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UK Government to Implement Immigration Skills Charge

Seyfarth Synopsis: The UK government will introduce an “Immigration Skills Charge” in April 2017 that will substantially increase the cost for companies to sponsor Tier 2 workers in the UK. The following alert is...more

Fraud and Performance Securities

Performance securities are an everyday feature of construction and engineering projects. It is increasingly common to see calls on performance securities challenged on the basis of "fraud". Two recent cases from the English...more

TIC Form SHC 5-Year Benchmark Survey of U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities Due March 3, 2017

Investment advisers are reminded to review their filing obligations under the TIC Form SHC as reporting on this 5-year benchmark survey is due on March 3, 2017. The survey collects information on holdings by U.S....more

Japan Releases Draft ‘Principles for Customer-Oriented Business Conduct’

LawFlash February 17, 2017 Financial Services Agency of Japan proposes seven principles aimed at creating a customer-oriented financial services culture. On January 19, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) released a...more

Cuban Refugees Are Waiting at the Border

Many Cubans who were making the long and dangerous trek through jungles and other countries to the United States before the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 are waiting at the U.S. border for word from the...more

What are the Laws on Suicide Attempts?

Question: After a fight with my husband, I tried to commit suicide and cut my wrist. But I only injured myself and have since made a full recovery. I want to know what the law says about suicide in the UAE? Originally...more

The CSSF's position in respect of ESMA's Opinion on UCITS' Share Classes

On 13 February, 2017 the Luxembourg Financial Regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier –CSSF) announced its position in respect of ESMA’s opinion by issuing press release n°17/06. The CSSF expects UCITS...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post-2020

On February 15, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) made a significant step toward reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, adopting a draft proposal that seeks middle ground with a tight vote of 379 for/263...more

Restrictions on Advertising with Nutrition and Health Claims Apply to Both Communications Addressed to Consumers and to...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) held that the restrictions on promoting foodstuffs with nutrition and health claims not only apply to communications addressed to the general public but also to communications...more

China moves to implement security review of network products and services: but leaves foreign investor and manufacturer concerns...

On 4 February 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued a draft of the Network Products and Services Security Review Measures (“Draft Measures”) for public comment: the Draft Measures remain open for comments until...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

ESMA Issues Report on Distributed Ledger Technology

On February 7, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published a report regarding distributed ledger technology (“DLT“). DLT is a developing technology that has the potential to significantly alter...more

ATO Taxpayer Alert: Concerns about Certain Stapled Groups

In Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/1, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced that it will be targeting arrangements which fragment integrated trading businesses, with particular emphasis on the inappropriate use of stapled...more

Changes to Sudanese Sanctions Program Could Benefit U.S. Life Sciences Companies (A Little)

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed the Executive Order “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions” that revoked many U.S. economic...more

German Supreme Tax Court Confirms Capital Income Qualification Under Management Equity Programs – Close to a Breakthrough, But…

The German Supreme Tax Court has confirmed that a close to “market standard” Management Equity Program will be taxed on capital income principles. The decision (court number IX R 43/15) provides comfort with respect to most...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

Tax Reform in 2017? What is in Store for U.S. Businesses

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, one of the top priorities is tax reform. President Trump’s tax reform proposal and the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” suggest many changes to business...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: The Trump Effect

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Day 13 of One Month to a Better Board-Board Failures in Compliance [Video]

The failure of a Board of Directors to engage in its duties and obligations around the compliance function can be devastating. Today I consider cases where Boards failed in those duties. ...more

PCT national phase – filing requirements

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EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Overview of Key Points

A new data protection framework (the GDPR) has been adopted, significantly changing current EU laws. It will take the form of a Regulation and so will be directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018. Once in...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

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