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Highlights from the SIFMA AML and Financial Crimes Conference

On February 12-13, 2018, members of the securities industry, regulators and financial crime experts met in New York City at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - February 2018

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New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts – SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Cryptocurrency-related Holdings - On January 18, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Division of Investment Management Letter on Cryptocurrency Related Investment Products; Joint Statement by SEC and CFTC Enforcement Directors Regarding Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions - On January 18, 2018, in a...more

Analysis of the SEC’s MiFID II No-Action Relief

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On October 26, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or the "Commission") staff issued three no-action letters to help broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies comply with the European...more

FINRA Continues to Prioritize Examinations of High-Risk and Recidivist Brokers

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In its 2017 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, FINRA made clear that one of its top priorities is identifying high-risk brokers and ensuring that their firms properly monitor them. To assist it in doing so, FINRA...more

MiFID II, Research and Extraterritoriality: The SEC, European Commission and FCA Solution

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On October 26, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, European Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority released, in a coordinated manner, a series of significant orders and guidance to address some of the...more

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

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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 Tackles MiFID II Research Issues

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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

Funds Talk: June 2017 - FINRA Expands Margin Rules for Mortgage-Backed Securities Transactions

FINRA has introduced an expansion of Rule 4210 (the Rule), effective Dec. 15, 2017, importing margin concepts into the world of mortgage-backed transactions. ...more

Court Overseeing the Valeant Securities Litigation Issues a Highly Anticipated Decision Ruling that Alleged Misstatements in Rule...

In an April 28, 2017 ruling on a motion to dismiss in the In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Securities Litigation (the “Valeant Litigation”), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey addressed an...more

The Year Ahead for GCs and Compliance Officers: Reporting from the Annual SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Seminar

From March 19–22, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) hosted its Annual Compliance & Legal Society Seminar in San Diego, California. This seminar is the top conference for financial...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 6

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Discussion and Analysis - This week, DLA Piper has been proud to once again be a sponsor of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society’s Annual Seminar. Perhaps the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Financial transaction provider Euronet Worldwide’s made an unsolicited bid to acquire MoneyGram for about $1 billion in cash, throwing a wrench into Ant Financial’s plan to use MG as a way to break into the US market and...more

IRS Releases New Regulations Regarding Dividend Equivalents

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Code...more

The FTC's Safeguards Rule What to Expect When the Dust Settles

On November 21, 2016, the comment period closed on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) request for public feedback on the Standards for Safeguarding Consumer Information Rule (Safeguards Rule). The FTC is considering...more

SEC Principal Trading Rule Exemption Set to Expire at Year’s End

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The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated in August that it intends to permit the expiration of rule 206(3)-3T (Rule) under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The SEC originally...more

The Yates Memo and Individual Representation

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At the November 2, 2016 Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) Compliance and Legal Society Regional Seminar in New York, a SIFMA panel discussed the “Yates Memo,” its effect on internal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards - On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

FINRA Submits Proposed Rules to the SEC to Address Financial Exploitation of Seniors

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Last Thursday, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) submitted proposed rules to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) designed to address “financial exploitation of seniors and other...more

SIFMA Sends Comment Letters to FHFA on Credit Risk Transfer

SIFMA, along with the Association of Mortgage Investors and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and separately along with the ABA, AMI, HPC, MBA, and SFIG, submitted comment letters to the FHFA in...more

Watching the Detectives: The SEC Launches a Dedicated FINRA Oversight Unit

The SEC has launched a dedicated team to oversee FINRA, according to remarks by Marc Wyatt, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”). Congress has vested the SEC with the power to...more

FINRA, SEC Renew Focus on Senior Investors in Immediate Aftermath of FINRA Submission of Proposed Rulemaking to SEC

Highlights from FINRA/SIFMA Senior Investor Conference - On October 22-23, members of the securities industry, academia, regulators, and public policy experts gathered in Washington, D.C., at the joint Financial...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Speaks to SIFMA Annual Meeting Regarding the Agency’s Ongoing Work and Rulemaking...

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Timothy Massad, Chairman of the CFTC, spoke at the SIFMA annual meeting about clearinghouse regulation, technological changes and finishing Dodd-Frank rulemaking. Massad first highlighted ongoing CFTC work regarding stress...more

CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Prompts Thousands of Comments

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The comment period for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s proposed arbitration rulemaking ended on Monday, and the Bureau received nearly 11,000 comments both strongly supporting and opposing the proposed rule....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 32

SEC/CORPORATE - 2016 Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Highlight Two-Step Mergers and Appraisal Rights - On August 1, a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) went into...more

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