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US and China Expand Law Enforcement Cooperation

Global anti-corruption efforts continue to increase. For global companies, this trend makes compliance even more critical. One of the most significant aspects of this trend is the US government’s cooperation with China....more

Circular 122 – China Starts to Unwind Limits on Foreign Investment in Real Estate in Response to Slowing Economy

Nine years ago, in July 2006, six different Chinese government agencies issued Opinion 171, the first of a number of circulars imposing limits on foreign investment in the property market in response to concerns about a...more

Online Payment Systems Technology in China—Trojan Horse or Forbidden Fruit?

Powerful new computational technology pioneered in e-commerce presents Chinese regulators with potential concerns and solutions to the perennial problem of information, pricing, and settlement capacity. Online payment...more

Unanticipated Retrogression of Visa Numbers for China and India in September 2015

The U.S. Department of State recently released its September 2015 Visa Bulletin, reflecting a significant retrogression for China and India in the employment-based Second Preference category (EB-2). The EB-2 category for...more

New Court Decisions Expose Non-U.S. Banks With U.S. Branches To New Risks Of Litigation In American Courts

Non-U.S. banks with branches in New York and elsewhere in the United States find themselves sued or otherwise exposed to judicial orders in American courts with regularity. The cases reflect the full range of U.S. legal...more

Letter From America: Internal investigations – a stark reminder of the dangers of failing to implement strict protocols from the...

A recent ruling in long-running civil litigation against the Bank of China (“BOC”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York provides a stark reminder of the dangers of failing to develop and...more

District court limits application of privilege in internal investigations

The Southern District of New York offered a strong rebuke to defendant Bank of China (BOC) in a discovery dispute, finding that documents created as part of an internal investigation into potential terrorist activities of a...more

China Regulator Proposes to Permit Designated Domestic Futures Contracts to be Traded by Foreigners

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is soliciting public comment on proposed rules (Interim Measures) that would open Chinese futures markets to direct trading by non-Chinese persons apparently for both...more

Is the RQFII Program En route to Australia?

Bank of China's Renminbi Settlement Service in Sydney - In late July this year, the Bank of China unveiled its Chinese Renminbi (RMB) Settlement Service in Sydney. The Settlement Service utilises the Australian Stock...more

Online Payments in China: Recent and Regulatory Actions

On March 13, 2014, People’s Bank of China (“PBC”) issued an opinion letter halting immediately the use of QR codes for payments using mobile phones (as distinguished from using QR codes at POS terminals) well as the use of...more

Mixed feelings: China censures bitcoin while Hong Kong embraces it

Last December, bitcoin prices plummeted by nearly half, after Chinese authorities banned all financial institutions and payment processor companies in China from engaging in bitcoin-related business, denominating prices in...more

PBOC Formulates Further Policy Initiatives to Promote RMB as an International Currency

On 2 December 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued its Opinions on Financially Supporting the Development of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “Opinions”). The Opinions represent latest steps...more

China State Council launched new financial coordination mechanism

On August 20, 2013, the China State Council approved the application from the People’s Bank of China (Central Bank) to launch a new financial coordination mechanism led by the Central Bank to reinforce regulation in the...more

China Finance Bulletin - August 2013: New PBOC Regulation Suggests Possible Liberalization of Outbound Security Provided by PRC...

On 5 July 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued the “Circular on Simplifying the Cross-Border RMB Business Procedures and Improving Relevant Policies”, the “Circular”). The Circular simplifies the regulatory...more

Banking & Finance Litigation Update - Issue 65 (European Union)

In This Issue: - Domestic Banking - Domestic General - European Banking - European General - International Banking - International General - Press Releases - Case Law - Excerpt from...more

Developments in Chinese Mobile and E-Payments

The year end is seeing many potentially significant developments in mobile and electronic payments in China. Several of these developments are noted below....more

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