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Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a...more

Colorado Mining Company Announces FCPA Investigation

Recently, a gold mining company based in Colorado disclosed in its quarterly filings an investigation of certain business activities of the company and its affiliates outside the U.S. for possible violations of the FCPA....more

State Tax Fallout From Federal Proposed Related-Party Debt Regulations

Recently proposed Treasury regulations under IRC § 385 (the Proposed Regulations) would create sweeping changes to the federal income tax treatment of related-party debt. The Proposed Regulations could also have far-reaching...more

Latin American countries focus on new legislation around tax and transfer pricing – independence limitations in Ecuador

A recent report published by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) calculated that Latin American countries have lost more than US$98 billion in tax revenues simply due to...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

The New FCA Whistleblower Rules: What You Need to Know

In October 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), published new rules in relation to whistleblowing channels in banks and other financial institutions to encourage a...more

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting - Coming Soon to a Domestic Entity Near You

When Form 8938 reporting for foreign financial assets of U.S. taxpayers was first imposed a few years, only U.S. individuals were subject to it. The IRS has now issued final regulations that will commence reporting by...more

U.S. Manufacturing Continues as World Leader

The latest Research Briefing from Oxford Economics claims that the U.S. manufacturing sector is “the most competitive worldwide.” Pretty strong statement there. Reading the news, one would find it hard to believe, so let’s...more

Industry Associations Publish Format for Information Statement Under EU Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

A form of information statement for usage by collateral takers was jointly published by five industry associations. This is aimed at facilitating compliance with disclosure requirements under the European Union's Securities...more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Publishes Updated Asset Classification Letter

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association published an updated ISDA European Markets Infrastructure Regulation Classification Letter. The purpose of the Classification Letter is to assist market participants in...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Announce First EU-wide Stress Tests for EU CCPs

The European Securities and Markets Authority announced it will publish its first EU-wide stress tests for EU Central Counterparties. Under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation ESMA is mandated to conduct stress...more

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial in a market manipulation case. The trial followed a series of settlements and a grant of summary judgment in the Commission’s favor as to one defendant. The remaining defendant, a former NFL...more

Lessons From The First S7 UK Bribery Act Case

Sweett Group plc has been ordered to pay GBP 2.25 million in penalties after pleading guilty to a failure to prevent bribery. From a hotel in the United Arab Emirates to Southwark Crown Court, the reach of the “toughest...more

Hong Kong Market Misconduct: SFC Extends Enforcement Power to Insider Dealing in Overseas Listed Securities – Part 2

Section 300 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (the “SFO”) prohibits the use of fraudulent or deceptive schemes or engagement in any practice which is fraudulent or deceptive “in a transaction involving securities,...more

Treasury Targets Related-Party Debt with Proposed Regulations to Treat Debt as Equity

Proposed regulations would establish a sweeping framework to treat debt as equity in an effort to curb the use of “excessive” related-party debt. On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the...more

PowerPoint Slides: Webinar on Recent Trends and Developments Affecting the IT Services and E-Commerce Sector Between the U.S. and...

Leading law firms Pepper Hamilton and Khaitan & Co. joined together on this webinar to discuss: • Start-Up India - India’s newly adopted regime for start-ups and what it means for foreign investors and IT and e-commerce...more

Video: Webinar on Recent Trends and Developments Affecting the IT Services and E-Commerce Sector Between the U.S. and India [Video]

Leading law firms Pepper Hamilton and Khaitan & Co. joined together on this webinar to discuss: • Start-Up India - India’s newly adopted regime for start-ups and what it means for foreign investors and IT and e-commerce...more

The Panama Papers: Managing Corporate Risk and Uncertainty

On April 3, 2016, it became public that an anonymous source had leaked 11 million confidential documents, known as the “Panama Papers,” belonging to the Panama-headquartered international law firm Mossack Fonseca. As more of...more

Brexit – Legal Consequences For Commercial Parties: Derivatives – Possible Implications

This article aims to highlight some of the areas in which Brexit may impact the derivatives markets and discusses possible documentation, regulatory and legal implications. However, it is important to note that the particular...more

The Panama Papers: Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

On April 3, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) published more than 11.5 million documents connected to Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm that helped establish offshore financial...more

Will the New Cooperative Securities Regulator Get Off the Ground? Silence from New Government Prompts Doubts

In the five months since the federal Liberal government took office, it has remained largely silent on the future of the cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System), even as Alberta and Quebec maintain...more

Structuring Foreign Investments: Who Qualifies As An "Investor" Under A Bilateral Investment Treaty?

The decision in Gold Reserve Inc v Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela [2016] EWHC 153 (Comm) interprets the public international law concept of “investor” and is particularly relevant to those seeking to structure foreign...more

What You Need To Know About The FCA’s Business Plan For 2016/17

On 5 April 2016, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its Business Plan for 2016/17. The Business Plan sets out a roadmap for the FCA’s principal areas of focus over the coming year. Overall, there was...more

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