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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #12

FCA publishes draft margin exemption form - FCA has published a draft application form relating to the exemption from the requirement to exchange margin for intragroup transactions under the European Market...more

Monaco-Based Company Alleges Extortion Following Media Reports of Mass Bribery

On May 16, a Monaco-based industrial solutions company released a statement denying claims made in a media report that linked the company to allegations of bribing foreign government officials to secure contracts within the...more

Global Construction and Corruption

With increasing focus on infrastructure projects and greater public demand for improvements, governments are preparing to ramp up construction projects. Part of the budgeting process has to acknowledge the cost of corruption....more

Indian Regulator to Consider the Civil and Commercial Use of Drones

Last month, India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), issued draft guidelines proposing a framework to regulate the civil and commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones...more

Singapore Bond Market: Issuing Retail Bonds without a Prospectus

New regulations facilitate retail investor participation in the Singapore bond market. On May 19, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) promulgated two new regulations, effective immediately, to facilitate retail...more

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

Law Modifies Process For Duty Suspensions And Reductions - On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the U.S....more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 10 - May 2016 (Global)

Two stories prominent in the financial media this week highlight the interesting policy challenges facing the nation’s lawmakers. On Monday, the so-called equity crowdfunding rules went into effect. The rules,...more

Tax Treaty Savings Clause Question

Facts: A U.S. citizen and permanent resident of Israel incurs capital gains from the sale of stock of a U.S. corporation. U.S. - Israel Income Tax Treaty Provisions: Article 15, Paragraph 1: “[a] resident of one of...more

Corruption Risks and Corporate Social Responsibility Spending

Global companies have been embracing socially responsible spending projects to build stronger relationships with local communities. The idea makes a lot of sense and real projects can result in real benefits....more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...more

New York Enforcement Update

New York has long been a critical enforcement venue for parties holding unsatisfied arbitral awards and/or judgments. New York is the financial capital of the United States, and that reality, coupled with the state’s expert...more

Ground-breaking referral: Are arbitration clauses in BITs between EU Member States void?

In recent years, the number and economic relevance of bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) has significantly increased. BITs are international treaties which provide for assurances in favour of investors from the...more

Four Things You Need to Know About the Mauritius-India Protocol

International investors have frequently used Mauritius holding companies for their Indian investments, seeking to take advantage of the exemption under the India-Mauritius income tax treaty (the “Mauritius Treaty”) from...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

European securitisation: Making a comeback? After seven years in the doldrums, moves are afoot to revitalise the European...

How likely is a successful revival of the market under qualifying securitisation — simple, transparent and standardized (STS) — going to be? That all depends on the results of the "trilogue" discussions between the European...more

Outsourced claims handling services attract VAT

The CJEU has confirmed in the Polish referred case of Minister Finansów v Aspiro SA1 that a third party acting on behalf of an insurer in the handling and settlement of claims cannot benefit from the exemption for insurance...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Belgium - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in Brussels think about the UK's EU referendum? Mixed feelings. One the one hand, many believe that the very idea of this referendum is a wake up call for Brussels bureaucracy and its...more

US Further Liberalizes Burma Sanctions

On May 17, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased the sanctions on Burma by issuing and expanding general licenses and removing certain parties from the Specially...more

The Great Brexit Debate - China - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in China think about the UK’s EU referendum? In order to answer these questions, we contacted and collected information from our clients who are doing business or are planning to have...more

Top Three Findings from our 2016 EMEA & APAC Hotline Benchmark Report

Benchmarking your organisation’s data against your peers across EMEA & APAC provides critical insights into the health of your ethics and compliance programmes. Our new report gives the most comprehensive picture of...more

United States Further Eases Economic Sanctions on Burma/Myanmar

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) eased certain sanctions against Burma/Myanmar on May 17, 2016, including by allowing most transactions involving Burmese financial institutions....more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part III

Today, I continue my exploration with Joe Howell about the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), its scrutiny of public company auditors and how its work impacts the corporate compliance function. Yesterday, I ended with...more

Brexit - Flexit Clauses

There has been plenty of commentary about how the Brexit debate is impacting corporate, commercial, finance and real estate transactions. In the media there have been reports of “market jitters” surrounding the possibility of...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Germany - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in Germany think about the UK’s EU referendum? There are close economic ties between the UK and Germany – around 2500 German companies have a UK branch, employing 370,000 people. From a...more

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

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