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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

Australia: An Increasingly Attractive Plaintiffs’ Forum for Securities Class Actions

The United States has long been the primary home for securities class actions around the world. This trend, however, was curtailed to some degree with the Supreme Court decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, 130 S....more

China’s NDRC Tables Further Streamlined Outbound Investment Rules

Overseas investment from China has experienced rapid growth each year in the last several years, with the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) reporting USD735.1 billion in new investment having been deployed overseas by Chinese...more

Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

India Heralds Radical Change in FDI Policy

With amendments to its foreign direct investment policy, India seeks to attract foreign investment in the country. On June 20, the government of India (GOI) issued a press release announcing major changes to its foreign...more

Manatt Digital - June 2016

In this newsletter, we examine what's new in media as it relates to the Chinese market with specific emphasis on VR, Hollywood, and the ongoing digital transition....more

Doing business in the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone

Major benefits of incorporating inside a free trade zone, as opposed to on the UAE’s mainland. However, in brief the companies are entitled to 50 years of zero corporate tax while still being entitled to repatriate the...more

Indian Government Relaxes Restrictions on Foreign Direct Investment

The Indian government announced on June 20, 2016 new rules for foreign direct investment (FDI), allowing for up to 100% FDI in certain sectors, including defense and civil aviation. The changes also relax the local sourcing...more

Myanmar ministries announce "100-day" plans

After a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general election held on 8 November 2015, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 30 March 2016, with U Htin Kyaw named as...more

China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

Indonesia’s revised negative investment list

Recent changes to Indonesia’s revised Negative Investment List have largely been positive, with relaxation being the order of the day. In this briefing we look at some of the key changes and their likely impact on foreign...more

Doing business in the Dubai Airport Freezone

Major benefits of incorporating inside a free trade zone, as opposed to on the UAE’s mainland. However, in brief the companies are entitled to 50 years of zero corporate tax while still being entitled to repatriate the...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

United States to Receive $38 billion RFQII Quota for Investments in China

The quota allocation – the first of its kind awarded to the United States – was announced on June 7, 2016 by Yi Gang, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank. This represents an apparent...more

Buying Russian Bonds: Risky Business or Safe Bet?

In late May, The Russian Federation issued its first sovereign bond since the Ukraine crisis in 2014. The sole organizer of the bond is VTB Capital, an arm of VTB Bank, Russia’s second largest financial institution. Both VTB...more

Indonesia’s New 2016 Negative List

On 18 May 2016, the Indonesian Government enacted Presidential Regulation No. 44 of 2016, which sets out the new negative investments list (the “2016 Negative List”) and revokes the 2014 Negative List. The 2016 Negative List...more

Reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and REIT Taxation - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The reforms generally encourage foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) contains numerous reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it...more

EB-5 Visa Program A Win-Win For Immigrants And Americans

The 1990 EB-5 green card program has been a controversial one for Americans, even as thousands of foreign nationals and American citizens reap the benefits of the program. Through the program, impoverished areas in the United...more

Business Investment in China: Where Is the Money?

Thanks to its strategic location, vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, business environment and the wildly popular movie Beijing Meets Seattle , the Puget Sound area has quickly become one of the most popular destinations for...more

International Investment Arbitration in the Middle East: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant: Part 2

The South African Department of Energy has published an Expression of Interest calling on the private sector to indicate interest in developing a 600 MW gas-fired power project alongside one or more state-owned companies....more

International Investment Arbitration in North America: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

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