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The Delta Report: On the end of LIBOR: preliminary reflections on its implications for derivatives

by White & Case LLP on

Background and how the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") works - The financial crisis brought considerable changes to the entire financial regulatory environment and the way many financial instruments, especially...more

The Rise of Western Protectionism Is Set to Impact Global M&A

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This year has seen a surge in western protectionist sentiment as a number of countries have sought to introduce legislation to tighten their laws on foreign investment and public interest issues. In Europe, the European...more

What If You Are Ineligible For The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? Attorney Proffers versus Quiet Disclosures

by Sanford Millar on

Since the beginning of the current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs (OVDP) in 2009 tens of thousands of U.S. taxpayers have come forward to report previously undisclosed foreign financial accounts. The addition of the...more

EU Proposed Guidelines on Position Calculation by a Trade Repository

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published proposed Guidelines on position calculation by trade repositories under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. EMIR requires that derivatives contracts are...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

EU PRIIPs Regulation – Relevance to Fund Managers Explained

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Background - On 1 January 2018, European Union (EU) Regulation (No 1286/2014)[1] on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) comes into force. It will require that a...more

The Delta Report: Brexit update

by White & Case LLP on

In the July 2017 edition of the Delta Report, we provided a snapshot update on Brexit and set out some of the key issues that were beginning to emerge as relating to the regulatory framework for the derivatives market once...more

EU Authority Publishes Advice, Technical Standards and Guidelines under EU Money Market Funds Regulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published technical standards, technical advice and Guidelines under the Money Market Funds Regulation. These are: final draft Implementing Technical Standards providing a...more

ECB Announces Support for Fintech Bank Applicants

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 15 November 2017, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a newsletter containing an article on how the ECB is dealing with the increasing number of fintech bank applications. The ECB is the banking supervisor, alongside...more

Executive Regulation on Value Added Tax in the UAE

by Bracewell LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) Federal Tax Authority has recently published the draft Executive Regulations of Federal Decree Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (the “VAT Law”) which introduces a 5% VAT on the import and...more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 8th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

by Dechert LLP on

As we look back each November to bestow the year’s crop of Golden Turkeys to the silliest and most annoying instances of regulatory overreach, legislative inanity, governmental misfeasance or the mere idiotic behavior of...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - On November 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the formation and first members of its Fixed...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Fresh off news of decreased SEC enforcement in the past year and the outgoing FDIC chief’s concerns about weakening regs, we’ve got word that the OCC is dialing back its regulatory bent in an effort to return to its “natural...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...more

International Tax Issues Are A Major Focus of Newest Launch of IRS Compliance Campaigns in 2017

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Earlier this year, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) rolled out 13 compliance campaigns to target both individual taxpayers and corporations for examinations on certain tax compliance issues. On...more

Regulatory Sandboxes - a Global Stocktake

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Regulatory sandboxes are becoming a global trend, providing plenty of opportunities for innovative businesses. Pioneered in the UK as part of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) “Project Innovate”, a regulatory sandbox...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United Kingdom

by White & Case LLP on

National security interventions have, with one exception, involved defense considerations - Unlike many other jurisdictions, acquisitions in potentially sensitive industries do not, as a matter of course, require parties...more

CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

Australian Court Refuses to Stay Overlapping Class Actions

by Jones Day on

The Background: The defendant was faced with two "open" class actions (i.e. including all putative group members) in relation to the same allegations. The Issue: The defendant sought a court order permanently staying...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

South Africa is open for business…but is anyone buying?

by Hogan Lovells on

If you read any good South African business or financial news publication, I would wager that you will stumble upon an article which reads something like – "local and foreign investors hoarding cash in their banks...more

European Guide to Debt Collection

This guide provides an overview of recovering proceedings for claims across Europe. Notwithstanding the EU initiatives to facilitate the recovery of a monetary claim in another EU Member State, experience teaches that calling...more

FIRRMA: Proposed CFIUS Legislation Would Bring Significant Changes

by White & Case LLP on

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) have introduced parallel legislation that, if passed, would implement significant changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

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