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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

Lo que Cuba quiere de los inversores

Los inversores estadounidenses han conseguido llegar a Cuba. A comienzos de Febrero, el Departamento del Tesoro de EE. UU. aprobó la primera inversión estadounidense de importancia en Cuba desde 1959: la fábrica de tractores...more

What Cuba Wants From Investors

American investors have made their way into Cuba. Just this week, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the first significant U.S. business investment in Cuba since 1959: the Oggun tractor factory. This plant represents a...more

Foreign Investment in Australian Residential and Agricultural Real Estate – New Fee Regime for Developers and Investors

Under Australia's current regime for foreign ownership of Australian real estate, certain foreign investors must obtain permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) before acquiring certain forms of real estate...more

Overhaul of the Australian Foreign Investment Rules: A Summary

If you are conducting a transaction with a foreign person or you are a foreign person investing in Australia, you need to be aware of changes to Australia's foreign investment regime. With effect from 1 December 2015,...more

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa

The historic 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015 resulted in the Paris Agreement (Agreement) which goes further than any previous climate...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

Is Iran Open for Business for U.S. Exporters?

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Government issued a revised Guidance regarding Iran and also issued a Third Amended Statement of Licensing Policy on Activities Related to the Safety of Iran’s Civil Aviation Industry. The bottom...more

New Obligations for Foreign Investors in Agricultural Land in Australia

The Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to create greater transparency around foreign investment in agricultural land by introducing a national Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Register (Register)....more

AMF Publishes Reporting Obligations and Position Limits for Derivatives on Agricultural Commodities to Commence July 1

On June 15, the Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) published a statement that the reporting obligations position limits for agricultural commodity derivatives proposed in the Separation and Regulation of Banking Activities...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

China Announces New Comprehensive Water Pollution Control Plan

The State Council of China has published an ambitious plan to reverse the deterioration of water quality and improve management of water resources throughout China. ...more

Access on the Table: the ChAFTA and Lessons for Canada

On November 17, 2014, the governments of Australia and the People’s Republic of China signed a declaration of intent on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), bringing to a close 24 rounds of negotiations...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

Proposed Changes to Australia's Foreign Investment Framework

In response to the findings of a recent report on Foreign Investment in Residential Real Estate (Report) by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics (Committee), the Commonwealth Government of Australia is...more

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Announces Funding For Biofuel Production

On February 24, 2015, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million in funding that would go to the design and construction of a pilot scale biofuel production facility in Perth. ...more

Treasury Department Eases Cuba Sanctions

New Rules Open Opportunities for Exports, Financial Services, and Travel- On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department issued new sanctions regulations easing the 54-year old Cuban embargo. Coming in the wake of...more

Colombia Seeks Foreign Investment to Expand Timberland Plantations

Colombia plans to double its cultivated acreage from one million to two million hectares by 2020, according to Rubén Darío Lizarralde, the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Lizarralde announced the...more

Foreign Private Investment in Russia? “Nyet!” In Ukraine? “Da!”

The recent developments in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea are not only politically significant, but have a real potential to alter global trading relationships for years to come. As events continue to unfold in...more

SEC Names Company, Eight Directors and Officers In Financial Fraud Actions

Since the market crisis enforcement officials have heard repeated calls to prosecute not just companies but high ranking corporate officials. While the Commission brought a series of market crisis actions against firms and...more

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