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SEC Warns Rating Agencies

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a report cautioning credit rating agencies about deceptive ratings conduct and the importance of sufficient internal controls over the policies, procedures, and methodologies the firms use to determine credit ratings. The report says that because of uncertainty regarding a jurisdictional nexus between the... Read More

Topics: Banking, Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

Fiduciary Duty Rulemaking Looms for Brokerage Industry

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An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal provides a good, short overview of the issues and differing viewpoints surrounding the SEC’s upcoming broker-dealer fiduciary duty rulemaking.   As the article correctly points out, registered investment advisers have long been held to a fiduciary standard vis-a-vis their clients.  The brokerage industry has generally resisted... Read More

Topics: Banking, Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

Representing Compensation Committees — Regular Counsel Need Not Apply?

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The Dodd-Frank Act contains a number of provisions designed to improve the independence and operations of Compensation Committees.  But in doing so, has Congress made it more difficult – if not impossible – for a company’s regular outside law firm to assist its Comp Committee? The Act provides that a... Read More

Topics: Executive Compensation, Litigation, Public Companies and Securities