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Africa Stand Up Vision 2025: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

If Africa wants to change how it trades with the rest of the world, it needs to start by rethinking how it trades with itself. Without urgent improvement, Africa risks remaining a supplier of solely primary materials to which...more

French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

Farewell to a Repo Man and Using Laconic Persuasion as a CCO

by Thomas Fox on

The life of a Repo Man is always intense… That was one of the greatest lines from one of the greatest movies from one of the greatest laconic actors of all time. Of course it was Harry Dean Stanton who died over the...more

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Creates Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

In a time of shifting opinions on the benefits of globalization, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) offers an unexpected bright spot for multinational companies able and willing to participate in this...more

Risks In The Common Practice Of Sending Technical Data Outside The U.S. — New Jersey Company Penalized $400,000

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Does your company source components or parts outside the U.S.? When doing so, you need to be careful about sending unlicensed export controlled technical data like drawings, blueprints and manufacturing instructions as part...more

New Extra-Territorial UK Corporate Criminal Offence of Failing to Prevent Tax Evasion

by Goodwin on

A new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion takes effect on 30 September 2017. Corporates in both the UK and abroad will incur strict liability if their employees or other associated...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Update: Conditions for CDEEE-Related PPAs for Renewables

In our August 1, 2017 Cross Border Transactions Newsletter we informed about the announcement made by the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) regarding several new conditions included in the Power...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

Africa Focus: Sub-Saharan African power projects - Credit support and enhancement

by White & Case LLP on

Counterparty credit risk continues to remain a key, often threshold concern for private sector sponsors and lenders to the majority of power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Structuring power projects in an effort to overcome...more

AML Beneficial Ownership Register for Irish Funds – Who’s Holding the Baby?

by Dechert LLP on

If you’ve been involved in the funds industry, you will be well aware of the ever-increasing focus on anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements by national and supranational regulatory bodies alike. In...more

EU Customs Developments: April-August 2017

by White & Case LLP on

EU Customs Policy - Full UCC implementation not possible by 2020 - In a meeting held by the European Parliament (EP)’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee on 21 June 2017, the EU Commissioner for...more

4 Signs of a Poor Relationship Between a CCO and the Board

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have to devote more time to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the corporate board or audit/compliance committee. CCOs have a lot of responsibilities and feel a lot of pressure to...more

Directors’ liability D&O: Entering uncharted territory

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to this the fifth edition in our series of surveys on directors’ liabilities, brought to you by the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP and the global advisory broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson....more

CBP Provides The Trade Community with An Opportunity to Identify Regulatory Burdens for Possible Elimination or Modification

• On September 12, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a Federal Register notice, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” to request comments from interested parties on CBP regulations, paperwork...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

Africa Focus: Project bonds in the OHADA region - An option for funding infrastructure development in the OHADA region?

by White & Case LLP on

Increasing stringent capital requirements on banks has the market looking for alternative means of funding. In the developed economies, the Basel III accord aims that banks will increase the amount of capital that they hold...more

Draft Legislation Published on UK Partnership Taxation

by Goodwin on

Earlier this year, HM Revenue & Customs published various ideas to ‘clarify’ the tax treatment of partners in partnerships, as part of its response to a consultation on changes to the taxation of UK partnerships. Draft...more

Book Review: The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

To my mind the most significant and important book that every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), General Counsel (GC) and compliance practitioner needs to read is The Chickenshit Club by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jesse...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Significant Changes In Anti-Bribery Laws In Mexico And Colombia Signal A New Commitment To Anti-Corruption Efforts

by Morgan Lewis on

For companies with global operations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is no longer the only anticorruption law of significance. Mexico and Colombia recently enacted sweeping anti-corruption legislation aimed at...more

President Trump Blocks Acquisition of US Chipmaker by Chinese- Backed Private Equity Fund Amid CFIUS Concerns

by King & Spalding on

Order sends strong signal that Washington will continue to oppose deals with Chinese acquirers involving technologies with potential military applications. On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order...more

Summary of key EU and U.S. regulatory developments relating to securitization transactions

by Hogan Lovells on

Numerous regulatory developments were enacted or proposed in the United States and the European Union in response to the financial crisis. Although some of the proposed changes are still in the process of being adopted or...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions: ‘Soft’ Commodities

by Reed Smith on

This alert focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the ‘soft’ commodities arena. It is the second in a series addressing issues commonly faced when undertaking M&A transactions in the energy and commodities sector. The...more

European Commission proposes common approach to foreign direct investment screening

by Allen & Overy LLP on

European Commission (EC) President Juncker has outlined legislative measures on the screening by EU Member States of foreign takeovers and investments. The new screening system aims to improve cooperation and coordination...more

BIM before the English Courts

by White & Case LLP on

In a judgment released in August 2017, the UK High Court granted an interim injunction requiring a Building Information Modelling ("BIM") coordinator to provide access to a common data environment....more

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