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EU Referendum – what does it mean for alternative capital providers?

The UK referendum has caused uncertainty in the financial services industry, but what does it mean for alternative capital providers? And could it create some business opportunities? Alternative capital providers are...more

MiFID II Implementation Delayed to 2018

The Council of the European Union has adopted legislation to delay the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation by one year. This extension is due to...more

Indonesia’s revised negative investment list

Recent changes to Indonesia’s revised Negative Investment List have largely been positive, with relaxation being the order of the day. In this briefing we look at some of the key changes and their likely impact on foreign...more

Private equity in Italy: market and regulatory overview

How do private equity funds typically obtain their funding? Private equity funds continued to have a diverse investor base in 2015. Although with a significant decrease from the 2014 figure of 68%, about 48% of the...more

The Mergers and Acquisitions Incentive Scheme for Singapore companies

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) allowance and stamp duty relief schemes together form the M&A Scheme. This scheme was first introduced in Budget 2010 to encourage companies in Singapore to grow their businesses through...more

Update on the EU STS and Risk Retention

On 19 May 2016, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament (“ECON”) published a working document on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”) intended to...more

Increasing Access to Equity Financing for Emerging Companies

Emerging companies remain under-represented on Europe’s capital markets despite the introduction of measures to make equity financing more accessible. This was the overarching takeaway from a recent one day summit at which...more

Financial Services Regulation: Exchange – International Newsletter Issue 29 – May 2016

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

Global Tax News - Japan: does reduction in corporate effective tax rate mean actual reduction of tax burden?

Japan’s amended Corporation Tax Act is now in force. Pursuant to the act, which came into force on 1 April 2016, the corporate tax rate has been reduced from 23.9 percent to 23.4 percent, with effect from the business...more

Venture Debt Programme – A new source of funding development plans for emerging entities

Regarded among investors and industry observers as Southeast Asia’s most developed entrepreneurial ecosystem, Singapore has much to be proud of with regard to the transformation of its entrepreneurial landscape over the last...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Consults on Proposals to Reform Retail Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority published a provisional decision on market issues regarding personal current accounts and retail banking services for small-and medium-sized enterprises. The decision is part of the CMA’s...more

European Commission To Promote Crowdfunding under Capital Markets Union

The European Commission announced that it would not, at this stage, be proposing legislation to regulate crowdfunding. The Commission pledged to report on whether crowdfunding should become regulated at EU-level as part of...more

Blog: Crowdfunding in the European Union: Commission Publishes Staff Working Document

The European Commission has published a staff working document on “Crowdfunding in the EU Capital Markets Union“. The Commission believes that crowdfunding is still relatively small (€4.2bn was raised by crowdfund in the...more

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in...more

Il Decreto Banche E La Vigilanza Sulle Obbligazioni Bancarie Collateralizzate

The decree law no. 18 of 14 February 2016 (cd. Banks Decree, hereinafter the "Decree 181 ") has recently been converted, with modifications, by Law no. 49 of 8 April 20162 ("Exchange Act"). Thanks to the Conversion Law were...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2016

Third UK Fast-Track Claim Shows Rapid Development of Competition Law Private Claims as a Business Tool - On 12 April 2016, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) listed (see here) its third fast-track competition law...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

Singapore budget 2016

The Singapore Budget Statement 2016 (“Budget 2016”), delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on 24 March 2016, has been described as balanced and transformative, focusing on both medium to long term restructuring (such...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #13

FCA finalises guidance on sharing SME credit information - FCA has published its finalised guidance on Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations. This follows Treasury’s designation of the banks...more

The European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines: Unintended Consequences

This article considers the recent European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines (the “Guidelines”), seeks a definition of shadow banking and discusses some of the potential consequences of the Guidelines for...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

New Blocks on Enforcements of Share Mortgages

The new UK legislation introducing PSC registers has created the potential for a new block on enforcement of share mortgages. A UK company can now cause mischief by issuing a “restriction notice”. This has the effect of...more

Basel Committee on Banking Standards Second Report on Risk-weighted Assets

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a second report on banking book risk-weighted asset valuation. The report forms part of the Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme with the aim of effecting full...more

Registered office disputes

From 6 April 2016, a new process under the Companies Act 2006 will allow Companies House to change the registered office address of a company that is using an address without permission....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #5

ESMA consults on EU MAR commodity and spot markets disclosures - ESMA is consulting on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) setting out a non-exhaustive indicative list of information expected or...more

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