication is through Twitter. In “How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas”, authors Salvatore Parise, Eoin Whelan and Steve Todd...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

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: One Angel Investor On Choosing Companies, Managing Risk And Supporting Women - Loretta McCarthy banks on women with her investment strategy....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

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

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...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

Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency and CFTC Jurisdiction

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) newly formed financial technology (fintech) innovation group, LabCFTC, released its first fintech primer, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (VC...more

Day 11 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Multiplying the Influence of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

What if you could multiple the impact and effectiveness of your compliance program throughout your company? That would be a great boon to any compliance practitioner and compliance program. It is also something that is very...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Subject to SEC Registration Requirements

by Bryan Cave on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies without Broadly Addressing Blockchain Tokens

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC released “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” The Primer provides an overview or virtual currencies and their potential uses, discusses the role of...more

Day 10 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Limit Your Self-Reliance, Learn to Ask for Help

by Thomas Fox on

Many compliance professionals in the corporate world work long and hard to rise to the senior management level in their organizations. It takes subject matter expertise, hard work and sometime propitious good fortune to get...more

SEC Cyber Watch: Finally, New Guidelines for Breach Disclosures?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has signaled that it expects to issue updated guidelines on reporting cybersecurity incidents. “I think this issue is important enough, wide-ranging enough that we should tackle...more

Saudi Arabian Corruption Crackdown-What does it mean for Compliance?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I am interviewed by Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery Compliance in London on the implications of the Saudi Arabian corruption crackdown for the compliance practitioner....more

Celebrity ICO Endorsements: SEC, FTC, and CFTC Oversight

by Reed Smith on

Floyd Mayweather, a world famous boxing champion, recently used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to help a company raise more than $30 million in an initial coin offering (“ICO”). Other celebrities have similarly...more

Day 9 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- 360 Degrees of Persuasion

by Thomas Fox on

The life of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) can be intense and the one of the most powerful tools you have is persuasion. Jenny O’Brien, CCO at United Health Care, has talked about the techniques that a CCO can use to...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 357, Paradise Papers and Saudi Arabia Corruption Crackdown

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I am interviewed by Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery Compliance in London on the implications of the Paradise Papers and Saudi Arabian corruption crackdown for the compliance practitioner. What...more

Washington Seeks New Regulation of Technology Investments: What You Need to Know Now About the Proposed CFIUS Legislation

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which would greatly expand the reach and consequence of the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

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