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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FRB Requests Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation A - On December 4, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board ("FRB") requested public comment on a proposal to amend Regulation A to make certain technical adjustments,...more

New FINRA Rules Address Elderly Abuse

by Burr & Forman on

On February 5, 2018, FINRA will enact two rules to assist brokers with addressing financial exploitation of the elderly. Statistically, the elderly have a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of financial exploitation. ...more

When Does Software Become Securities?

The SEC Munchee Order and Chairman’s Statement - On December 11, 2017, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a cease and desist order (“Order”) against Munchee, Inc.’s (“Munchee”) $15 million Initial...more

CFIUS for Europe? New Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

On September 13, 2017, the EU Commission released a proposed regulation establishing a framework for screening Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Europe. Several EU Member States have already implemented national mechanisms...more

SEC Takes $15 Million Bite Out of an ICO

The SEC issued a cease and desist order against Munchee’s $15 million ICO, opining that the tokens were securities for which no there was registration statement filed or in effect with the Commission nor a qualifying...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 22

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - As we draw toward the close of another year, we always like to take a moment to reflect. This is our last issue of 2017, our sixth year of publication. It hardly seems possible it has been that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors....more

MIFID II: Performing Investment Services and Activities by Institutions Based in Third Countries in Italy

The performance of investment services and activities by entities established in third countries in Italy is becoming an increasing concern among specialized operators for the obvious reason, which will be discussed...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - December 2017 - Issue 12

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory and tax developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the FCA’s stance on the reporting of cyber attacks; the Government’s opinion on...more

Crowdfunding 101

by LeClairRyan on

“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

SEC Halts Initial Coin Offering; Chair Clayton Speaks

Munchee Inc., a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering (ICO) after being contacted by the SEC. Munchee Inc....more

Iowa And Virginia Insurance Regulators Adopt The NAIC’s Term Model Rules Governing Term And Universal Life Insurance Reserve...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance regulators in Iowa and Virginia have adopted the NAIC’s Model Rules regulating term and universal life insurance reserve financing. The stated purpose of the rules is “to establish uniform, national standards...more

Regulation in 2018: What’s your compliance approach?

Even by recent standards, 2018 should be quite a year for regulation. How will those on the data management front-line ensure compliance with EU Benchmarks Regulation, MiFID II, FRTB, GDPR or PRIIPs in a cost-efficient way?...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

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