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Up to the challenge: Investing in banks

Despite bleak growth prospects for banks after the global financial crisis, financial sponsors have embraced the opportunities the restructuring of the banking sector has provided, and have proven themselves adept at managing...more

Outlook: What does the future hold?

Historically, financial sponsors approached financial services investments with caution. Since the financial crisis, however, things have changed, creating valuable opportunities for financial sponsors to invest in a sector...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Address Private Equity Management Fee Waivers and Profits Interests

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and Treasury Department recently released proposed regulations under section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code) addressing the issuance of certain interests in...more

A pan-European opportunity

Many commentators consider that the growing trend of financial sponsor investment in financial services is limited to a handful of countries in Europe. Deal data, however, show that investors with an appetite for banks and...more

Devo Deals - Sheffield, North East and Tees Valley Signed - Northern Powerhouse Series

We are beginning to see Devo Deals take shape - all subject to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review, and the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (CLGD) through Parliament. Sheffield City Region's...more

Mexico 2016 Tax Reform

The 2016 Tax Bill presented by the President to Congress on September 8, 2015 was approved almost in its original terms by both Chambers of Congress on October 29, 2015 and published in the Official Gazette of the Federation...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR – Indirect Clearing Regulatory Technical Standards to Align to MiFIR - ESMA published a letter on 5 October from Commissioner Hill to the European Parliament on regulatory technical standards on indirect clearing...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

HM Treasury proposes to extend Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FCA firms - HM Treasury published a policy paper on 15 October 2015, in which it proposes to extend the senior managers and certification...more

HFSB updates standards

HFSB has issued a revised version of its Hedge Fund Standards following a consultation on managing conflicts of interest earlier in 2015. The amendments have been made to strengthen internal compliance procedures and improve...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Latest Fund Statistics for Luxembourg Illustrate Continued Growth - ALFI has issued the fund statistics as of 30 September 2015. Luxembourg continues to be the number one location for Funds in Europe, with both number of...more

Joining Forces: The Co-investment Climate in Private Equity

Pepper Hamilton commissioned Mergermarket to interview 50 PE executives from across the United States that have co-invested with an institutional investor within the previous three years (fund sizes managed by the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

UCITS Q&A Updated - The Central Bank published a revised UCITS Q&A document (the eighth edition) on Friday 23 October 2015. The updated Q&A provides additional guidance with respect to the transitional provisions for the...more

The Common Reporting Standards - New Global Tax Information Exchange Regime Begins January 2016

The Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) will impose new investor due diligence and reporting obligations on funds and other financial institutions based in “early adopter” participating jurisdictions, with effect from January...more

EP adopts SFTR

EP has adopted in its plenary session the Regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTR) designed to improve the transparency of securities financing transactions (SFTs) in the shadow...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Circular on Crowdlending - BaFin issued a circular on 9 October 2015 on crowdlending capital raising structures. The circular addresses, inter alia, whether crowdlending structures are subject to a license...more

Alert: Climate Change and Pension Fund Investments

On October 22 the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 (published in the Federal Register on October 26 and effective on that date) setting forth its supplemental views concerning the legal...more

Blog: A Few Nuggets For Smaller Companies Buried In The Drive Act

The House has passed a new transportation bill, HR 22, the “Drive Act” – not normally something to write about in the PubCo blog. (Originally, this bill appears to have been the “Hire More Heroes Act,” but was somehow...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Public Consultation on the Origination of Loans by Funds - Within the framework of the implementation of the ELTIF Regulations in France, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (“AMF”) launched a public consultation on 22...more

Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by...

In recent years, project developers, investment funds, and energy companies have invested heavily in renewable energy as a result of incentive programs offered in the legislation of countries such as Germany, Spain, and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending November 6, 2015)

Conflicts and investment fund fraud cases were the focus this week. The SEC brought two actions in each category. In addition, a settled insider trading action was filed....more

BEPS Projects Final Report: Issues for the Investment Funds Sector

We have considered the final reports from the perspective of a typical private investment fund that focuses on illiquid assets such as private equity, infrastructure or real estate. Some of the reports contain proposals that,...more

Implementation Issues Arising from the Revised UK Senior Manager and Certification Regime

The UK Government recently announced that it would introduce a new statutory duty of responsibility on senior managers in all financial institutions and repeal the presumption of responsibility that would have applied to...more

FINRA fines investment firms for supervisory failures

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined two investment firms for failing to exercise proper regulation over third-party money transfers. The companies were fined $650,000 and $300,000 respectively, but...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

Fibra E Trusts | Energy and Infrastructure Investment Vehicle

On 29 September 2015, the Fourth Set of Amendments to the Annual Tax Regulations for the 2015 fiscal year (“Tax Regulations”), which create and regulate a new investment vehicle called an energy and infrastructure investment...more

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