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Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: Managing the Compliance Aspects of Private Equity Investments

International business transactions can be subject to intense scrutiny due to the broad scope of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, in addition to other similar anti-corruption measures...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 27, the Walla Walla Edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 27, week ending October 21, 2016-the Walla Walla Edition 1. Lennox Industries self-reports a $425 bribe; 2. Another guilty plea in FIFA corruption scanda; 3. Public Citizen letter to DOJ/SEC re:...more

Recognising foreign insolvency proceedings arising in jurisdictions other than the place of incorporation - A case study of Re...

The central question in the case of Re Opti-Medix Ltd (in liquidation) and another matter [2016] SGHC 108 (Opti-Medix) was whether insolvency proceedings in a jurisdiction other than the place of incorporation could be...more

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

Fintech in Hong Kong: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, or Hong Kong’s Measures To Become the Fintech Capital of Asia

Hong Kong is putting substantial focus on financial technology, or fintech, to compete with Singapore and Tokyo as the fintech capital of Asia. In April 2015, the Hong Kong Government (the “Government”) established the...more

Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart October 2016

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of October 2016. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...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

"Activist Investing in Europe: A Special Report (September 2016)"

This report offers an overview of the state of activism in Europe, as well as country-specific profiles for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, including information and commentary on noteworthy...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

The New EU Market Abuse Regulation: Impact on US Issuers

The rules under the new EU Market Abuse Regulation are in many ways similar to those under the now-repealed Market Abuse Directive. But U.S. issuers that have applied to have securities admitted to trading on EU regulated...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER – “Trade Match” and “Trade Acceptance” Clearing Submissions on FINRA’s Alternative Display Facility – On October 7, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a Trade Reporting Notice regarding...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 26, the East Lansing Edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay and I discuss the following: 1. World Bank Debarments- as reported on the FCPA Blog; 2. Spanish pharma Grifols lands its second DOJ declination-as reported on the FCPA Blog; 3. Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf...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

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 15-breakdowns in the three lines of compliance defense [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go deep into the weeds in our discussion of the three lines of compliance defense and how they failed at Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse. We talk about Matt's multi-dimensional view of the...more

Make Your Hanjin Bankruptcy Claims Now!

There is a lot of press coverage about the Hanjin bankruptcy, but very little of it provides tangible facts for traders to rely on. One thing we know for sure is Hanjin filed a Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. What that...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

Decline in venture capital funding for Fintech companies following Brexit vote

Innovative Finance, the UK’s fintech trade body, has reported that funding for UK companies has declined by a third in comparison with the levels seen in 2015. Innovative Finance blamed the Brexit vote for the decline, as UK...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 39

SEC/CORPORATE SEC - Staff No Longer Requires “Tandy” Representations in Filing Reviews - On October 5, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective immediately, a company...more

G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-2018 Published

The G20 published its Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2017-2018 and called on countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The G20 established the Anti-Corruption Working Group in 2010, a body...more

What does the future hold? UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime.

UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) would like to extend the strict liability "failure to prevent bribery" offence that is...more

Cross-Border Private M&A in Canada: 10 Tips for Foreign Acquirers

Canadian private M&A slowed somewhat in 2015 and early 2016, owing to the depressed market for commodities, but deal flow is roaring back in the latter half of 2016. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States...more

The Luxembourg indirect tax administration confirms the VAT treatment of director fees

On 30 September 2016, the Luxembourg indirect tax administration (LTA) issued a circular n°781 confirming that director fees are subject to VAT (the Circular). As reported in our previous e-alert on this matter circulated in...more

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