Tag Archives | Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Yet Another Rule to Discourage Companies From Going Public

There has always been a tension between regulating the capital markets to protect the public and making capital formation more efficient. While I was focusing on Tuesday’s meeting SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies discussing changes to private placements, the SEC passed another rule that smacks public companies. Now public companies need to […]

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Action in Congress

Robert Kaiser was granted rare access to the action behind the scenes of the creation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Act of Congress is an enjoyable study of the enactment of that law, used as tool to explore how Congress works, and largely how it it doesn’t work. Kaiser was already an […]

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Dodd-Frank a year on: Where is the compliance industry now?

These are my notes from the Private Fund Compliance Forum 2013. They are live notes, so excuse the typos. David Smolen, Chief Compliance Officer, Silver Lake Brynn Peltz, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP Roman A. Bejger, Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Providence Equity Partners, LLC Michael Barnes, Senior Manager, Financial Services, Ernst & Young LLP Fund […]

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First the SEC, Now the CFTC

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is getting ready to land its second regulatory punch to private equity funds. The first was the registration requirement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The second is the upcoming registration requirement with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Two recent developments pull fund managers into the […]

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Whistleblower Only Has to Believe There is Something Wrong

Whistleblower rights are growing stronger. The recent award of a reward in excess of $100 million to a whistleblower will certainly attract those looking for financial reward. Dodd-Frank not only increased the chances of getting a reward, it also provided broader rights to employees and the courts are starting to rule strongly in favor of […]

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Financial Illiteracy Found in Study of Financial Literacy

“Understanding the needs of investors is critical to carrying out the Commission’s investor protection mission,” said SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro. Section 917 of Dodd-Frank required the SEC to study the existing level of financial literacy among retail investors. The study was recently released and paints an ugly picture. Here’s a key quote: These studies […]

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Preliminary Results of Dodd-Frank Act Changes to Investment Adviser Registration Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission has released some statistics on the effect of Dodd-Frank on the registration of investment advisers (.pdf). March 30, 2012 was the compliance date for several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that amended the registration provisions of the Investment Advisers Act. Registered private fund advisers advise 30,617 private funds with total […]

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How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform

I’m sure you heard in the news that JP Morgan lost $2 billion in a trades using complex derivatives tied to corporate bond defaults. But didn’t we fix this two years ago when Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act? It seems like JP Morgan’s mistakes should be the first test […]

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Are You Systemically Important?

The first step in figuring out if a financial company is too big to fail, is to figure what it means to be “big”.  Section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act authorizes the Financial Stability Oversight Council to determine that a nonbank financial company will be subject to supervision by […]

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Proposed Identity Theft Red Flags Rules

Identity theft is a serious problem. Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act increased the scope of firms that would be subject to federal regulatory requirements on identity theft rules. The Securities Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission just published a proposed rule addressing that new scope. Section […]

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