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EU Reaches Political Understanding on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview and Take-aways for Downstream Companies

Late last Wednesday, the European Union reached agreement on the broad framework of a conflict minerals regulation. In this Alert, we describe some of the key terms of the regulation and what it means for the downstream....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

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

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

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

What does the business community in Brussels think about the UK's EU referendum? Mixed feelings. One the one hand, many believe that the very idea of this referendum is a wake up call for Brussels bureaucracy and its...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

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

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #24

FCA discusses advice regulation - Tracey McDermott spoke on the regulation of advice following FCA and Treasury’s Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR). She noted the high level of engagement with the review and looked...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

Countries Close to Signing U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty

After 24 rounds of negotiations, former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming announced on March 23, 2016, that the United States and China have resolved several key roadblocks and are close to signing a U.S.-China...more

Most recent changes to the German regulatory situation for debt funds

Pursuant to recent legislative changes, certain investment funds are now entitled under certain conditions to originate or restructure loans in Germany without the need to obtain a banking licence for lending. Due to the...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Series - Navigating a new era of trade in the Pacific-Rim Part 1 - Investment Protections and...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed on 4 February 2016. It is the end product of five years of negotiations between the 12 participating countries, and more importantly, the largest global trade agreement in the...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from...more

‘Brexit’ Implications for Listings of Securities on the London Stock Exchange

If Britain decides to leave the European Union as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the effect on the UK and EU financial services sectors could be significant; in particular, there could be effects on the London...more

Brexit: What does it mean for asset managers?

The European Union (EU) is made up of 28 member states committed, through a series of treaties, to ever closer economic and political union. As such it exercises considerable power, both internally and internationally. It is...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #13

SFO closes forex investigation - SFO has announced the closure of its investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market. SFO has concluded that despite grounds to suspect offences...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #8

Administrator’s charge not covered by mis-selling redress payment - A company’s former administrators sought an order under the Insolvency Act 1986 that their remuneration and expenses should be payable out of a sum owed...more

Financial Services Sector Implications of ‘Brexit’

Should Britain decide to leave both the EU and EEA as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the impact on UK and EU financial services firms could be significant. The City of London is Europe’s key financial...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #4

Treasury Committee scrutinises appointments - The House of Commons Treasury Committee has published its eighth report of session 2015/16 on the scrutiny of appointments. It covers the appointments of various chairs and...more

8 Key Takeaways From the CFIUS Annual Report to Congress

FY2014 CFIUS Report reflects significant increase in the number of transactions reviewed for national security risks, with Chinese investors continuing to lead the pack. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United...more

E.U.-U.S. Agreement on Equivalence for Central Clearing Parties: Building Cross-Border Harmony

Despite the consensus reached over six years ago among G-20 regulators on general principles for derivatives regulation, implementation of those principles in cross-border contexts has not always been smooth. ...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016 #2

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The Senate continues this week its floor debate on the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), which cleared,...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016

Energy and Climate Debate - The bipartisan Senate energy bill is on hold, following a disagreement over federal aid to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. In the meantime, President Obama released his fiscal year...more

Foreign investment review and national security

Focus on the US - Scope of foreign investment review expanding in the US - The US maintains an extensive, though voluntary, foreign investment review process under the Committee on Foreign Investments in the US...more

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