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District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...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

Compromise Proposal on the Regulation Amending EuVECA Regulation and EuSEF Regulation

On October 13 2016, the Presidency of the Council of European Union published a compromise proposal (13168/16) in relation to the proposed Regulation amending the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation (Regulation...more

Blog: The #AIFMD for non-EU Fund Managers: a brief update on the 3rd-country passport

Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA), has given a brief “update and next steps” report to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, about ESMA’s work on the...more

Implementing Regulations on its Credit Assessments of ECAIs under Solvency II and CRR Published in OJ

On October 12, 2016, the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1799 of October 7, 2016 laying down implementing technical standards (ITS) with regard to the mapping of credit assessments of external credit assessment...more

OFAC Provides Further Guidance On Iranian Sanctions

This month the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its ‘Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Lifting of Certain U.S. Sanctions Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...more

China's New Foreign Investment Regime

Effective 1 October 2016, China replaced its approval regime for foreign investments with a filing regime, except where such investments fall within the Negative List. Approval vs. Filing - Since China first...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 All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded.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

Blog: Solvency II: EIOPA on regulatory certainty, and legislative review

Like most modern European Directives, Solvency II includes a structured review process to give the legislature an opportunity to (a) check the regime’s working properly; and (b) make adjustments, if it’s not. The...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The official announcement of the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect was jointly made by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)...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

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

Blog: Amending the European Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

The European institutions have been working on a Regulation that will amend the European Venture Capital Funds & European Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations, to make it easier for qualifying Alternative Investment...more

Blog: Virtual currencies & the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive: ECB Opinion on the Commission’s proposals

The European Commission published proposals to amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive, to bring crypto-currency exchanges and wallet providers within scope, in early July 2016. The European Banking Authority...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

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #2

Alleged Flash Crasher Navinder Sarao Loses Final Effort to Avoid US Extradition: Navinder Sarao, the London-based futures trader who in April 2015 was criminally charged with contributing to the May 2010 “Flash Crash,” is now...more

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

AMF Communication – Brexit – Launch of the AGILITY program - Pursuant to the Brexit, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French Financial Markets Authority, the “AMF”) launched a dedicated program called “AGILITY”...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

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