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FINRA Releases 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examinations Priorities

As it does every January, FINRA released its annual Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter identifying areas of examination focus for the coming year, recurring challenges faced by firms, and possible risks impacting the financial sector. FINRA’s 2018 exam priorities for the first time identify cryptocurrencies and related initial coin offerings (ICOs). Other first-mentions include technology governance, … Continue Reading

NY Department of Financial Services Proposes its Own Fiduciary Rule in Response to U.S. DOL Delay

In February, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to review the fiduciary rule for brokers that President Obama’s Labor Department adopted. The federal rule would expand the definition of “investment advice” in the retirement context and require brokers to provide advice that is in the consumer’s best interest. … Continue Reading

Will Patent Sharing Organizations Boost Blockchain Innovation?

Companies across many different industries are starting to look toward blockchain technology as a way to conduct business more effectively, efficiently, and securely. As a result, there are new blockchain technology startups and strategic partnerships being established at break-neck speed. And, like any burgeoning industry, there seem to be new innovations introduced almost every day.… Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Nanette Aguirre to Speak at Florida Alternative Investment Association Global Macro Perspective 2018

Nanette Aguirre, corporate shareholder, will participate in the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA) Global Perspective 2018 Conference in Miami, FL, Dec. 5. Aguirre will participate as a speaker and provide an update on developments in current regulation and market trends. Aguirre is joined by a series of panelists from private funds who will address the … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Jennifer Weddle and Gil Rudolph to Speak at 2017 Tribal Financial Regulators Conference

Jennifer Weddle and Gil Rudolph, Greenberg Traurig, LLP shareholders, will participate in the 2017 Tribal Financial Regulators Conference in Minneapolis, Nov. 30. Rudolph and Weddle will speak in the session titled “Hot Topics in Federal Consumer Protection and Best Practices for Addressing All That is in Third Party Vendor Contracts.” The conference brings together tribal financial … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Nanette Aguirre to Speak at Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments Networking Event

Nanette Aguirre, Corporate Shareholder, will participate in the Fall 2017 Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments (MRAI) Networking event in New York, NY, Nov. 30. Aguirre will participate in the program titled “Industries of the Future: How new technology and thinking will come of age and disrupt the status quo.” A panel of distinguished speakers … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Maria Sendra to Speak at Blockchain Expo North America 2017

Maria Sendra, a shareholder in the Silicon Valley office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will speak at Blockchain Expo North America 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The expo will feature interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies with a focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging blockchain space, and … Continue Reading

Regulators Weigh in on Digital Assets, Tokens, Securities, and Derivative Instruments Used in ICOs

The rise of blockchain technology ventures raising money preternaturally through initial coin offerings and token generation events (collectively, ICOs) is a capital formation disruptor, one which has and will continue to spawn considerable futures, fortunes, failures — and frauds. Blockchain-based ICOs have, through 121 offerings closed during January-August 2017, raised over $1.78 billion, with an … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Gil Rudolph and Lori S. Nugent Participate at CCFL’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference

Gil Rudolph, co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice, and Lori S. Nugent, shareholder, will participate in the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, Nov. 2-3rd. Rudolph will moderate the panel session titled “CFPB Developments” on Thursday, Nov. 2. Nugent will speak in a panel session … Continue Reading

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology

On Oct. 12, 2017, the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the SEC) hosted a panel discussion on blockchain technology. The session represented another instance of the SEC’s ongoing consideration of the impact of blockchain technology on U.S. securities markets and investors. Different perspectives on blockchain technology and its application to U.S. … Continue Reading

Obiamaka Madubuko to Speak at the American Bar Association’s Section International Law Fall Conference, Miami, FL

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Obiamaka P. Madubuko will participate in the American Bar Association’s Section International Law Conference in Miami, Florida on Oct. 26. Madubuko will moderate the panel titled “How Smart is Your Smart Phone Really? Managing Digital Payment Risk on Mobile Devices.” This panel will explore how to manage digital payment risk on mobile … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Carl Fornaris and William Mack Participate at FMA’s Legal and Legislative Issues Conference

Shareholders Carl A. Fornaris and William B. Mack of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will be participating at the Financial Markets Association’s 2017 Treasury and Capital Markets Legal and Legislative Issues Conference, Oct. 25 – Oct. 26. Mack is also a member of the conference’s 2017 Program Planning Committee. Fornaris will be moderating, “Recent … Continue Reading

Nanette Aguirre to Speak at the Meeting of the Americas 2017 Conference

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Nanette Aguirre will participate in The Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA) Meeting of the Americas 2017 Conference on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Miami, Florida. The conference will bring together investors, allocators, and fund managers from the United States, Latin America, and Canada to discuss opportunities, debate the substantive issues surrounding the current … Continue Reading

Details on the CFTC’s New Self-Reporting Policy

On Sept. 25, 2017, the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University School of Law hosted a policy speech by James McDonald, Director of the Division of Enforcement, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. McDonald presented the CFTC’s new self-reporting and cooperation … Continue Reading

Fred Karlinsky, Rich Fidei, and Jamey Zellner Co-Author Cybersecurity Update in Reactions Magazine

Fred Karlinsky, shareholder and co-chair, Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice; Rich Fidei, shareholder; and Jamey Zellner, practice group attorney, have co-authored an cybersecurity update article in Reactions magazine. Cybersecurity has emerged over the past several years as one of, if not the greatest threat to the insurance industry, with multiple high-profile data breaches of insurance … Continue Reading

New Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate to Require the Disclosure of Ultimate Beneficial Owners of Corporations and LLCs Formed or Registered in the United States

On August 2, 2017, United States Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) jointly introduced Senate Bill 1717, entitled the “Corporate Transparency Act of 2017” (the “Act”).  The Act was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  The Act would amend Title 31 of the United States Code, to … Continue Reading

August 2017 Cybersecurity & Risk Alert from SEC

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued its third National Exam Program Risk Alert of the 2017 calendar year, detailing OCIE’s findings and observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Initiative. This Cybersecurity 2 Initiative, the name for OCIE’s second round of cybersecurity examinations, builds on OCIE’s prior 2015 Cybersecurity … Continue Reading

John Kaufmann Authors ‘Caveat Re-Emptor’

John Kaufmann, Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, has authored an article titled “Caveat Re-Emptor” for Volume 15, Issue 1 of CCH’s Journal of Taxation of Financial Products. The article examines the treatment of both “capital markets repos” (i.e., sale-repurchase transactions entered into with respect to liquid property, using standard documentation) and what he refers to as … Continue Reading

SEC and FINRA Continue to Root Out Bad Brokers

On Thursday, July 27, regulators and industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current regulatory environment, cybersecurity, and other hot topics at the SEC and FINRA’s 2017 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers. The panelists, including SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook, and Susan Axelrod, the Executive Vice President of … Continue Reading

Final Florida Insurance Legislative Report Following Final Actions by Governor

Florida Governor Rick Scott has acted on all legislation approved during the 2017 Regular Session and Special Session A. As such, we have updated our final report on insurance issues. This report provides an outline of all insurance issues that were approved and those that did not pass this year. Please note that many of … Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Resolve Circuit Split Over Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) prohibits retaliation against internal whistleblowers or only covers individuals who report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). This question has divided practitioners and lower courts alike since Dodd-Frank’s passage in 2010. As reported in our … Continue Reading

U.S. House Financial Services Committee Hearing on Flood Insurance Reform and Passes Legislation

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective.” The hearing examined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and six legislative concepts to reform the program. Witnesses discussed how the reforms would strengthen taxpayer protections; provide greater private market access, competition, and consumer choice; … Continue Reading
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