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Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the...more

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

New SEC Rules Allow Private Companies Access to Larger Amounts of Capital (Regulation A+)

Many companies should be able to take advantage of new SEC rules that will permit them to sell up to $50 million of securities to investors in a 12-month period without “going public.” TWO TIER SCHEME - Rules for...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Hong Kong

Hong Kong – China Mutual Recognition Scheme (the “Scheme”) - An opportunity to market HK-domiciled and authorized funds to Mainland retail investors is starting to take shape. There is keen expectation that this Scheme...more

FCPA Enforcement – Watching the Enforcement River Flow

FCPA investigations are complex, time-intensive and far-reaching. They take time and resources. DOJ and the SEC have been criticized lately for failing to move their cases in a timely fashion. Criminal Division AAG Leslie...more

Lessons of the Deutsche Bank Story

Deutsche Bank, a German lender agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.5 billion to settle with regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with criminal charges that it rigged and manipulated the London...more

Opening the Market: An Update on Direct Investment into Listed Shares in Saudi Arabia

After years of speculation that the Saudi Stock Exchange (Saudi Tadawul) may be opening up for direct investment by foreigners into listed entities in Saudi Arabia, the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (CMA) published...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 153-Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn [Video]

The energy industry is in turmoil from the drop in the price of oil from $100 down to around $50 per barrel. Many energy companies have laid off up to 30% of their workforce. What can you do from the compliance perspective...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #4

FINRA’s Retrospective Rule Review Process Continues. On April 16, FINRA announced that the FINRA Board of Governors had authorized FINRA to publish a regulatory notice requesting comment on proposed amendments to Rules 2210...more

Brazil Bribery Scandal Reaches Advertising Agencies

Humans are good at avoidance and can even reach a state of blatant disregard. The corruption news coming out of Brazil is so far-reaching that it is almost numbing....more

2015 Global High-Yield Bond Study

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - Methodology - Definitions - Categories of Analysis - High-Yield Bond Study: ..Call Protection ..Change of Control Portability...more

CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cross-Border SDs and MSPs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the supervision of CFTC-registered swap dealers and major swap...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2015

In this issue: - Adoption of Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance - European Commission Green Paper: Building a Capital Markets Union - European Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 15

In this issue: - Update: Proposed Amendments to DGCL, Including Ban on Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding...more

The Passing of Günter Grass and Compliance Week 2015 Is Near

Günter Grass died this week. The contradictions that made up post-war Germany were wrapped up in him as well as any other single person I know anything about. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, who, it was revealed...more

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

New UAE Commercial Companies Law: A Move Towards Global Standards

On 1 April 2015, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, enacted Federal Law No 2 of 2015 (the Commercial Companies Law, or Law). The Law brings to a close several years of...more

SAFE Further Relaxes Control of FIE’s Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Notice of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Regarding the Reform of the Administration of Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement1 for...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Part One

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Stock Connect”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Japanese Fund Regulatory Framework—2015 Amendment

On March 24, 2015, an amendment bill (“Amendment Bill”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (“FIEA”) was approved by the Cabinet and was submitted to the Diet for its consideration. The Amendment Bill...more

The New UAE Commercial Companies Law 2015

A new commercial companies law (“New CC Law”) was issued in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) on 1 April 2015 and will come into effect within the next three months. The New CC Law applies to companies established in the UAE...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

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