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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

Introduction to Debt Exchange Offers

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 9 - Issuers have a variety of tools when dealing with upcoming debt maturities, including using a combination of exchange offers, tender offers, and/or new money issuances and...more

SLGS Window Closing; Tax Reform Continues to Threaten Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the suspension of sales of United States Treasury Obligations – State and Local Government Series (i.e., SLGS), effective 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Friday,...more

Another Foolish Inconsistency – This Time For Broker-Dealers

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post chided Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC for its inconsistent positions on majority rule. Today’s post tackles a foolish inconsistency in the California Codes. Section 25217(c) of the California Corporations Code...more

HMT Unveils Strategy for Future of UK's Asset Management Industry

by Dechert LLP on

HM Treasury recently published its Investment Management Strategy II Report. Building on its 2013 strategy report ? which mainly focused on how to improve the UK as a fund domicile ? this report sets out the UK government’s...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

The Problem With Multiple Loans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When drafting new 401(k) plans, I always recommend allowing for a loan provision. I know there are quite a few plan providers who don’t want any provisions that allow “leakage” of retirement assets, but I believe that when...more

New EU Prospectus Regulation 2017/1129 Entered into Force, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 20 July 2017, the new EU Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or...more

Third Party Purchaser Agreements Don’t Destroy Sale Treatment: A Victory for the Unintended Consequences Resistance

by Dechert LLP on

Every once in a while we get some good news around the capital markets hood and this is one of those times. Admittedly, all we’re doing here is fixing a problem which was one of the unintended consequences of the Dodd-Frank...more

AIM Companies and the Legal Entity Identifier Requirement, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The London Stock Exchange published AIM Notice 47 ("Notice") on 13 October 2017 in respect of the requirement that all AIM companies with securities admitted to trading on AIM obtain a Legal Entity Identifier ("LEI") code. It...more

Former Mayor Charged by SEC and DOJ with Securities Fraud and Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois charging David Webb, Jr. (“Webb”), mayor of Markham, Illinois from...more

Regulation Round Up - November 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

3 November - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published an alert setting out key considerations for principals who have appointed representatives or introducer appointed representatives. Among other things, the alert...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Discusses Blockchain’s Effect on Markets

The effect of Bitcoin on securities markets and enhanced measures related to retail investors were the focus at the October meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

Matters to Consider for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for their 2018 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of key corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters on which...more

CFTC Releases Statement on Three Exchanges’ Plans to List Bitcoin Contracts

On December 1, 2017, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange took the necessary regulatory steps to begin trading new bitcoin futures contracts this month. The Cantor Exchange took similar steps to begin...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Blue Apron co-founder Matt Salzberg is following the Steve Ells path of stepping aside as CEO after recent struggles. In Blue Apron’s case, the company’s never really recovered from the rough patch that started not long after...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On November 22, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a status report on credit risk transfer transactions done in...more

DOJ Issues New FCPA Policy Offering Incentives to Encourage Disclosure of Foreign Bribery and Corruption Misconduct

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was issuing a new enforcement policy covering its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The...more

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

African Resilience! Private equity in Africa proves its mettle

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite numerous economic, political and regulatory challenges faced by investors, private equity in South Africa appears to continue to deliver long-term sustainable returns for its stakeholders as it outperformed ALSI TRI,...more

Corporate Venture Capital: Variations on a Theme (5 Key Terms)

by Hogan Lovells on

We have seen increasing interest in venture capital investments by corporate investors (as compared to traditional investment funds) in recent years, especially as new technologies appear poised to dramatically impact, or are...more

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