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Latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly now available

The tenth edition of our Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available. You can also register to automatically receive each issue as it is released. This publication highlights key developments that will be of interest to, and affect, our asset management clients, including market trends and developments in tax and buy-side regulation globally. Articles in … Continue Reading

New York State Department of Financial Services again sues OCC over bank charter for fintechs

On September 14, 2018, New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) Superintendent Maria T. Vullo filed a lawsuit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) in connection with the OCC’s recent decision to begin accepting applications from nondepository financial technology companies (“fintechs”) for special purpose national bank charters (the OCC’s “Fintech … Continue Reading

US federal banking agencies issue final regulations promulgating use of municipal obligations for LCR compliance

Late last month, the US federal banking agencies (the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), collectively, the “banking agencies”) issued an interim final rule that implements section 403 of the recently enacted “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (the “Act”), to … Continue Reading

CFPB finalizes GLBA privacy rule exemption

On August 10, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the “Bureau”) announced that it had finalized amendments to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”) regulations implementing a statutory change that provides an exemption for certain financial institutions from the GLBA requirement to deliver an annual privacy notice to their customers. As discussed in our post from … Continue Reading

CFTC proposes process on exempting non-US derivative clearing organizations

On August 8, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking, which if adopted as proposed, would set out the policies and procedures for clearing organizations located outside of the United States to follow if they want to obtain an exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). … Continue Reading

President Trump signs into law CFIUS reform bill

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 115-232), which included the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”). FIRRMA marks the most significant change in over ten years in the law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). CFIUS is … Continue Reading

Compliance date for next set of DFS cybersecurity regulations is September 4, 2018

On August 8, 2018, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services issued a reminder to DFS-regulated financial services businesses that starting September 4, 2018, they were required to be in compliance with the next set of requirements in the DFS cybersecurity regulations located at Part 500 of the New York State … Continue Reading

OCC announces it will begin accepting charter applications from fintechs

On July 31, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced its decision to begin accepting applications for special purpose national bank charters from financial technology companies (“fintechs”) that are engaged in the business of banking but do not take deposits. The OCC’s decision comes nearly two years after the agency initially … Continue Reading

SEC adopts new Form ATS-N and amendments to Regulation ATS to increase transparency and oversight of alternative trading systems

On July 18, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted to adopt amendments to Regulation ATS that impose additional public disclosure requirements on, and enhance the SEC’s oversight of alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) that facilitate transactions in National Market System stocks (“NMS Stock ATSs”). Regulation ATS, adopted in 1998, established a regulatory framework intended … Continue Reading

New York State finalizes regulation requiring registration of consumer credit reporting agencies

On June 25, 2018, New York State announced adoption of final Department of Financial Services (DFS) regulations that require consumer credit reporting agencies to register with the DFS. Our blog post on the regulations as proposed last fall can be found here. There were some clarifying changes to the requirements but the basic objectives of registration, … Continue Reading

American Express steers clear of antitrust law violation

On June 25, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that credit-card company American Express did not violate federal antitrust law by requiring merchants to contractually agree to “antisteering provisions.” These antisteering provisions prohibit merchants from “steering” cardholders at the point of purchase away from using their American Express card in favor of … Continue Reading

Business not as usual: US Supreme Court holds that administrative law judges must be appointed—threatening years of prior decisions

On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to follow the appropriate constitutional processes for appointing its administrative law judges. You can find here a detailed analysis of the decision and its ramifications not only for the SEC but for administrative law judges … Continue Reading

US financial regulators unveil proposed changes to Volcker Rule

On May 30, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board was the first of the five financial services regulators responsible for the Volcker Rule to approve proposed changes agreed by the regulators. Between May 31 and June 5, 2018, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities … Continue Reading

SEC’s Jay Clayton and William Hinman reiterate Howey is here to stay

In his June 6, 2018, interview with CNBC, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chairman Jay Clayton further clarified the regulatory landscape around cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings, nothing that the SEC would not support changing the traditional definition of a security to take into account this new technology: “Where I give you my … Continue Reading

Dodd-Frank reform legislation becomes law; no repeal but key provisions are revised

On May 24, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-174, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act,” which includes some revisions to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”), but not its wholesale repeal. The Law addresses such diverse areas as revised bank systemic risk standards, easing of … Continue Reading

Latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly now available

The ninth issue of our Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available. You can also register to automatically receive each issue as it is released. This publication highlights key developments that will be of interest to, and affect, our asset management clients, including market trends and developments in tax and buy-side regulation globally. Articles in … Continue Reading

More guidance on the new FinCEN “beneficial ownership” rule

In May 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. agency tasked with issuing anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, issued a final rule requiring that certain categories of financial institutions identify the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers and incorporate customer due diligence procedures into their required AML compliance programs. The regulation was effective … Continue Reading

Regulatory reform in financial services in China

On April 27, 2018, various financial regulators in China promulgated new measures further opening up the financial services industry to foreign investment, regulating non-financial entities investing in financial institutions and tightening up control over the conduct of asset management business by financial institutions. Our colleagues in Beijing and Shanghai, Sun Hong, Wang Yi, Lynn Yang, … Continue Reading

Foreign bank prevails in US Supreme Court on Alien Tort Statute Case

In an opinion issued on April 24, 2018, Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, a divided US Supreme Court held that litigants cannot use the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, to sue foreign corporations. The decision put an end to a split among the lower courts and in narrowing the ATS’s application, the decision … Continue Reading

New York State starts cryptocurrency exchange inquiry; SEC and CFTC foresee additional cryptocurrency and ICO regulation

On April 17, 2018, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman took the first steps in launching the new Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative through a fact-finding questionnaire sent to thirteen of the major cryptocurrency trading platforms. The Initiative’s focus is protecting consumers and increasing transparency for both investors and enforcement agencies.  “Yet too often, consumers … Continue Reading

Anatomy of an ICO

A growing number of companies are turning to initial coin offerings—called ICOs—as an innovative way to raise capital. But do people really know what are they and how they work? Please check out this article by Andrew Lom, Rita Astoor and Rachael Browndorf on ICOs that includes a description of what ICOs are, how the … Continue Reading

FinCEN offers additional guidance on the “beneficial ownership rule”

In May 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. agency tasked with issuing anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, issued a final rule requiring that certain categories of financial institutions identify the beneficial owners of their legal entity customers and incorporate customer due diligence procedures into their required AML compliance programs. The regulation was effective … Continue Reading

April 17 Norton Rose Fulbright New York briefing to focus on aspects of the new US tax law

Norton Rose Fulbright New York office’s next financial services briefing is a luncheon seminar set for Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Norton Rose Fulbright’s senior practitioners periodically provide interested in-house counsel and professionals with an insightful discussion on current regulatory trends within the financial services sector. The April briefing will be both … Continue Reading
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