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Recalling Mt. Gox, Bitfinex Exchange is Latest Target of Bitcoin Hackers

On August 2, 2016, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was the latest target of hackers who stole 119,756 bitcoins, for a total loss of approximately $72 million at that time. Some are estimating it to be as high as...more

NBU continues liberalization of foreign currency exchange market

Starting from 29 July 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine (the NBU) has extended the settlement deadlines for export and import transactions to 120 days, as well as changed the rules governing the execution of payments by...more

The Often Ignored Importance of Antitrust Compliance (Part I of II)

If you ask any Chief Compliance Officer whether their compliance program includes antitrust laws, they will respond quickly and tell you – “Of course we do.” If you follow up you initial question and ask how do you ensure...more

EU Proposal to Address Virtual Currency Exchanges & Wallet Providers in Anti-Money Laundering Laws

The European Commission recently published a proposal to amend the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, the legislation that specifies the anti-money laundering, or AML, and counter terrorist financing rules for EU Member...more

Brexit and Other Key Issues for CFOs and Corporate Treasurers

On June 23, 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory Referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with...more

South Carolina Enacts its First Law Regulating Money Transmission

Last month South Carolina joined 48 other states in regulating money transmission with unanimous passage of House Bill 4554. The bill, enacting the South Carolina Anti-Money Laundering Act, provides the framework for...more

EU brings virtual currency exchanges and wallet providers under the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive

On 5 July 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a proposal for a directive that, when passed, will begin to narrow the regulatory gap between the U.S. and the EU for virtual currency exchange platforms and...more

Recent China Development – Outbound Investment in Renminbi

BACKGROUND - Due to the recent strong desire to convert Renminbi (“RMB”) funds into foreign currency and remit foreign currency amounts outside of China (“China” or the “PRC”, which excludes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan...more

Russian Legislation Update: May 2016

Currency Control - On 13 April the Government adopted Resolution No. 300 regarding, among other things, currency control bodies. Due to the abolishment of the Federal Service for Fiscal and Budgetary Supervision,...more

China’s Central Bank Issues Further Guidance on Inbound Foreign Debt

On 29 April 2016, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) promulgated the Circular on the Nationwide Implementation of Prudent Administration of Cross-Border Financings (the “PBOC Circular”). The PBOC Circular came into effect on...more

New Mexico Passes Money Transmitter Licensing Law; Effective Jan. 1, 2017 (Part 1)

Last month New Mexico passed its first money transmitter licensing law. The State previously only required licensing for the sale of checks and money orders. The new law now covers money transmitters, check cashers and...more

Virtual Currency Guidelines

Despite growing pains, digital currencies and blockchain may be the future of payments and global finance. As with any disruptive technology that gains popularity quickly, building the legal framework to support it is...more

Brazil: newly issued regulations from tax authorities on the tax and currency exchange voluntary disclosure and amnesty program

This article is aimed at assisting Brazilian tax residents, mainly individuals, interested in learning more about the current tax and currency exchange voluntary disclosure and amnesty program (RERCT) established in Law No....more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

Latin America Alert: Brazil's Repatriation Law Introduces Tax and Currency Exchange Voluntary Disclosure and Amnesty Program – Top...

Brazil has passed Law No. 13,254, the Repatriation Law, introducing a tax and currency exchange voluntary disclosure and amnesty program (locally known by the acronym RERCT) to stimulate the voluntary disclosure of assets,...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand (Mandarin version)

This publication has been prepared to provide an overview to foreign investors and business people who have an interest in doing business in Australia and New Zealand. The material in this publication is intended to provide...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE POLICY, TRADE, PRODUCTS LIABILITY, 337/IP ANTITRUST AND SECURITIES

TRADE POLICY - TPP RUNS INTO HEADWINDS - As predicted in past blog posts, on December 28, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Election Debate was complicating the passage of the Trans Pacific...more

Argentina Lifts its Currency Exchange, Exports, and Imports Restrictions

Mr. Mauricio Macri was sworn-in as President of Argentina on December 10, 2015. Four business days after taking office, Mr. Alfonso Prat-Gay, the new Minister of Finance, announced the fulfilment of the campaign promise to...more

European Court Gives Bitcoin a Tax-Free Boost

In an important ruling for digital currency service providers, EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ruled that transactions to exchange a traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency, or...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 8, Fitch published a report clarifying the application of its United Kingdom RMBS criteria during the ongoing consultation period. On October 12, DBRS published a report describing its methodology for generation of...more

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

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

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Vietnam (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Thailand (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Thai government regulates foreign direct investment by requiring foreign investors to obtain approval from the...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Taiwan (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF TAIWAN PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Three types of Taiwan government approval requirements may be relevant to direct foreign investment in Taiwan: •...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Singapore (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF SINGAPORE PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT - Save for the restrictions discussed under Question 5, there is generally no...more

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