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Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 58, the Declination Edition

by Thomas Fox on

After last week’s guest announcers, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories, including: 1. The first Declination of the Session’s Justice Department, Linde gas....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 24

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Proposes to Make New TRACE Security Activity Reports Available - On June 19, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule amendment that would make new Trade Reporting and...more

Spanish law endorses a new class of senior "non-preferred" debt instruments (or senior second ranking notes): the starting gun has...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Royal Decree-Law 11/2017 of 23 June on urgent actions on financial matters (RDL 11/2017) has recently been approved by the Spanish Government. RDL 11/2017 (3rd paragraph of Article 3) has amended Law 11/2015 (implementing...more

Funds Should Gear to Tap into U.S. Infrastructure Growth

by K&L Gates LLP on

Last week, investors from all over the world gathered in Washington for the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. Despite what were sometimes pessimistic headlines, the message they heard was clear: America is open for business...more

Recast Insolvency Regulation

by Reed Smith on

The Recast Insolvency Regulation (Regulation 2015/848) (“Recast Regulation”) will apply to all member states of the EU (with the exception of Denmark) in relation to insolvency proceedings opened on or after 26 June 2017. The...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

AMF Priorities in the EMIR Review - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) published two position papers on 2 May 2017 relating to the EMIR review...more

California Ruling Requires TransUnion to Pay Record $60M for FCRA Violations; Suit Alleged Consumer Reports Erroneously Linked...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A California jury in federal court ruled on Tuesday, June 20, that TransUnion violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by erroneously linking certain consumers with similarly named terrorists and criminals in the U.S....more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Increasing Focus on European ETFs

by Dechert LLP on

The rise of passive investment strategies and the growing momentum of investment in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has not gone unnoticed by European regulators. The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) recently released a...more

EU General Data Protection Regulation – a survival guide for private equity

by Hogan Lovells on

To say that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or the Regulation) will change the existing data protection framework in Europe is an understatement. In less than a year, an ambitious, complex and strict law will...more

Day 18 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report-Reporting Line Best Practices

by Thomas Fox on

Today I would like to review some best practices regarding a compliance hotline. ...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Proposed Changes to U.S. Sanctions Against Russia "Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017"

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 98-2 in favour of new sanctions against Russia in the face of express opposition from President Trump's administration. The proposed law includes significant changes to the current U.S....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 23

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Updates to Form ADV FAQs - On June 12, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD. Much of the...more

FCA Consults on UK Implementation of EU Benchmarks Regulation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

FCA proposes amendments to UK rules and clarifies timing for applications by benchmark administrators. Key Points: ..The FCA is consulting on consequential changes to the Handbook, plus additional UK aspects of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The first criminal charges against a major international bank and four of its executives tied to the market crisis were brought this week by the SFO. The charges were based on actions the firm took with private lenders to...more

Our Cuba Sanctions Predictions: How Did We Do?

In our last post, we made a few cocky predictions about the new Trump Administration’s Cuba policy. We correctly asserted that the President would try to chart a narrow course between the Scylla of conservative Cuban-American...more

Day 17 Of One Month To Better Investigations and Reporting-Whom To Suspend During an Internal Investigation and De-Confliction

by Thomas Fox on

Who to suspend during any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is always a delicate question to answer. Unfortunately there is never an easy answer. As the Volkswagen (VW) emission-testing scandal continues to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

Overriding Interest

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to the latest edition of Overriding Interest. Inside this issue: - The UK Government Proposes Innovative Transparency Requirements for Overseas Owners and Buyers of UK Property - Mees Update - Announcements,...more

FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect....more

Italy Addresses "Carried Interest" Tax Treatment

by Jones Day on

The Italian government has enacted Law Decree no. 50 ("Decree 50"), providing a set of new tax measures aimed at, among other things, attracting investments in Italy. Decree 50 was finally approved by the Italian Parliament...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Taiwan M&A has strong Q1 after a robust 2016 - Spurred by semiconductor...

by White & Case LLP on

The 2017 kickoff in Taiwan M&A showed the second-highest Q1 deal volume since Q1 2010, with 13 deals (Figure 1). This matched the Q1 2016 total—which itself was a busy year for M&A in Taiwan....more

Innovation drives dealmaking: Outlook for M&A in Israel - Investors continue to flock to Israel, as innovation and technological...

by White & Case LLP on

Dubbed the "startup nation," Israel is an epicenter of innovation. It boasts more venture capital firms and startups on a per capita basis than any other country in the world. In tech terms, it is second only to Silicon...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 43, the Linde Declination

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the first Declination issued by the DOJ in the era of the Trump Administration, which was issued by the DOJ on June 16, 2017, when it issued a Declination to Linde North...more

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