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Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

This is the first in a series of monthly EU regulatory briefs - summarising key regulatory developments across a number of sectors in the EU. Antitrust and Competition - The European Commission launches an...more

China Adopts the New National Security Law - a Top Legislative Effort to Control Cybersecurity

On 1 July 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, approved the new National Security Law of the People's Republic of China, the "New Law") which became effective on the same...more

Canada Expands Sanctions on Russia and the Crimea Region of the Ukraine

On Monday, June 29, 2015, the Canadian government expanded its economic sanctions against Russia and the Crimea region of the Ukraine. Three additional individuals and 14 entities were added to the list under the Special...more

Alleged Ringleader of Global Cybercrimes Extradited to United States to Face Charges

Today, the DOJ unsealed an eighteen-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York charging a Turkish citizen (Defendant) with organizing worldwide cyberattacks against at least three U.S. payment processors’ computer networks. The...more

The War Against Cyber Threats: President Obama Ups the Ante

Focusing on overseas cyber threats, President Obama issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, which grants authorization to impose sanctions on individuals and entities engaged "in malicious cyber-enabled activities that...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

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 23

In This Issue: - Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Rule to Require Delivery of an Educational Communication to Customers of a Transferring...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #2

NYDFS Issues BitLicense Framework for Regulating Virtual Currency Firms - The New York State Department of Financial Services issued final regulations requiring a so-called “BitLicense” and establishing minimum...more

FinCrimes Update - May 2015 Supplement

FEDERAL RESERVE ORDERS TWO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO IMPROVE BSA/AML COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS - On June 1, a Boston-based international financial services holding company and its banking subsidiary agreed to improve...more

ESMA Calls for EMIR Modifications to UCITS Directive

On May 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion to the EU institutions (including the Commission, Parliament and Council) calling for a modification of the Directive for Undertakings for...more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2015

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a German engineering firm tests Brazil's recently implemented anticorruption...more

“Forewarned Is Forearmed” – The Rise of Chinese Data-Flow Restrictions

Manufacturers with operations, employees, and/or customers in China must be aware of a long list of China-specific data-flow and content restrictions. Data-flow restrictions in particular affect manufacturers employing or...more

Taiwan Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions

On February 4, 2015, Taiwan promulgated the Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions, and pursuant to the Act, the Financial Supervisory Commission on April 27, 2015 announced a series of enforcement rules of the Act,...more

OFAC on Bitcoin—Learning Before Actively Regulating

Before a government agency issues regulations implementing a new law—or applies existing regulations to a new technology—it has to do some groundwork. The agency will interpret its authorizing legislation and executive...more

FinCEN Flexes Its Muscles

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has been flexing its muscles lately to remind everyone of its important role in money laundering enforcement. Jennifer Shasky, the current Director, a former...more

Why the Health Care Industry Needs to Focus on Data-Flow Restrictions in China

U.S. health care providers, device manufacturers, lab managers, health information technology and telemedicine/telehealth project investors, and other industry members involved in projects in China, need to be aware of a long...more

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as New Attorney General – What’s Next?

Newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made it clear that she plans to get tough on financial crime.  During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch testified that she “looks forward to taking a very aggressive...more

Automation and AML/BSA Compliance

The future of compliance includes technology solutions. Do not get me wrong – technology is not a panacea but it is an important strategy for leveraging resources. In the anti-corruption and sanctions compliance arenas,...more

European Securities Regulator Calls for Information Concerning Virtual Currency

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – the European Union’s (“EU”) securities watchdog agency – issued a formal call for evidence regarding investments using virtual currency or...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

ESMA Issues Call for Evidence on Virtual Currency

On April 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a call for information (Call for Evidence) on virtual currency. Unlike recent studies performed by the European Banking Authority and HM Treasury, ESMA...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on Investments Using Virtual Currency or Distributed Ledger Technology

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on investments using virtual currency (vc) or distributed ledger technology. ESMA has been monitoring and analyzing VC...more

China Appears To Delay Implementation Of New IT Security Measures In Banking Sector In Response To US, Canadian, EU, Japanese...

In response to concerns raised by the governments of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan - bilaterally and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) - the Chinese government appears to have placed...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 16

In this issue: - SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors - CFTC...more

FinCEN and ICE Issue Geographic Targeting Order Against Electronics Exporters in the Miami Area

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) served a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) on about 700 electronics exporter businesses in the Miami area, in an investigation into cash...more

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