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Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority Confirms Direct Foreign Investment on Tadawul to Commence in June 2015

Regulator Breaks Silence on New Rules - 16 April 2015: The Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority (CMA) announced today that the regulations governing foreign investment in shares listed on the Saudi Arabian stock...more

Playtech Enters Foreign Exchange Market

Online gaming software company Playtech Ltd. has announced that it is purchasing TradeFX for close to $499 million, representing just over 91% of TradeFX’s worth. Playtech’s acquisition of TradeFX, which operates the site...more

President Issues Executive Order to Block Assets of Foreign Cyber Attackers

President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13694 (EO 13694 or EO), “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” EO 13694 is aimed at deterring cyber attacks,...more

United States Goes on the Offensive Against International Cybercrime - 2015 Cybersecurity Executive Order

On April 1, President Obama signed an Executive Order to combat the "national emergency" sparked by a rapidly evolving global cybercrime environment. The Executive Order directs the U.S. Treasury Department to impose...more

ESMA to Centralize Instrument Reference and Trade Repositories Data

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has launched two major projects at the request of a number of National Competent Authorities (“NCAs”): the Instrument Reference Data Project and the Trade Repositories...more

President Obama Signs New Executive Order Targeting Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

On April 1, 2015, the Obama Administration issued an Executive Order that will sanction individuals and entities that attempt, carry out or support malicious cyber-enabled activities that pose a significant threat to U.S....more

White House Issues Executive Order To Combat Against Cyber Attacks

On April 1, President Obama issued an executive order granting the Department of Treasury new authority to impose sanctions against individuals or entities that engage in activities which benefit from cyber attacks against...more

"President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Sanctions Regime"

On April 1, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an executive order (the Order) authorizing sanctions against foreign individuals or entities found to be responsible for certain malicious cyberattacks. Under the Order, the...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Authorizing Sanctions In Response To Malicious Cyber Activity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the first sanctions program to combat malicious cyber activity. The order permits the U.S. Department of the Treasury to freeze the assets of...more

Obama Executive Order Targets International Cyberattacks Against U.S. with New Sanctions

As part of a series of measures aimed at increasing preparedness and defenses against international cyberattacks on U.S. industries and government agencies, on April 1, President Obama issued Executive Order No. 13694,...more

Now's the Time to Review Your OFAC Compliance Program

Obama Executive Order Targets International Cyberattacks Against U.S. with New Sanctions - New Sanctions Are Part of U.S. Escalation of Efforts to Bolster Cyber-Security: As part of a series of measures aimed at...more

Executive Order Blocks Property of Those Engaging in Malicious Cyber Activities

The executive order enables US government agencies to block the assets of any foreign person determined to have engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities....more

[Webinar] Compliance with EU Data Protection for US Companies - April 29, 1:00-2:00 EDT

This webinar, the fourth in our Privacy Series, will consider issues faced by US companies who do business in Europe or simply interact with European customers. We will look at how to determine whether EU data protection laws...more

New rules on mobile payments!

Time is up for companies operating in the mobile payments’ arena, as from April 1, 2015 the new set of rules issued by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, the “Italian DPA”)...more

Key Issues and Considerations in Developing Petrochemical Projects in Newly Emerging Markets

This article provides a brief overview on some of the key issues and considerations that will need to be analysed by foreign sponsors (the “Foreign Sponsors”) looking to develop petrochemical projects in newly emerging...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two individuals receive multi-year sentences for Venezuelan bribery,...more

Bitcoin and the Like: Tax Considerations

Virtual currency is a new, untested, and unregulated asset. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines “virtual currency” as a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

PayPal To Pay Dearly for Alleged Violations of OFAC Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $7,658,300 settlement with PayPal, Inc. (PayPal) to resolve potential civil liability for 486 alleged violations of the Iranian,...more

Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Proposal Requiring Banking Organizations to Include Legal Entity Identifiers on Reporting Documents - Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry Testimony -...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

In this Newsletter: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

International IT Companies Face Continuing Headwinds in China

Our September 16, 2014 client alert, “Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China,” discussed efforts by the Chinese government to enforce heightened network security standards, with a particular...more

Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and...more

CFIUS Annual Report Confirms Strong Chinese Investment and Renewed Concern about Foreign Governments’ Efforts to Acquire U.S....

On February 26, 2015, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) released its annual report to Congress summarizing its activities in 2013. CFIUS is an inter-agency committee that reviews the national...more

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