Financial Regulatory Forum

Firms must prepare for UK approved persons grilling

By Guest Contributor
May 31, 2011

Joanne Wallen

LONDON, May 31 (ThomsonReuters Accelus)

Corporate executives and directors in Britain must be prepared for increasingly rigorous interviews by the Financial Services Authority to be accepted as “approved persons” eligible to hold positions of significant responsibility in their firms.

Global regulators raise fears over exchange traded funds

By Guest Contributor
May 25, 2011

By Christopher Elias

LONDON, May 24 (Business Law Currents) Promising low tax and returns from even the most unlikely of assets, the market in exchange traded funds (ETFs) shows no sign of slowing down. Fears of systemic risk are, however, causing some global regulators to rethink the growth of synthetic ETFs.

Foreign private equity braces for rough ride to China -ANALYSIS

By Guest Contributor
May 20, 2011

Helen H. Chan

HONG KONG, May 20 (Business Law Currents) Foreign-invested private equity firms are rallying in Shanghai, eagerly awaiting the results of a second round of applications for the Qualified Foreign Limited Partners (QFLP) scheme. In recent weeks, large international buyout firms such as Blackstone and the Carlyle Group have rejoiced over being some of the first to be awarded a QFLP license.

The Rajaratnam Verdict: Tip of the Iceberg – ANALYSIS

May 18, 2011

NEW YORK, May 18 (Business Law Currents) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s trophy case gets a new addition with the conviction of Raj Rajaratnam, but shelf room is still available.

Private placements and conflicts of interest: do consenting adults need more protection? – COLUMN

By Guest Contributor
May 16, 2011

By Helen Parry, Thomson Reuters Accelus regulatory intelligence expert. The views expressed are her own.

U.S. insider cases reshape policy for U.S. companies, enforcers

May 9, 2011

David Sokol, Chairman, MidAmerican Energy Holdings, and Chairman, President, and CEO of NetJets, listens to a question during the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Dana Point, California in this April 13, 2010 file photograph. Former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol has said he did nothing wrong in buying stock in a company that he then suggested Berkshire acquire.By Erik Krusch

NEW YORK  (Business Law Currents) Inside information seems to be making its way out of the office and boardroom and onto the Street where it is parlayed into lucrative stock trades. From former hedge fund mogul Raj Rajaratnam to erstwhile Berkshire Hathaway executive and reputed Warren Buffett successor David Sokol, individuals alleged to have traded on inside information are sweating in the proverbial hot seat.

U.S. chases elusive currency-detection technology

May 4, 2011

By Brett Wolf

ST. LOUIS, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – To combat money laundering and contain the drug war raging along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities are seeking technology that can detect the hoards of cash that smugglers try to spirit abroad.

Dodd-Frank and SEC blaze new trail for credit ratings

By Guest Contributor
April 20, 2011

NEW YORK, April 19 (Westlaw Business) – Dodd-Frank’s credit-rating provisions do more than just hamstring ratings agencies; they also open new frontiers of opportunity.