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Saudi Arabia Update – April 2016

Legal Developments - New incentives for achieving Saudization requirements - The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which is an affiliate of the Ministry of Labor (MOL), has proposed a new system to reward...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #17

ABI consults on language for retirement options - ABI is consulting on a draft guide to simplifying language on retirement choices to ensure customers understand their choices – and generally to improve use of terms...more

The New FCA Whistleblower Rules: What You Need to Know

In October 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), published new rules in relation to whistleblowing channels in banks and other financial institutions to encourage a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.5.16

Big news from Big Mouse, as the former heir apparent to Bog Iger’s CEO chair—Thomas Staggs—is stepping down, throwing a wrench into Disney’s succession plans (which came under great scrutiny after a troublesome handoff to...more

Blog: EIOPA Publishes Guidelines On The Supervision Of 3rd-Country Insurance Branches

The European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its “Guidelines on the supervision of branches of third-country insurance undertakings“. The Guidelines are intended to ensure that...more

Senior Managers And Certification Regime: Food For Thought For In-House Lawyers

The new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) senior managers and certification regime (the new regime) will come into force on 7 March 2016. Many firms will see this date as marking...more

How would a Brexit impact on employment law in the UK?

On 23 June 2016, the UK will vote on whether to remain a member of the EU. The possibility of the UK leaving the EU raises some fundamental questions, the answers to which could have significant implications on employment law...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

New UK Whistleblower Rules: A Roadmap

Financial firms in the UK are grappling with new whistleblower requirements aimed at helping to prevent another financial crisis. And while many in the financial community are nervous about the new requirements, we believe...more

Easy Come, Easy Go: Latest Developments in US Sanctions

Making regular updates to policies and procedures related to international trade compliance has always been an important aspect of ensuring their effectiveness, and particularly in light of the myriad changes to various U.S....more

2015 Year-End Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

Globalization has connected people, companies, and products across national borders more than ever. Goods and services developed in one part of the world are readily available in other parts of the world and technology is...more

Germany Adopts EU’s Pension Directive, and May Place Burdens on Employers’ Use of Temporary Workers

Pension Law - On December 18, 2015, the German legislature approved a law that adopted the pension provisions of the EU Mobility Directive. The Directive was passed to enhance worker mobility between EU countries by...more

Eid: A guide for UAE and KSA private sector employers

What has happened? In a recent decision, the DIFC Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment that has the potential to alter the enforcement landscape in the UAE significantly....more

FBAR Proposed Regulations Expand Both Filing Exemption and Reporting

On March 1, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued proposed regulations that revise and clarify certain provisions in the rules regarding the filing of Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #20

ECB consults on IPSs - ECB is consulting on how to assess the eligibility of institutional protection schemes (IPSs) for prudential purposes. Under the CRR, an IPS is a contractual or statutory liability arrangement of a...more

US Consulates in Canada Expand E-1/E-2 Visa Processing

The US Consulate in Toronto has introduced “streamlined” registration for companies applying for E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Investor registrations. In addition, E-1 and E-2 visa processing for employees of companies with valid...more

Washington, D.C. Update – February 2016

Entering 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to make FY17 appropriations the centerpiece of this year's legislative agenda. Both pledged "regular order" in the FY17...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #2

FCA writes to CEOs on CFD compliance - FCA has written a Dear CEO letter following its review of new client procedures for firms offering contracts for difference (CFD) products on a non-advised basis. FCA carried out...more

Saudi Arabia Update - January 2016

Legal Developments - Labor Law – weekends are not part of annual leave - The Saudi Arabian Labor Law provides that employees shall be entitled to 21 days of paid leave annually, to be increased to 25 days upon...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #9

FCA updates IPRU-INV, FC and EG - FCA is updating its Handbook on its website to convert the Interim Prudential sourcebook for Investment Businesses (IPRU-INV), the Financial Crime Guide (FC) and the Enforcement Guide...more

"No Gains, Just Pain: Increasingly Uncomfortable Taxation Environment for Private Equity Executives’ Compensation"

Arguing that their compensation should count as capital gains — since it derives from the appreciation in value of portfolio companies — private equity executives in Europe generally have been taxed under the more favorable...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #6

Commission reports on volatility of own funds - The Commission has reported to EP and the Council on the effect of the revised International Accounting Standard (IAS) 19 on employee benefits, on the volatility of own...more

U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

The U.S. Pre-Immigration Tax Planning brochure provides information on the U.S. Tax Code, income tax, estate and gift tax, and pre-immigration considerations, in addition to real-world examples. There are no adverse...more

EIOPA reports on consumer trends

EIOPA has published its fourth consumer trends report, analysing the occupational and personal pensions sectors for the first time as well as the insurance sector. EIOPA identified the following new and emerging trends in the...more

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