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PBOC Formulates Further Policy Initiatives to Promote RMB as an International Currency

On 2 December 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued its Opinions on Financially Supporting the Development of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “Opinions”). The Opinions represent latest steps...more

FBAR and Form 8938 Assistance Provided by Treasury

There are a multitude of information returns that United States taxpayers may need to file if they own foreign assets or have foreign investments. Two of these forms are the FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) and Form 8938...more

Banking & Finance LItigation Update - Issue 71 (Global)

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

December 2013: Structured Finance/Antitrust Update - Major Banks Face New Antitrust Investigations and Civil Suits

On the heels of the investigations into manipulation of LIBOR and price-fixing in the aluminum markets, the world’s largest banking institutions now face new inquiries from domestic and international antitrust regulators into...more

Five Things to Consider When Expanding in a Global Market

More and more oil and gas companies, based in the United States or elsewhere, are considering a venture into foreign waters (or land). Following is a list of just a few issues that could impact expansion efforts. ...more

International Tax News - October 2013

COLOMBIA ISSUES TAX HAVENS LIST: 4 THINGS TO NOTE FOR THOSE DOING BUSINESS IN COLOMBIA - Colombia has issued its list of tax havens – an act that will negatively impact the tax effects of doing business in Colombia...more

National bank of Ukraine toughens requirements for mandatory sale of foreign currency proceeds

The recent amendments to Ukrainian banking legislation stipulating additional requirements for sale of proceeds by residents and non-residents in foreign currency have come into force....more

IRS Issues Temporary Regulations on the Application of the Straddle Rules to Debt Instruments

On September 5, the IRS issued temporary regulations on the application of the straddle rules to debt instruments (the "Temporary Regulations"). The Temporary Regulations provide that a taxpayer's obligation under a debt...more

Russian Legislation Update - July 29 through September 1 2013

In This Issue: - Securities - Banking - Currency Control - Intellectual Property - Concessions - State Secrets - Privatization - Advertising - Court Practice: Company’s address of...more

NYSBA reports on inconsistencies in currency gain and loss Subpart F issues

The New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section has recently published a report highlighting that, in a variety of commonplace circumstances where a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) engages in certain routine treasury...more

New decrees from Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus has issued new decrees pertaining to the relaxation of restrictive measures. Legal updates regarding these decrees, from Harneys' Cyprus Banking Group, are below....more

Swaps Based on Foreign Securities May Soon Count Toward De Minimis Calculations

In their joint swap definitions release in July 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made a distinction between (i) a “compo” equity total return swap, in...more

Latest updates from Harneys Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus continues to issue decrees pertaining to the relaxation of restrictive measures....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments – Latin America: Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle Parts of Energy Sector

Introduction – Upstream Players -- In February 2013, after devaluating the official exchange rate of the Venezuelan Bolivar from VEB 4.3 to 6.3 per USD, the Venezuelan government set up the Complementary System of...more

RMB Bond Issue in Hong Kong (a.k.a. A Delicious Dim Sum Offering!) - Part 3

A growing number of foreign and Chinese companies are accessing the renminbi (“RMB”) bond market to fund projects, enhance liquidity and improve their working capital in China. These companies can raise capital while avoiding...more

Latest Update on Cyprus Decrees - June 2013

The Republic of Cyprus continues to issue new decrees pertaining to the relaxation of restrictive measures....more

RMB Bond Issue in Hong Kong (a.k.a. A Delicious Dim Sum Offering!) - Part 2

A growing number of foreign and Chinese companies are accessing the renminbi (“RMB”) bond market to fund projects, enhance liquidity and improve their working capital in China. These companies can raise capital while avoiding...more

RMB Bond Issue in Hong Kong (a.k.a. A Delicious Dim Sum Offering!) - Part 1

A growing number of foreign and Chinese companies are accessing the renminbi (“RMB”) bond market to fund projects, enhance liquidity and improve their working capital in China. These companies can raise capital while avoiding...more

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