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Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

Janet Yellen And The Fed Make It Happen – Interest Rate Hike – US Stock Markets Like It

As expected and reported on the blog last week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her team raised the Fed’s key interest rate by 0.25 percentage point today. While it’s the third time that the Fed has increased rates since the...more

NDRC’s Briefing Meeting on Increased Openness to Foreign Investment

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a meeting on March 13, 2017, with the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Deputy Director General LIU Hongkuan (Mr. Liu) and...more

How the Trump Presidency May Affect Commercial Real Estate Investment in Mexico

As the United States’ neighbor and second-largest trading partner, no country has followed President Trump’s rhetoric quite like Mexico. While sometimes it seems that even soothsayers cannot predict what the President will...more

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

UK Supreme Court Rules UK Parliament Must Approve Brexit Notice to EU - Under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the process for the UK to leave the EU is commenced by service of a notice on the European Council, which starts...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new reports on the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible...more

UK Must Get to Grips with Brexit and MiFID II

Asset Managers Face Some Difficult Decisions - 2017 is proving to be a stressful and costly year for asset managers. The terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will continue to be the subject of extensive debate, both...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

The flood of inbound M&A and outlook for 2017

Despite its political turbulence, 2016 was a blockbuster year for inbound mergers and acquisitions in the US. According to Bloomberg, US inbound M&A hit an all-time peak of $586.7 billion, a 35.15 percent hike from 2015. In...more

Uncertain Times

President Donald Trump may have his sights set on deregulation but a full repeal of title VII looks unlikely - One might think that the stated intention of US president-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in the US...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 3

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is poised to rule on, with respect to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, the question of how much power a president has to issue executive...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 6

SEC/CORPORATE - Acting SEC Chair Directs Staff to Reconsider Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule - On February 6, the acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Michael Piwowar, issued a statement soliciting public...more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Anti-corruption

Focus on the US - Anti-corruption enforcement in the United States has changed dramatically in the past year and its future remains unclear. What direction will Attorney General Jeff Sessions take the US Department of...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - February 2017

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal Asian, US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see...more

Changing of the Guard: SEC Reconsiders Conflict Minerals Rule While Congress Votes to Overturn ‘Publish What You Pay’ Reporting...

In the wake of the US elections in November 2016, two of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) disclosure rules for public reporting companies — the conflict minerals rule and government payments reporting for...more

Beware! The Oracle of Boston Ain't Digging Trumponomics

The money crowd has dubbed him the “Oracle of Boston,” signifying his exalted standing in the investment world as an equal to Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha.” Used copies of his book, “Margin of Safety:...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

The Trump Administration: President Trump Issues Executive Actions on Dodd-Frank and the DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two executive actions intended to provide a framework for scaling back the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) and rescinding or revising the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule.”...more

SEC Resource Extraction Rule to be Eliminated Under Congressional Review Act

As we previously noted, the House was set to vote on the disapproval of the SEC Resource Extraction Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The joint resolution passed the House by a vote of 235 in favor and 187 against. ...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission

The SEC announced the establishment of a comprehensive arrangement with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). The new supervisory cooperation arrangement will augment the SEC’s and the SFC’s ability to share...more

House Votes to Invalidate Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

On February 1, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 41 to annul the Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would require oil and gas companies to disclose in annual reports for fiscal...more

ML Strategies Update on Financial Services

Introduction - The financial services industry is poised to receive some regulatory relief from an unlikely source: President-elect Donald J. Trump. On the campaign trail, Trump often sounded like a populist crusader...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 4

SEC Updates to Form PF FAQs - On January 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Form PF FAQs. Registered investment advisers managing private funds with at least $150...more

Some good news after all - reforms of the UK substantial shareholding exemption

The substantial shareholding exemption (SSE) in its current form broadly exempts from corporation tax capital gains realised on the disposal of certain substantial shareholdings, provided certain prescriptive conditions are...more

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