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EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

New EU Regulation for Electronic Signatures

The EU has adopted a new regulation, which will introduce a new legal framework for electronic signatures, seals, time stamps and electronic documents. These rules aim at creating a uniform regime across EU for the...more

Potential Game Changers: Roundup of Legal Changes in the China Payments Industry

DOMESTIC BANK CARD CLEARING MARKET OPENS UP Only a few months ago, the State Council's announcement of the Decision on the Implementation of Market Access Administration in relation to Bank Card Clearing Institutions...more

FinCEN Proposes Extending Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Requirements to Investment Advisers

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers, including private equity and hedge funds, to comply...more

Cyprus and Iran sign Double Tax Treaty

On 4 August 2015, the governments of Cyprus and Iran signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (the Treaty). With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, Cyprus is now uniquely positioned to act as...more

Congressional Decision Looms on U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

For those in the manufacturing community, one of the significant events of the summer was when Congress allowed the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to lapse. The main goal of the bank is to...more

Large Multinational Financial Services Company Settles FCPA Charges Relating to Internships

On August 18, the SEC announced a settlement with a large multinational financial services company over allegations that the company had violated the FCPA by giving internships to family members of government officials...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Swaps Looms

Implementation of the obligation for central clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation now seems imminent. The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation that would impose a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

SEC Settles With Olympic Sponsor Over Potentially Corrupt Hospitality Program

A global resources company was fined $25 million for practises related to its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The fine was part of a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission...more

SEC Unveils First FCPA Enforcement Action Focused On Hiring Practices: BNY Mellon

The SEC is having a good year in the FCPA enforcement arena. As a former prosecutor, my eyes would sometimes glaze over when discussing civil enforcement actions. The SEC, however, has turned its FCPA enforcement program into...more

BBA responds to PRA consultation on contractual stays

BBA has responded to PRA proposals to mandate that banks include, in financial contracts issued under third country law, contractual provisions binding the counterparty to recognise any stay on termination rights imposed by...more

BIS consults on harmonisation of the unique transaction identifier

BIS’s Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and IOSCO have published a consultative report on the harmonised global Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI). Its purpose is to identify each over-the-counter (OTC)...more

BIS reports on applying principles to FMIs

CPMI and IOSCO have published a report providing guidance on how the Principles for financial market infrastructures (PFMI) apply to financial market infrastructures (FMIs) that are owned and operated by central banks....more

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

Capital Markets Union - New Resolution from European Parliament - The European Parliament published a press release on 9 July 2015 announcing the adoption of a non-binding resolution on building a capital markets union...more

"AIFMD Passport: Europe Must Try Harder"

On July 30, 2015, the pan-EU securities regulator, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published two papers covering the application of the marketing “passport” under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

BNY Mellon and Lessons Learned In Hiring Family Members – Part II

In yesterday’s post I reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) around its hiring of sons and...more

Digital Currency to the Rescue: Bitcoins as Solution to Greek Capital Controls

This week Cubits.gr and BTCGreece began a partnership aimed at providing a solution to Greek capital controls. Part of that solution entails supporting voucher payments backed by bitcoin and installing one thousand Bitcoin...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - FinCEN Rules Digital Precious Metal Certificates Provider is a Money Transmitter: On Aug. 14 FinCEN issued a ruling applying its virtual currency rules to an e-precious metals company. The...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 188-the BNY Mellon FCPA Enforcement Action  [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. Today I take a deep dive into the Bank of New York Mellon, FCPA enforcement action around the hiring of close family members violating the FCPA. I discuss the enforcement...more

Updated NBP and Beach terms and conditions: Key differences between the old terms and the new 2015 terms

For many years the Short Term Flat NBP Trading Terms and Conditions 1997 (the “NBP 1997 Terms”) have been the standard terms for trading gas on the UK’s national transmission system for natural gas (the “UK NTS”) and the...more

Russian Legislation Update

In this issue: - Corporate: Civil Code Reform, Model Company Charters - Rating Agencies - Import Substitution - Currency Control - Banking - Excerpt from Corporate: Civil Code Reform: On 29 June 2015...more

BNY Mellon Settles First Sons and Daughters (and Nephews) FCPA Hiring Matter – Part I

Yesterday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a resolution with Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This was the first enforcement...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

"Treasury Releases Notice Addressing Transactions Involving Related-Party Partnerships"

On August 6, 2015, the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2015-54 (the Notice) announcing its intent to issue new regulations addressing transactions involving partnerships formed by related parties. According to the...more

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