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

Central Bank Issues "Dear Chairman" Letter Regarding Directors' Time Commitments for Each Sub Fund - The Central Bank of Ireland issued a “Dear Chairman” letter on 8 September 2016, concerning its review of the number of...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: Foreign Institutional Investors are Granted Unprecedented Access to...

A new program providing fund managers with access to China’s principal bond market officially opened for business in May 2016. The program – known as the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) program – greatly simplifies the...more

District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...more

OFAC Provides Further Guidance On Iranian Sanctions

This month the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its ‘Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Lifting of Certain U.S. Sanctions Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...more

China's New Foreign Investment Regime

Effective 1 October 2016, China replaced its approval regime for foreign investments with a filing regime, except where such investments fall within the Negative List. Approval vs. Filing - Since China first...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 287-the FCPA Mock Trial Institute [Video]

An increasing number of these cases will be litigated through discovery and trial. The Institute will focus on the unique evidentiary and trial challenges that the parties must negotiate to successfully litigate and try a...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The official announcement of the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect was jointly made by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)...more

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

Exception from the License Requirement for Investment Intermediaries in the Future Only in Case of a First Public Offer of Investment Assets (Vermögensanlagen) - As of 31 December 2016, investment advisors and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 286-Use of Technology in Supply Chain Risk Management [Video]

Software platforms can provide a lot of efficiencies such as a reduction of time, resources and a more manageable audit trail. Still, software cannot do everything. Subject matter expertise is still essential to building a...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #2

Alleged Flash Crasher Navinder Sarao Loses Final Effort to Avoid US Extradition: Navinder Sarao, the London-based futures trader who in April 2015 was criminally charged with contributing to the May 2010 “Flash Crash,” is now...more

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

AMF Communication – Brexit – Launch of the AGILITY program - Pursuant to the Brexit, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French Financial Markets Authority, the “AMF”) launched a dedicated program called “AGILITY”...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

Monarch - A royal reprieve or a stay of execution?

On Wednesday 12 October it was reported that Monarch secured an extension to its ATOL licence following in-depth negotiations with the CAA and a £165 million injection of capital from its major shareholder, Greybull Capital....more

Quarterly Investment Update - 3rd. Quarter 2016

Investor confidence rebounded in the third quarter immediately following Brexit, driving the S&P 500 to new highs. Comments by the Fed in early September stirred up some volatility and share prices slipped backwards. Not...more

Senior Management Regime and Certification Regime to apply to all FSMA authorised firms from 2018

The Senior Management Regime (SMR) and Certification Regime (CR) is to apply to all FSMA-authorised firms from 2018. HM Treasury forecasts that the proposed extension of the SMR will bring 42,000 consumer credit firms, 17,200...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Secondary Measures for Reporting of Securities Financing Transactions 

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a consultation paper on its proposed draft Implementing and Regulatory Technical Standards for the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation....more

European Banking Authority Draft Guidance on Information and Communication Technology Risk

The European Banking Authority launched a consultation on the proposed Guidelines for the assessment of Information and Communication Technology risk under the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process. ...more

ESMA product governance guidelines under MiFID II

On 5 October 2016, the European Security and Markets Authority (ESMA) has opened a consultation for all market participants, about product governance guidelines under MiFID II regarding the target market assessment to be made...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Publishes Final Guidance on the European Interchange Fee Regulation

The UK Payment Systems Regulator published the final Guidance on its approach to monitoring compliance with the EU Interchange Fee Regulation. The final Guidance consolidates the previous final Guidance published in March...more

DIFC Intermediate SPV Regime: a Welcome Business-Friendly Evolution

The introduction of a new regime for the establishment of so called ‘intermediate special purpose vehicles’ (“Intermediate SPVs”) in the DIFC was approved by the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) Authority on 19...more

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