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Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Russia

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Policy The Russian power sector underwent a programme of fundamental reform in the early 2000s involving the break-up...more

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

FCA Publishes Final Rules Removing Certain Ineffective Disclosure Requirements - The FCA published a policy statement on 11 October 2016, removing certain ineffective disclosure requirements from the FCA Handbook...more

Extradition Article - Procedures

Procedures of the UAE to deliver a suspect of Extradition - If there is a convention between UAE and another country for extradition, this will take priority to the UAE International Judicial Corporation Law, where...more

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Sanctions Tool for Promoting U.S. Human Rights Agenda

Overview - After months of closed-door discussions, Congress this week released the text of the negotiated National Defense Reauthorization Act (“NDAA”) for appropriating defense funds in fiscal year 2017. Tucked deep...more

Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC: When Must a Financial Intermediary Charge VAT?

Executive Summary - The decision in Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 598 will likely be of interest to a range of participants in the lending market, and the financial services sector more generally, because...more

Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

Outlook: Four key trends that will drive future fintech M&A

Fintech has matured. As it has evolved, so has the way in which financial institutions approach it from an M&A perspective. Financial institutions that initially viewed fintech startups as threatening competitors now...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

FATCA and CRS: 2016 Year End Reminders and a Look Ahead to 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, U.S. FATCA is almost fully phased-in, U.K. FATCA is being phased-out and the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) is nearing the first anniversary of its effective date. What began as a concept in 2010...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: South Africa

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Key policies South Africa energy policy is influenced by numerous policies including the White Paper on the...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

China Employment Law Alert: New Data Privacy Obligations for Employers

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has now finalised the new Cyber Security Law ("CSL"), to take effect on 1 June 2017. The fast development of the internet in China has caused a rapid escalation of security...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

French Consumer Class Action: An Initial Assessment

On 1 October 2016, the French consumer class action celebrated two years of existence. The initial assessment is rather reassuring for companies, although media coverage from the very beginning has been worrying and...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 31, the Government Speaks edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 31, week ending December 2, 2016-the Government Speaks edition 1. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates remarks at 33rd annual ACI National FCPA Conference; 2. Head of SEC...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16 - November 15, 2016. During this last reporting period, key developments include: - Argentina’s congress proposes a spate of new initiatives to govern wastes...more

Data Protection Officer and IT Manager – Two Jobs That Do Not Match

Companies required to appoint a data protection officer (“DPO” ) in Europe should carefully consider which candidate is best to select for the job. A company established in Bavaria, Germany, was recently fined by the Bavarian...more

Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect Finally Launches on 5 December 2016

On 25 November 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong ("SFC") and the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC") announced that the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect ("SZ-HK Stock Connect") would...more

Five Takeaways: In the Trenches with Social Media

Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the New York office and chair of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Advertising and Marketing group, was honored to present to the 2016 INTA (International Trademark Association) Leadership Meeting. Mr....more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well,...more

NAPABA Has a Lobby Day and So Should You!

A “lobby day” is an event hosted by a non-governmental organization, usually on a select day and an annual basis, where its members meet personally with elected officials to advocate and explain support for legislation that...more

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