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Up to the challenge: Investing in banks

Despite bleak growth prospects for banks after the global financial crisis, financial sponsors have embraced the opportunities the restructuring of the banking sector has provided, and have proven themselves adept at managing...more

Outlook: What does the future hold?

Historically, financial sponsors approached financial services investments with caution. Since the financial crisis, however, things have changed, creating valuable opportunities for financial sponsors to invest in a sector...more

UK Banking Regulator Finalizes Rules Requiring Adherence to Contractual Stay

On November 13, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a final policy statement titled “Contractual Stays in Financial Contracts Governed by Third-Country Law” (the PRA Policy Statement). These...more

FSB reports on shadow banking

FSB has published a suite of papers on shadow banking. The papers comprise: - a progress report on actions taken to implement FSB’s two-pronged strategy to address financial stability concerns associated with shadow...more

ESMA Issues Public Statement on Collateralization of Bank Guarantees for Energy Derivatives

On November 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement (Public Statement) regarding its decision not to extend the current three year grace period which permits non-financial firms to...more

FSB publishes global securities financing standards and processes

FSB has published its report on standards and processes for global securities financing data collection and aggregation. FSB highlighted the importance of securities financing transactions in supporting price discovery and...more

Commission makes CCP equivalence decisions

The Commission has adopted equivalence decisions for the regulatory regimes for CCPs in Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico and South Korea. CCPs from these jurisdictions wishing to obtain EU recognition can now apply...more

ESMA Publishes MiFID II Delay Analysis

As discussed in last week’s Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, on November 18, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a note relating to delays in the “go-live date” of certain Markets in Financial...more

Don't believe the hype

Fiduciary assets may not be the most obviously attractive business units within financial services, but steady profits and the opportunity for consolidation are enough to keep financial sponsors interested. Some of the...more

A new alternative

Traditionally, private equity investors kept their distance from the financial services sector due in part to its complexity, high capital requirements and a heavily regulated environment. The banking collapse in 2008,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 214-Felipe Sousa [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brazilian journalist Felipe Sousa on his observations about the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil and the ongoing Petrobras scandal....more

Financial institutions M&A: How financial sponsors are changing the landscape in Europe - Is current interest in financial...

Financial sponsor activity in European financial services M&A has never been stronger. According to Mergermaket, during the first ten months of 2015, private equity buyouts accounted for 20 percent of all European M&A...more

ESMA updates EMIR data reporting TS

ESMA has updated its TS on the data reporting requirements under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Since it created the original standards ESMA has issued a set of Q&As on elements of the reporting...more

ESMA consults on CRA methodologies

ESMA has issued a discussion paper on the validation and review of Credit Rating Agencies’ (CRAs) methodologies. The consultation seeks stakeholder views on how CRAs should demonstrate rating methodologies’ “discriminatory...more

ESMA updates MiFID protocol

ESMA has updated its protocol on the operation of its database for publishing market transparency calculations under the MiFID Implementing Regulation....more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

ESMA writes to Commission on MiFID 2 delays

ESMA has written to the Commission setting out areas of MiFID 2 that it thinks will in practice be challenging or impossible to have in place by the current “go-live” date. It has noted several requirements that will involve...more

What's In A Name? The Case Of "On-Demand" Performance Bonds

A bank's attempt to characterise performance bonds as guarantees failed in a further example of the English Court's strict approach to construction of "on-demand" payment obligations. In a decision which provides some...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

The Attacks in Paris and AML Compliance

The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the...more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Provides Insight on Corporate Compliance and the Fraud Section’s New Compliance Expert

On November 2, at a speech at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society New York Regional Seminar, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell discussed compliance issues...more

Global Tax News - November 2015

HANDS OFF DIGITAL CURRENCIES! CANADA’S SENATE CALLS FOR A LIGHT REGULATORY APPROACH Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have grown into a worldwide phenomenon...more

Technological Change and Economic Growth

Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zynga, Airbnb, Uber etc etc. These are all companies that have come from nowhere and are now market leaders in an increasingly mobile and digital world. They have built their brands and...more

Investing in Russia Guide

Dentons Moscow office has recently issued Investing in Russia Guide for companies and financial institutions considering investments in Russia. The report on the legal framework for investments covers corporate, real estate,...more

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