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Foreign request for legal assistance disclosable

The appellant companies successfully sought inspection of a mutual legal assistance request from the U.S. Department of Justice to the National Crime Agency (NCA) to obtain a prohibition order from an English court on the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 27, the Walla Walla Edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 27, week ending October 21, 2016-the Walla Walla Edition 1. Lennox Industries self-reports a $425 bribe; 2. Another guilty plea in FIFA corruption scanda; 3. Public Citizen letter to DOJ/SEC re:...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

Recognising foreign insolvency proceedings arising in jurisdictions other than the place of incorporation - A case study of Re...

The central question in the case of Re Opti-Medix Ltd (in liquidation) and another matter [2016] SGHC 108 (Opti-Medix) was whether insolvency proceedings in a jurisdiction other than the place of incorporation could be...more

Anonymous or Not: Court of Justice Issues Ruling on IP Addresses

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a ruling on the question of whether IP addresses constitute personal data. The ruling has direct implications on the general question of when data...more

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

Central Bank Issues "Dear Chairman" Letter Regarding Directors' Time Commitments for Each Sub Fund - The Central Bank of Ireland issued a “Dear Chairman” letter on 8 September 2016, concerning its review of the number of...more

A new Prospectus Regulation

The European Parliament has adopted amendments to the European Commission's legislative proposals for a new Prospectus Regulation to repeal and replace the current Prospectus Directive....more

Lifting of Myanmar sanctions

On October 7, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar (also known as Burma) imposed under earlier executive orders and setting aside other statutory blocking and...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: Foreign Institutional Investors are Granted Unprecedented Access to...

A new program providing fund managers with access to China’s principal bond market officially opened for business in May 2016. The program – known as the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) program – greatly simplifies the...more

OFAC and BIS Changes to Cuba Sanctions Further Ease Trade and Travel Restrictions

On October 14, 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

The Impact of U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions on Colleges and Universities

At the core, a University holds most dear the ability for faculty and students to freely engage in research in an open environment, permitting unrestricted access to the University’s underlying research data, the research...more

New UAE Mutual Funds Regulations Herald Critical Changes for Foreign Managers

The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) federal securities regulator, the Emirates Securities and Commodity Authority (the “SCA”), has issued extensive revisions to the UAE Mutual Funds Regulations 2012 (the “2012 Regulations”)...more

New Round of Cuba Sanctions Changes Expand Opportunities for Health Sector

Key Points - - OFAC’s latest changes expand opportunities for U.S. persons to engage in medical research with Cuban nationals, authorize U.S. persons to obtain FDA approval of Cuba-origin pharmaceuticals, and market...more

New Saudi Qualified Foreign Investor Rules and IPO Book Building Instructions Approved

This year has witnessed remarkable legal developments in the capital markets landscape of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In particular, the Capital Market Authority of the Kingdom (“CMA”) approved the amended Rules for...more

Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects...more

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

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”)... ..This...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

Tangled Up in Blue and Rethinking the Role of the Compliance Professional

Today, I conclude my tribute to Bob Dylan-Nobel Laureate, by discussing my personal favorite Bob Dylan song, Tangled up in Blue. The time shifts and jumps in the song have always resonated with me. Indeed, it is one of the...more

New Changes to Sanctions on Cuba Provide New Array of Business Opportunities in Cuba–What You Should Know

Sanctions against Cuba continue to lift. Effective this week, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have relaxed controls...more

Tackling Modern Slavery

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....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

ECJ Declares IP Addresses are Personal Data

Today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited decision in Breyer v. Germany. Breyer addresses the question of whether IP addresses are “personal data” for purposes of EU data protection law. As is...more

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