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China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority Confirms Direct Foreign Investment on Tadawul to Commence in June 2015

Regulator Breaks Silence on New Rules - 16 April 2015: The Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority (CMA) announced today that the regulations governing foreign investment in shares listed on the Saudi Arabian stock...more

Relaxed Cuban Sanctions Change the Landscape of the Financial Services Industry

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published new federal regulations permitting certain types of previously prohibited transactions. Financial services organizations hoping to gain a foothold into the Cuban financial...more

The Passing of Günter Grass and Compliance Week 2015 Is Near

Günter Grass died this week. The contradictions that made up post-war Germany were wrapped up in him as well as any other single person I know anything about. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, who, it was revealed...more

Road Map to Europe – Executing Venture Capital Deals Easily in a Complicated Landscape

The number of European startups in search of funding and full of ambition to compete on the global stage has never been greater. U.S.-based venture capital funds are in prime position to take advantage of the opportunity of...more

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

Battle of the Forms in the European Private Placement Market: An Analysis and Comparison of the New LMA Private Placement...

1. Introduction - Over the last few years, there have been ongoing discussions and a series of initiatives aimed at developing a “Pan-European Private Placement Market” (PEPP Market) for private placement transactions...more

FTC Scrutinizes Two Companies For Falsely Reporting Compliance With E.U. Safe Harbor In Privacy Policies

On April 7, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that two companies have agreed to settle claims that the companies failed to update their privacy policies to reflect lapsed compliance with the U.S.-E.U. and...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

California AG Asks Retailers And Manufacturers To Report On Supply Chains Act Compliance

The California Attorney General’s office recently sent letters to retailers and manufacturers asking them to demonstrate compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act or why they are not subject to the act....more

FTC settles with two companies over misrepresentations of safe harbor compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it is settling investigations against American International Mailing, Inc. and TES Franchising LLC alleging that each were misrepresenting to consumers that they...more

New UAE Commercial Companies Law: A Move Towards Global Standards

On 1 April 2015, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, enacted Federal Law No 2 of 2015 (the Commercial Companies Law, or Law). The Law brings to a close several years of...more

SAFE Further Relaxes Control of FIE’s Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Notice of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Regarding the Reform of the Administration of Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement1 for...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Part One

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Stock Connect”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

EU antitrust authorities to take value of personal data into consideration when reviewing digital markets in merger and antitrust...

In an interview on 9 April 2015, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager indicated that companies who control personal data could come under increased scrutiny from European antitrust authorities. She recognises...more

What Are Your Company's New Disclosure Obligations in China? – Potential Anti-Corruption Compliance Implications

In 2014, China adopted regulations intended to update and streamline company periodic reporting obligations. The regulations include a new obligation for compulsory interim disclosure of penalties imposed by PRC regulators...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Japanese Fund Regulatory Framework—2015 Amendment

On March 24, 2015, an amendment bill (“Amendment Bill”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (“FIEA”) was approved by the Cabinet and was submitted to the Diet for its consideration. The Amendment Bill...more

The New UAE Commercial Companies Law 2015

A new commercial companies law (“New CC Law”) was issued in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) on 1 April 2015 and will come into effect within the next three months. The New CC Law applies to companies established in the UAE...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization

On May 11th, 2015 I will lead a session at the GRC Summit 2015 titled “A Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization.” My journey comes not from the fields of audit, law, investigation...more

A Borrower and a Lender Be: Irish Central Bank’s Loan Origination Fund Rules

There has been an increasing focus within Europe on alternatives to bank-based credit. Loan origination funds, which look to source loan assets for their investment portfolio by directly originating loans (rather than...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Expands Applicability of Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement - US Federal Reserve Board Requests Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D -...more

Five Step Process for Transaction and Continuous Controls Monitoring

Most Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners understand the need for transaction monitoring. Whether it be as a part of your overall monitoring of third parties, employees, or to test the overall...more

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