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Amendments to Companies Act Aim to Transform Singapore into Debt Restructuring Hub

by Morgan Lewis on

Singapore’s firm trajectory towards becoming an international hub for debt restructuring received a boost with the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force on 23 May 2017....more

NAFTA Renegotiation Starting - Companies Doing Business in the United States, Canada, and Mexico Should Take Notice

by Hogan Lovells on

On May 18, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. The...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part V – Controller’s Office

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have engaged in a series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I have been...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2017

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: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So what happens when traders attempt to manipulate the index that’s meant to measure fear in the stock market itself? Well, we might just be finding out. Two UT Austin researchers think that we’re seeing efforts to mess with...more

Countdown to PSD2: Towards a level playing field

by White & Case LLP on

When the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is transposed into national law among European member states in 2018, it will reflect a revolution in the payments industry....more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

by Dechert LLP on

Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

FCA Publishes Two Papers on the Effectiveness of UK Primary Markets

by Jones Day on

In the FCA's 2016/2017 Business Plan, one of the FCA's main priorities was to carry out a review of the structure of the United Kingdom's primary markets in order to ensure that they continue to serve the needs of both...more

The Countdown Continues: One Year to the GDPR

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become applicable in one year, as of May 25, 2018. A lot has happened since we set out the key provisions of the Regulation last year....more

Deutsche Börse Introduces New Exchange Segment Scale

by Jones Day on

On 1 March 2017, Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, launched Scale, a new market segment for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"). Scale replaces Deutsche Börse's former market segment...more

One Year Out: The EU's General Data Protection Regulation and How U.S. Businesses Can (and Must) Prepare to Comply

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A year from today, radical changes to data privacy laws in the European Union will come into effect. Businesses should start preparing now, given the significant changes. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will...more

Compensation events under NEC3: Prospective vs Retrospective Assessment

by White & Case LLP on

The NEC3 suite of contracts contemplates compensation events being assessed at around the time they occur or are instructed, based on the forecasted impact of the event.But if the actual cost or delay arising from an event is...more

SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Businesses making investments in the United States, directly or indirectly, are required to report this investment to the United States government. This “in-bound” investment is reported to the United States Department of...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

by Dechert LLP on

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

Blockchain and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

Portuguese courts consider the enforceability of derivatives

by DLA Piper on

Within the last few years, derivatives have been under scrutiny by Portuguese courts, affecting not only derivatives entered into under agreements subject to local law, but also derivatives subject to International Swaps and...more

EU-Singapore FTA Opinion of the Court of Justice

by Hogan Lovells on

Has the Court’s opinion on the EU Singapore FTA shaped future EU trade agreements and a future EU-UK FTA? The Opinion clarifies the EU competence to conclude trade agreements. The ability of the EU to conclude an...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part IV – Internal Audit

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am engaging in a week-long series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I am...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law - one week to go, and there are still new developments

by DLA Piper on

The final countdown is on. The PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into force on 1 June 2017. This date marks a significant evolution in both the legal and enforcement environment for data protection in China, and organisations can...more

Belgian Financial Regulator's Tightening of Investor Protection Against Unfair Contract Terms

by Jones Day on

On 6 February 2017, Belgium's financial regulator (Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("FSMA")) moved to fortify the protection of investors, publishing a position paper ("Position Paper") on the application of...more

Transparency in FCPA Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

We all value transparency as a general concept, especially when it comes to the government. In a real macro perspective, we fund the government and we demand that our government operate efficiently, effectively and ethically....more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

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