The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has issued a notice dated March 20, 2014 requesting comments on whether the BCSC should consider adopting an exemption which would allow equity financings of small amounts raised from many individuals (as a form of Crowdfunding) through online portals (Portals) to be exempt from the prospectus requirements.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch, last month, three wealth managers, Eric St-Cyr, Joshua VanDyk and Patrick Poulin were arrested in Miami and charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder money on behalf of U.S. Clients.
As we previously reported, the House Financial Services Committee has been interested in the specific methodology and metrics used by the CFPB in its disparate impact analysis under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. On March 7, Chairman Hensarling sent a letter to Director Cordray seeking a response to the Committee’s questions, and it appears the CFPB has yet to respond to the letter.
CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”
At the Practicing Law Institute’s 19th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute held on Monday in New York City, Meredith Fuchs, Associate Director & General Counsel for the CFPB delivered the opening keynote address, which touched on a number of topics regarding current areas of interest of the CFPB and provided updates on where several of such initiatives are heading.
As Bret Leone-Quick discussed in a post last week, the SEC has been stepping up its scrutiny of municipal bond offerings. Indeed, in the last year the SEC has filed a number of enforcement actions against municipal bond issuers and underwriters.
The Council of the EU has published a note setting out a summary record of a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), held on 1 April 2014.
When I first looked at Judge Murphy’s (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys’ fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was disappointed, though the Judge was following a mandate from the Court of Appeals..