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Global Tax News - January 2015

A SWIFT LOOK AT OECD’S DISCUSSION DRAFTS ON BEPS PLUS ONE CHART SETTING OUT TIMELINES - During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to...more

Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

Are VIEs Finished?

On January 19, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released the draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Law”) for public comment. The public consultation period will end on February 17, 2015, after which the...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers

On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to net capital and financial reporting requirements under Commission...more

"Election Results Bring Hope for Significant Changes in India and Indonesia"

This past year brought important political changes for the two largest economies in South/Southeast Asia. Although significant challenges remain, the election of a new government in India and a new president in Indonesia have...more

Draft of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

On Jan. 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) published the draft of the Foreign Investment Law (“draft”) to solicit public comments. The draft, once finalized, will replace the existing Foreign Invested...more

SFC Guidance on Corporate Professional Investors Assessment and Description of Services in Client Agreements

On 22 January 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) issued a set of frequently asked questions to provide practical guidance on the criteria and application of the new principles based assessment for...more

IRS Announces That More Than 50,000 Have Enrolled In OVDP; Amnesty Program To Remain Open Indefinitely

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled its latest statistics on participation in its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), an amnesty program for taxpayers with undisclosed foreign bank accounts that has...more

2015: This Is The Year Ahead: Summary Of Likely Trends And Legislative Developments Across Asia This Year

In This Issue: China; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; and Singapore. Excerpt from Korea: The Korean government is proposing to amend the Employee Retirement Benefit Securities Act to promote the implementation...more

EU Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments from 2017 Onwards

The European Commission has recently issued a supplementary regulation relating to regulatory technical standards on disclosure requirements for structured finance instruments. The disclosure requirements cover structured...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas....more

"European High-Yield Market Looks Strong Coming Off Record Year"

Investor enthusiasm in Europe for high-yield bonds reached a peak in July 2014, followed by a quiet August and September before the market returned, driven by M&A activity. Despite an inconsistent year, European high-yield...more

A swift look at the OECD discussion drafts on BEPS plus one chart setting out timelines

During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to financials, the OECD released several BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) discussion drafts,...more

Diverted Profits Tax and You: What does it mean?

A New Tax on doing business in or through the UK - The UK is on course to enact a new tax (the "DPT") with extraterritorial scope which will apply to profits arising on or after 1 April 2015 and will be applied at a...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Releases Community Reinvestment Act Evaluations - Amendment to Regulation on Supervisory Reporting of Institutions on Asset Encumbrance, Single Data...more

"United States: International Cooperation, Anti-Corruption and Tax Remain Key Issues for Enforcement Authorities"

U.S. authorities continue to aggressively pursue cross-border investigations and to scrutinize closely the compliance programs of multinational corporations. Investigative activity by U.S. authorities in 2014 was particularly...more

CMBS – it’s time to dance to the beat!

During the European Autumn CREFC conference, a panel of leading CMBS participants were posed the question of whether European CMBS was stuck at the bar while the market danced. The general consensus of the panel was that...more

Third Circuit Defines "Extraterritorial" Applicability of Federal Securities Laws in United States v. Georgiou

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit added its voice yesterday to the ongoing judicial effort to construe the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, concerning the extent to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Capital Requirements (Capital Buffers and Macro-prudential Measures) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 published - On January 13, 2015, the Capital Requirements (Capital Buffers and Macro-prudential Measures) (Amendment)...more

"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a...more

"Shanghai-HK Connect Opens Possibilities for Companies Looking to Tap Chinese Investor Demand"

November 17, 2014, marked the first day of trading under the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, a mutual market access platform that effectively opens the Hong Kong market to mainland Chinese investors. The Shanghai-HK Connect...more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 1 - January 26 , 2015

In This Issue: - FINRA Releases 2015 Regulatory and Exam Priorities Letter: Structured Products Remain an Area of Focus - OCIE Exam Priorities: 2015 - In Re: TVIX Securities Litigation - Second...more

Bitcoin – The Ever “Curiouser and Curiouser” Bitcoin Wonderland – Part Eleven

“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny. In the United States, the recent establishment of the Digital Currency...more

Preparing for the 2015 AGM and reporting season

As the 2015 AGM and reporting season gets underway, this bulletin gives an overview of the key changes affecting listed companies. Directors' remuneration report The 2015 AGM season will see the second year of...more

"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry...more

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