Boards of public corporations have more independent directors than ever before. Sixty percent of boards of S&P 500 companies are not only majority independent, but have a single insider on the board: the CEO. While Jamie Dimon is still CEO … Read more
The following remarks were delivered by Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at FIA Futures and Options Expo on November 6, 2013.
Thank you Walt [Lukken] for your very kind introduction. I am delighted to … Read more
The following comes to us from the Honorable Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who sits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Rakoff is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and will be … Read more
The following comes to us from Felix Zhiyu Feng, a PhD candidate from the department of economics at Duke University
The lucrative compensation of Wall Street bankers and executives has always been an issue of media interest and public concern. … Read more
On August 28, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission … Read more
The following comes to us from Michael Rivera, a partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C.
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White warned that the SEC will pull no punches under the leadership of the former federal prosecutor. … Read more
The Office of Financial Research (“OFR”), an office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, recently issued a report that may provide a roadmap for future designations by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) of asset management companies for supervision … Read more
After two years of operations, the SEC’s whistleblower program announced its first multimillion dollar award – a record $14 million payment to an anonymous tipster. The award is the largest of three announced since the program’s inception and emphatically signals … Read more
The SEC has proposed rules to implement the “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act.
The proposed rules would require many SEC reporting companies to publicly disclose the following information:
- the median annual total compensation
On August 28, 2013, the federal agencies (the “Applicable Regulators”) responsible for implementing regulations under Dodd-Frank re-proposed rules for risk retention requirements in ABS transactions, including CLO transactions. The re-proposal comes more than two years after the original proposed rules, … Read more
The “London Whale” is far from the financial crime of the century, but it may well be the financial blunder of the decade. Crimes and blunders are, of course, different, but the slow and inconsistent response by JPMorgan Chase & … Read more
The following post comes to us from Brent J. Horton, assistant professor at Fordham University Gabelli School of Business.
Federal Reserve Issues Interim Final Rules Addressing Application of New Basel III-Based Capital Framework for Purposes of the 2013-2014 Capital Plan and Stress Test Cycle
The Federal Reserve recently issued two interim final rules that clarify how covered companies must
The following comes to us from Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., Professor of Law at GW Law and Executive Director of the Law School’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance. This is a synopsis of his article Turning a Blind Eye: … Read more
The following comes to us from Yesha Yadav, Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School:
Scholars have long lamented that the growth of modern finance has given way to a decline in corporate governance. According to current theory, the … Read more
The following comes to us from Mark J. Roe, the David Berg Professor of Law at Harvard Law School:
Regulatory reaction to the 2008-2009 financial crisis focused on complex financial instruments that deepened the crisis. A consensus emerged that these … Read more
Is the SEC capable of blushing? Increasingly, there are occasions in which the Securities and Exchange Commission takes positions so inconsistent with the protection of investors and its own history and so deferential to the industry that one has to … Read more