Morrison & Foerster discusses FINRA Analysis of Broker-Dealers’ Failure to Adequately Supervise Alternative Investment Sales

In March 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined a broker-dealer $950,000 for supervisory deficiencies related to its failure to adequately supervise the sale of “alternative investments.” These investments include a laundry list of products that have been at … Read more

The Marketplace of Ideas: Should the SEC change the rules on blockholder disclosure?

The CLS Blue Sky Blog presents Part II of the third installment of our series, “The Marketplace of Ideas.” Earlier installments on different topics are available here and hereThe intent is to present different perspectives on the same Read more

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Cadwalader discusses Delaware Supreme Court Decision Upholding Business Judgment Rule Review for Certain Controlling Stockholder Transactions with Dual Minority Protections

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation , holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both a truly independent … Read more

Wachtell responds to Bebchuk and Jackson’s Toward a Constitutional Review of the Poison Pill

In a recent paper, Professors Lucian Bebchuk and Robert Jackson have extended Professor Bebchuk’s extreme and eccentric campaign against director-centric governance into a new realm—that of the Constitution of the United States. They claim that “serious questions” exist about … Read more

Davis Polk discusses SEC Approval of New FINRA Supervision Rules

The following post is based on a memo originally published by Davis Polk & Wardwell on January 8, 2014. The original publication is available here.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules require broker-dealer members to establish and maintain a … Read more

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Gibson Dunn discusses OCC Proposed Guidelines for Heightened Governance Standards for Large US Banks and Their Boards

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued for public comment proposed guidelines (Guidelines) to establish minimum standards for risk management governance at large insured national banks, insured federal savings associations, and insured branches of non-U.S. banks

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The Uneasy Connection Between Securities Disclosure and Job Creation

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act” or “the Act”) was signed into law in the spring of 2012, amidst the ongoing fallout from the 2008 financial crisis as well as a hotly-contested presidential election.  Having received uncharacteristic … Read more

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Milbank discusses Title VII and the Volcker Rule: Same swap, different rules

Now that the final rule[1] implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act,[2] commonly known as the “Volcker Rule,”[3] has been implemented, banking entities engaged in swaps activities must plan how they will navigate the two different and overlapping regulatory regimes

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