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UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does This Mean for U.S. Companies With European Subsidiaries?

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken on the issue of whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), and by a narrow margin have decided to leave. In fact, by region, the voters of...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

Brexit Headline Checklist

This checklist is designed to set out some of the key questions which businesses will need to consider in their initial planning phase as they evaluate their existing structures and operations and the potential impact of...more

A New Wave of CIS Restructurings Poses Unique Challenges

While the CIS nations have recently provided a multitude of sizeable restructuring cases, the region’s dominant force, Russia, has stood up reasonably well to lengthy economic decline, economic sanctions and the collapse of...more

UK Regulator Publishes Paper on Issues and Contributions of Market-Based Finance

The Financial Conduct Authority published an Occasional Paper on the emerging issues and market contributions associated with market-based finance. The paper focuses on the more comprehensive concept of market-based finance,...more

UN and U.S. Sanctions Target North Korea: Impacts for Asia and Beyond

The United Nations and United States recently took significant new steps to expand sanctions on North Korea, with implications for international banking; shipping and port activities; air transport; energy and mining sectors;...more

UN and U.S. Sanctions Target North Korea: Impacts for Asia and Beyond

The United Nations and United States recently took significant new steps to expand sanctions on North Korea, with implications for international banking; shipping and port activities; air transport; energy and mining sectors;...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Addresses Supervisory Challenges and Cross-Border Resolution of Systemically...

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg discussed the improved financial condition of US banks, supervisory challenges that the FDIC is focused on, and developments in cross-border cooperation with...more

Beyond Bitcoin: The blockchain revolution in financial services

Blockchain technology is poised to transform the financial sector by increasing efficiency, transparency and security; reducing costs; and unleashing an unprecedented wave of innovation. Blockchain, the technology...more

Massachusetts Net Worth “True Debt” Litigation Moves Forward—Oral Argument Held, Awaiting Decision

With oral argument and briefing complete, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s authority to increase the net worth component of a taxpayer’s corporate excise using its “true debt” analysis is under review by the Appeals...more

BREXIT? Are You Prepared?

Late on Friday night in Brussels, European leaders agreed on a package they hope will keep the United Kingdom as part of the EU. The British people will now be asked whether they want to stay in the EU or leave, in a...more

Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Takes Effect: The Latest Jurisdiction Regulating How Companies Compete

On December 14, 2015, Hong Kong became the latest jurisdiction to prohibit anticompetitive agreements and unilateral conduct. The Competition Ordinance (Ordinance) is Hong Kong’s first cross-sector competition law for this...more

China's inclusion in the IMF's SDR valuation—Another illustration of China's integration in the global economy

The inclusion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of China's renminbi (RMB) in the basket of currencies used to calculate the value of the Special Drawing Right (SDR) is a notable development in the international...more

FSB Publishes Final TLAC Standard

On 9 November 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued its Principles establishing a new international standard for “total loss absorbing capacity” (TLAC) for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). According to...more

Renewable Energy and Climate Change Update

International negotiations on climate change have been ramping up. It is looking increasingly likely that a new global treaty on climate change will be concluded by the end of the year in Paris. Based on the current state...more

LEIROC consults on data in the GLEIS

LEIROC has launched a consultation on incorporating data on branches into the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). LEIROC proposes a policy standard for the GLEIS that would allow Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) to...more

BEA Reporting Requirements for US Financial Services Providers

The US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) is conducting its 2014 Benchmark Survey of Financial Services Transactions between US Financial Services Providers and Foreign Persons (Form BE-180). This...more

In Canada, Foreign Workers Seek to Use International Norms as the Standard of Care in Negligence Claims Against Multinationals...

Non-Canadian workers are increasingly suing their employers in Canadian courts for human rights violations allegedly committed outside Canada by the companies themselves or by other entities in their supply chains. This...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

BIS reports on applying principles to FMIs

CPMI and IOSCO have published a report providing guidance on how the Principles for financial market infrastructures (PFMI) apply to financial market infrastructures (FMIs) that are owned and operated by central banks....more

ESMA, ISDA, and FIA Europe Publish Capital Markets Union Responses

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and FIA Europe have published their responses to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Building a Capital...more

"What Every General Counsel Needs to Know to Comply With New Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements"

In 1976, Congress passed legislation requiring the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to collect information on investment flows between the United States and foreign countries. Subsequently...more

Coming of age: The changing face of international leveraged debt

In This Issue: - A new dawn: Record year for debt heralds new era - On good terms: Convergence drives issuer-friendly markets - State of play: Global debt markets positioned for growth - European...more

Scheel-Utvalgets Utredning - Kapitalbeskatning I En Internasjonal Økonomi

Regjeringen Stoltenberg II nedsatte 15. mars 2013 et ekspertutvalg for å vurdere selskapsbeskatningen i lys av den internasjonale utviklingen. Den 2. desember 2014 la Scheel-utvalget frem sin innstilling. Innstillingen vil...more

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future

This insight aims to highlight new rules governing the Islamic finance sector in Indonesia and the enhanced role of the National Shariah Board, to set out the current state of the market including opportunities for foreign...more

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