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Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Is the EU shifting the goal posts? European regulator plans review aimed at UK firms using outsourcing structures to respond to...

by Hogan Lovells on

In a speech that was ostensibly on the progress of the Capital Markets Union, Steven Maijoor, the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") announced, that ESMA is planning possible measures to avoid a...more

Brexit Update: Issues for Structured Finance

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) delivered notice of its withdrawal from the European Union (EU), triggering the most comprehensive legislative review and revision ever to occur in the UK. This update discusses...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 7

by DLA Piper on

Does it ever make sense to file something with the US government when it is not clear whether the filing is required, or what might need to be filed? Recently, the staff of the US SEC’s Division of Investment Management...more

News Round Up - April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Limitations under 1940 Act to Permit Certain Global “Master-Feeder” Arrangements, Although Obstacles Remain

by Dechert LLP on

The Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 8, 2017 issued a no-action letter (Staff Letter) in response to a request from Dechert LLP for assurance under Section 12(d)(1) of the Investment Company...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

EMIR - European Securities Agencies Issue Statement on EMIR Variation Margin Rules, More Entities Exempt from EMIR and ESMA Re-Affirms Commitment to Co-Operate with Non-EU Regulators on CCPs - On 23 February, the...more

Investment Funds Updatea: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

FCA Publishes Dealing Commission Review Findings - The FCA have published their findings from a review that analysed dealing commission expenditure across 31 investment managers. The policy statement on the use of...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The election of President Trump contained some positive signs for Private Equity (PE) fund managers. These included potential lower corporate taxes, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts Jobs Act Amendments - On April 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that it has adopted amendments to increase the amount of money companies can...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

CSSF Press Release 17/06 Dated 13 February 2017 - The CSSF confirmed that it follows ESMA on its opinion in relation to the requirements for UCITS share classes....more

FinTech – The CFTC’s Silver Bullet?

by King & Spalding on

On March 15, Acting US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo excited the futures and options markets when he spoke at length about embracing technology as a key to economic growth. ...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

New Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations 2017 - The Central Bank published the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013 (Section 48(1)) (Investment Firms) Regulations 2017 on 13 March 2017. The new...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...more

Property ownership by overseas investors: UK Government begins consultation process for Beneficial Ownership Register

by Dentons on

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just issued a consultation paper calling for evidence on proposals for a new register showing who owns and controls overseas legal entities that own UK property or...more

Understanding the New DOJ Compliance Guidance: Part Three – Policies & Procedures

This is the third in a series of posts where we will explore critical elements of a successful compliance program. In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

BaFin Publishes Revised "MaComp" Covering Rules of Conduct, Organization and Transparency for Investment Services Enterprises - BaFin published the revised “MaComp” on 8 March 2017. The MaComp (Governing Rules of...more

Impact of US Risk Retention Rules on Sukuk

by White & Case LLP on

In July 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). The Dodd-Frank Act mandated extensive changes to the financial regulatory system in the...more

Cross Border Master-Feeder Arrangements: SEC Staff Slightly Expands Utility of Offshore Feeders for Global Investment Management...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) granted no-action relief that potentially will permit global investment management firms to offer U.S. registered open-end management investment...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

Significant Update of the General Regulations of the AMF ("GRAMF") - The Arrêté of 27 February 2017 and published to the Official Journal on 7 March 2017 has amended significantly the General Regulations of the AMF (the...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

New Indonesian Regulation on Mining Divestment Process

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources ("MEMR") recently issued further regulations to reflect changes to the divestment process introduced under Government Regulation No. 1 of 20171 ("GR 1/2017"). This...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

Belgian FSMA Issues Two Communications on the Marketing of Units in EEA and Non-EEA AIFs - The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) published two communications dated 24 February 2017 on the...more

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