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SEC IM Staff Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Divisions of Investment Management (IM) and Corporate Finance (CF) released a staff legal bulletin (Bulletin) on June 30, 2014, covering various issues involved with proxy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Additional US and EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Government imposed additional sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine. In addition to adding five individuals and 11…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Engaging in Prohibited Principal Transactions and Retaliating Against Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on June 16, 2014 (the Order) against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (Paradigm) and its founder, Director, President and Chief…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

How the Ukraine Crisis is Redefining European, Russian and US Energy Relations

The continuing turmoil in Ukraine has once again heightened Europe’s concern over its energy security and rehashed memories of the gas disputes of January 2006 and 2009 when supplies to Europe were disrupted. Following these…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Preservation of Legal Privilege in Corporate Investigations – A Cross Border Comparison

A D.C. Circuit decision (In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.) has confirmed privilege over employee statements during in-house investigations. Can the world take comfort? This article examines privilege in the context of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Draft of the Amendment to the Investment Ordinance - Effects on Fund Investments

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) issued a draft ordinance for the amendment of the Investment Ordinance (Anlageverordnung – AnlV) and the Pension Fund Capital Investment Ordinance for consultation (“Amendment Ordinance”) on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Residential, Securities Law

Karen Millen Court of Justice of the European Union Decision

On 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in the ongoing seven-year legal battle between Karen Millen Fashions and Dunnes Stores in Ireland. Background - This battle,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Stand by for Risk Retention

The Risk Retention Rule Is Coming! The sky may not be falling, but The Risk Retention Rule is Coming at last! Very soon, we hear…more
| Finance & Banking

BNP Paribas Agrees to Record Penalty for Violating US Sanctions Laws

On June 30, 2014, BNP Paribas SA (“BNPP”), the largest bank in France, pled guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws and agreed to pay a total of nearly $8.9 billion in criminal forfeiture and penalties to the U.S…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Dudenhoeffer Eschews Moench Presumption But Encourages Careful Scrutiny Of Complaints: Future for ERISA Stock-Drop Litigation Is Unclear

Certain retirement plans, such as employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”), are specifically designed to invest all or a portion of their assets in stock of the sponsoring employer. For nearly twenty years, the federal courts…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHL Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

In August 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) will conduct a benchmark survey of foreign holdings of U.S. issuers’ securities on Treasury International Capital…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Flexible Working Extended to All Employees in the United Kingdom

As of yesterday, 30 June 2014, any employee with at least 26 weeks’ service will enjoy a statutory right to request a flexible working arrangement (usually part-time or changed hours or working from home). This replaces the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

The Volcker Rule: Overview and Recent Developments Affecting Banking Entities, Funds and Securitization Vehicles

Following years of incubation, in December 2013, five U.S. regulatory agencies – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

‘Transparency and Trust’: Proposed Changes to Company Law in the UK

On 25 June 2014, the Government published the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. It includes a wide range of measures designed to improve the legislative environment for small businesses and incorporates proposals…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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