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All Foreign Takeovers of UK Companies to be Reviewed Following Brexit?

Recent statements by Theresa May and her staff uncover the first potential significant change to UK competition law as a result of Brexit. A Downing Street spokesperson has indicated that all “foreign takeovers” of UK...more

MoFo Brexit Briefing: Flourishing by becoming familiar: how to attract restructuring investors to the post-Brexit UK

The process of Brexit will take years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and working...more

Argentina: From International Market Isolation to Promising Opportunities for Investors

Argentina is keen to attract foreign investment. Not only has it recently implemented a series of economic measures, but it has also made changes to its legal framework including the enactment of a new arbitration regulation,...more

ICSID Tribunal: State Imposed Tobacco Control Measures Do Not Violate Investment Treaty Obligations

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal recently released its decision in Philip Morris v. Uruguay, holding that tobacco control regulations implemented by a state to protect public...more

SEC Resolves FCPA Action With LAN Airlines

The SEC resolved another FCPA action centered on the entry of LAN Airlines S.A. into Argentina. Previously, the Commission settled with the CEO of the company who agreed to the entry of a cease and desist order based on...more

Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

Listing Indian Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

India is now included as an “acceptable jurisdiction” by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”). The HKEx also published a new “Country Guide – India” (the “India Guide”) relating to India-incorporated issuers....more

Relief in Quebec Granted to Select Canadian Institutional Investors for Resale of Securities to Outside Canada

The Quebec Autorité des marchés financiers (Authority) recently published two general decisions (commonly referred to as blanket orders) granting certain Canadian institutional investors exemptions from the prospectus...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: The Société de Libre Partenariat: A New French Fund Alternative

The implementation of the AIFM Directive has afforded the French legislature the opportunity to simplify its range of regulated investment vehicles, with the aim of making France’s financial markets more attractive – both to...more

Federal Reserve Officially Extends Volcker Rule Conformance Period with Respect to “Legacy Covered Funds” to July 21, 2017

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”), consistent with its previously announced intention, extended the conformance period with respect to investments in and relationships with covered funds...more

Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners

On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by foreign individuals and legal...more

China Issues Guidance Clarifying Core Tasks and Deadlines for Application of the Country’s Telemedicine System

The Chinese government has been in the process of modernizing its telemedicine law and policy and associated infrastructure for nearly 2 years now, to support broad, domestic application of telemedicine. We outline one of the...more

Iran's World Court Case Against the United States May Impact Investment Arbitration

On June 14, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran sued the United States of America in the International Court of Justice (also known as the “World Court” or the “ICJ”) in the Hague, alleging that the U.S. government had...more

Implementation of Policy Allowing Complete Foreign Ownership in E-Commerce Operations Nationwide in China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues the First Value-Added Telecom Services License to an E-Commerce Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. Background - Historically, foreign investors were...more

Recent China Development – Outbound Investment in Renminbi

BACKGROUND - Due to the recent strong desire to convert Renminbi (“RMB”) funds into foreign currency and remit foreign currency amounts outside of China (“China” or the “PRC”, which excludes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan...more

China Accelerates the Establishment of Social Credit System

The State Council published the Guiding Opinions on Accelerating Social Credit System Establishment by Further Developing Joint Incentives for Honest Market Participants and Joint Penalties for Dishonest Market Participants,...more

"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of Sina.com on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from...more

Brussels Tax Alert

A. Beneficial tax regime - Law 89/1967 "On the Establishment in Greece of Foreign Commercial and Industrial Companies" was meant to attract foreign investments in Greece, by providing a wide range of benefits regarding...more

Client Alert: Brexit – What Silicon Valley Needs to Know

The vote of the UK Electorate to leave the EU has politicians, economists, lawyers and commentators from all sectors speculating on what will happen next and over exactly what period. While it is unlikely that there will be a...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2016

Federal Circuit Recognizes New, but Limited, Privilege for Patent Agent Communications - Introduction - Patent agents are licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), and...more

New Opportunities for Private Equity in India

New Insolvency Code and Asset Reconstruction Companies - ..Prior to the new code, insolvency proceedings in India lasted several years and effectively allowed management and owners to run these companies for their own...more

Investor Visa Applications Skyrocket

The popular EB-5 immigration program has exceeded its applicant limit for the third consecutive year. Applications have more than doubled, from 13,526 during the first quarter of 2015 to 21,988 over the same period this year....more

UK Votes To Leave The EU: What Does it Mean for Asset Managers?

The voters have spoken. Britain will (absent any new deals) leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During this two-year period, UK-based asset management entities, including...more

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