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SEC Brings Over 800 Enforcement Actions in FY2015

October 26th, 2015

With the 2015 Fiscal Year (FY) now closed, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its tally of enforcement actions.  Over the past year, the agency brought an incredible 807 enforcement actions covering a “wide range of misconduct.”  The SEC highlighted the “significant number of high-impact and first-of-their kind actions” […]

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SEC & DOJ Revise FCPA Resource Guide for the First Time

August 26th, 2015

This summer, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) revised the agencies’ manual for anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance.  The Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was originally published in 2012. This year’s changes mark the first time the agencies have sought to […]

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FCA Launches Financial Advice Review in Hopes of Regulatory Reform

August 26th, 2015

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently developing a new counsel position within its Criminal Division.  Counsel will serve as a corporate compliance program expert.  News reports suggest that the new hire will come from within the agency.  The DOJ has confirmed that a candidate has already been selected […]

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Support is Gaining for US Oil Exports

August 11th, 2015

For more than four decades the United States (US) has maintained a ban on international crude oil exports from domestic producers.  But with global oil prices in turmoil and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumping oil at a three-year high, some US stakeholders are considering a change to […]

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Energy Lending on the Decline

May 7th, 2015

In April, the Federal Reserve published its Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices, which discusses various areas of consumer and corporate lending. The central bank’s survey found that the drop off in oil prices over the past year, has hit energy firms hard and negatively impacted industry […]

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CFTC Hosts Open Meeting to “Fine Tune” Rules on Derivatives

November 4th, 2014

Yesterday the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) convened an open meeting to clarify provisions of the agency’s recent derivatives rules.  During the meeting, participants proposed minor tweaks to the rules to alleviate the regulatory burden for smaller users in the derivatives market. Specifically, the meeting discussed when residual interest should […]

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