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CFTC Exempts a Japanese Clearing Organization and Korean Exchange From Derivatives Clearing Organization Registration

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued separate orders of exemption allowing the Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC) and Korea Exchange, Inc. (KRX) to clear interest rate swaps without registering as...more

Upper Tribunal grants extension to refer

The Upper Tribunal has granted an application to extend the timeframe in which an applicant could refer their notice to the Tribunal. Whilst acknowledging that the case was borderline, the Tribunal granted the application due...more

Prudential Regulators Release Final Margin Rules for Swaps

On October 22, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation held an open meeting at which it voted to adopt: (i) final rules governing margin and capital requirements for uncleared swaps and (ii) an interim final rule to...more

Germany Tightens Voting Rights Disclosure - New rules increase complexity of voting right disclosures and impose

On October 1, 2015, the German Parliament adopted the national “Act Implementing the EU Transparency Directive Amending Directive (2013/50/EU)” (the “Act”). The aim of the directive is to harmonize the regime for notification...more

FSB reports on FX benchmark reforms

FSB has published a progress report on the implementation of its September 2014 recommendations for reforms to foreign exchange (FX) benchmarks. The report assesses market progress by the main foreign exchange committees and...more

ASA upholds CAP Code complaint against World First UK Ltd

ASA has published its ruling to uphold a complaint made in relation to claims made on the World First website, a foreign exchange currency provider. The site held a currency converter for users with the accompanying text “You...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

IOSCO reports on cross-border regulation

IOSCO’s task force has reported on cross-border regulation. A range of stakeholders, regulators, policymakers, and supranational institutions responded to the task force. IOSCO will now consider: - how to be more...more

U.S. Courts Continue to Deny Class Plaintiffs’ Attempts to Bring Foreign Law Actions in U.S. Courts to Recover for Potential...

As we have mentioned previously, in the wake of Morrison v. National Australia Bank, securities plaintiffs are no longer able to assert claims under the U.S. securities laws to recover potential losses for transactions that...more

Cybersecurity Update: National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance Setting Forth General Requirements for Member...

The National Futures Association (“NFA”) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 28, 2015 a proposed Interpretive Notice (“Proposed Guidance”) for CFTC’s approval, which provides guidance to...more

CFTC Approves National Futures Association Rules Enhancing Protections for Retail Forex Customers

On August 27, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved rule amendments and a new interpretive notice proposed by the National Futures Association (NFA). The rule amendments and interpretive notice...more

NYSE Expands Rules Related to Pre-Market Notification of Material News, Trading Halts and News Releases After Market Close

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule change that is immediately effective. The NYSE proposes to amend Section 202.06 of the Listed Company Manual to: - expand the pre-market hours during which listed companies are required...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Philippines

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The following Philippine government agencies are involved in approving and/or regulating foreign direct...more

CFTC Registers ICE Futures Canada and Montreal Exchange as FBOTs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued orders granting foreign board of trade (FBOT) registration to ICE Futures Canada, Inc. and Montreal Exchange Inc. The orders of registration permit US market participants to...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

Making Foreign Investment In Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand is a sovereign country (514,000 sq. km) located in South-East Asia bordered by Burma in the north and west; Laos to the north and east; Cambodia to the east; and Malaysia to the south. It has...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control (Updated)

EXCHANGE CONTROL - Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to...more

Antitrust Update: The Aggressive Global Enforcement Network

Companies face lots of risks – the soup du jour has been anti-corruption enforcement and compliance. Like any consistent restaurant you might visit regularly, one risk continues to grow, quietly and significantly –...more

Fair and Effective Markets Review Publishes Final Report

On June 10, 2015, the Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR), established by the Chancellor in June 2014 to conduct a review of fixed income, currency and commodity markets, published its final report. The report contains...more

Limitations on foreign exchange in Kazakhstan

On 16 March 2015 the Management Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan by its Resolution ?32 resolved to amend the Rules on Currency Operations in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Rules). The Rules inter alia...more

Playtech Enters Foreign Exchange Market

Online gaming software company Playtech Ltd. has announced that it is purchasing TradeFX for close to $499 million, representing just over 91% of TradeFX’s worth. Playtech’s acquisition of TradeFX, which operates the site...more

SAFE Further Relaxes Control of FIE’s Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Notice of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange Regarding the Reform of the Administration of Foreign Exchange Registered Capital Settlement1 for...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

TOO BIG TO FAIL 2: EMIR: "Too Big To Fail", Again?

This alert focuses on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (or "EMIR" as it is better known) which was introduced as the equivalent of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, to address a wide range of issues, many of which were...more

Derivatives in Review - March 2015

NYDFS Releases Revised BitLicense Proposal - On February 4, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") released a revised version of its proposed virtual currency regulations (commonly referred...more

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