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SEC Obtains Asset Freeze of Turks and Caicos Company Conducting Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze of a Turks and Caicos company that allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme in Florida. According to the SEC’s complaint, between November 2004 and May 2014,...more

Thinking Compliance When Protecting Your Ideas Internationally [Video]

Companies are increasingly seeking international protection for their intellectual property, but in doing so their interaction with foreign government agencies increases. Because of increased scrutiny on corporate compliance...more

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

Think Tanks Ask Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Foreign Official” in FCPA

Two think tanks, the Washington Legal Foundation and the Independence Institute, have filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of petitioners Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez, who were recently convicted of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Enforcement - People - Events...more

Class Actions Enter into Force in France as of 1st October 2014

The French Government decree allows accredited consumer associations to launch class actions. On 24 September 2014, the French Government enacted a decree implementing the class action mechanism created by the “Loi...more

OECD Publishes Initial Recommendations on BEPS

On September 16, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a set of recommendations for a coordinated approach to fight tax avoidance by multinational enterprises under the Base Erosion and...more

The Most Important New Changes To Russian IP Law

On Oct. 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation as it relates to intellectual property come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property, including copyright,...more

FERC approves Maryland LNG project

A proposed Maryland natural gas liquefaction facility won a key federal approval yesterday, as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to build the Cove Point Liquefaction Project in...more

Discipline and Rigor in Your Internal Controls

In a recent New York Times (NYT) Op-Ed by David Brooks, entitled “The Good Order”, he discussed how routine can lead to creativity. He cited to the example of three well-known authors whose habits included the following....more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk — Weathering the bottom of the cycle

Weathering the bottom of the cycle - Even the global resources giants have been forced to look inwardly and restructure more than just their business strategies in order to cope with the pressures of the prolonged...more

Carbon Matters - Autumn 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: - EU Emissions Trading System Update - New Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. Do You Need To Comply? - EU Bio Fuels Agreement Reached - Underground Drilling Access: Consultation And Fracking...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - Home Depot Data Breach — Lawsuits, Calls to Action and Lessons Learned - Skadden Participates in FBI Cyber-Intelligence Workshop - FTC Explores Impact of ‘Big Data’ on American Consumers in...more

The New Landscape for Inversions: IRS and Treasury Change the Rules

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and Treasury Department issued Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) targeting corporate inversions on September 22, 2014 (the “Notice Date”) in the U.S. Tax considerations are important for...more

New Rights to Time Off Work to Accompany a Pregnant Woman to Ante-Natal Appointments and to Attend Adoption Appointments

Employees and certain agency workers in England and Wales who have a “qualifying relationship” with a pregnant woman will have the statutory right to unpaid time off work in order to accompany the woman to no more than two...more

Trademark Review - La Quinta Hotels, Kia, and Fab Again (September 2014)

Co-Existence Outside of the U.S. Might be Relevant to Obtaining a Permanent Injunction in U.S. La Quinta has operated LA QUINTA hotels and motels in the United States since 1968. Quinta Real operates QUINTA...more

Applicability Of Late Payment Of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 – What Is A "Sufficient Connecting Factor" With England?

In Martrade Shipping & Transport GmbH v United Enterprises Corp [2014] EWHC 1884 (Comm), 12 June 2014, Popplewell J considered the application of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) to...more

EC publishes Standardisation Guidelines for cloud sector

In November 2012, the European Commission published a Communication on Cloud Computing intended to ‘unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe.’ Twenty months later, the Commission has begun to deliver on its key...more

OECD/BEPS Intangibles Revisions to Change Character, Treatment of Goodwill

Corporations acquiring intangible assets as part of business combination will no longer be able ignore goodwill in their subsequent restructurings and asset transfers. That’s the upshot from tax authorities from around the...more

CFTC Provides Time-Limited Relief to SEFs for Block Trades

On September 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided time-limited no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 43.2 that block...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014 #3

Court Permits Customer and IB Claims to Proceed Against U.S. Bank Over Peregrine Collapse - A US federal court in Illinois authorized two lawsuits arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group to proceed...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 62: FIO Issues Second Annual Report

Pursuant to its mandate under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) recently issued its second Annual Report on the Insurance Industry (Report). The Report provides information about the financial condition...more

Is the RQFII Program En route to Australia?

Bank of China's Renminbi Settlement Service in Sydney - In late July this year, the Bank of China unveiled its Chinese Renminbi (RMB) Settlement Service in Sydney. The Settlement Service utilises the Australian Stock...more

National Association for College Admission Counseling Issues Guide on International Recruiting

In May 2013, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued a report considering claims of abuse in the recruiting of international students and the propriety of using commission-based recruiters in...more

The Flawed Headcount Requirement on Schemes of Arrangement

A failed takeover of a Hong Kong-listed company has highlighted a weakness in English company law. On 16 June, a proposed take private by way of scheme of arrangement lapsed when the resolution to approve the scheme...more

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