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

Prospectuses for securities: New CSSF Circular 15/632 - CSSF press release 15/60 introduces the new CSSF Circular 15/632. The purpose of this circular is to detail the technical specifications regarding the submission to...more

"European Commission's New Initiative Aims to Promote Access to Capital Markets"

In early 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched the Capital Markets Union (CMU), one of its flagship initiatives, to address its perception that capital markets-based financing in the European Union could be...more

UPDATE: Challenges to Standing of Petrobras Opt-Out Plaintiffs Denied

As a follow-up to our October 15 discussion about challenges to the standing of certain opt-out plaintiffs in the In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, No. 14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.) consolidated litigation, Judge Rakoff has...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Hong Kong Profits Tax Exemption for Private Equity Funds

The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.2) Ordinance 2015 (the “Amendment Ordinance”) came into effect on July 17, 2015, extending Hong Kong profits tax exemption to offshore private equity (“PE”) funds....more

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

New Withholding Tax Exemption for Private Placements in the UK

Interest paid by UK companies is generally subject to withholding tax at 20%. Although various exemptions apply, most notably in respect of interest payments to banks and other UK companies, and in respect of securities...more

SEC Releases Crowdfunding Rules for Securities Offerings

Investors will be able to purchase securities through internet crowdfunding platforms under new final rules released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in October. The final rules, known as “Regulation...more

Proposal of significant tightening of the rules on tax credits regarding German equities

On 17 December 2015 the German Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium) circulated its consultation draft bill on the reform of fund taxation (‘Ministry’s Draft’). The Ministry’s Draft still contains a complete revision...more

FAST Act Amendments to Securities Laws Improve Access to Capital Markets

The new Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) builds upon several securities laws contained in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), the 2012 law that sought to expand and ease capital raising...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: An update on country rankings – operating employee share plans around the world

Since our last issue in August, we have continued to monitor countries which present significant risk to issuers and administrators when implementing and operating share plans, and highlighted countries which are not...more

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

CSSF Press Release 15/49 Relating to the New Transparency Requirements for Issuers of Securities and Notifications of Major Holdings - In press release 15/49, the CSSF provides clarifications in relation to the...more

A New Securities Offering Exemption That May Help The Markets Get Back Into The Fast Lane

Highlights - - New law adding an exemption to the registration and prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 signed by President Obama. - The law, which codifies the so-called Section 4(a)(1-½)...more

Estate Planning Pitfall - You’re selling your interest in a charitable remainder trust

Recently finalized regulations eliminate a potential tax shelter involving the sale of an interest in a charitable remainder trust. This brief article offers an example of how the tax shelter worked before the new regs and,...more

If It Doesn’t Sell Buckets, Is It Truly A Bucket Shop?

An often overlooked corner of the California Corporations Code is the Bucket Shop Law, Cal. Corp. Code § 29000 et seq. The law quite literally criminalizes the keeping of a bucket shop: "Any person who . . . is the keeper of...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

SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), by a 3-1 vote, adopted the long-anticipated final rules permitting federal crowdfunding (“Title III Crowdfunding”), providing a potentially attractive...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Permit Crowdfunding: Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities...

On October 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act (“Regulation Crowdfunding”) to permit a company to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding transactions that...more

NYSE Amends Rule Regarding Disclosure of Material Nonpublic Information

Companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are certainly familiar with the NYSE rules regarding public disclosure of material information. Those rules require prompt disclosure of material information that may...more

SEC Sanctions Brokers For Not Obtaining Best Execution

Rochdale Securities LLC, at one time a small Commission registered broker-dealer based in Stamford, Connecticut, is perhaps best known as the firm where a registered representative and his customer placed orders for over 1.6...more

California’s Secured Promissory Note Exemption

The line between real property transactions and securities transactions is not always clear.  California Corporations Code Section 25100(p) provides an exemption for a promissory note secured by a lien on real property...more

Another SEC Offering Fraud Centered On Conflicts

Self-dealing and undisclosed conflicts are a central theme of many of the enforcement actions brought recently by the SEC. Those themes are the predicate for the Commission’s action which centers on an investment manager who...more

London Stock Exchange consults on changes to the AIM Rules which apply to investing companies and AIM companies that undertake a...

The London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) on 15 October 2015 published AIM Notice 421 announcing a consultation in relation to certain proposed changes to the AIM Rules for Companies (“AIM Rules”) potentially affecting “investing...more

2015-16 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Registered investment advisers (RIAs) are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As an aid to the required review and to assist with timely completion of required compliance tasks, below...more

National Futures Association Issues Updated Self-Examination Questionnaire

The National Futures Association (NFA) has updated the Self-Examination Questionnaire that all NFA members must complete annually. The revised questionnaire incorporates recent changes to NFA rules and Commodity Futures...more

What Exactly Is “Constructive Engagement”?

Yesterday, I wrote about SB 185 (De León) which mandates that California’s two giant pension funds to liquidate their investments in thermal coal companies on or before July 1, 2017.  One aspect of the bill that I didn’t...more

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