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Reducing barriers to new entrants to the banking sector

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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

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

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On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

Upcoming REITs in Poland

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In May 2017, the Polish Government published the second, improved draft bill introducing Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) in Poland, following the first one which was announced in October 2016....more

MiFID II – Second Policy Statement and Further Consultation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA has published its second Policy Statement on MiFID II implementation, plus a further Consultation Paper on residual issues. Key Points: ..The FCA has made significant changes to some proposals, particularly in...more

Review of the Commerce Act - What has been decided?

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Cabinet has announced a number of decisions following the targeted review of the Commerce Act undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In this update we look at the announcement, which included a...more

Pharmaceuticals in The Environment: What will EU Environment Roadmap Mean for Pharmaceuticals?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 28 April 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published a “roadmap” on the strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment, particularly in the aquatic environment. Concurrently, the EC launched a 12-week...more

Up into the Clouds?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cloud services come with the promise of many benefits for the financial services sector. Cloud computing offers large-scale and cost-effective solutions for data storage and efficient processing and is also the underlying...more

FCA Consults on UK Implementation of EU Benchmarks Regulation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

FCA proposes amendments to UK rules and clarifies timing for applications by benchmark administrators. Key Points: ..The FCA is consulting on consequential changes to the Handbook, plus additional UK aspects of...more

Banking on IT

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its consultation document on security measures for operational and security risks under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The WannaCry ransomware attack that...more

European Banking Authority Consults on Guidelines on Security Measures for Operational and Security Risks under the Revised...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has launched a consultation on draft Guidelines on security measures for operational and security risks under the revised Payment Services Directive (known as PSD2). PSD2, which will apply from...more

Consultation on proposed amendments to AML/CTF Rules

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In April 2016, the Attorney-General’s Department released its Report on the Statutory Review of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and Associated Rules and Regulations (Report). This review,...more

UK Government Consults on the UK's Legal Framework for Financial Sanctions upon Brexit

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Government has published a consultation on the UK's future legal framework for imposing and implementing financial sanctions upon Brexit. The UK currently adopts sanctions through EU legislation, which is effective via...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Consults on Monitoring and Enforcing the Revised Payment Services Directive

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Payment Systems Regulator has opened a consultation on its proposed approach to monitoring and enforcing the revised Payment Services Directive. The UK Government has separately consulted on draft Payment Services...more

Revised Assessment Framework for G-SIBs Proposed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has launched a consultation proposing a revised assessment framework for global systemically important banks. The framework, first published in July 2013, identifies G-SIBs by...more

UK Regulator Consults on Persistent Debt and Earlier Intervention Remedies as Part of Credit Card Market Study

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a consultation paper on persistent credit card debt and earlier intervention remedies. The remedies and interventions outlined in the consultation paper form part of the overall...more

Financial Conduct Authority: reforming the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its proposed reforms to improve the timing, sequencing and quality of information in the UK IPO process. ...more

Proposals for register of beneficial owners of foreign entities owning UK real estate

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On 5 April 2017 the UK Government published a consultation (or "call for evidence") on proposals for a new beneficial ownership register for overseas companies and other legal entities owning UK real estate. The consultation...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

Property ownership by overseas investors: UK Government begins consultation process for Beneficial Ownership Register

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just issued a consultation paper calling for evidence on proposals for a new register showing who owns and controls overseas legal entities that own UK property or...more

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