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The Passing of Günter Grass and Compliance Week 2015 Is Near

Günter Grass died this week. The contradictions that made up post-war Germany were wrapped up in him as well as any other single person I know anything about. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, who, it was revealed...more

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Microcap fraud, misappropriation by investment advisers and offering fraud cases were the focus of SEC enforcement this week. The Commission filed a microcap fraud action centered on blank check companies involving ten...more

SAFE Further Relaxes Control of FIE’s Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Notice of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Regarding the Reform of the Administration of Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement1 for...more

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

Luxembourg Fund Sector Continues to Grow - The CSSF press release 15/15 dated 26 March 2015 provides an overview of regulated UCIs at the end of February 2015 and confirms total assets under management of more than EUR...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Part One

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Stock Connect”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Japanese Fund Regulatory Framework—2015 Amendment

On March 24, 2015, an amendment bill (“Amendment Bill”) to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (“FIEA”) was approved by the Cabinet and was submitted to the Diet for its consideration. The Amendment Bill...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 151-Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation [Video]

In this episode I visit with Glenn Lammi of the Washington Legal Foundation who discusses the work of the WFL....more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Expands Applicability of Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement - US Federal Reserve Board Requests Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation D -...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Steps Towards a Capital Markets Union - The European Commission is consulting on a blueprint for creating a harmonized capital market across the EU, to facilitate capital raising in the EU while maintaining consumer and...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

Steps Towards a Capital Markets Union

The European Commission is consulting on a blueprint for creating a harmonised capital market across the EU, to facilitate capital raising in the EU while maintaining consumer and investor protection by simplifying the...more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

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

German Investment Fund Statistics - In March 2015, the German Investment Fund Association BVI issued its latest investment statistics report as of 31 January 2015, giving an overview of the net assets and net sales...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed another FCPA action, this time against the company that financed a “world tour” as part of the bribes paid by employees to secure business. Previously, the Commission filed an action against the employees. ...more

EBA and BOE Weigh in on EU Risk Retention

The Bank of England (“BOE”) and European Central Bank (the “ECB”) recently published a joint response1 to the report and short opinion issued late last year by the European Bank Authority (“EBA”) on how to improve the...more

ESMA Updates List of Authorized CCPs Under EMIR

On March 27, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an update to its list of central clearinghouses (List of CCPs) that are authorized under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) as...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 149-Patrick Taylor of Oversight Systems on developments in transaction monitoring [Video]

In this episode I visit with Patrick Taylor, CEO of Oversight Systems on some of the newest developments in tools to facilitate transaction monitoring. ...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #2

The SEC Acts to Protect Whistleblowers Against Restrictive Confidentiality Provisions. In a development that should send HR directors and general counsels to review their form confidentiality agreements, the SEC announced...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 148-Mike Volkov on Criminal Enforcement of the Internal Controls Provisions of the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mike Volkov on his recent series on internal controls under the FCPA and his belief that the DOJ may be moving towards criminal enforcement of the internal controls provisions....more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015

In this issue: - US Banking Agencies Issue FAQs on the Regulatory Capital Rule - US Banking Agencies Permit Wells Fargo to Begin Using Advanced Approaches Framework - Regulation on Reporting of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

RMBS Claims Against Ratings Agencies Dismissed as Time-Barred - On March 27, Judge John Robert Blakely of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Standard & Poor's Financial Services, LLC's...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 7 • April 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a...more

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