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SEC Levies $18 Million Fine On NYSE And Affiliated Exchanges For Alleged Securities Act And Exchange Act Violations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) instituted a settled administrative proceeding against the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), and affiliated national exchanges NYSE American LLC...more

Federal Judge Rules Virtual Currencies Are Commodities Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On March 6, 2018, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that virtual currencies are commodities under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and therefore subject to the...more

PA Releases Mortgage Servicing Regulations with Servicer License Applications Due by June 30, 2018

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On February 6, 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities issued regulations, effectively incorporating many of the CFPB’s mortgage servicing regulations (including, in particular, most provisions of 12...more

Highlights From SEC Speaks 2018: Litigation and Enforcement Trends

by Vedder Price on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) held its annual SEC Speaks conference in Washington, DC on February 23 and 24, 2018 and provided remarks from the Chairman and commissioners, discussions...more

Podcast - Credit Funds: A Framework for Addressing and Mitigating Conflicts of Interest

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Today’s asset managers are increasingly multi-platform, regularly managing private equity funds, hedge funds and credit funds all under the same roof. Invariably, it might make business sense for some of these funds to engage...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It’s a bit more overtly political than business-oriented, but given China’s economic might, we felt it worth noting that China’s Communist Party has cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to “stay in power indefinitely” by...more

SEC Staff Grants a Closed-End Fund No-Action Relief Under Rule 486(b) Covering Securities Other Than Common Stock

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on February 14, 2018 issued a no-action letter (Letter) that would specifically permit the...more

DC Circuit Court Newsflash: “Transfer” means “Transfer”

by Dechert LLP on

In an eagerly anticipated (and much speculated upon) decision, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit Court”) issued a unanimous opinion on Friday, February...more

LSTA’s Argument That CLO Managers Are Not “Securitizers” in Open-Market CLOs Carries the Day in Court. Now What?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that treating managers of open-market CLOs as “securitizers” subject to the risk retention rules exceeded the statutory authority to promulgate rules to implement the risk...more

Was This Interim Final Rule More Final Than Interim?

by Allen Matkins on

I in this post from July 2016, I took the Securities and Exchange Commission to task for adding Item 16 to Form 10-K as an "Interim Final Rule". As I then explained, Interim Final Rules constitute an end-run on the notice...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Lucia Case – Will Decide Whether SEC Administrative Law Judges are Subject to Appointments Clause

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to consider a case from the D.C. Circuit which may call into question the legitimacy of past rulings made by numerous administrative law judges (ALJ) across the federal government. The...more

Het aanpassen van een volmacht na legalisatie: verwijtbaar handelen (Dutch)

by Dentons on

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) issued a judgment on 31 October 2017 in which it emerged that a civil-law notary (the Notary) had been careless when it checked the proxies with regard to a delivery of shares...more

Een volmacht is geen vrijbrief (Dutch)

by Dentons on

That is the function of the power of attorney in our legal transactions, at least that was my argument in a recent diptych in Vastgoedmarkt. Apart from a plea for the use of powers of attorney, this contribution also...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

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

Administrative Proceedings in Peril? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Lucia v. SEC

• On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. SEC, to resolve a circuit split over whether the SEC’s administrative law judges serve in violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. •...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Lucia’s Challenge to Appointment of SEC ALJs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Lucia case in which Raymond J. Lucia is challenging how the SEC appoints administrative law judges (“ALJs”)....more

The Supreme Court Agrees To Review Appointment Requirements For SEC's In-House Judges

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, agreeing to resolve a circuit split regarding the appointment process for Securities and Exchange...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

More trouble for the embattled British PM Theresa May. We learned yesterday that Britain’s second-largest construction firm—Carillion—was forced into liquidation after amassing a staggering $1.35 billion in debt. The downfall...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 9, Issue 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

Investment Services Regulatory Update - December 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - NEW RULES - SEC Delays Form N-PORT EDGAR Filing Requirement by Nine Months - On December 8, 2017, the SEC adopted a temporary rule (the Temporary Rule) delaying by...more

FDA Guidance on Software as Medical Devices Represents Broader Deregulation Trend

by Polsinelli on

The FDA recently published two draft guidance documents to clarify which types of medical software, based on their functionality, are no longer considered medical devices as a result of the changes imposed under section 3060...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

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