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Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: Mexico's Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Monumental Constitutional Amendment - Understanding the New Risk Contracts - Navigating the Regulatory Environment - Investment Opportunities: ..Understanding...more

The ASEAN Trading Link

The ASEAN Trading Link is a stock trading link established among the stock exchanges of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand that has been in place since September 2012. This initiative is one of the measures driven by the ASEAN...more

Changes to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the "RCC") relating to Contract Law and the Law of Obligations

Federal Law No. 42-FZ dated 4 March 2015 (On Amendments to Part I of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) (the "Law") was signed by the President of the Russian Federation on 8 March 2015 and is aimed at amending certain...more

Potential refund of Swedish withholding tax: opportunity for US RICs

In 2012, the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal concluded that Sweden’s withholding tax rules are not compatible with EC law when Swedish withholding tax is levied on dividend payments made to a Luxembourg SICAV fund. ...more

Switzerland introduces corporate tax reform III aiming to maintain its global competitiveness: 6 key points

Anticipating ongoing pressure from the European Union and the OECD, Switzerland has launched a draft corporate tax reform, called CTR III, focusing on increasing the competitiveness of Switzerland as a global corporate...more

E-commerce Companies Face EU Competition Scrutiny

On 26 March 2015, the European Commission announced its proposal to launch an inquiry into the EU e-commerce sector, one that could have far-reaching implications for any business with an online presence in Europe. What is...more

B.C. Increases Access to Private Placements for Institutional Investors

By an instrument effective March 23, 2015, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) removed barriers to participation by institutional investors in private placements by foreign issuers by addressing two requirements...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

Premium – in whose interest?

Loan investors and traders take note of the Judgment of the UK Supreme Court on 11 March 2015 in Tael One Partners v Morgan Stanley & Co International PLC [2015] UKSC 12. The Court addressed the treatment of loan “premium”...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

FCA Study on Competition in Investment and Corporate Banking Services - The FCA has announced plans to launch its first wholesale market study into investment and corporate banking to assess whether competition in the...more

Implementation of Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules Deferred

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and IOSCO have extended the implementation date for the Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules, originally scheduled to start from December 1, 2015....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 145-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode which is Part II of my look at SEC enforcement of the FCPA, I consider whether profit disgorgement is available to the SEC in a strict liability enforcement action of violation of internal controls. ...more

US PE Sponsors Take on Europe

US PE houses spent $58 billion on European buyouts in 2014, a 43% increase on 2013 figures, according to Mergermarket. US PE houses are becoming major players in the European buyout game. Much of this activity is...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

Underwriter, Two Employees Charged By SEC

The SEC brought another case tied to Chinese reverse mergers. This one differs from many earlier actions which focused on the company and or the executives. This action names as defendants one broker-dealer and two of its...more

Inadequate Screening Processes Result in $7.65 Million Settlement for Violations of Various U.S. Sanctions Programs

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal”) agreed to a $7.65 million settlement to settle potential civil liability for 486 apparent...more

Continuation of Russian Sanctions

Since March 2014, Reed Smith has been closely monitoring developments relating to the situation in the Ukraine and reporting them as Client Alerts and blog updates. We have set out below a brief summary of the EU’s...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: - significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors....more

Global Regulators Push Back Margin Requirements for Non-cleared Derivatives

On March 18, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a “final” policy framework that establishes minimum global standards for margin...more

Due Date for FATCA Reporting of US Accounts Is Approaching

The deadline to report US accounts by offshore funds that are organized in Model 2 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) jurisdictions, such as Bermuda, as required by Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), is quickly...more

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