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the Where are the Chickens? edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. The Supreme Court narrows the definition of who is a whistleblower in Digital Realty v. Somes. 2. Banks...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

Implementation of MiFID - The FSMA issued on 18 July 2017 a communication (the “Communication”) on the preparation for the entry into force of the Directive 2014/65/EU on Markets in Financial Instruments (“MiFID II”). Such...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2018 #3

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced for 2018

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the Competition Bureau announced the 2018 size of transaction pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $92 million (the 2017 threshold was $88 million). Acquisitions...more

BlackRock Publishes Updated Proxy Voting Guidelines

by White & Case LLP on

BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock") recently published its updated "Proxy Voting Guidelines for US Securities". Consistent with BlackRock's recent communications related to its investment principles, the guidelines emphasize...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - February 2018 - Issue 4

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of an FCA report on algorithmic trading; the publication of the FSMA (Benchmarks)...more

TLC and Networks: New rules for Chinese foreign investments (Italian)

by Dentons on

The Chinese Government decided to remove the investments in telecommunication operators and electricity grid management companies from the list of sensitive sectors for which a prior authorisation for investments by Chinese...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 25, the One Year Wrap Up Edition

by Thomas Fox on

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wrap up of the first year of the Trump Administration. Stayed tuned to the end for rants in this edition. 1. Is Jay Clayton who we thought he was? Matt Kelly takes a...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Exiting African PE investments - While IPOs remain scarce, other promising exit strategies are gaining...

by White & Case LLP on

Historically, one of the key concerns of LPs regarding African private equity has been the number and quality of available exit routes. Illiquid domestic exchanges as well as political and foreign exchange risk have all...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 371, James Koukios on International Anti-Corruption Developments from December 2017

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, podcast favorite James Koukios returns to discuss highlights from international anti-corruption efforts, enforcement actions and developments highlighted in Morrison and Foerster’s December report. We...more

UK Legislation Aligned With New EU Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Regulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

New UK secondary legislation has been laid before Parliament to make the necessary minor technical changes to align UK legislation with recently introduced changes to EU legislation. An EU regulation amending the European...more

Australian Securities Exchange Announces Decision to Implement Blockchain-Based Clearing and Settlement System

Blockchain advocates have been awaiting the final decision by ASX Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange, as to whether ASX will replace its existing and aged CHESS registry, settlement and clearing system with a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Each SEC Commissioner joined a statement saying “Thank you Jacob” and fair well to perhaps the longest tenured staff member at the agency, Jacob Stillman. Jake joined the staff in 1962 and served in various capacities for 55...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 90, the Carbon Copy edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. A very interesting article by T. Markus Funk and Andrew Boutros entitled, "The Evolution and Status of 'Carbon...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2018 #2

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

CSA Issues Revised Staff Notice Issuers with U.S. Marijuana-Related Activities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 8, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued an updated Staff Notice on the treatment of issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities. While Canada works toward a July 2018 deadline for the rollout of...more

SEC v. PlexCorps — Cyber Unit Enforcement Action Underscores Potential Challenges to Cross-Border Cryptocurrency Enforcement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Following the hype of Bitcoin, regulatory and other concerns surrounding various forms of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have taken center stage. As of late last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 370 Carlos Ayres on 2017 Brazilian Anti-Corruption Wrap Up and Going Forward into 2018

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In this episode I visit with Carlos Ayres, partner at Medea, Ayres and Sarubbi in Sao Paulo. We visit on the past year in anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil and where it may lead in 2018. Carlos discusses the continued...more

US “TCJ Act” Tightening of CFC Rules Eliminates Common Approach To Post-Death Avoidance Of US Beneficiary Taxation

by Bryan Cave on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1 (Pub. L. No. 115-97), known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act is the first major overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) in more than 30...more

Changes to the AIM Rules disclosure requirements

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Minor changes to the ongoing disclosure requirements in AIM Rule 26 have come into force, following AIM's designation as an SME Growth Market at the start of 2018. More significant changes relating to corporate governance...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 70-AI in a Hotline App

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In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go into the weeds on the fascinating subject relating to the intersection of compliance and technology: AI and hotlines. Matt blogged on and podcasted with Scott LaVictor, CEO of Neighborhood...more

Summary of New Tax Bill

This letter provides a summary of the material provisions of the new tax bill. In order to make this extraordinarily complex bill somewhat understandable, I have left off a number of details and simplified the discussion, so...more

Corp Fin Director Discusses Policy, Outreach and Future Areas of Focus

by WilmerHale on

Earlier this month, SEC Division of Corporation Finance Director William Hinman delivered the keynote address at the Practising Law Institute’s Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe. Director Hinman...more

China’s Greater Bay Area Puts Hong Kong In The Lead As Super Connector To The World

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

China’s open door policy is further opening up to welcome the world for business. The country is now building a landmark megalopolis on its southern coast with the name the “Greater Bay Area” (the “GBA”). ...more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Investment Advisers- Annual Compliance Reviews - All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their compliance...more

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