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Frontier Markets – Smallest Markets Represent Promising but Overlooked Investment Opportunities

The general public may not be familiar with the term “frontier market,” but frontier markets represent the vast majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The term “frontier market” generally refers to the...more

UK Regulator Requests Brexit Contingency Planning Assurance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a letter to CEOs and branch managers of all banks, insurers and designated investment firms undertaking cross-border activities between the UK and the remainder of the EU,...more

ATO wins Full Federal Court decision on Cross Border Financing - Chevron Australia Holdings case

by DLA Piper on

In a major Australian transfer pricing decision on Friday 21 April 2017, the Full Federal Court dismissed Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd's (CAHPL) appeal related to the deductibility of interest on the Australian dollar...more

Japanese Variation Margin Requirements Take Effect

by Jones Day on

Following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions' March 18, 2015, release of revisions to the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific...more

AML and Sanctions: 2017 Trends and Developments

by WilmerHale on

Over the past year, regulators continued to actively examine compliance, introduce new and heightened requirements, recalibrate global priorities, and aggressively pursue enforcement. This report reviews recent trends and...more

The ABCs of Fund Finance: Credit Facilities for Secondaries Funds and Funds of Funds

by Dechert LLP on

Private equity funds raised the second-highest level of capital for investments in secondary private equity interests in 2016. According to Preqin, 19 funds secured $23 billion in investor capital.1 This level was surpassed...more

The SEC’s Long-Awaited Security-Based Swaps Rules May Be Approaching

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC has proposed all of its major Title VII rules regulating the security-based swaps market. The authors discuss the current status of this and related rulemakings, the relief the SEC has granted, and the provisions of...more

Extensions to the double tax treaty passport scheme

by DLA Piper on

The double tax treaty passport (DTTP) scheme was introduced in 2010 as a mechanism to simplify the process by which non-UK lenders could receive interest payments from UK borrowers without deduction for withholding tax under...more

China Capital Controls: Best Practices for Accelerating International Payments

Following the depreciation of Chinese currency RMB and the reduction in China’s foreign exchange reserves, foreign companies and individuals in China have met hurdles in moving their money out of China, and overseas companies...more

UN Seeks Comments on Blockchain Technology

by Reed Smith on

Following the trend of regulators across the globe, the United Nations Office for Project Services’ (“UNOPS”) issued a request for information regarding the application of blockchain technologies on April 24, 2017. The UNOPS...more

The ESAs Published a Joint Committee Report on Cross-Sector Risks Facing EU Financial System

On April 20, 2017, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (the “ESAs“) published its April 2017 report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system. The ESA highlights the following main...more

ESRB Reports on Revision of EMIR

On April 21, 2017, the European Systemic Risk Board (“ESRB“) published a report on the revision of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (the “EMIR“). The report welcomes the European Commission’s November 2016...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo’s Board Chair, Stephen Sanger, did survive his reelection vote the other day. Barely. But Breakingviews thinks he should think awfully hard about his future as a Director at the bank....more

IRS Updates FATCA FAQs, Addresses January Temporary Regulations

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On April 6, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) added three new frequently asked questions to its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) compliance page, which is available only online. These additional FAQs...more

Frequently asked questions: non-Canadian funds selling in Canada

by DLA Piper on

The purpose of this paper is to provide a high-level overview of certain regulations applicable to non-Canadian closed-ended investment funds1 marketing to Canadian investors. Please see full Paper below for more...more

Day 19 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Risk Ranking in the Supply Chain [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas many companies do not focus on enough is possible corruption in their Supply Chain (SC) for goods and services provided on a company’s behalf. The FCPA risks can be just as great through those entry points as...more

Quelles Consequences Sur Vos Contrats De Marche En Cas De Frexit ?

Avec une proportion non négligeable de candidats à la présidence de la France favorables à la sortie de l’Europe ou à la renégociation de certains traités, l’éventualité d’un Frexit au lendemain du Brexit n’a jamais été aussi...more

European Commission Requests Comments on FinTech

by Reed Smith on

On March 23, 2017, the European Commission (“EC”) published a Consultation Document entitled “FinTech: A More Competitive and Innovative European Financial Sector.” The Consultation Document seeks comments regarding the...more

Day 18 of One Month to 3rd Party Management-Freight Forwarders [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA world is littered with cases involving freight forwarders, brokers and agents in the shipping and express delivery arena. Both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have aggressively...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses in finance agreements – where are we now?

by Dentons on

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses have been a common feature of English law finance agreements for many years, but there can be risks in using them. This article explains the most important recent developments for parties that...more

"UK Tracks OFAC Model in Issuing Guidance on Monetary Penalties for Breaches of Financial Sanctions"

As previously reported, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the Act) introduced a series of major changes to the U.K. financial sanctions regime. The changes, which came into force on April 1, 2017, included the creation of new...more

The Growth of European Covenant Lite

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In 2016, global sponsors and their advisers were successful in continuing to export their experiences from financing transactions in the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market, and...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

by King & Spalding on

Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

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