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A Reality Check for Travel to Cuba in 2016

With news of the resumption of commercial aviation flights to Cuba, and other changes in the Cuba embargo accomplished through Presidential executive order, it would appear at first blush that the time is ripe to travel to...more

Congress Overturns Presidential Veto on FSIA, Authorizing Suits Against Saudi Arabia for September 11

The U.S. Congress overturned a veto by President Obama allowing families of the victims of September 11 to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. While the U.S. domestic politics will be debated elsewhere (like everything else this...more

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company....more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

US Citizenship Renunciation Procedures in Canada

The US constitution protects a US citizen from automatic loss of citizenship. Expatriation can only occur through the voluntary, intentional commission of an expatriating act that is stipulated by statute. A person who...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Second Circuit Confirms Limited Nature of General Personal Jurisdiction

Following the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, several opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirm the limited circumstances in which courts may exercise general...more

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

Word came this week of two resolutions of claims to Nazi-looted art in museums in New York and Cologne, and a new Nazi-looted claim against Germany filed in Washington. Barely a month after the Neue Galerie (of Austrian and...more

International Comity is Alive and Well: Second Circuit Defers to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws in Vacating...

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed that U.S. courts should, and indeed must, defer to a foreign government’s interpretation of its own laws. That should hardly be a controversial proposition, but up until now, lower...more

EU Legislation Amending Indicators used in the Methodology for the Identification of Global Systemically Important Institutions

A Commission Delegated Regulation amending the Regulatory Technical Standards specifying the methodology for the identification by national regulators of global systemically important institutions and the definition of...more

Asia Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency Guide: Hong Kong

This is the Hong Kong chapter of the second edition of the White & Case Asia Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide... ..Introduction - On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 37

CFTC To Host Roundtable on Recent CPMI-IOSCO Guidance - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host a roundtable on October 6 to gather feedback in relation to a report on central counterparty resilience and...more

Government of Canada Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

On September 27, 2016, the Government of Canada approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility, sending a strong signal that it is committed to growing Canada's role as a global energy...more

Brexit: The key issues for business

The UK vote to leave the European Union in June was just the first step in a process that is likely to be unparalleled in scale and complexity. Several months after the event, it is difficult to predict exactly how or when...more

Global Tax News: Brazil opens consultation on how MAP provisions apply to DTT agreements

Brazil’s Federal Revenue (RFB) has opened a public consultation aimed at regulating how mutual agreement procedure (MAP) provisions apply to conventions and international agreements created to avoid double taxation....more

Onward Transfer Grace Period Ends September 30

The EU-US Privacy Shield became operational on August 1, 2016; a nine-month grace period for compliance with the onward transfer requirements applies for organizations that sign up to the Privacy Shield prior to October 1,...more

U.K. now requires supply chain transparency on human trafficking risks

In Part I of our two-part series, we discussed the worldwide issue of modern-day slavery and the California response. In this second part, we discuss the latest response in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Modern...more

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Cultural Considerations When Conducting International Business in Asia

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Detailed technical definitions and explanations of what constitutes corrupt practices are available. A simple explanation is that furnishing a foreign government official with...more

DIFC: Intermediate SPV Regime

On 19 September 2016, the DIFC Authority Board of Directors ("Board") approved, with immediate effect, a regime to allow for the establishment of intermediate special purpose vehicles in the DIFC ("Intermediate SPVs") for...more

General Court Confirms that the Commission May Rely on Lawfully Seized Recordings Even if Made Unlawfully by a Third Party

On 8 September 2016 the General Court (“GC”) dismissed Heiploeg’s appeal against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision in Shrimps (AT.39633) and confirmed that the Commission may rely on recordings seized lawfully...more

European Commission gives preliminary views on competition issues in e-commerce

On 15 September the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The Commission has conducted a wide ranging survey of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, price comparison...more

The Oman Update - 1162

Amending MD 174/2014 Issuing the regulations on the work of establishments and companies that operate in contracting. Issued on 31 August 2016. Effective from the day after the date of publication....more

No Longer a Mirage: FCPA Compliance and Cooperation Has Its Benefits

On September 12, 2016, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Jun Ping Zhang (“Ping”), a former executive of a Chinese subsidiary of Harris Corporation (“Harris”), regarding alleged violations of the Foreign...more

UK Employment Law Round Up - September 2016, Volume 1, Issue 9

In this issue, we look at whether a job applicant can gain protection under the Framework and Equal Treatment Directives if the purpose of the application is to gain the status of someone who can make a claim to gain...more

European Commission Adopts Implementing Regulation on ITS for Reporting Results of Internal Approach Calculations under Article...

On September 19, 2016, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation implementing technical standards (ITS) for templates, definitions and IT solutions to be used by institutions when reporting the results of...more

Tighter connections between the Bay Area and Israel will encourage investment flows

Silicon Valley trends are often soon felt in its Israel equivalent Silicon Wadi. The two start-up ecosystems are intrinsically linked. In April this year, the connection between the two regions was further tightened when...more

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