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Financial institutions M&A: How financial sponsors are changing the landscape in Europe - Is current interest in financial...

Financial sponsor activity in European financial services M&A has never been stronger. According to Mergermaket, during the first ten months of 2015, private equity buyouts accounted for 20 percent of all European M&A...more

ESMA updates EMIR data reporting TS

ESMA has updated its TS on the data reporting requirements under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Since it created the original standards ESMA has issued a set of Q&As on elements of the reporting...more

Proposed Sec. 367 Regs Say Goodbye to Goodwill Exception

Citing aggressive taxpayer positions, recently proposed regulations do away with the foreign goodwill exception to gain or income recognition for outbound transfers under Section 367. The rules also restrict the type of...more

ESMA consults on CRA methodologies

ESMA has issued a discussion paper on the validation and review of Credit Rating Agencies’ (CRAs) methodologies. The consultation seeks stakeholder views on how CRAs should demonstrate rating methodologies’ “discriminatory...more

ESMA updates MiFID protocol

ESMA has updated its protocol on the operation of its database for publishing market transparency calculations under the MiFID Implementing Regulation....more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

ESMA writes to Commission on MiFID 2 delays

ESMA has written to the Commission setting out areas of MiFID 2 that it thinks will in practice be challenging or impossible to have in place by the current “go-live” date. It has noted several requirements that will involve...more

EU Commission Communication Attempts to Address Uncertainty Surrounding Transfer of Personal Data Following Schrems

On November 6, 2015, The EU Commission published a communication addressed to the European Parliament and the EU Council in an attempt to reduce current legal uncertainties surrounding the transfer of personal data from...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Makes Final Injury Determination On Supercalendered Paper From Canada

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmative in connection with its final injury investigation on supercalendered paper from Canada. The ITC commissioners unanimously determined (with...more

Life After Death (of Safe Harbor) – EU Data Protection in the Wake of Schrems

One month after the landmark decision in Schrems vs. Data Protection Commissioner (C-365/14), the European Commission (Commission) has issued guidelines, in the form of a Communication, regarding the transfer of personal data...more

What's In A Name? The Case Of "On-Demand" Performance Bonds

A bank's attempt to characterise performance bonds as guarantees failed in a further example of the English Court's strict approach to construction of "on-demand" payment obligations. In a decision which provides some...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 45

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Commissioner Piwowar Speaks at Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference - On November 16, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael Piwowar addressed the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

The Attacks in Paris and AML Compliance

The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the...more

Brother Can You Spare Some (Compliance) Advice?

Usually I have Houston professional sports teams to hold high as example of true bone headedness around compliance issues. However, as my beloved Houston Astros took the World Series Champions, KC Royals, to the 7th inning of...more

Appeal Conditional On Payment Into Court Of GBP 3.64 Million Judgment

In Goldtrail Travel Ltd v Aydin & ors [2015] EWCA Civ 926, 11 June 2015, the court granted conditional permission to appeal, ordering Turkish airline Onur Air Tasimacilik AS (Onur Air) to pay the judgment sum of GBP 3.64...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - November 2015

The last two months certainly have been eventful in the world of privacy. In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent and highly significant Schrems decision that...more

EU data transfer update

On November 6, 2016, the EU Commission released its guidance for businesses relating to the EU safe harbor. The Commission indicated that since the invalidation of the safe harbor framework, it has “stepped up” talks...more

IAIS reports on regulation and supervision of Microtakaful

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and IAIS have issued a joint paper on issues in regulation and supervision of Microtakaful (Islamic microinsurance)....more

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Tax Rectification Case

On November 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Canada (A.G.) v. Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) inc., 2015 QCCA 838, which addresses the question of when rectification will be granted in the tax context....more

Claims Management Company Discloses Possible FCPA Violations

On November 9, an Atlanta-based claims management firm, disclosed that it had reported possible FCPA violations to DOJ and SEC. The company discovered the possible violations during an internal audit and has since launched an...more

Current Status of EU Data Transfers and Recommended Next Steps for Former Safe Harbor Companies

As has been widely publicized, on October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its much-anticipated decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Case C-362/14 invalidating European Commission’s Decision...more

Should the Definition of “Foreign Official” Matter?

FCPA practitioners are familiar with the term “public international organization” as included in the definition of “foreign official” for FCPA liability purposes but do we really know what the term means? Recent activity...more

M&A Update: Treasury Announces Second Anti-Inversion Notice

On November 19, 2015, Treasury issued Notice 2015-79 (the “Notice”), which announces Treasury’s intent to issue regulations reducing the tax benefits available to inverted groups and making it more difficult for some U.S....more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Provides Insight on Corporate Compliance and the Fraud Section’s New Compliance Expert

On November 2, at a speech at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society New York Regional Seminar, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell discussed compliance issues...more

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