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Commercial Court confirms that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses may be exclusive for the purposes of EU law

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses - also known as one-sided or 'for the benefit' clauses - are common in international financial services agreements, but their validity under EU law has been questioned in recent years by the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

China Tightens Regulations on Investing Insurance Funds in Shares of Listed Companies

The entire Chinese economy, including its insurance industry, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Speculative investments have become an inevitable byproduct of this growth. One of the most well-known examples of a...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: Six steps to non-core infrastructure success

Infrastructure funds are increasing their capital allocations to non-core sectors, although in doing so they will need to take on increased risk and operate outside an established regulatory environment. There are six steps...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - House Committee on Financial Services Comments on OCC Fintech Charter - All 34 Republican members of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, including...more

Cross-Border Loan Transactions: Supplementing Canadian Law Governed Loan Documents with Collateral and Guaranty Documents Governed...

Many cross-border loan transactions involve subsidiaries that are organized in the United States and/or U.S. based collateral. To the extent that the underlying loan is made to a Canadian borrower by a Canadian lender, these...more

China-Hong Kong Bond Connect on its way!

China has announced the launch of a new initiative that is likely to liberalize the process for foreign investors to invest in the China bond market. As the third largest bond market in the world, this could be a significant...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Foreign Investment Under the Trump Administration

CFIUS has the power to unwind your M&A deal. That power will likely expand. That is the headline. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews acquisitions by foreign parties of “critical...more

BaFin Publishes Guidelines for Higher Administrative Fines

Guidelines indicate that violations of the German Securities Trading Act will be sanctioned more rigorously by the German federal financial supervisory authority in the future. Since July 2016, the German federal...more

Uptick In Coordinated U.S.-Brazil Anti-Corruption Enforcement

As companies expand across borders and invest more heavily abroad, foreign enforcement authorities are following the example set by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in directing...more

A Quiet UK Budget for Asset Managers, But Other Recent Tax Changes Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

After numerous UK tax changes affecting asset managers over the past few years – not least the wholesale re-vamping of the tax treatment of carried interest and other fund participations for investment fund managers – the UK...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

10 Takeaway Points on Luxembourg’s RAIF

The Luxembourg law on reserved alternative investment funds (RAIF) is a welcome addition to the alternative investment funds (AIF) industry and we have seen keen interest from the fund and asset management industry in this...more

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

EMIR - Spanish Pension Schemes Exempt and Updated Q&A - On 25 January, ESMA issued its opinion confirming the exemption from the EMIR clearing obligation for certain Spanish pension schemes....more

Indonesia Implements a Safe Harbor Policy for E-Commerce (Marketplace) Platforms

In light of rapid developments in the e-commerce industry in Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics ("MOCI") issued Circular Letter No. 5 of 2016 on the Limitations and Responsibilities of Platform Providers...more

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

UK Supreme Court Rules UK Parliament Must Approve Brexit Notice to EU - Under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the process for the UK to leave the EU is commenced by service of a notice on the European Council, which starts...more

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Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 5

Discussion and Analysis Last week, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate announced that it will host an “Evidence Summit” to discuss strategies for raising retail investors’ understanding of critical investment...more

DOJ Announces Extension of FCPA Pilot Program

The US Department of Justice plans to extend its FCPA Pilot Program, an initiative developed to encourage companies to self-report bribery violations and provide extensive cooperation in exchange for reduced penalties,...more

Reminder that the List of Securities Subject to Hong Kong Short Position Reporting will be Expanded with Effect from 15 March 2017

Market participants are currently only required to report short positions in 138 SEHK-listed securities (in accordance with the list of specified shares published by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on 10 February...more

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

Audit Regulators in Australia and in Luxembourg Enter Into Cooperative Agreement - The Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Luxembourg’s Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (“CSSF”) have...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

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

Central Bank Publishes Feedback Statement on CP105 - The Central Bank published its Feedback Statement on CP105 on 19 January 2017. CP105 sets out proposed amendments to the Central Bank UCITS Regulations in light of...more

The Italian State Steps In: Government Guarantees and Precautionary Recapitalizations of Italian Banks

The Italian government has taken important steps to stabilize troubled Italian banks by approving Law Decree No. 237/2016 (the "Law Decree"). The Law Decree authorizes the Italian government to support Italian banks...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

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