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Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

Game Change: Covered Agreement Process for Insurance Underway

The United States Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) jointly notified four key congressional committees that they were formally initiating...more

ESAs consult on PRIIPS KID

EBA, ESMA and EIOPA (the European Supervisory Authorities – ESAs) are consulting on draft RTS on the layout of the Key Information Document (KID) to be used under the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products...more

EIOPA modifies Solvency 2 term structures methodology

EIOPA has modified the methodology for calculating the relevant risk-free interest rate term structures for Solvency 2. EIOPA has decided to amend the methodology so that...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 42

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes...more

Commission requests risk advice from EIOPA

The Commission has written to ????? requesting further technical advice on the identification and calibration of other infrastructure investment risk categories under Solvency 2. ...more

Exchange International: Financial Services Regulation Newsletter - Issue 27

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory Team welcomes you to the twenty-seventh edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Insurance Newsletter September 2015

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a District Court decision and ruled that the Internal Revenue Service could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions...more

The Iran Sanctions Program: Is There Relief in Sight for Re/Insurers Under The Iran Nuclear Agreement?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers complex and comprehensive trade and financial sanctions against the Government of Iran. The Iran sanctions prohibit virtually all...more

PRIIPS – ESMA Publishes Reponses to Consultation on Key Information Document

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the responses received by ESMA, the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) on the Technical...more

FOS issues micro-enterprises review

FOS has published an insight briefing reviewing the complaints it has received from “micro-enterprises” in connection with financial services. The review examines the types of “micro-enterprise” approaching FOS and the types...more

Iran Sanctions: Change is Coming, But Risks and Uncertainties Remain

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) that was signed on July 14, 2015 among Iran and the United States, Germany, UK, France, Russia and China (referred to as “P5+1” in the United States and “E3+3” in the EU) could...more

UK Financial Institutions Strengthen Accountability

UK regulators extend the new regulatory framework that governs individual accountability to banking and insurance. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published their...more

Shadow Banking Remains on Regulatory Radar

The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England (BoE) has recently published its latest Financial Stability Report (Report). The format of the Report is that the FPC assesses the outlook for financial stability by...more

UK Summer Budget 2015

On Wednesday, 8 July 2015, George Osborne delivered the UK Summer Budget. The first Budget of the new Conservative government (and the second Budget of 2015), the Summer Budget is wide-ranging in scope and potentially...more

[Webinar] Find Out How Your Approach to Compliance Training Compares To Hundreds of Your Peers - July 22, 10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Join us for this free webinar as we reveal the results of our 2015 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report. Find out how your program compares to the 600+ training professionals who weighed in this year. You’ll find...more

Proposed US Tax Legislation Aims to Curb Hedge Fund Reinsurance

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released legislation, the Offshore Reinsurance Tax Fairness Act (ORTFA), which aims to close what he perceives to be a loophole used to exploit an exception to the passive foreign investment...more

Insurance Risks of Bitcoin: Lloyd’s Take

On June 12, global insurance giant Lloyd’s of London released a report titled Bitcoin: Risk Factors for Insurance. Lloyd’s knows a thing or two about risk—it has been underwriting for more than 300 years and has insured...more

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

Commerce Department Extends Deadline for BE-10 Reports and Important Clarifications for Asset Managers and Insurance Companies

On Thursday, May 28, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) issued an automatic one month extension to all first time filers of the BE-10 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad. The extension grant, coming one day...more

Global Trends in Insurance M&A in 2014 and Beyond

Looking back on 2014: The return of the billion dollar transactions - In recent years, insurance companies have largely focused on improving their performance by cutting costs amidst a slow post-global financial crisis...more

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

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