In this issue:


- HKEx Publishes Revised Connected Transaction Rules


- SEC Developments

- PCAOB Adopts Auditing Standard and Amendments

- Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation

- Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters

- Employment Benefits Updates


- Statutory Audit Directive and Regulation Published in Official Journal

- Council Adopts Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive

- ESMA Publishes Consultation and Discussion Paper on MiFID II

- Omnibus II Directive Published in the Official Journal

- Publication of Prospectuses in Electronic Form

- Shareholder Rights Directive – European Commission Proposal for Amending Directive

- Corporate Social Responsibility – European Commission Consults on Direction of EU Policy After 2014

- European Commission Consults on Definition of FX Financial Instruments

- European Supervisory Authorities Consult on Draft RTS on Risk Mitigation for OTC Derivatives

- ESMA Advances Intention to Ease Frontloading Requirements Under EMIR


- ABI Recommendations on Lock-Up Agreements

- Government Responses to BIS Transparency and Trust Discussion Paper: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

- FRC Consultation on the UK Corporate Governance Code

- Narrative Reporting: ICSA Consultation on Annual Report Contents

- Accounting Directive: Supplement to Consultation on Implementation on Extractive Industries Reporting Requirements

- FCA Publishes Revised Listing Rules and Amendments to DEPP

- Consultation on Amendments to the Walker Guidelines for Portfolio Companies

- Revised AIM Rules for Companies and Nomads

- FSMA 2000 (Transparency) Regulations 2014 Laid Before Parliament

- Audit: Institutional Investor Committee Guidance on Audit Tendering

- Narrative Reporting: FRC Final Guidance on the Strategic Report

- True and Fair View: FRC Statement

- Market Abuse: Government Review into the Operation of Wholesale Financial Markets

- Market Abuse: Improper Disclosure

- PIRC UK Shareholder Voting Guidelines 2014

- Excerpt from HKEx Publishes Revised Connected Transaction Rules:

On 21 March 2014, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”) published amendments to the connected transaction rules under the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Stock Exchange and the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange (collectively the “Listing Rules”). The revised rules will take effect from 1 July 2014.

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