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Australia Proposes Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements for Multinationals – An Overview and Comparison to Existing Corporate...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Australian Government has released a consultation paper proposing the adoption of legislation that would require many multinationals operating in Australia to publicly report on modern slavery risk in their business and...more

Consultation on a new retail payments oversight framework

by Dentons on

On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) proposed a new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) in a consultation paper titled, “A New Retail Payments...more

Financial assurance and mine rehabilitation reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

In May 2017, the Queensland Government released two discussion papers outlining proposed changes to Queensland's financial assurance and rehabilitation framework. The consultation period has now closed and the Queensland...more

Update on Australian Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Federal Government has on 16 August 2017 issued a consultation paper seeking industry commentary and feedback on the Government's proposal to create a "Modern Slavery in Supply Chains' Reporting Requirement",...more

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas...

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Energy Projects, recently issued its Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects (Guidelines)....more

Significant changes proposed to Singapore's data protection law - 5 things you need to know

by DLA Piper on

Significant changes are proposed to Singapore's data protection law, which if passed would have a material impact on organisations' Singapore data protection compliance programmes. Here's what you need to know so you can plan...more

Ireland's Department of Health is Requesting Comments Regarding Its National Biosimilars Medicines Policy

by Goodwin on

Ireland’s Department of Health (the “Department”) recently reported on its website that it is “developing a National Biosimilar Medicines Policy to promote the use of biosimilar medicines and to create a sustainable...more

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies when regulatory bodies may be relied on to fulfill the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal...

by Dentons on

As the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) explained in Haida and Carrier Sekani, it is open to legislatures to empower regulatory bodies to play a role in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples. Carrier Sekani...more

CMA Updates its Penalties Guidance for UK and EU Competition Law Infringements

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 2 August 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a consultation on proposals to amend the Office of Fair Trading’s 2012 guidance as to the appropriate amount of a penalty for infringements of the...more

OSFI Suspends Compliance Expectations Against Use Of "Bank Words" by Credit Unions, and Solicits Consultation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Provincially-regulated credit unions that use “bank words” to describe products or services (such as “online banking”) will be relieved to hear that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has...more

Pensions Round-Up - June/July 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from June 2017 and the first...more

Policing the Robots — Robo-Advice Under MiFID II

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Do robots give suitable advice? ESMA proposes updates to suitability guidelines to address robo-advice. Given the technological evolution of the advice market, firms offering a robo-advice service are faced with a...more

FCA Publishes Long-Awaited Consultation Papers on the Extension of the SMCR

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA will take a proportionate approach, reflecting the diversity of firms within the proposed regime’s remit. On 26 July 2017, the FCA published its long-awaited Consultation Papers on the extension of the Senior...more

Important changes proposed for the taxation of Canadian private corporations

by DLA Piper on

On July 18, 2017, the Canadian federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced the release of a consultation paper and draft legislation which, if enacted, will have a dramatic impact on the taxation of Canadian private...more

Consultation on leasehold reform: a wide-ranging project

by Dentons on

On 25 July 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a consultation paper "Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market" seeking views on "prohibiting the sale of new build leasehold houses,...more

Proposed FCA Rules Extend Warmer Welcome to Sovereign-Controlled Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 13 July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed a relaxation of certain aspects of the premium listing segment for sovereign-controlled companies. The proposed new rules will create a new premium listing...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 28

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Chairman Clayton Makes First Public Speech Outlining His Vision for the Commission - On July 12, in his first major address since becoming Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier...more

Consultation paper on the Banking Executive Accountability Regime

by Dentons on

Further to our alert in May 2017, the Government has now released a Consultation Paper on the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (the Regime). We have summarised the key details of the Regime below...more

Reducing barriers to new entrants to the banking sector

by Dentons on

The Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget that it will act to reduce regulatory barriers to entry for new and innovative entrants to the banking system....more

In the eye of the beholder? The concept of value for money, and the FCA's governance proposals for asset managers

by Dentons on

The publication of the Financial Conduct Authority's Consultation Paper CP17/18 (the CP) and Asset Management Market Study mark a further milestone in the FCA's work on the functioning of the asset management industry....more

SEHK Invites Market Feedback on Establishment of New Listing Board

On June 16, 2017, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) published a concept paper setting forth proposals for the establishment of a new listing board (the "New Board"), with a view to attracting "New Economy"...more

Vancouver City Council Contemplates Strategies to Reduce Single-Use Waste

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 27, 2017, City of Vancouver Staff updated City Council on new strategies to reduce single-use items like disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging and take-out containers. City Staff...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 26

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements - On June 29, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, beginning on July 10,...more

Breakthrough? – Proposed New Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange May Allow Listing of Companies with Disproportionate Voting...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In June 2017, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and its subsidiary The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) launched a consultation to seek public feedback on a set of proposals contained in two separate...more

Listing Reform in Hong Kong – Proposed Changes to the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) and Main Board Listing Rules – Part 2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In June 2017, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and its subsidiary The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) launched a consultation to seek public feedback on a set of proposals contained in two separate...more

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