The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) has – nearly two years overdue – finally published its long awaited report to Congress on its recommendations for the modernization of insurance regulation in the United States. The broadly ranging 65-page report identifies limitations in the current state-based regulatory model but does not recommend that federal regulation should displace state

On March 27, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (of the JOBS Act as it is more popularly known). President Obama is expected to sign the Act shortly. The Act is intended to facilitate capital-raising by reducing regulatory burdens. The Act also introduces changes designed to ease the

You may have seen May 2, 2011 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Overhaul Grows and Slow” (here), which described the backlog developing as regulators struggle to meet the rule-making deadlines mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. The article itself was interesting enough, but if you really want to appreciate the daunting task regulators face, you

In our era, the burgeoning BRIC countries represent the developing economies forcing their way onto the global stage and arguably even threatening to dominate the financial arena in the decades ahead. It is hard to remember now, but in the late 19th century, the developing economy that was pushing its way into the global

My weekend reading over the Memorial Day holiday included a hefty selection from the stack of law firm memos that accumulated in my inbox in recent weeks. Many of the most recent memos related to the Senate’s passage of its version of the financial reform legislation, but the memos also reflected a variety of other

One consequence of the current economic crisis that has long seemed inevitable is some form of legislative overhaul of the financial regulatory system. This possibility may have taken one step toward realization with the October 1 release of a package of legislative proposals by Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski, the Chairman of the

Do private securities lawsuits play an important role in deterring fraud and compensating defrauded investors, or are they simply wasteful and ineffective? These were the questions that on October 23, 2008 Stanford Law School Professor Joseph Grundfest and Duke Law School Professor James Cox debated in New York at the Forum for Institutional Investors sponsored

The intervening subprime meltdown makes it seem longer ago than it really was, but it was only a short time ago that regulatory reform was a very hot topic (as noted, for example, here). Dramatic intervening events have advanced other priorities. Indeed, efforts to increase rather than reduce financial markets regulation seem to be

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket In recent months, several blue ribbon panels, concerned about the competitiveness of the U.S. securities markets, have proposed reforming U.S. securities regulation, on the theory that the regulatory burden that has driven overseas companies to list their shares outside the U.S. As I have discussed at length previously (most recently here), there are a