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Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Unbundling research and execution costs for money managers subject to MiFID II means that US broker-dealers can expect to receive hard dollars or other separately identified payments for research, at least from EU managers....more

Presentation and Portability of Investment Adviser Performance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An investment adviser’s investment track record is an important resource when raising capital from prospective investors. However, investment advisers, particularly registered investment advisers or emerging fund managers,...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

Starting Up the CFPB’s No-Action Letter Program

The expanding use of mobile technologies, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things has greatly increased the amount of available consumer data. The ability to efficiently process this information has the potential to...more

SEC Releases Timely Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by White & Case LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the "Staff") of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (the "Guidance"), providing guidance on the...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Relief to Facilitate Implementation of MiFID II Research Provisions

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On October 26, 2017, the staff (the Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three related no-action letters providing market participants with greater clarity as to how certain aspects of their...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides important guidance to public companies reviewing...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides important guidance to public companies reviewing...more

SEC Issues No-Action Letters to Ease U.S. and MiFID II Compliance; EC Issues Guidance on MiFID II Advisers’ Receipt of Research...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the SEC staff issued three no-action letters to, respectively, the Investment Company Institute (the “ICI Letter”), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Asset Management Group (the...more

SEC Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I ahead of the upcoming proxy season appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action...more

SEC provides relief to US firms attempting to comply with EU MiFID II's research "unbundling" provisions

by DLA Piper on

The US Securities and Exchange Commission provided welcome relief for US broker-dealers engaging in securities business with European investment managers when it issued three no-action letters designed to balance the...more

SEC Tackles MiFID II Research Issues

by Morgan Lewis on

But do landmines remain? On October 26, 2017, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), following consultation with European authorities, issued three coordinated no-action letters to, in the words of one...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 9

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 SEC’s no action letters and Commission’s FAQs on “hard dollar” research payments under...more

The Treasury Report’s Recommendations for Derivatives Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a previous client alert we provided an overview of the recent report, the second of four, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities,...more

Fall 2017 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

SEC No Action Letter Regarding Investments in Credit Risk Transfer Securities

On October 16, the SEC Division of Investment Management granted no-action relief in response to a request by Orrick on behalf of Redwood Trust. The Redwood request and the SEC staff response impact the way in which...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Investments in Credit Risk Transfer Securities

On October 16, the SEC Division of Investment Management granted no-action relief in response to a request by Orrick on behalf of Redwood Trust. The Redwood request and the SEC staff response impact the way in which...more

CFPB’s First No-Action Letter: FinTech Lenders and Banks Take Note

by Vedder Price on

On September 14, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued its first no-action letter (the “No-Action Letter”) concerning the operations of Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart”), a FinTech lender that...more

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Extends Existing Relief and Provides Additional Relief for Reporting Parties From Reporting...

On September 25, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission “issued a no-action letter (CFTC Staff Letter 17-45) that extends current relief and provides additional relief to...more

New From the CFPB: No-Action Letter, Online Aggregator Targeted

In the latest Consumer Financial Protection Bureau news, the Bureau issued its first no-action letter (of any kind), and did so to an online lending platform. It also took action against an online lead aggregator....more

CFPB’s First No-Action Letter: Supporting Innovation AND Supervision for Fair Lending

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) issued its first no-action letter (“NAL”) to Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart”), a marketplace lender that sought to clarify that its automated model for underwriting...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cybersecurity Returns to Center Stage. The Equifax breach and recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR test filing system was hacked in 2016 have brought cybersecurity back to...more

CFPB’s Project Catalyst Offers Comfort for Startups—but with a Cost

by Alston & Bird on

Project Catalyst finally takes off, giving companies a chance to pursue innovative strategies and products in the financial services sphere. Our Financial Services & Products Group takes stock of the CFPB’s very first...more

CFPB Issues First No-Action Letter To Marketplace Lender

On September 14, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its first no-action letter to Upstart Network, Inc., a company based in San Carlos, California that provides an online lending platform...more

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