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Red Notice Newsletter - May 2015

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a German engineering firm tests Brazil's recently implemented anticorruption...more

“Forewarned Is Forearmed” – The Rise of Chinese Data-Flow Restrictions

Manufacturers with operations, employees, and/or customers in China must be aware of a long list of China-specific data-flow and content restrictions. Data-flow restrictions in particular affect manufacturers employing or...more

Taiwan Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions

On February 4, 2015, Taiwan promulgated the Act Governing Electronic Payment Institutions, and pursuant to the Act, the Financial Supervisory Commission on April 27, 2015 announced a series of enforcement rules of the Act,...more

OFAC on Bitcoin—Learning Before Actively Regulating

Before a government agency issues regulations implementing a new law—or applies existing regulations to a new technology—it has to do some groundwork. The agency will interpret its authorizing legislation and executive...more

FinCEN Flexes Its Muscles

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has been flexing its muscles lately to remind everyone of its important role in money laundering enforcement. Jennifer Shasky, the current Director, a former...more

Why the Health Care Industry Needs to Focus on Data-Flow Restrictions in China

U.S. health care providers, device manufacturers, lab managers, health information technology and telemedicine/telehealth project investors, and other industry members involved in projects in China, need to be aware of a long...more

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as New Attorney General – What’s Next?

Newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made it clear that she plans to get tough on financial crime.  During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch testified that she “looks forward to taking a very aggressive...more

Automation and AML/BSA Compliance

The future of compliance includes technology solutions. Do not get me wrong – technology is not a panacea but it is an important strategy for leveraging resources. In the anti-corruption and sanctions compliance arenas,...more

European Securities Regulator Calls for Information Concerning Virtual Currency

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – the European Union’s (“EU”) securities watchdog agency – issued a formal call for evidence regarding investments using virtual currency or...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

ESMA Issues Call for Evidence on Virtual Currency

On April 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a call for information (Call for Evidence) on virtual currency. Unlike recent studies performed by the European Banking Authority and HM Treasury, ESMA...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on Investments Using Virtual Currency or Distributed Ledger Technology

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on investments using virtual currency (vc) or distributed ledger technology. ESMA has been monitoring and analyzing VC...more

China Appears To Delay Implementation Of New IT Security Measures In Banking Sector In Response To US, Canadian, EU, Japanese...

In response to concerns raised by the governments of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan - bilaterally and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) - the Chinese government appears to have placed...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 16

In this issue: - SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors - CFTC...more

FinCEN and ICE Issue Geographic Targeting Order Against Electronics Exporters in the Miami Area

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) served a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) on about 700 electronics exporter businesses in the Miami area, in an investigation into cash...more

New US sanctions program to combat cybercrimes: 3 action steps for tech companies

The new sanctions in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” target individuals and...more

IT companies in São Paulo State: act by April 30 to open mandatory profit-sharing negotiations

The current collective bargaining agreement applicable to IT companies based in São Paulo, signed on January 30, 2015 (CBA), includes an obligation for employers to send a request to the workers' union to open negotiations to...more

Cybersecurity Update: U.S. Sanctions on the Horizon for Malicious Cyber-Attackers

Executive Order 13694 is the Obama Administration’s latest tool to combat cybersecurity threats. On April 1, 2015, President Obama declared a national emergency to address the “increasing prevalence and severity of malicious...more

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

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