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Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between...more

Brexit: What Does the Vote Mean for Business?

Today, it was announced that the UK public has voted to leave the European Union. There will now be a negotiation of a new relationship between the UK and Europe. The fact of the vote itself has no legal effect on the laws of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #10

FCA publishes data bulletin - FCA has published its latest data bulletin, highlighting areas of interest for users. This edition covers: - consumer credit authorisations: providing an update as at 31 March on the...more

Brexit and the UK commercial property market

Earlier this year, David Cameron fired the starting gun on whether Britain should continue its membership of the EU. As we all know, the potential effect of a Brexit is a topic which has divided the opinions not only...more

European Parliament Rapporteur Publishes Draft Amendments to the Proposed EU Securitisation Regulation

On 6 June 2016, Paul Tang MEP, the Rapporteur of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) of the European Parliament, published a “Draft Report”, consisting mainly of draft amendments (the “Proposed...more

IREG Update - Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk

Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk - On May 21, 2016, the World Bank Group announced the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), a new global financing...more

Buying Russian Bonds: Risky Business or Safe Bet?

In late May, The Russian Federation issued its first sovereign bond since the Ukraine crisis in 2014. The sole organizer of the bond is VTB Capital, an arm of VTB Bank, Russia’s second largest financial institution. Both VTB...more

Final EU Legislation on Exclusion on the Application of Write-down or Conversion Powers under the Bank Recovery and Resolution...

A Commission Delegated Regulation further specifying the circumstances in which exclusion from the application of write-down or conversion powers is necessary under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive was published in...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2016 Economic Outlook

This Spring Outlook has three sections. The first section sets out our view of the economic outlook commencing with a very short summary of recent world economy dynamics, followed by a review of the outlook for global growth...more

Treasury Report Identifies Countries Whose Currency Practices Warrant Close Monitoring and Assessment

On April 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) Office of International Affairs issued a report to Congress entitled “Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States.” The semiannual...more

UK Referendum and “Brexit”

What’s happening? - On 23 June, the United Kingdom is holding a referendum on withdrawing from the European Union. A vote to leave is forecast to have significant impacts on financial markets and participants in those...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #17

FCA publishes findings on de-risking - FCA has published the findings of the report it commissioned into the nature and scale of de-risking in the UK banking system. The report determined that...more

The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

"US Further Eases Burma Sanctions"

In response to Burma’s peaceful and competitive elections in November 2015, on May 18, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased U.S. sanctions against Burma (Myanmar). These...more

New Economic Opportunities with Cuba Present Financial Rewards Along with Associated Compliance Challenges

The opening of Cuba to greater commercial and financial activity offers many possibilities for U.S. financial institutions but, with those possibilities, comes a responsibility to meet the complex compliance challenges that...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #12

FCA publishes draft margin exemption form - FCA has published a draft application form relating to the exemption from the requirement to exchange margin for intragroup transactions under the European Market...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Germany - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in Germany think about the UK’s EU referendum? There are close economic ties between the UK and Germany – around 2500 German companies have a UK branch, employing 370,000 people. From a...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #9

Chancellor responds on tax deductibility of regulatory fines - The Chancellor has responded to a letter from Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to confirm that payments made by banks to regulators are...more

Potential tax consequences of Brexit from a German perspective

On 23 June, the UK is holding a referendum to decide whether it should leave or remain in the European Union. A vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) would not only have repercussions from a tax perspective for the UK....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #4

Treasury updates sanctions - The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has amended the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea. (Source: Treasury updates sanctions)...more

The Legacy of Michigan Senator Levin and Offshore Taxation Issues

When Senator Levin, the Democrat from Michigan, announced his retirement from the Senate in 2014, you could hear a collective sigh of relief from the corporate business community. Senator Levin had dedicated himself to...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a recent news conference President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

PF Newsletter: US Exim Update

In the fourth quarter of 2015 we reported that the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“EXIM Bank”) lapsed on 30 June 2015. This resulted in EXIM Bank ceasing active lending....more

Brexit Insights - Setting the Scene

At present, the only thing that appears certain about Brexit is the uncertainty that it poses for UK and EU businesses. The referendum on the 23rd June will determine whether the UK should remain part of the EU or...more

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