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New Cyprus decrees further relax banking restrictions

The Republic of Cyprus issued new decrees on 8 December 2014. The new decrees provide further relaxation to banking restrictions, notably: Payments and/or transfers of funds abroad up to €2.000.000 (previously...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Currency Control - Banking - Patronage of Arts - Environment - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Excerpt from Patronage of Arts: On 4 November 2014 the President signed Federal...more

National Bank Of Ukraine softened regime of currency regulation under product sharing agreements

On 8 November 2014 Resolution of the National Bank of Ukraine No. 712* came into effect. This Resolution facilitated the regime of currency regulation for transactions made by foreign investors or their representative offices...more

Money Laundering in the News: Los Angeles Fashion District Raid Puts Trade-Based Money Laundering and Black Market Peso Exchange...

On September 10, 2014, federal and local law enforcement officials raided the Los Angeles Fashion District in an effort to combat alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels which was occurring within the District. The...more

National Bank of Ukraine cancels restriction on certain foreign currency transactions

With effect from 3 November 2014, the National Bank of Ukraine cancelled* recently imposed prohibition to conduct the following transactions in foreign currency: - to settle import transactions made without importation...more

Tax Court Strikes Down “DAD” Loss Importation Tax Shelter

In consolidated cases known as Kenna Trading LLC, the Tax Court shut down an attempt to contribute foreign currency losses into a US partnership and syndicate the losses to investors by selling partnership interests followed...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Exchange Control

EXCHANGE CONTROL: Generally, there are no exchange controls in Australia. However, taking currency notes (in any currency) to the value of AUD10,000 or more must be reported. In some cases there may be financial...more

National Bank of Ukraine restricts foreign currency lending

On 29 August 2014 the National Bank of Ukraine (the NBU) imposed restrictions on lending in foreign currency for the purpose of using such foreign currency within the domestic market of Ukraine....more

National Bank of Ukraine introduced mandatory sale of 100% foreign currency proceeds

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) toughened requirements for mandatory sale of international currency proceeds, that was temporarily introduced in November 2012. Now the requirement for mandatory sale applies to 100% of...more

Pre-Filing Consultation of SEC Staff Regarding Venezuela Operations May Be Appropriate in Certain Circumstances

In a recent meeting, a representative of the SEC accounting staff noted that the SEC staff is focusing on how companies with operations in Venezuela are affected by the various foreign currency exchange mechanisms in...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2014: Chapter 7: Yankee Loans – Structural Considerations...

The depth and liquidity of the investor base in the US institutional term loan market provides an attractive alternative for European borrowers in the leveraged finance market and has been a key source of financing liquidity,...more

New York Federal District Court Dismisses FCA Claims Brought Against Bank of New York Mellon

After four years of litigation, Bank of New York Mellon (BNY) recently won dismissal of allegations that it violated the California False Claims Act (CFCA). In this multi-district case titled, In re Bank of N.Y. Mellon Corp....more

What Does the IRS Bitcoin Ruling Mean for Virtual Currency?

Because Bitcoin is fungible and greatly fluctuates in value on a daily basis, Bitcoin users will need to track their cost basis for each Bitcoin obtained and determine whether they have gain or loss on the subsequent exchange...more

CME Group Issues Notice Prohibiting Transitory EFRPs

CME Group has issued an advisory notice prohibiting transitory exchange for related positions (EFRPs) on each of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the New York Mercantile Exchange...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

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

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