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OFSI to impose higher fines for UK sanctions breaches

In a statement published on 1 December 2016, HM Treasury's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ("OFSI") has confirmed that it will be able to impose higher monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions in...more

Commerce Department Investigates Evasion of Steel Duties

On November 14 and 17, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published initiation notices for anti-circumvention inquiries on the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel and cold-rolled...more

Changes to Chile’s Competition Law

Chile has amended its Competition Law to “consolidate [its] leadership as a sophisticated agency in Latin America.” The amendments, which were published in a new law on 30 August 2016, include the introduction of...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

NY Court of Appeals Finds Personal Jurisdiction Based on Use of NY Correspondent Bank Accounts

A sharply divided New York Court of Appeals recently held that defendants who allegedly made intentional and repeated use of New York correspondent bank accounts for money laundering thereby purposefully transacted business...more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate...more

TPP and Other Trade and Manufacturing Issues Front and Center After Election

Donald Trump’s opposition to trade deals, including the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), were key components of his stump speeches and talking points throughout the campaign. His position on trade and manufacturing...more

Five Things You Should Know for 2017 About Cross-Border IP Licensing and Insolvency Law

Brexit. Trump. The year 2016 can be characterized as one of unpredicted results and impending uncertainty. In June, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union and in November, a tumultuous presidential campaign in...more

Four Points And A Stick: What You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

It's coming. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on May 25, 2018. If your business involves processing EU citizen data, you will be subject to GDPR – even if your sole location...more

The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued a joint announcement on 25 November 2016 approving the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock...more

1,000 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petitions Filed And Counting: Filing Window Closes at 5:15 p.m. on December 12

More than 1,000 petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) have been filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). As...more

International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

The future of fintech M&A: Not just a ripple

Challenges may lie ahead, but nothing can stop the inevitable march of fintech dealmaking. Fintech has already proven its value and will play an undeniably large role in the provision of financial services in the...more

"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

2016: A Full Bouquet of Wine Fraud

The rapid growth of the international wine market has given rise to a simultaneous growth in wine fraud. The burgeoning demand, especially in China, has exposed all players—collectors, investors, vineyards, distributors, and...more

The Bribery Act: To Disclose or Not To Disclose? [Video]

In this video interview, Barry Vitou (www.thebriberyact.com), Partner, Pinsent Masons, and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, addresses: • His initial interest in global anti-corruption issues. • The role and...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR – European Commission adopts revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR - The European Commission adopted revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR on 26 October 2016. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...more

Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

Data Protection Officer and IT Manager – Two Jobs That Do Not Match

Companies required to appoint a data protection officer (“DPO” ) in Europe should carefully consider which candidate is best to select for the job. A company established in Bavaria, Germany, was recently fined by the Bavarian...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

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