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Not for Bermuda Only—"Bermuda Form" Pollution Insurance for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Jones Day on

If your company has insurance under the so-called "Bermuda Form" of liability insurance, it might have coverage for property damage or personal injury that otherwise might be excluded by a pollution exclusion. But prompt...more

Australia Raises Capital Gains Withholding Rate for Foreign Residents in Real Estate Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Australian Commonwealth Government first introduced foreign resident capital gains withholding payments in July 2016 at a rate of 10 percent, in response to issues in collecting tax from foreign resident sellers and...more

FinCEN Issues New Geographic Targeting Order for Shell Companies Purchasing High-End Residential Real Estate

In its latest effort to combat money laundering within the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued a new Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) broadening its scrutiny of shell companies...more

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on Alternatives to LIBOR

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board is requesting public comment on proposed plans for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of Financial Research to publish three new reference rates intended as alternatives to the...more

Aloha Cash Buyers: FinCEN Issues Advisory to Financial Institutions; Expands Geographic Tracking Order to Include Honolulu, Wire...

by Burr & Forman on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the revision of its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) Tuesday. The GTO requires title insurers to report beneficial ownership information on legal entities,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

On August 8, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. extended the deadline for 19 foreign banks and two domestic bank holding companies to file their next round of "living wills" detailing how they...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA Announces $5.5 Billion Settlement With Royal Bank of Scotland - On July 12, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA"), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Changes Proposed to CAS and STACR Programs - On May 8, 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are considering certain changes to the structure of their CAS and STACR...more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Finalizes Effective Date Extension for Prepaid Accounts Rule - On April 20, 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule to delay the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us an intriguing long read on Uber’s Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO whose vision has helped propel the ride-hailing company even as his no-limits approach has led the company into months of crisis....more

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

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BaFin Publishes Revised "MaComp" Covering Rules of Conduct, Organization and Transparency for Investment Services Enterprises - BaFin published the revised “MaComp” on 8 March 2017. The MaComp (Governing Rules of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Provides Additional Details to Evaluate Charter Applications From Fintech Companies - On March 15, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a "Draft...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

by White & Case LLP on

Two recent cases from Australia and Hong Kong highlight the serious dangers of a wrongful suspension of works under a construction contract. Wrongful suspension may ultimately lead to the termination of a contract, and...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

Direct Lending Funds in Germany- Proposed Compliance Guidelines

by Dechert LLP on

As summarized in previous Dechert OnPoints, Germany has introduced a framework for direct lending funds in March 2016 by enacting the UCITS V Implementation Act (the "Act"). The changes implemented by the Act also allowed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bad news for RBS, which is tasked with scrounging up more capital after failing its Bank of England stress test—a bad sign for a British financial system still coping with Brexit fallout....more

New Regulations Issued Regarding CFCs and Investment in U.S. Property

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Income earned abroad by U.S. controlled foreign corporations can often qualify for deferral of U.S. income tax. If the foreign corporation is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), its U.S. shareholders may be taxable on...more

Using corporate structures to own UK residential property – a dead end?

by Dechert LLP on

Historically, UK resident non-domiciled individuals have been able to achieve certain tax advantages through holding interests in UK residential property through offshore companies. In recent years, the UK government has...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

by Reed Smith on

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Opportunities in challenging markets: Sale-and-Leaseback, Build-to-Suit and other new Real Estate deal structures in the UAE

by White & Case LLP on

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and reduced government spending, real estate markets across the UAE have softened in recent times, resulting in tightened liquidity and contracted asset values. However, challenging...more

Tax Implications For Real Property Leasing

by Morgan Lewis on

Reforms to China’s value-added tax raise issues that landlords should consider when designing leasing structures and negotiating rental terms. On May 1, 2016, China’s value-added tax (VAT) replaced the business tax in...more

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