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SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter on Index Fund Investments in Insurance Companies and Securities Related Businesses

SEC staff expands upon prior no-action positions to permit funds that track a third-party index to invest in insurance companies and securities related businesses beyond the limitations set forth in Sections 12(d)(2) and...more

Poland: new tax on banks and other financial institutions

Poland’s Banking Tax Act, introducing a tax on banks and insurance companies in Poland, is in force. The Banking Tax Act applies to selected financial institutions - domestic banks, consumer lending institutions and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 5 - March 2016 (Global)

The buzz phrase of the moment in the financial services industry is robo adviser. On Monday, February 29, The Wall Street Journal published a Journal Report in the Personal Finance Section of that day’s newspaper. The...more

Ninth Circuit Finds No Reliance On Auditor’s Qualified Opinions

In 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Danny Pang and his two companies for allegedly defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars by misrepresenting investments in the life insurance policies of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #13

Treasury renews TAFA designation - Treasury has renewed two designations under the Terrorist Asset Financing etc Act (TAFA). (Source: Treasury renews TAFA designation)... DBIS updates PSC guidance - DBIS has...more

New Rules for 831(b) Captive Insurance Companies

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act), as part of a 2016 appropriations bill. The PATH Act includes significant changes to Internal Revenue Code section...more

The Long Long Game: The EU Financial Regulatory Agenda Into 2016 and Beyond

2016 will mark the eighth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the raft of regulatory reforms introduced in the aftermath of that event and the wider financial crisis will continue to be implemented during the...more

Asset protection: Back to basics

Asset protection trusts can be highly effective vehicles for protecting wealth in today’s litigious society. But these trusts can be complex and expensive, so they’re not right for everyone. For those seeking simpler asset...more

Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2016

When interest rates are low, it’s high time for estate planning - Interest rates remain at record lows, and while many experts believe they’ll begin to rise soon, it’s likely they’ll rise slowly. So it’s an ideal time to...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2015

Financial institutions in Canada witnessed yet another year of significant growth in legislation and regulatory guidance impacting their operations, while the financial marketplace is continuing to adapt to the impact of...more

Blog: UK’s PRA publishes Questions & Answers on the Senior Insurance Managers Regime

The UK’s PRA has published a set of Q&As on the Senior Insurance Managers Regime that are well worth reading if you outsource your internal audit or actuarial functions, and you’re still struggling to make sense of the rules...more

Reflections on the Yates Memo

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a potential game-changing enforcement policy to DOJ staff on 9 September 2015 called ‘Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing’ (the Yates Memo). The Memo, publicised...more

Life and Annuity Series: Trend in Excessive Fee Decisions

The trend of excessive fee decisions relating to the insurance industry continues: - ..In re Davis New York Venture Fund Fee Litigation—The SDNY's opinion denying the motion to dismiss is notable for two...more

As Litigation Risk Increases, Private Equity Sponsors Should Re-Evaluate Their Professional Liability Insurance Programs

Private equity fund sponsors are facing increased litigation risk from regulators and private parties, including limited partners and stakeholders in portfolio companies.  As a result, private equity firms should re-examine...more

Exchange International: Financial Services Regulation Newsletter - Issue 27

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory Team welcomes you to the twenty-seventh edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in...more

Special Focus: What The Insurance Industry Should Know About The IRS’s Campaign Against “Abusive” Micro Captives

Though in the midst of a stifling budget and personnel reduction, the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced an increased effort to curb what it sees as widespread abusive applications of so-called...more

Texas Enacts Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) Requirements for Texas Insurers

On May 19, 2015, Governor Abbott signed into law the Texas version of the NAIC’s Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA), which became effectively immediately and will be codified in Chapter 830 of the Texas Insurance Code....more

Does Your Ethics & Compliance Policy Management Work? [Survey Says...]

The most definitive set of benchmarking data on ethics and compliance policy management ever compiled: NAVEX Global conducted an anonymous survey of nearly 900 ethics and compliance professionals about policy...more

Commerce Department Extends Deadline for BE-10 Reports and Important Clarifications for Asset Managers and Insurance Companies

On Thursday, May 28, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued an automatic one month extension to all first time filers of the BE-10 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad. The extension grant, coming one day...more

[Complimentary Research Report] NAVEX Global's 2015 E&C Policy Management Benchmark Report

Policy management has been — and remains — a maturing business practice. As a result, many compliance professionals are not working against industry benchmarks to answer such questions as: - How much are other...more

[Webinar] Peeling Back the Curtain: Working with Your Legal Department to Optimize Your Relationship With Your Outside Law Firms -...

The pressure between managing external legal costs and efficient execution of your company’s legal tasks while maintaining a successful relationship with your outside law firms can be a challenge. In this webinar, we examine...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #5

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Northstar v. Schwab. On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of Schwab Investments’ (Schwab) for rehearing and rehearing en banc in the case of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued On Hedge Fund Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing what constitutes the “active conduct of an insurance business” for purposes of the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules (the...more

NAIC Update – Spring 2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its first national meeting for 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 26 through March 31. Noteworthy new initiatives include cybersecurity, price optimization and...more

"MassMutual Victory May Pave the Way for Earlier Deductions"

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), represented by Skadden, won a federal appeal permitting the company to deduct policyholder dividends in the year the dividends were declared, even...more

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