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New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey

On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Shadow Banking - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Market Infrastructure -...more

InfoBytes Special Alert: Lessons Learned From Arab Bank’s U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act Verdict

On September 22, 2014, following a two-month trial, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of a group of 297 individual plaintiffs in a civil suit accusing Arab Bank PLC, headquartered in Amman,...more

Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector - The Luxembourg financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, has published two circulars pertaining to UCITS. The first is aimed at...more

Major Banks To Sign ISDA Resolution Stay Protocol

On October 11, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) announced that 18 major global banks (G-18) agreed to sign the Resolution Stay Protocol, which was designed to support cross-border resolution...more

New Measures Aim to Support Listing and Capitalization of Italian Companies

The Italian Government aims to support investments and incentivize listing and capitalization of companies, with significant implications for both listed and non-listed companies. The new rules were introduced by law...more

Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act

On September 22, 2014, a Brooklyn jury found Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest lender, guilty of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for providing financial services to individuals and entities linked to Hamas. Hamas is currently...more

FATCA Notebook: Former IRS Chief, Taxpayer Advocate Criticize FATCA; Switzerland Moves Toward Greater Transparency

First, former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller speaks out against FATCA and suggests that the benefits of the new information reporting regime imposed by FATCA may not outweigh its costs. An article published by...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - CFPB to Regulate Nonbank Institutions That Fund Auto Loans - DOJ Suggests Banks Turn In Employees to Avoid Criminal Charges - Regulators Requiring Banks to Carry Higher Capital...more

Are Bank Branches in New York the Gateway to Seizure of Foreign Assets: The New York Court of Appeals Reconsiders the Separate...

On September 16, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument on a certified question from the Second Circuit in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, an important case concerning the application of New...more

Market shake-up is driving financial institutions M&A - As the global economy shows promising signs of recovery, M&A deals in the...

Bright outlook despite the dark clouds - Tighter controls and sell-offs by banks form the backdrop to an exciting financial services M&A market as the global economy continues to recover: The regulatory tidal...more

Bank Julius Baer Customer Implicated in Alleged Tax Fraud

Reuters is reporting that Bank Julius Baer is cooperating with French authorities in their criminal investigation into an alleged value-added-tax (“VAT”) fraud in the EU Emissions Trading System. ...more

ESMA Plans Phased-in Approach to EMIR OTC Derivatives Clearing

The European Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”)) requires counterparties to clear over-the-counter (“OTC”)...more

Warning: Banks Need to Re-Examine KYC Risk Evaluation Procedures

A federal jury in New York recently handed down a verdict against the Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest bank, for funding Hamas terrorism acts against Israel. The verdict is precedent setting and will encourage other plaintiffs to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESAs' Joint Committee Publishes Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System - On September 22, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its bi-annual report on the...more

OCC Publishes Final Guidelines With Heightened Standards for Big Banks, Which All Banks Should Review

Risk management continues to be at the top of regulatory agendas, and the OCC has taken the opportunity to offer its heightened risk guidelines for large financial institutions of more than $50 million in average consolidated...more

The Second Circuit Limits the Power of Courts to Enforce Asset Restraints and Discovery Orders Against Foreign Banks: Tiffany (NJ)...

In Tiffany (NJ) LLC v. China Merchants Bank and Gucci America, Inc. v. Bank of China, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued important rulings, confirming that the limits on the exercise of US general jurisdiction, set...more

Calderbank offers – proof in the pudding

Regular readers of Insurance Flashlight will remember our recent update on the High Court of Australia’s decision in Stewart v Atco Controls Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) (No 2) [2014] HCA 31 Two of our concluding...more

Second Circuit Holds Foreign Banks Are Not Subject to Jurisdiction Based on the Presence of a U.S. Branch

On September 17, 2014, in Gucci America, Inc. v. Li and Tiffany (NJ) LLC v. Forbse, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held for the first time that foreign banks are not subject to jurisdiction in the...more

The EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive Bringing Stability Back to the European Banking Sector

The collapse of Lehman Brothers was a pivotal moment which had catastrophic effects on the European financial sector which are still reverberating. Inadequacies in banking regulation were highlighted as most jurisdictions had...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Currency Control/Securities - Corporate: Civil Code Reform - Banking - Excerpt from Banking: On 17 June 2014 the Central Bank issued Instruction No. 154-I “On the Procedure for...more

"European Central Bank Publishes Final List of 'Significant Supervised Entities' in Preparation for Banking Union"

On 4 September 2014, the EU’s European Central Bank (ECB) published its final list of significant supervised entities and less significant institutions for the purposes of the Eurozone’s single supervisory mechanism (SSM),...more

Banking and Finance Litigation Update - Issue 79, September 2014

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking - Domestic General - European Banking - European General - International Banking - International General - Press Releases - Excerpt from Domestic...more

More Money, More Problems – Another Billion Dollar Settlement for the DOJ

This summer BNP Paribas, one of the five largest banks in the world, agreed to a $9 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement figure may seem nothing short of economic shock and awe; indeed it was...more

CFTC Settles Prearranged Trades Violation with Foreign Bank

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently accepted an offer of settlement submitted by FirstRand Bank, Ltd. in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from FirstRand’s alleged violations of the...more

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