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Exchange – International Newsletter - Issue 23 – July 2014

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-third edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

How the GCC Can Boost Confidence in its Local Exchanges

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries accounted for IPO issuances valued at US$1.1 billion in 2013, according to Bloomberg. Notably, Qatar Exchange bounced back this year with the successful IPO and listing of Mesaieed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Council of EU Publishes Compromise Proposal on ELTIF Regulation - On May 27, the Council of the EU published a compromise proposal (10215/14), dated May 23, 2014, in respect of the European Commission's proposed...more

An Introduction to Non-Profit Incorporated Organisations in the DIFC

While the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC) remains primarily focused on the financial services industry, its stable and sophisticated legal and regulatory regimes have increasingly attracted organisations in...more

Gehrig’s Streak Ends And Compliance Week 2014 Is Near

Today we celebrate greatness in two areas. The first is in baseball as on this day in 1939, “New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play ending his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130....more

Privacy Laws in Africa and the Middle East

Once considered a privacy free-for-all, Africa and the Middle East have radically transformed their privacy regimes over the past few years. A critical mass of 17 countries in the region now have comprehensive privacy laws...more

Distress in the Defense Industry: Opportunities and Obstacles

The U.S. defense industry is facing a new battle – financial distress. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq combined with reductions in the defense budget and sequestration have taken a toll on many U.S....more

The Effect of Egypt's Broken Justice System on INTERPOL

The Egyptian justice system continues to suffer from the absence of basic due process, and we continue to see example after example of cases wherein defendants receive no protection from unfair trial proceedings. First, a...more

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

Whistleblowing in Afghanistan Allegedly Elicits Retaliatory Response

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in September 2013 that Mike Elder proffered sufficient evidence to continue with his False Claims Act action against DRS Technologies, Inc. (DRS)....more

Trouble or promise in the pipeline?

IRAQ’S Kurdistan region benefits from abundant hydrocarbon resources and is enjoying impressive economic growth and relative political stability. By contrast with other regions in Iraq, security conditions are benign and...more

DIFC Continues To Establish Its Arbitration-Friendly Credentials With Recent Amendment To DIFC Arbitration Law

Following a recent amendment to the Dubai International Financial Centre1 (DIFC) Arbitration Law, it is now clear that matters brought before the DIFC Courts which are governed by a valid arbitration agreement shall be stayed...more

Israel's 10-Year Tax Holiday for Immigrants Is No Tax Haven for Ex-Pats

While Israel welcomes immigrants, and even provides them with tax incentives, it is serious about ending any perceived notion that it is somehow complicit with taxes evaded by its foreign residents in their home country. As...more

OFAC Expands and Clarifies License for Exports of Personal Communications Items and Services to Iran

The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), amended the Iran personal communications General License D-1 (GL D-1) on Feb. 7, 2014, expanding, clarifying and superseding the May 2013 General...more

Iran sanctions relief: what does it mean for businesses in the Middle East?

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of State issued guidance implementing the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”) entered into by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, the...more

OFAC Publishes New Guidance On Temporary And Limited U.S. Sanctions Relief For Iran

On January 30, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published in the Federal Register Guidance Relating to the Provision of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint Plan of Action...more

One More List: OFAC’s Foreign Sanctions Evaders List

On February 6, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published notice that it was listing eleven named parties as “Foreign Sanctions Evaders,” pursuant to Executive Order 13608 (May 1,...more

OFAC Issues New Foreign Sanctions Evaders List

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has created a new list – the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List (“FSE List”) – that U.S. companies and others should consult when engaging in...more

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding - While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much...more

Capital Thinking: International

Iran - In his State of the Union address last Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, President Obama acknowledged Congressional sanctions contributed to bringing about the P5+1 interim agreement with Iran. ...more

Implementation of Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Last November, the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China) reached an initial understanding with Iran whereby Iran agreed to accept limits on its nuclear program in exchange...more

How Greater Regulation Will Lead to Islamic Finance Growth in Qatar

Qatar is set to further enhance financial markets regulation by developing a consistent risk-based regulatory framework. Governor H.E. Abdulla bin Saoud al Thani has announced a three-year strategic plan, which was jointly...more

Iran Sanctions Relief Offers Limited Opportunities and Substantial Risks

Introduction and Summary - On January 20, 2014, the departments of State and the Treasury announced details of the United States’ plan to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the November 24, 2013 Joint...more

Iranian Sanctions – Joint Action Plan is Implemented in EU

Background - Implementation of the Joint Action Plan agreed between the E3/EU+3 in October 2013 by suspending certain sanctions against Iran in relation to nuclear proliferation began on 20 January 2014. This...more

Abu Dhabi Oil Concession Expires

Abu Dhabi’s 75-year-old onshore oil concession expired 10 January 2014, ending its existing partnership with BP plc, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., Total SA and Portugal’s Patex Oil and Gas....more

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