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Multijurisdictional Securitization in the Age of Risk Retention

The challenges of complying with both the US rules and the EU rules. Both United States and European Union laws now require 5 percent credit risk retention for securitization transactions. While the jurisdictional scope...more

Explanation of J. Crew “back-door” provision and proposal for how lenders might address this in their documentation.

Recently, J. Crew used a “back-door” provision in its credit facility to transfer approximately $250 million worth of intellectual property (“IP”) to an unrestricted subsidiary with the aim of borrowing against the...more

Singapore Eases Regulatory Regime for VC Funds to Promote Financing for Start-Ups

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a simplification of the authorisation process and regulatory framework for venture capital managers—with the goal of supporting start-ups....more

Day 19 of One Month to a Better Board-Three Core Areas of Board Inquiry [Video]

There are three core areas upon which Directors should focus their attention to help establish and maintain an effective compliance program. In this podcast I discuss the three which are: (1) structural, (2) cultural, (3)...more

When Will a Canadian Corporation be Treated as a Passive Foreign Investment Company?

A Canadian corporation will generally be a passive foreign investment company or “PFIC” if, for a tax year, (a) 75% or more of its gross income is passive income (the “PFIC income test”) or (b) 50% or more of the value of its...more

New Guidance from the DOJ on Your Compliance Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section, recently released new guidance associated with its Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The guidance, entitled Evaluation of Corporate...more

KPMG Issues 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey

Recently, KPMG released its 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey, which reports on audit committee activities based on survey responses from 800 audit committee members across 42 countries. Asking, "Is Everything Under...more

EU member states reached consensus on anti-hybrid mismatch measures

On February 21, 2017, the Council of the European Union (ECOFIN, in this context) reached political consensus on a directive (known as ATAD 2) amending the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive as adopted on July 17, 2016 (EU...more

Transparency International Publishes “Top Secret: Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to Themselves”

On February 15, 2017, Transparency International (“TI“) published the above report, recommending that national authorities engage to a greater level in making public disclosure of their countries’ anti-money laundering...more

Day 18 of One Month to a Better Board-Six Areas of Board Inquiry into Compliance [Video]

Where does “Tone at the Top” start. With any public and most private US companies, it is at the Board of Directors. But what is the role of a company’s Board in FCPA compliance? We start with several general statements about...more

BEPS – are you affected?

Over 100 countries and jurisdictions are collaborating through the OECD to implement measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The OECD have set out 15 actions points that aim to equip governments with the...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 309-James Koukios [Video]

In this episode I visit with Morrison Forrester partner James Koukios on the firm's December newsletter on the Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016. James and I visit about some of the lesser...more

Day 17 of One Month to a Better Board-Incorporating Compliance into Long-Term Corporate Strategy [Video]

In this final five days of my One Month to a Better Board series, I will look at inquiries and questions a Board can take to help the organization actually do compliance going forward. I begin with an exploration of how can a...more

Roundup of upcoming cases and anticipated UK regulatory developments

Cases to watch- Wall v RBS – is the bank entitled to an order requiring Mr Wall to identify the third party funder funding his case so that the bank can make an application for security for costs against the funder? Due...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AMF Consultations - Corporate Finance Advice and Intermediation in Miscellaneous Assets - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) has recently launched two public...more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 308-Ben Locwin on Forecasting  [Video]

In this first part of a three part series on the risk management process, noted risk management guru Ben Locwin and I visit about forecasting in the risk management process. ...more

Day 16 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board and Succession Planning [Video]

Yesterday, I considered the Board of Director’s role in hiring of senior executives and in other key positions and corporate positions and corporate relationships. Today I want to consider the Board’s role in succession...more

The Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning 2016 run of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) decisions with the announcement of the resolution of the Embraer SA...more

Foreign Investment in Australia

Foreign investment is key to Australia’s economic development, and Australia welcomes it. As the fourth largest economy in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, Australia's competitive economy is set for continued expansion...more

Luxembourg CSSF Circular 17/650 - Primary tax offences - In the fight against money laundering, what are your professional...

On 17 February 2017, Luxembourg’s financial regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF) issued a circular drawn up with the Financial Intelligence Unit in order to provide...more

UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations

7 steps companies can take to maximize privilege protections under US and English law. Key Points: ..In a recent case, an English court stated that privilege did not apply to notes of employee interviews,...more

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