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New US sanctions on Russia’s financial, defense and energy sectors impact US companies

The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued additional sanctions targeting certain Russian banks, energy and defense companies. The sanctions, issued September 12, 2014, are intended to...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

A new round of EU sanctions against Russia

On Friday 12 September 2014, an additional set of EU sanctions measures entered into force against the Russian Federation. Background - On 31 July 2014, the European Union adopted Regulation 833/2014, imposing...more

Investor Transparency Post AIFMD: What Have We Gained?

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive” or “AIFMD”) states in Recital 94 that its objective is: ...to ensure a high level of investor protection by laying down a common...more

Tax Newsletter - July/August 2014 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest July/August 2014 issue of our Tax Newsletter. We saw a number of legislative developments taken place in the PRC and Hong Kong in the past two months that might bring about legal and tax...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

EU Strengthens Economic Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union (EU) put into effect on Friday (September 12, 2014) a new round of economic sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine. ...more

New Reporting Requirement for Foreign Investments in the U.S.

Effective as of September 15, 2014, a new reporting requirement applies to a broad range of direct, and indirect, investments in the U.S. by foreign persons. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (the...more

New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions

OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule - Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap...more

Sanctions: European Union significantly toughens its stance towards Russia

Note: This is an update to our last bulletin on this subject of 13 August 2014. The new measures are relevant to Harneys' core jurisdictions: Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Concurrent with...more

Special Economic Zones For The Maldives

The Maldives has taken a significant step towards attracting foreign investment and diversifying the economy through its recent passing of the Special Economic Zone Act (Act No. 24/2014) (SEZ Act). The Act has now commenced...more

EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about?

In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more

Myanmar's Third Special Economic Zone

Myanmar has joined a host of nations in the Asia-Pacific region that have been turning to SEZs to stimulate foreign investment in certain sectors, create jobs and free investors from more burdensome local regulatory...more

Update to Banking Regulations Further Enhances Cayman’s Appeal

The Cayman Islands have for decades been one of the world’s leading banking and financial centres, currently ranking as the fifth largest banking centre worldwide, with over 200 banks, including 40 of the world’s 50 largest...more

Sanctions on Russia Expanded Despite Tenuous Truce

On Friday , September 12th, while a tenuous truce between Ukraine and rebel forces showed signs of cracking and government officials continued to trade verbal jabs, the United States amped up pressure on Russia by expanding...more

Between Bridges: Federal Court Tosses Out Challenges to CFTC Cross-Border Guidance and Policy Statement

A United States federal court on September 16, 2014, mostly tossed out all legal challenges brought by three industry groups to the cross-border guidance and policy statement initially issued by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

AIFMD: Additional Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) Data Request by FCA

On August 22, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) contacted a number of firms that had previously submitted to the FCA an earlier version of the required AIF schedule as part of their FCA application, to request that...more

New Disclosure Rules for Extractive Companies Coming Into Force Soon

UK companies, including UK subsidiaries of EU companies, face tougher anti-corruption rules from next year. Under chapter 10 of the EU Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU) (“the Accounting Directive”) and the EU...more

International Tax Alert: OECD Releases BEPS Papers

Yesterday saw the release of the first set of deliverables under the OECD’s project on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). These constitute the “building blocks” for an internationally agreed and co-ordinated response...more

OFAC Fines Commodity Trading Advisor For Apparent Sanctions Violations

On September 9, OFAC released an enforcement action against a CFTC-registered Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor that operates an electronic trading platform that allows customers to automatically place currency...more

Global Financial Markets Insight

Change continues to be the main theme running through Summer 2014. There is the usual raft of new regulations to contend with but also welcome noises from policy makers including the European Central Bank and the Bank of...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eight Edition: Chapter 13: Cayman Islands

OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - The Cayman Islands experienced a significant increase in new company registrations in 2013 compared to 2012; 9,433 new companies were incorporated compared with 8,971 a year earlier. As of 31...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

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