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SEC (OCIE) Issues Risk Alerts Concerning Reg. BI

April 9, 2020 | Blog | By David L. Ward

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspection and Examinations (OCIE) issued two risk alerts relating to Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI).
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SEC Says No Reg. BI Extension Despite COVID-19 Concerns

April 6, 2020 | Blog | By David L. Ward

In a Statement on April 2, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, announced that the June 30, 2020 timeline for implementation of Regulation Best Interest (“Reg. BI”) will remain.
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State Securities Regulators Adapt in Response to COVID-19

April 3, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Michael Pastore

As financial professionals struggle to adapt during these trying times, securities regulators are also revising their processes and procedures to address the current realities of investor protection in the time of COVID-19 while being fair to the regulated entities.
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On March 31, 2020, the CFTC extended temporary no-action relief to foreign affiliates of certain futures commission merchants (FCMs) in further response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Material Non-Public Information in the Time of COVID-19: SEC Warning on Insider Trading

March 30, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Michael Pastore

On March 23, 2020 the SEC issued a statement warning about the risks of insider trading posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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India Orders Shutdown Impacting Millions of Outsourced Technology and Financial Sector Workers

March 26, 2020 | Alert | By Julie Korostoff, Meredith M. Leary, Laura A. Stacey

This alert discusses what companies outsourcing critical business process functions to India should do in light of the Indian government’s order that telecom, IT, and other technology companies should, as far as possible, work from home.
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On March 23, 2020, the New York Senate proposed legislation that would forever waive rent payment obligations and mortgage payment obligations due from certain residential tenants and small business commercial tenants for 90 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This alert covers new DSIO temporary relief to a major insured depository institution (IDI) and commodity pool operators related to COVID-19 as well as temporary relief from the NFA to CPO members.
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This alert outlines the conditions set forth in the DSIO and DMO’s no-action letters providing temporary relief to market participants facing COVID-19–related challenges.
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Regulatory Update for NFA and FINRA Member Firms — COVID-19

March 18, 2020 | Alert | By Therese Doherty, Kara M. Cormier, Jason Burrell

This alert from the Mintz Financial Services Practice reviews the recent relief and guidance provided for NFA and FINRA member firms related to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Massachusetts Securities Division Expands Jurisdiction to Non-Securities

February 10, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, David L. Ward

The Enforcement Section of the Massachusetts Securities Division (“MSD”) recently filed an Administrative Complaint against Ryan Patrick Skinner (“Skinner”) and related entities Summit Financial Partners and Summit Financial Ptrs Inc of Woburn, MA (together, “Summit”). 
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Guidance Clarifying Abusiveness Standard

January 27, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Michael Pastore

During the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) symposium series in June 2019, the featured panel discussed whether it was necessary for the Bureau to further define “abusive acts or practices” under the Dodd-Frank Act.
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2020 Exam Priorities of Financial Services Industry

January 22, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, David L. Ward, Michael Pastore

As they do at this time each year, the SEC Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (“SEC”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently announced their examination priorities for 2020.
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This post explains how to set up and monitor a retirement plan fiduciary committee in a manner that insulates the plan sponsor’s board and senior management from unnecessary fiduciary exposure.
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Open Enrollment is fast approaching and the landscape with be notably different than in years past. From the introduction of short-term plans and association health plans to proposals to allow for greater use of health reimbursement arrangements, the strength of the Marketplace will be tested and will inform future policy considerations. We cover this and more in this week's health care preview.
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Six Things to Know About the New Section 1332 Waiver Guidance

October 25, 2018 | Blog | By David Chorney

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) released new guidelines (the “Guidance”) on the application and approval process for states seeking waivers through Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) from certain requirements for health plans issued under the ACA. The Guidance replaces guidelines issued under the Obama Administration and previously published on December 16, 2015. This post highlights how the Guidance differs from the Obama Administration guidelines and what those differences will mean for states seeking Section 1332 waivers.
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Liability Insurer’s Contractual Right to Settle

December 14, 2017 | Advisory | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, applying New Hampshire law, held that a professional liability insurer did not breach the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by settling a New Hampshire medical malpractice suit over its insured’s objection. 
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InsureTech Connect 2017 Panel Discussion: Maximizing Profits via Products and Alternative Business Model Innovation

October 9, 2017 | Article | By Heidi Lawson, Gregory Hoffnagle, Jacquelyn Burke

After being in the insurance industry for several decades in a variety of roles, I frequently get asked which insurtechs I think are going to be successful.
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How Insurtechs Maximize Profits and Competitive Advantage

June 21, 2017 | Advisory | By Heidi Lawson

The potential to disrupt the historic insurance industry model has made insurtech one of the hottest new areas of innovation and investment, with entrepreneurs developing technologies at a breakneck pace and venture capital firms seeking to put investment dollars behind an exciting range of new products and services aimed at efficiencies and cost savings.
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From May 22-26 Mintz Levin participated in the annual NAIC Insurance Summit in Kansas City. A main theme of this year’s Summit was technology and innovation. The Summit was remarkable in that it served as a meeting grounds for key market players: technology incumbents, such as insurers, insurtech start-ups, venture capital firms, accelerators, producers and regulators.
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