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Banking

  • October 18, 2018

    CFTC Threatens To Block EU Banks From Exchanges Over Brexit

    The head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has threatened to deny Europe's financial services firms access to U.S. futures markets unless the European Union drops new plans for the oversight of foreign clearing houses after Brexit.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ex-Fed Agent Can't Ditch Silk Road Bitcoin Theft Sentence

    A California federal judge Wednesday denied an ex-Secret Service agent’s bid to vacate a nearly six-year sentence for stealing bitcoin during an investigation of black market website Silk Road, saying the law enforcement officer “knowingly and voluntarily” entered into his plea deal and his counsel “was not ineffective.”

  • October 17, 2018

    Master Account Suit Of 'Narrow Bank' Isn't Ripe: NY Fed​​​​​​​

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday previewed its anticipated bid to escape a lawsuit from a new “narrow bank” that alleges it’s been unfairly blocked from receiving a Fed master account, telling a Manhattan federal judge that the case is premature because the bank’s application is still under review.

  • October 17, 2018

    NY Times Urges Judge To Unseal Docs In Trump Dossier Row

    The New York Times asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to unseal documents filed by both sides of a Russian tech executive’s defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting? (This article is part of a series examining gender gaps at the high court.)

  • October 17, 2018

    Treasury Declines To Name China A Currency Manipulator

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury declined to name China as a currency manipulator in its semiannual report Wednesday amid growing trade tensions with Beijing, but nevertheless gave a stern warning about the overall weakness of the Chinese currency renminbi and the lack of transparency in its monetary system.

  • October 17, 2018

    FirstEnergy's Bankrupt Units Seek OK For $25M Credit Deal

    FirstEnergy’s bankrupt power generation subsidiaries have asked an Ohio bankruptcy court to allow them to take out up to $25 million in letters of credit, saying the credit will help to keep the company’s seven power plants in operation.

  • October 17, 2018

    FSOC Pulls SIFI Tag From Prudential, Last Nonbank To Have It

    The Financial Stability Oversight Council said Wednesday that it has decided to rescind insurer Prudential Financial Inc.’s designation as a systemically important financial institution, freeing it from enhanced regulatory supervision and leaving no nonbank financial firms classified as “too big to fail.”

  • October 17, 2018

    Gov't Ready For Manafort Sentencing On Some Counts

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said they are ready to schedule a sentencing hearing for President Donald Trump's former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, but said they want to keep open their option to retry Manafort on 10 counts that left a Virginia federal jury deadlocked in August.

  • October 17, 2018

    KKR's Auction Abuse Claims Dismissed As 'Joke' In Apt. Row

    A New York state judge gleefully smacked down counterclaims — including one he called “a joke” — on Wednesday against a real estate owner and manager that sued KKR & Co. LP and investment bank Macquarie for allegedly rigging an auction for $100 million in Texas property.

  • October 17, 2018

    FinCEN Staffer Arrested For BuzzFeed Russia Probe Leaks

    An employee at the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network was arrested on Wednesday on charges of revealing banks' suspicious activity reports on transactions by Paul Manafort and an indicted Russian operative to an investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News.

  • October 17, 2018

    2 Ex-Deutsche Traders Convicted Of Libor-Rigging

    A Manhattan federal jury on Wednesday convicted two former Deutsche Bank AG traders of rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate to benefit their trading positions, setting the stage for a protracted legal fight over whether or not the trial was tainted by compelled testimony.  

  • October 17, 2018

    Ex-State Street Exec Promises Precedent-Setting Appeal

    After being sentenced to 18 months in prison, a former State Street Corp. executive who was convicted of stealing millions from international clients asked a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday for his freedom pending an appeal that he promises will include multiple issues that have not yet been addressed by the First Circuit.

  • October 16, 2018

    SEC Comes Up Short In Fraud Case Against RD Legal Capital

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge on Monday shot down much of the agency’s case alleging that fund manager RD Legal Capital LLC and its owner misled investors about their hedge funds’ legal receivables investments, ruling that while some misrepresentations had been made, they hadn’t been made with fraudulent intent.

  • October 16, 2018

    Ex-Equifax Engineer Gets House Arrest For Insider Trading

    A former Equifax Inc. software development manager who pled guilty over the summer to making a nearly $76,000 profit on inside knowledge of the credit reporting giant's headline-grabbing data breach was sentenced in Georgia federal court on Tuesday to eight months of home confinement.

  • October 16, 2018

    K&L Gates Repped Both Tech Co. And Its Lenders, Suit Says

    K&L Gates LLP was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday in Texas state court by former client Quantum Materials Corp., which alleges the firm committed malpractice through its simultaneous representation of it and its lenders in a payment dispute.

  • October 16, 2018

    Royal Park Pushes For Sampling In Deutsche Bank RMBS Suit

    Royal Park Investments SA/NV has taken aim at a New York federal magistrate judge’s recent decision denying its request to allow loan sampling-related discovery in its suit over Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s alleged blunders as trustee for 10 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts, arguing that this rejection should itself be rejected.

  • October 16, 2018

    NY High Court Says Deutsche RMBS Claims Still Untimely

    New York state’s highest court on Tuesday upheld a trial judge’s dismissal of a Deutsche Bank trustee’s suit against Quicken Loans Inc. over the credit quality of securitized residential mortgage loans that held an initial balance of $33 million, agreeing with a lower appellate court that the breach of contract action was untimely.

  • October 16, 2018

    Iranian Businessman Says Feds Have Privileged Docs

    Lawyers for a businessman accused of violating U.S. sanctions by helping an Iranian firm route the proceeds of a housing project in Venezuela through American banks told a New York federal judge Tuesday that they identified several problems with the prosecution's case, including possible breaches of marital privilege and attorney-client privilege.

  • October 16, 2018

    NYSE, Nasdaq Didn’t Justify Market Data Fees, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that NYSE Arca Inc. and Nasdaq Stock Market LLC have failed to justify the fees for their proprietary data products, but the securities regulator didn't rule that the prices were necessarily unreasonable.

Expert Analysis

  • How FTC Is Stepping Up Its Consumer Protection Efforts

    Jonice Gray Tucker

    The Federal Trade Commission, which once dominated the playing field on many consumer protection issues, appears poised to reclaim a more active role in connection with financial products and services, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Class Arbitration Goes To The Supreme Court

    Jay Bogan

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Varela v. Lamps Plus that the Federal Arbitration Act displaces contractual interpretation rules likely would vacate the Eleventh Circuit's recent JPay decision, says James Bogan of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Studying The Reactions To SEC's Whistleblower Proposals

    Kathleen Massey

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to the rules governing its whistleblower incentive and protection program. Kathleen Massey of Dechert LLP examines the key issues raised by the public comments filed in response, and what to expect from the final rules.

  • What Financial Cos. Can Expect If Democrats Win House

    Aaron Cutler

    It is widely expected that Democrats will take control of the House in the midterm elections, and a Democratic House Financial Services Committee will likely launch a broad range of investigations, particularly relating to consumer-facing issues, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • Tax Evasion Knows No Borders

    Kim Marie Boylan

    The former CEO of a U.K. bank recently pled guilty to charges under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, following a U.S. Department of Justice sting operation spanning several countries. The conviction sends a clear message that U.S. authorities will prosecute not only U.S. account holders, but those who facilitate tax evasion, whatever their nationality, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Do VPNs Spell Market Manipulation For Crypto Exchanges?

    Richard Malish

    Virtual private networks are a critical tool for privacy-minded cryptocurrency traders, but based on the New York attorney general's recent findings that VPNs may permit market manipulation, it would not be surprising if cryptocurrency exchanges are soon asked to explain their VPN access policies, says Richard Malish of NICE Actimize.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.