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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

Telecommunications in Cuba and the U.S. Embargo: History, Opportunities, and Challenges

Since President Obama announced the United States’ new policy to normalize relations with Cuba, talk about opportunities for U.S. telecommunications companies has flourished. That reaction only intensified when the Treasury...more

China Issues New CBRC Guidelines: Disclosure Requirements Affect Foreign IT Suppliers, Foreign Banks

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

Alert: The Second Payment Services Directive

The first Payment Services Directive (PSD1) was proposed by the European Commission in 2005, and adopted by the European Parliament and Council in 2007. ...more

China issues new CBRC Guidelines Is China putting the squeeze on foreign investment in its banking industry?

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

Data centres: The linchpins of the new digital economy

Data centres are the unseen yet integral part of the digital infrastructure of today’s global cities. The market in the specialist provision of data centres around the world is growing dramatically—and it shows no signs of...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #2

Industry Watchdogs Warn Brokers and Advisory Firms on Cybersecurity Threats - Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published observations of their review of...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

European Banking Authority Releases Internet Payment Guidelines

The European Banking Authority (EBA) released ‘Final guidelines on the security of internet payments’ (Guidelines). These Guidelines are based on the work published by the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments...more

Bitcoin – The Ever “Curiouser and Curiouser” Bitcoin Wonderland – Part Eleven

“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny. In the United States, the recent establishment of the Digital Currency...more

President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Proposals

On January 13, President Obama visited the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to announce a variety of legislative and administrative proposals, many of which were updates to his 2011 Cybersecurity...more

EDPS publishes Guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation

The European Data Protection Supervisor published ‘Guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation’ (Guidelines) to be used as a “practical toolkit for ensuring that EU data protection rules are integrated...more

The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to...more

U.S. Relaxes the Half-Century-Old Embargo on Cuba

As promised by President Obama in December 2014, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued regulations that lessen the...more

US Implements Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On January 16, 2015, the United States amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a result, the US...more

This Is One Form 8-K, You’ll Never Want To File

In a recently filed Form 8-K, an international money transmitter, Xoom Corporation, reported that been the victim of a criminal fraud. This was no small heist. According to company, over $30 million had been transferred to...more

Popular European Bitcoin Exchange Suffers Breach

BitStamp, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, suspended its services last week and asked customers not to make deposits following a security breach. On January 4, some of BitStamp’s “virtual wallets,” which permit customers...more

Alert: The Regulation of Virtual, Digital and Crypto-currencies

There are more than 6004 virtual currencies in use around the world today. Bitcoin is one of the best known and most widely used in Europe and North America. ...more

Australian Tax Alert: Bitcoin And Crypto-Currencies: Why The GST Law Should Change

The ATO released a draft ruling on the GST treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014. A final version of that ruling, GSTR 2014/3, was released on 17 December 2014. While the ruling deals specifically with bitcoin,...more

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