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Remember Europe? Harshing My Mellow

Maybe it’s because I have been in Europe this past week (Munich at Octoberfest actually – Men in way-too-short leather shorts, dirndls, beer steins the size of a politician’s ego, the most astonishing amount of drinking, etc....more

The Potential Effect of Brexit on UK Environmental Law

The majority of modern environmental legislation in the UK is derived from EU law, either from directives that have been implemented by UK domestic legislation or from regulations that apply directly in EU member states such...more

European Parliament Votes to Object to PRIIPs Implementing Legislation

The European Parliament voted to object to draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) implementing the Packaged Retail and Insurance Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation (the “Regulation”) on 14 September 2016. The draft...more

President Obama Pledges to Lift Myanmar Sanctions

On September 14, 2016, President Obama met with Myanmar’s leader, State Counsellor Daw Aung Suu Kyi, at the White House and announced the United States’ intent to remove economic sanctions against Myanmar (formerly known as...more

Brexit: A Financial Free Zone Within the City

The UK Government recently indicated that it intends to negotiate a unique EU-UK relationship post-Brexit. It is hoped that the arrangements will be appropriate for the UK and London’s position as a leading international...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Implementation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reforms 

The Financial Stability Board published its eleventh progress report on the implementation of reforms by standard-setting bodies, national and regional authorities and market participants to the over-the-counter derivatives...more

Japan steps into Brexit debate with a message to the UK and the EU

The Japanese government has stepped into the Brexit debate with an unprecedented warning to the EU and the UK, saying that Japanese inbound investment into the UK could be put at risk by Brexit particularly if withdrawal...more

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

FCA Chief Executive Comments on FCA Mission and Brexit - The FCA has published a speech by Andrew Bailey, FCA Chief Executive, at the FCA's 2016 annual public meeting on 19 July 2016. Mr Bailey stated that the FCA...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - September 2016

CEO’s Executive Summary: We have an unusually long update this month, given many developments in August and this morning’s cabinet reshuffle announced by the President. On September 7 President Peña Nieto reshuffled the...more

Argentina’s New Leadership and How it Affects Insurance

Following last year’s elections, the political and economic landscape is changing in Argentina. Where new economic opportunities arise, (re)insurance follows. Along with new demand for commercial insurance products, the legal...more

China to Promote Green Finance at G20

Now in its eleventh year, The G20 Summit heads to the city of Hangzhou, China – the first time a G20 summit has been held for heads of state in China. As this years’ destination, China is maximising its role as the host...more

Bail-In and Contractual Recognition: The Impact on US and Other Non-EU Counterparties and the Potential Impact of Brexit

Following the 2008 banking crisis, governments around the world found themselves having to bail out large financial institutions by injecting capital to help those institutions continue to service their debts. In Europe, the...more

ManattJones Global Strategies

CEO’s Note: The anti-Mexico sentiments evident at the Republican National Convention coincided with more positive developments in U.S.-Mexico relations, including a one-day official visit by President Peña Nieto to Washington...more

Brexit: Brexit and loan agreements

Summary – the key things you need to know - - The Brexit vote is likely to have little immediate legal impact on most current finance agreements. It would be unlikely, for example, that a lender could call a typical...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Brexit and financial markets

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in a so-called Brexit referendum. This historic decision raises significant challenges and potential opportunities for financial services activity within...more

Brazil - Crisis and Opportunities

The seventh largest economy in the world is changing its government after a year of political and economic turbulence. For many Brazil continues to offer huge investment potential and this interest may increase if the new...more

No more passporting post-Brexit?

UK authorised financial institutions (banks, investment firms, fund managers, insurers, insurance intermediaries payment institutions and e-money issuers) can carry out their activities across the EEA without setting up a...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

Brexit: How will it impact asset and fund managers?

Following the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty about the impact of the decision on the financial services industry, including asset and fund...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2016

Stock Market Commentary - The markets endured much drama in the two weeks leading up to quarter - end as the surprise exit of the U.K. from the European Union rattled investors. Brexit knocked over 5% off of the S&P...more

Brexit Will Cause Deal Flow Reduction

Britain's historic vote to exit the European Union has sent shock waves throughout the global economy and will certainly have economic and political repercussions for years. How will the vote impact U.S. real...more

Congressmen Question IPO Fees

Congressman Himes (CT) and eight other members of Congress wrote to FINRA and to the Securities and Exchange Commission questioning the typical 7% gross spread in U.S. IPOs. The letter appears to have been prompted by a...more

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

Brexit: UK Votes to Leave EU - The 23 June 2016 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU resulted in a vote to leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During...more

Brexit: Potential consequences on CEE / SEE finance

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a so-called 'Brexit' referendum. The full implications of Brexit are unknown and unknowable at this time as the referendum decision will need to be...more

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