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Focus On International Standards

The influence of international standards on the direction of insurance regulation in the United States has dominated public discussion about insurance regulation during recent years. Nowhere was that more evident than in...more

IRS Proposes Regulations Directed To “Passive” Hedge Fund Foreign Insurance Entities

On April 24, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations directed to “situations in which a hedge fund establishes a purported foreign reinsurance company in order to defer and reduce the tax that otherwise would...more

IRS Proposes PFIC Regulations That Could Characterize Many Foreign Insurance Companies as PFICs

A mere 28 years after Congress enacted the tax rules governing passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”), the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have for the first time issued proposed regulations that...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued On Hedge Fund Reinsurance Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing what constitutes the “active conduct of an insurance business” for purposes of the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules (the...more

Europeans Authorize Negotiations with US to Loosen Reinsurance Collateral Requirements

Earlier this week, the European Union’s executive body gained key approval to begin negotiations with the United States on a deal aimed at cutting the minimum collateral levels required of foreign reinsurers operating in the...more

"Shadow Banking and Financial Stability: Regulators Propose Framework for Nonbank Noninsurers"

On March 4, 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a second consultation paper concerning the methodology they propose to use to identify nonbank...more

Treasury and the IRS Offer a New Take on the PFIC Active Insurance Exception

On April 23, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting the active insurance exception under the passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. Although the release of the proposed regulations did not...more

Sale of Online Insurance Products: AMF Releases Recommendations

On April 2, 2015, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the legislative framework applicable to the financial sector in Quebec, released a report entitled Internet Insurance...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

New Thai insurance acts facilitate foreign ownership of insurers

The Life and Non-Life Insurance Acts (No. 3) were issued earlier this month. Their provisions make it substantially easier for permission for majority or total foreign ownership of insurers to be granted, and also regulate...more

Germany's Amended Investment Ordinance

The Investment Ordinance (Anlageverordnung – “Investment Ordinance” or “AnlV”), as recently amended and as discussed in more detail below, applies to the investments and the asset allocation of insurance companies and pension...more

PE Matters - Q1 2015

Welcome to the Q1 2015 edition of PE Matters. It is tempting to make predictions at this time of year about the year ahead. This is a pretty risky thing to do at any time but this year seems more difficult than most. Economic...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #4

In this issue: - US Banking Regulators Request Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burden - European Banking Authority Opinion on Definition of Eligible Capital - Implementing Technical Standards under CRR...more

Insurance Sector - 2014 Year End Review and Forecast for 2015

Fundamental changes and powerful forces are reshaping the insurance industry. These developments are reestablishing the natural order of the financial services sector and redefining the insurance industry’s role in the global...more

FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S....more

FIO Issues Report On Global Reinsurance Market And Its Importance To The U.S. Insurance Industry

On December 31, 2014, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) issued a report entitled “The Breadth and Scope of the Global Reinsurance Market and the Critical Role Such Market Plays in Supporting Insurance in the United States.” ...more

World Economic Forum – Release of the Global Risks Report

Each year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held in January in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF has released its Global Risks Report. The report is prepared by the WEF with its strategic partners Marsh & McLennan Companies and...more

OFAC Sanctions Compliance Provisions in Various Agreements

Due to costly settlements secured by U.S. regulatory agencies, banks, insurers, and corporations are increasingly inserting rigorous OFAC sanctions compliance language into their credit agreements, insurance policies,...more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Consultation Paper On A Riskbased Capital Framework For The Insurance Industry In Hong Kong

On 16 September 2014, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance ("OCI") announced the publication by the Insurance Authority ("IA") of a "Consultation Paper on a Risk-based Capital Framework for the Insurance Industry in...more

Former Senior Executives Of Insurance Retailer Fined And Prohibited As A Result Of The Development Of A Sales Strategy That...

In this case report we consider enforcement action taken by the FCA in relation to three former senior executives of a large retail insurance firm (the former Chief Executive, Finance Director and Marketing Director). This...more

European Banking Authority Risk Retention Report – Key Guidance Still Missing

Annual report generally confirms EU risk retention rules but fails to provide guidance regarding originator special purpose entities - On 22 December 2014, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued its report on...more

China Releases Draft of Deposit Insurance Scheme for Public Comments

An explicit and limited-coverage deposit insurance system is ready to replace the historical implicit and blanket governmental guarantee for failed financial institutions. On November 30, 2014, the Legislative Affairs...more

Proposed Anti-Inversion Regulations Would Affect Foreign Insurers

For decades American companies have used so-called “corporate inversions” to lower their tax burdens on foreign-earned income. Typically, the American company is acquired by a foreign company located in a tax-favorable...more

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