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The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), which promises significant trade liberalization and investment protection, is finally agreed

After 10 years of negotiations, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries representing 40% of the world’s economy and one-third of global trade have reached a trade agreement, referred to as the Trans-Pacific Partnership…more
| International Law & Trade

Asset Management Industry: Financial Stability Update, Fall 2015

As U.S. and global regulators continue to evaluate the potential impact, if any, of the asset management industry and its products and activities on financial stability, the regulatory standards that will ultimately be applied…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Data Protection: EU-US Safe Harbor declared invalid by EU court

In our recent update, we reported that the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the highest court in the EU, gave an opinion that “safe harbor” should be declared invalid and that local…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential Employees

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background of…more
| Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Financial Services Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2015: China’s Policy Response to Market Turbulence: What It Means for Fund Managers

News of the volatile Chinese stock market has dominated international headlines over the past couple of months, and the spotlight has been on the Chinese authorities’ reaction to these developments. Their wide-reaching policy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

UK tax treatment of US LLC: HMRC’s practice following Anson

We reported earlier this year on the UK Supreme Court’s decision in HMRC v Anson, in which it was held that a UK taxpayer, Mr. Anson, was entitled to claim relief against his UK tax liabilities for US tax paid on his share of…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The Sofa Workshop v Sofaworks - Intellectual Property Enterprise Court considers requirements for genuine use of a CTM

The UK's Intellectual Property Enterprise Court recently handed down its judgment in The Sofa Workshop Ltd v Sofaworks Ltd. The case highlights the difficulties that the international nature of Community trade marks (“CTMs”) can…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

SEC Cybersecurity Examinations and Enforcement: What Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Need to Know

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC or Commission) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced in a September 15, 2015 Risk Alert (2015 Risk Alert) that it will be conducting a second round of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Securities Law

New Foreign Equivalency Determination Regulations

The IRS released final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Sections 4942 and 4945 on September 25, 2015, specifically addressing grants by private foundations to foreign organizations. These final regulations are partly…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

EU Risk Retention - Some Good News From Brussels

Following Dechert’s Legal Update published on 14 September 2015, we have had sight of an updated draft of the proposed EU legislation on securitisations. The updated draft shows signs that regulators have taken on board some of…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Further Ease Restrictions on Cuba

U.S. Commerce and Treasury Department measures intended to further ease existing export and sanctions restrictions regarding Cuba took effect on September 21, 2015. These amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR)…more
| International Law & Trade

SEC Proposes New Liquidity Management Rules for Mutual Funds and ETFs

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved proposals that would require open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, to comply with new liquidity management rules. The…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Data Protection: EU court advised to declare EU-US Safe Harbor invalid

In an important case involving Facebook, and instigated by an Austrian student in response to the Snowden revelations about US security agency access to mass data, the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the…more
| Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Proposes to Subject Non-U.S. SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Anti-Money Laundering Rules

The United States is proposing rules that, for the first time, would subject investment advisers registered or required to be registered (RIAs) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Investment Advisers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering Regulation for Investment Advisers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 25, 2015,1 pertaining to all investment advisers registered or required to be registered with…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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