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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018 #2

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's 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...more

NYSE Dividend Notification Changes Effective February 1

by Goodwin on

On February 1, 2018, the amendments to the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual adopted in August 2017 become effective. These amendments will require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Dow closed above 26k yesterday for the first time on what some are dubbing the FOMO rally or the “melt-up” market....more

A star strategy for predicting earnings season hits and misses

It’s January and the beginning, once again, of a busy period for financial market participants as earnings season anticipation begins. Earnings surprises and consensus revisions are well-known drivers of stock price movements...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume IV, December 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Newsletter...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

What’s on the minds of fund managers in 2018?

Fund managers examine the 2018 outlook in a series of interviews with Lipper Alpha Insight on topics ranging from emerging markets to interest rate expectations and inflation. During the course of 2017, Jake Moeller, Head of...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

SEC Whistleblower Awards to Insurance Department Employees?

by Carlton Fields on

Many federal, state, and local governmental employees may be eligible for awards pursuant to the SEC’s whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank Act. If a report to the SEC leads to an enforcement action that results in...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

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Disclosure of Accounting Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in SEC Reports

by Goodwin on

On December 22, 2017, the Office of the Chief Accountant (the OCA) and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published guidance relating to financial accounting...more

Underwriting or Placing Fees, Corporate Finance Contacts and MiFID II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MiFID II is Europe’s new financial regulation for investment business which came into effect on 3 January 2018. The banking and legal industries seem to be unsure about whether or not MiFID II treats both issuers and buy-side...more

SEC Committee Advocates for Summary Mutual Fund Shareholder Reports

by Carlton Fields on

On December 7, the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a recommendation that the SEC seriously explore the development of a summary disclosure document for mutual fund companies...more

SEC Exam Staff: “Surprise, We’re Back”

by Carlton Fields on

In August, Kevin Kelcourse, the associate director for examinations at the SEC’s Boston Regional Office, confirmed that his office has been making "surprise" examination visits to registered advisers in the region. ...more

Key terms in UK and US M&A deals

by DLA Piper on

Over the past ten years, it’s not been uncommon for the UK to report a trade surplus with the US, and simultaneously, the US to report a trade surplus with the UK....more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future Haunt Insurers’ Use of Big Data and Algorithmic Tools

by Carlton Fields on

Watching as legislators, regulators, and policymakers’ consider what changes, if any, are necessary for insurers’ use of big data and algorithmic tools, is like being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and...more

FASB to Revise Accounting for Tax Act

FASB received unsolicited input from banks and insurance companies and related trade groups on the accounting for what is referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Based on the input, FASB has tentatively decided to revise...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. ...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Deference to Controller-Driven Stock Reclassification Transaction

by Polsinelli on

Recent Delaware court decisions have underscored the value of procedural safeguards in controlling stockholder transactions—which, at least when involving minority freeze-outs, historically were subject to entire fairness...more

IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This client alert is intended to remind you of certain 2017 year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), with respect to stock issued to employees or former...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: UK Asset Managers, Brexit Planning and Supervisory Convergence

by Dechert LLP on

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, asset management firms of all types and sizes will need to conduct a thorough analysis to understand the potential impact of Brexit. To date, this has been something of a difficult...more

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