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Canada considers new requirements for monitoring politically exposed persons

The previous federal government introduced amendments to money laundering regulations this past summer to implement a program of financial surveillance of senior public officeholders, their family members and their close...more

Treasury updates on PAD implementation

Treasury has published a draft version of the Payment Accounts Regulations 2015 designed to implement the Payment Accounts Directive (PAD). The Regulations would come into force on 18 September 2016 so as to give banks and...more

New Rules Encourage Use of P3s

The recently released Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules in the final allocation and accounting regulations encourage the use of public-private partnerships (P3s). Under these rules, a private party can form a partnership...more

Treasury makes ELTIF Regulations

Treasury has made the European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIF) Regulations, which come into force on 3 December. The Regulations amend...more

Treasury Publishes Payment Card Interchange Fee Regulations

Treasury has published the Payment Card Interchange Fee Regulations 2015. These appoint “competent authorities” (i.e. FCA and PSR) to monitor and enforce regulatory compliance for the purposes of the EU’s Regulation on...more

Maryland Public Service Commission Issues Draft Regulations Implementing Community Solar Pilot Program

On November 10, 2015, five months after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan approved a law creating a three-year pilot program for community solar projects in the state, the Public Service Commission (PSC or Commission) released...more

New Rules Adopted for IRS Partnership Tax Audits

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed by the President Obama on November 2, 2015, creates a new IRS audit regime for all entities treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes, including partnerships and limited...more

Important Revisions to Partnership Tax Audit and Payment Rules

The recently enacted 2015 Budget Act includes a dramatic change in the rules for tax audits of, and the payment of tax deficiencies by, partnerships (including limited liability companies that are taxable as partnerships)....more

SEC Adopts New Rules Regulating Crowdfunding for Securities

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules to provide a registration exemption for issuers to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. In order to implement the final...more

Elizabeth Becomes New Jersey’s 10th Municipality to Pass Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

On November 3, 2015, voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey approved a ballot-box question requiring employers to provide paid sick leave by a vote of 3,037 to 563. Elizabeth is now the 10th municipality in New Jersey since 2013...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rule Summary

The SEC substantially adopts prior proposed rules. On October 30, pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which was passed in 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally...more

Partnership-Level Tax Under New Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, has significantly changed the partnership tax audit rules, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under the current partnership...more

Commission publishes CRR AVAs Regulation

The Commission has published a draft Delegated Regulation concerning the making of additional valuation adjustments (AVAs) under the CRR....more

Do New Anti-Trafficking Requirements Apply To Your Company?

As human trafficking and other forms of exploitation of labor continue to be a focus of public attention, requirements on some employers to prevent trafficking and related abuses have recently increased. ...more

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rules

Crowdfunding is a popular and controversial form of selling securities using the internet. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, which was designed to facilitate capital formation for small companies, such sales generally...more

New UK Regulations to Govern Whistleblowing in Financial Institutions

This month, the FCA and PRA announced a new regime for whistleblowing that will start to be phased in from March 2016. This is part of the broader desire on the part of the UK regulators to encourage individuals to raise...more

CFPB Adopts New Rule Expanding Reporting Requirements under HMDA

On October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final rule that expands the scope of mandatory reporting under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The new rule, which will be implemented...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC to Vote on Final Title III Crowdfunding Rules Oct. 30: The SEC has announced that it will vote on whether to adopt rules and forms related to the offer and sale of securities through...more

FDA promotes safety, control by veterinarians in new Rule: Veterinary Feed Directive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to publish new Rules as part of its implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition to new animal feed and food safety rules, the FDA recently...more

Regulations Adopted for Changing Boundaries of California Groundwater Basins

The California Water Commission on Wednesday adopted new regulations for modifying the boundaries of groundwater basins and subbasins. The action marked the latest step in the state’s rollout of the Sustainable Groundwater...more

UK government introduces enhanced enforcement powers for environmental permitting breaches

Earlier this month the government published its response to a consultation on proposals to enhance regulators’ enforcement powers to deal with environmental permitting breaches. Simultaneously, the government has published...more

Treasury Finalizes Regulations on the Varying Interests Rule Under Section 706

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations under Section 706(d), providing rules for determining the partners’ distributive shares of...more

EPA’s New Refinery Rule—Next Generation Compliance in Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a new air pollution rule in September that illustrates how EPA is implementing its next generation compliance ideas. The rule governs hazardous air emissions from...more

Alert: New Department of Defense Regulations Mandate the Reporting of Cyber Incidents

The Department of Defense (DoD) has published regulations that require DoD contractors to report cyber incidents impacting unclassified DoD contractor systems. The new regulations mandate compliance with elements of the...more

Putting the Final BEPS Reports into Perspective: from Recommendations to Implementation

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its final reports on the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project on Monday October 5th, 2015. ...more

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