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Every Little Helps with a DPA

by Dechert LLP on

Lord Justice Leveson approved Tesco Store Limited’s (“Tesco”) Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) on 10 April 2017, making them the fourth company since November 2015 to enter into a DPA with the UK’s1 Serious Fraud Office...more

OMC Autoriza a México a Suspender Beneficios Comerciales a Estados Unidos en la Disputa del Atún

by Holland & Knight LLP on

México es uno de los pocos países a los que se les ha autorizado adoptar medidas de retorsión en contra de los incumplimientos de sus socios comerciales, y que ha hecho uso de esa autorización....more

Russia: Proposed Audiovisual Services Law Approved by State Duma

by Morgan Lewis on

On April 21, the Russian State Duma (lower house of the Russian parliament) approved amendments to the Russian Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information regarding audiovisual services....more

ITC Declassifies Portions of Final Determination

by Jones Day on

In re Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof (I), Inv. No. 337-TA-944 (ITC Comm’n Apr. 19, 2017), is a surprisingly rare opinion addressing a common issue: When should the ITC redact a portion of an...more

Frontier Markets – Smallest Markets Represent Promising but Overlooked Investment Opportunities

The general public may not be familiar with the term “frontier market,” but frontier markets represent the vast majority of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The term “frontier market” generally refers to the...more

The review and renegotiation of Japanese LNG import contracts

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is currently conducting an investigation into alleged unfair restrictions on the resale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan from abroad. The investigation could lead to a...more

UK Regulator Requests Brexit Contingency Planning Assurance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a letter to CEOs and branch managers of all banks, insurers and designated investment firms undertaking cross-border activities between the UK and the remainder of the EU,...more

ATO wins Full Federal Court decision on Cross Border Financing - Chevron Australia Holdings case

by DLA Piper on

In a major Australian transfer pricing decision on Friday 21 April 2017, the Full Federal Court dismissed Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd's (CAHPL) appeal related to the deductibility of interest on the Australian dollar...more

China Issues Draft Measures to Restrict the Overseas Transmission of Personal Data

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued Draft Measures for public comment on April 11 on Security Assessment for Cross-border Transmission of Personal Information and Critical Data (the Draft Measures). The Draft...more

Digital transformation in the aviation sector

by DLA Piper on

In the aviation sector today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. The role of digital technology has changed from being a source of marginal efficiency gains to becoming the foundation for...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Spain

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - Plan benefits are considered part of an employee's salary for the purposes of calculating entitlements on termination of employment. There is a risk that an...more

Japanese Variation Margin Requirements Take Effect

by Jones Day on

Following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions' March 18, 2015, release of revisions to the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared...more

The liberalization of Canadian foreign investment review continues

by Dentons on

The Investment Canada Act (ICA) threshold for review of direct acquisitions of Canadian businesses by World Trade Organization (WTO) investors (or from WTO investors) has increased from CA$600 million to CA$800 million in...more

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What are the Key Take Away Points?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the process and this could...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific...more

Privacy Shield certifications reach 2,000, still far short of Safe Harbor

Timothy Toohey was quoted in an article published by CQ Roll Call on April 24, 2017, about the number of Privacy Shield-certified companies under the new program allowing transfers of personal data from Europe to the United...more

AML and Sanctions: 2017 Trends and Developments

by WilmerHale on

Over the past year, regulators continued to actively examine compliance, introduce new and heightened requirements, recalibrate global priorities, and aggressively pursue enforcement. This report reviews recent trends and...more

The ABCs of Fund Finance: Credit Facilities for Secondaries Funds and Funds of Funds

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Private equity funds raised the second-highest level of capital for investments in secondary private equity interests in 2016. According to Preqin, 19 funds secured $23 billion in investor capital.1 This level was surpassed...more

The SEC’s Long-Awaited Security-Based Swaps Rules May Be Approaching

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC has proposed all of its major Title VII rules regulating the security-based swaps market. The authors discuss the current status of this and related rulemakings, the relief the SEC has granted, and the provisions of...more

Extensions to the double tax treaty passport scheme

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The double tax treaty passport (DTTP) scheme was introduced in 2010 as a mechanism to simplify the process by which non-UK lenders could receive interest payments from UK borrowers without deduction for withholding tax under...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: United Arab Emirates

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former senior executives of Magyar Telecom, controlled by Deutsche Telekom AG, resolved long running FCPA charges with the Commission. The charges stem from the 2011 settlements of the company with the SEC and DOJ tied to...more

Bermuda Bribery Act: Waiting in the Wings — Implications for the Insurance Industry

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The Bribery Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 6 December 2016. When it comes into operation, it will introduce a number of new offences into Bermuda law, including the corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery. Bermuda...more

China Capital Controls: Best Practices for Accelerating International Payments

Following the depreciation of Chinese currency RMB and the reduction in China’s foreign exchange reserves, foreign companies and individuals in China have met hurdles in moving their money out of China, and overseas companies...more

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