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The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 11 • June 2015 (Global)

FRB will extend high-quality liquid asset status to some state and municipal bonds. The FRB has proposed a rule that would recognize certain general obligation state and municipal bonds meeting the same liquidity...more

UK Regulators Address Manipulation of Trading Benchmarks and Other Misconduct

Concluding a year-long review, UK regulators issued the final report of the Fair and Effective Markets Review Committee last week, making a number of recommendations intended to restore confidence in the trading markets for...more

Medicare Shared Savings Program - 2015: What's Changed, What's New, and What's to Come?

The most recent Shared Savings Program final rule, published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2015, finalizes a number of the revisions to the original November 2011 final rule that CMS proposed on December 8, 2014. In...more

Fairer and More Effective Fixed-Income, Currency and Commodity Markets?

At the annual Mansion House speech to the City on Wednesday, 10 June, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney announced an end to “the age of irresponsibility”. Shortly before the Mansion House speeches began, the...more

BE-10 Report: The Overlooked International Reporting Form -The June 30 Deadline is Fast Approaching

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is currently conducting a benchmark BE-10 survey that requires the filing of a BE-10 report by any U.S. person that directly or indirectly...more

New Requirement to File BE-10: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad

Any U.S. person with a foreign affiliate is required to file the 2014 Form BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad by June 30, 2015 or face civil penalties between $2,500 and $25,000. Further, a willful...more

Policy Management Best Practice FAQs: Top 10 Questions from the Policy Management Benchmark Webinar Answered

During our recent webinar (now available on-demand), we provided an in-depth tour through the findings of our 2015 Ethics and Compliance Policy Management Benchmark Report. Webinar attendees asked a number of valuable...more

Letters of the Law: 'K' is for KPIs

Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) are sets of data against which the performance of a project or the organisations involved in delivering the project can be measured. KPIs are quantifiable measurements, agreed in...more

OFCCP Announces Lower National Veterans Benchmark And Updated Benchmark Database

As government contractors are aware, since March 24, 2014 OFCCP’s regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) have required contractors to establish annual benchmarks for protected...more

Ethics & Compliance Hotline FAQs: Top 5 Questions from the Hotline Benchmark Webinar Answered

During our recent webinar, we provided an in-depth tour through the findings of our 2015 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report. Webinar attendees asked a number of valuable questions on topics ranging from hotline best...more

Blog: OFCCP Revises the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (the “OFCCP”) recently reduced the VEVRAA hiring benchmark for protected veterans from 7.2% to 7.0%. The hiring benchmark is intended to reflect the percentage of veterans in...more

Commerce’s Direct Investment Surveys: Do You Need to File a BE-10?

This year marks the return of the BE-10, the five-year benchmark survey of US direct investment abroad—as a result, US companies that have an ownership or voting interest of 10% or more in a foreign business enterprise may be...more

OFCCP Drops the Annual Veterans Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent

On April 21, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it had updated the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database on its website. The VEVRAA...more

VEVRAA hiring benchmark drops again

As announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the updated national percentage of veterans in the workforce is continuing to decline, now at 7 percent....more

Compliance Benchmarks & Standards: A Round Table Discussion

I recently had the opportunity to read a very interesting and engaging Round-Table Discussion in the 2-2015 Issue of the Journal of Business Compliance (Baltzer Science Publishers. Editor-in-Chief: Anthony Smith-Meyer) titled...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

BEA Reporting Requirements for US Direct Investment Abroad and New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced changes to the reporting requirements for the 2014 BE-10 Benchmark Survey of US Direct Investment Abroad and the BE-13 Survey of New Foreign...more

Benchmarks: Agreement Reached on ECON Committee

On March 31, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) adopted its report on benchmarks. Key issues include: The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee backed a draft EU law to make the...more

Insights from the E.U.—Creating and Sustaining a Strong Organisational Culture

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to moderate three roundtables across Europe—in Copenhagen, Paris and London—where more than 30 leading ethics and compliance executives discussed their challenges and opportunities...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

EMIR: Non-Deliverable FX Forwards and Interest Rate Swap Clearing - Non-deliverable FX forwards - ESMA confirms that EMIR clearing requirements will not apply to non-deliverable FX forwards, though reserves its...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

Top Three Findings From NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report

For years, NAVEX Global has been proud to provide the industry’s best and most statistically accurate hotline benchmarking data. By analyzing anonymized data we gather through our hotline and case management solutions, we...more

NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics and Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report: Three Ways to Put Our Data to Work for You

Ethics and compliance professionals regularly gather and analyze report data made through their numerous reporting systems. What they do with this data may mean the difference between identifying potential problems early, or...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

EU Passes New Council Directive to Implement “EU-FATCA" - The Council Directive passed by the EU on 1 December 2014 implements the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in Europe. The Directive has to be implemented...more

Financial Services Regulation: Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 25 - February 2015

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-fifth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

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