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European Commission Declares Trading Venues in Australia, Hong Kong and USA Equivalent Under the Revised Markets in Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has adopted Implementing Decisions for equivalence of the legal and supervisory framework of Australia, Hong Kong and the USA for national securities exchanges and alternative trading systems in...more

Bridging the Week - December 2017

Three CFTC-Regulated Exchanges Self-Certify Bitcoin Derivatives Contracts: On December 1, three exchanges regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission self-certified new cash-settled derivatives contracts based on...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

What would happen to the value of cryptocurrencies if Exchanges had to Issue a Form 1099 on an annual basis?

by Sanford Millar on

The IRS issued a John DOE Summons for records of U.S. account holders of Coinbase, Inc. (“Coinbase”) a cryptocurrency exchange based in San Francisco, California. Coinbase objected to production of the records and a Summons...more

Beijing-Based Cryptocurrency Trading Exchanges Told to Announce Trading Halt

by Perkins Coie on

Under the impact of the Chinese government’s recent formal notices of halting ICOs, Notice 99 and Joint Notice released on September 2, 2017 and September 4, 2017 respectively, Beijing authorities have taken further actions...more

SEC Statement on Treatment of Digital Assets under the Federal Securities Laws

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has provided welcome guidance by publishing its most comprehensive statement to date on the treatment of digital assets – and the offer and sale of such assets by "virtual"...more

SEC Report Determines DAO Tokens, A Digital Asset, Were Securities

by King & Spalding on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a Report of Investigation (“Report”) warning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets (“Tokens”) by “virtual” organizations...more

Financial institutions M&A: Market infrastructure

by White & Case LLP on

Payment systems / e-money providers - Current market: - Upward - Regulatory change continues to be a key driver of M&A activity - We are seeing: - Strategic M&A deals and financial sponsor interest...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

Federal Circuit Denies SHzoom's Bid to Make Trading Technologies Decision Precedential, But the Case is Still Good Law

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On Wednesday, the Federal Circuit, in a per curiam order, denied SHzoom's motion to make the Trading Technologies opinion precedential. The order of course gave no reasons for the decision. Nonetheless, the underlying...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2017: SEC Approves New Continued Listing Standards for ETFs

by Dechert LLP on

Since their U.S. introduction in 1993, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) – which have grown to over 1,800 products with holdings of over $2.7 trillion1 – have operated under exemptive relief from many of the Securities and...more

Between Bridges: March 2017 – CME Group Settles Disciplinary Action Alleging That Automatic Liquidation of Under-Margined...

CME Group announced today that Saxo Bank A/S, a member firm, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US $190,000 to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to resolve two disciplinary actions against it for...more

Part 2 - ASEAN Capital Markets: A Round-Up of Developments in 2016

by Reed Smith on

2016 was a somewhat muted year for the world’s capital markets and this story was mirrored across ASEAN. Spread across two client alerts we take a brief look at the capital markets of each of the ASEAN members, how they fared...more

Part 1 - ASEAN Capital Markets: A Round-Up of Developments in 2016

by Reed Smith on

2016 was a somewhat muted year for the world’s capital markets and this story was mirrored across ASEAN. Spread across two client alerts we take a brief look at the capital markets of each of the ASEAN members, how they fared...more

Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart November 2016

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

This Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals chart is current as of November 2016....more

Venture Exchange Regulation: Listing Standards, Market Microstructure, and Investor Protection

This summer, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Main Street Growth Act, which calls for legislative changes to promote the formation of venture exchanges. The idea that securities exchanges specially designed...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - MetLife Fights On. MetLife continued to fight its designation as a nonbank systemically important financial institution (SIFI) this week as the insurer filed its reply brief in the Financial Stability...more

SEC Amends Rules on Security-Based Swap Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved certain amendments and guidance to the rules governing the reporting and public dissemination of security-based swaps (“SBS”), known as “Regulation SBSR,”...more

2016/07/12 SEC Adopts Inflation-Based Adjustment to “Qualified Client” Thresholds

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a final order (Order) on June 14, 2016, to adjust for inflation the “qualified client” thresholds applicable when a registered investment adviser charges a performance fee in...more

SEC Approves IEX Proposal to Launch National Exchange, Issues Interpretation on Automated Securities Prices

On June 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the application of Investors’ Exchange LLC (“IEX”) to register as a national securities exchange. Prior to transitioning its operation to a national...more

SEC Approves IEX as a National Securities Exchange and Issues Interpretation To Allow IEX "Speed Bump"

As has been widely reported, the application of Investors' Exchange, LLC (IEX) to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a national securities exchange has generated unprecedented interest and a fair...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #4

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues Order Approving Inflation Adjustments to “Qualified Client” Dollar Thresholds for Investment Adviser Performance Fee Rule - On June 14, the SEC issued an order approving...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Seeks Views on Distributed Ledger Technology

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on how distributed ledger technology (including, for example, "blockchains") applies to the securities markets. ESMA is assessing the risks posed by...more

Part 2 – The Bourses of ASEAN: A round-up of development in 2015

by Reed Smith on

2015 was a mixed year for the world’s capital markets and the story was no different across ASEAN. Spread across two client alerts, we take a brief look at the capital markets of each of the ASEAN members, how they fared in...more

Part 1 – The Bourses of ASEAN: A round-up of development in 2015

by Reed Smith on

2015 was a mixed year for the world’s capital markets and the story was no different across ASEAN. Spread across two client alerts, we take a brief look at the capital markets of each of the ASEAN members, how they fared in...more

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