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ISS Considering Changing Course on Independent Chair Shareholder Proposals

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Public Companies and Securities ISS is requesting feedback on a change to its voting policy on independent chair shareholder proposals.  ISS’ current policy is to generally recommend for independent chair shareholder proposals unless the company satisfies all of the following criteria: The company designates a lead director, who is elected by and from the independent board members with clearly […] Read more →

by   |   October 16, 2014

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FINRA Reminds Anti-Whistleblower Provisions Are Not Permitted in Settlement Agreements

Broker-Dealer, Litigation FINRA has published a regulatory notice where it reminds firms that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include... Read more →

by   |   October 15, 2014

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CFPB Considering Issuing No-Action Letters

Banking, Consumer Protection The CFPB has issued a proposed policy where it would issue no-action letters in limited circumstances.  The proposed policy is designed for new financial products or services... Read more →

by   |   October 13, 2014

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Spoofing Back in the News — First Criminal Indictment for Spoofing; CFTC Settlement Lays Out Telltale Signs of Spoofing

Broker-Dealer, Energy Last week the government handed down its first criminal indictment for allegedly engaging in “spoofing” and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission settled with Eric Moncada... Read more →

by   |   October 13, 2014

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Major Banks Agree to Temporarily Stay Swap Termination Under ISDA Protocol

Banking, Derivatives The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., or ISDA,  announced that 18 major global banks, referred to as G-18, have agreed to sign a new ISDA Resolution Stay... Read more →

by   |   October 12, 2014

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It’s Going to be Harder to Sell Unregistered Securities

Broker-Dealer, Public Companies and Securities The SEC has issued a Risk Alert and FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligations when they sell unregistered securities on behalf of clients.  This occurs when founders and... Read more →

by   |   October 9, 2014

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Tulane Releases Study on First-Year Conflict Minerals Filings

Public Companies and Securities, Uncategorized The Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University Law School released a study analyzing the results of a June 2014 survey of issuers who filed the required Form... Read more →

by   |   October 7, 2014

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MD&A Rules Do Not Create Rule 10b-5 Disclosure Obligation

Litigation, Public Companies and Securities The Ninth Circuit recently examined whether Item 303 of Regulation of S-K, which sets forth the MD&A rules, creates an affirmative duty of disclosure on which to pin a Rule... Read more →

by   |   October 6, 2014

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CFTC Finalizes Rule to Exclude Swaps with Municipal Utilities From $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

Derivatives, Energy The CFTC has published its final rule to exclude most swaps used for hedging purposes by municipal and other governmental utilities from counting against the $25 million swap... Read more →

by   |   October 6, 2014