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Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - Winter 2015/Spring 2016

In this edition of our Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update, we have considered the key financial markets cases and banking-related regulatory action from the second half of 2015, and distilled them into a list of...more

ECB Publishes the Response of the Eurosystem to the European Commission’s Call for Evidence on the EU Regulatory Framework for...

On February 4, the European Central Bank (“ECB“) published a response of the ECB and the national central banks of member states of the eurozone (Eurosystem) to the European Commission’s call for evidence on the EU regulatory...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February #3

Treasury plans lending perimeter changes - Treasury has published the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 for approval by both Houses of Parliament. Treasury wants...more

New Year's Resolutions for Small Business Contractors: Preparing for Key Legislative and Regulatory Changes in 2016

OVERVIEW - - Coming soon from SBA - Mentor-protégé program for all small businesses - Limitations on subcontracting - Size standard changes - Joint ventures (JVs) - Changes for 8(a),...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Happy New Year! Although activity typically slows down over the holidays, the New Year is off to a fast start, signaling what will...more

Mainbrace: January 2016 No. 1

2015 was an interesting year for the shipping industry. The dry bulk market had a very challenging 2015, with the Baltic Dry Index hitting new all-time lows. Based on various reports, the outlook for 2016 is not very...more

CFTC Alert: 2015 CFTC Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

CFTC continues to bring high-profile, large-penalty enforcement cases; begins bringing cases to enforce Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations; and embarks on post-Dodd-Frank Act regulatory initiatives. Please see...more

What’s In Store for Federal Contractors in 2016?

In 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) tackled what many believe was its most ambitious agenda since the agency’s inception. In 2016, we can expect more of the same—the Obama administration...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FERC Jurisdiction Over Demand Response

On January 25, 2016, in a 6-2 decision delivered by Justice Kagan, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Power Act to require wholesale market...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2016

Business & Corporate Law - REGULATORY ISSUES FOR ACQUISITIONS OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BY NON-U.S. BUYERS - With the uptick in M&A transactions for government contractors, we have seen an increase in cross border...more

The TCE Noncancer Reference Concentration: Changing the Method of Weighing the Scientific Evidence Without First Reaching...

Now is the time to reflect on what portion of these regulatory decisions should be science-based, what portion should be policy-based, and whether the nontransparent application of agency lore is appropriate at...more

ESMA updates on proxy Code of Conduct

ESMA has published an update report on the proxy advisory industry’s progress in establishing and following a self-regulatory code of conduct. It says there has been progress, but there is room for improvement....more

Banking Agencies Issue Advisory on CRE Lending

Federal banking agencies have advised banks to review their policies related to commercial real estate (“CRE”) lending in light of what the agencies believe to be an easing of CRE underwriting standards. The Board of...more

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Waking up the Sleeping Giant

This alert will bring to your attention the significant measures the Indonesian government has taken to provide the regulatory environment necessary to germinate and stabilise their Islamic finance market including:...more

EU’s Network and Information Security Directive: Regulating “operators of essential services” and “digital service providers”

The European Union continues to move forward with a proposed unified framework to strengthen network and information security systems across its member countries. On December 18, 2015, the Permanent Representatives Committee...more

The Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule Adopting Amendments to the Board’s Regulatory Capital Rules for Non-Traditional Stock...

On December 4, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) issued a final rule adopting amendments to the Board’s regulatory capital framework (“Regulation Q”) that was issued in June 2013. The...more

NAIC's Market Regulation Committee Adopts Broad Charge to Explore Insurers' Big Data Use

On December 11, the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee (Market Reg Committee) of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the following charge... ...more

German Court: Google’s Gmail Is a Regulated Telecoms Service

For the past five years, Google and the German telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA), have been arguing whether Google’s email service Gmail qualifies as a telecommunications...more

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – Japan

The media and telecommunications environment in Japan has undergone significant development in 2014 and early 2015. The country has completed implementation of its broadband infrastructure, with a broadband penetration rate...more

FCA seeks views on RegTech

FCA is seeking views on how it can support the development and adoption of new “RegTech” technologies that facilitate the delivery of regulatory requirements. Based on initial FCA investigation and the recommendations made in...more

FCA calls for Big Data evidence in general insurance

FCA has issued a call for input to help it assess how firms use Big Data in the general retail insurance markets. FCA is interested in whether Big Data affects consumer outcomes or fosters or constrains competition. It also...more

PRA and FCA report on HBOS failure

PRA and FCA have published a joint report into the failure of HBOS plc. The review seeks to explain why HBOS failed in October 2008 and sets out conclusions and recommendations. The review examines the cultural, structural...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) held an open meeting to propose the regulation of automated trading (“Regulation AT”). According to the CFTC, the purpose of Regulation...more

Investing in Russia Guide

Dentons Moscow office has recently issued Investing in Russia Guide for companies and financial institutions considering investments in Russia. The report on the legal framework for investments covers corporate, real estate,...more

Update on Third Country Equivalence Under EMIR

The European Commission has adopted “equivalence” decisions on the derivatives regulatory regimes for central counterparties in Canada, Mexico, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. This follows the decisions...more

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