Shearman & Sterling Examines the Changing Fiduciary Duty Landscape in a Trump Presidency

The fiduciary standards for institutions and individuals providing investment advice throughout the retail investment and municipal securities markets are currently undergoing significant change. Following on the heels of the issuance of a final Department of Labor (the “DOL”) fiduciary rule is the pending effectiveness of new fiduciary standards for municipal advisors, and the expected release of a proposed uniform fiduciary standard for investment advisers and broker-dealers by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, along with a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, … Read more

Shearman & Sterling on FINRA’s FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding FINRA’s equity research rule,1 which addresses interactions between issuers, research analysts and investment bankers in various stages of the offering process (the “Research FAQs” or the “FAQs”).2

The Research FAQs appear in part designed to provide guidance regarding FINRA’s views in light of recent enforcement actions in which FINRA found certain conduct violative of:

  • FINRA’s prohibition on analyst participation in efforts to solicit investment banking business; and,
  • FINRA’s prohibition on the offer of favorable research as consideration or inducement for the receipt of investment banking business.

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Shearman & Sterling discusses Extraterritoriality: SEC Proposes Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules Regarding US-Based Activity

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed rules that would apply certain aspects of its security-based swap regulations (when they become effective) to transactions involving non-US parties that are arranged or executed using US personnel or agents.

Overview

The proposed rules weigh in on a controversial issue concerning the scope of US regulation—the extent to which US rules apply to transactions that would otherwise be outside of US jurisdiction, but which are effected using US personnel. The SEC’s proposal follows in the wake of, and is similar in certain respects to, an advisory published by the … Read more

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