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Implementing A Competitive Natural Gas Market In Mexico - CENAGAS to hold its first open season

Centro Nacional de Control de Gas Natural (CENAGAS) has received authorization from the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) to conduct its first open season for the assignment of available capacity on a firm basis in the...more

Recent Amendments to the Foreign Investment Regulations in China

China has been quite successful in encouraging foreign investments since the Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture Enterprise Law was promulgated in the beginning of the country’s economic reform in 1979. With the passage of...more

Why Set up a Local Company in the UAE?

Dubai is a well-respected pathway to the East, and since it became a financial hub, companies that engage in all types of business activities are now looking to establish a presence here. Setting up a Local Company is an...more

China Simplifies Its Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments

In order to implement the State Counsel’s decision issued on September 3, 2016 (State Counsel’s Decision), which simplifies the original substantive review and approval process (Approval System) to a new simple filing system...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: Foreign Institutional Investors are Granted Unprecedented Access to...

A new program providing fund managers with access to China’s principal bond market officially opened for business in May 2016. The program – known as the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) program – greatly simplifies the...more

New Saudi Qualified Foreign Investor Rules and IPO Book Building Instructions Approved

This year has witnessed remarkable legal developments in the capital markets landscape of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In particular, the Capital Market Authority of the Kingdom (“CMA”) approved the amended Rules for...more

China's New Foreign Investment Regime

Effective 1 October 2016, China replaced its approval regime for foreign investments with a filing regime, except where such investments fall within the Negative List. Approval vs. Filing - Since China first...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The official announcement of the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect was jointly made by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

China Reforms Its Registration System for Foreign Investment

On October 8, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Provisional Measures for Filing Administration of Establishment and Changes of Foreign-Invested Enterprises (“FIEs”) (“Filing Administration Measures”). The Filing...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

South African Department of Energy issues LNG-to-Power Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Information Memorandum –...

The South African Department of Energy has issued an Information Memorandum in connection with the previously announced LNG-to-Power Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. On 4 October 2016, the South African...more

China Eases Key Corporate Filing Requirements under the Foreign Investment Law by Replacing the “Approval Filing” System with the...

On October 1, 2016, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the NPC on Revising Four Laws, Including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises (the “Decision”) came into effect. The...more

International focus - Taking security over real estate in the Commonwealth of Independent States

For better or worse, we live in an increasingly globalised world. And in the lifetime of many businesses, there comes a time when they need to expand into new markets in foreign lands. Rather than taking the well-trodden road...more

Those Three Little Words: OFAC’s Subtle Language Shift Could Create Sweeping Change on Iran Investment

Article Highlights: - Non-U.S. banks can do business with Iran and continue their relationships with U.S. banks. - Non-U.S. companies may use proceeds from Iran transactions more freely, including in the United...more

Building on a New Foundation: U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment

As a result of the initiatives put into place over the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself to take advantage of Africa’s economic resurgence, suggests a report issued by the Office of U.S. Trade...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance Intended to Ease Dollar-Denominated Foreign Transactions with Iran

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) amended its guidance on Iranian sanctions to clarify that some transactions with Iran by non-U.S. institutions are permitted, provided that such...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

Medio Oriente es un gran participante en el mercado de bienes raíces del sur de la Florida

No es ningún secreto que Miami se ha convertido en uno de los mercados más atractivos del mundo para los inversores internacionales. Los latinoamericanos, en particular, han tenido una gran influencia en el sector...more

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2016

Former CEO of Harris Corporation’s Chinese Subsidiary Pays $46,000 to Settle Alleged FCPA Violations; No Charges for Company - On September 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a...more

Cross-Border Private M&A in Canada: 10 Tips for Foreign Acquirers

Canadian private M&A slowed somewhat in 2015 and early 2016, owing to the depressed market for commodities, but deal flow is roaring back in the latter half of 2016. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States...more

Doing Business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

As the third largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the region, not to mention its standing as the region’s largest economy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is of significant interest to foreign investors, particularly...more

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