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New Regulations Increase Uncertainties Regarding Chinese Investments in Offshore Funds

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 1, 2018, the Administrative Measures for Outbound Investments by Enterprises (“Circular 11”) issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (the “NDRC”) went into effect. In addition to regulating direct...more

Federal Court Adopts CFTC Position on Cryptocurrency Authority

In the first case of its kind, a New York federal district court has adopted the position of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that it has jurisdiction to regulate the virtual currency markets. In so doing, the...more

Russian Legislation Update: January – February 2018

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of January – February 2018. In this issue: - Banking - Currency Control - Anti-Money Laundering - Disclosure of Information -...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Colombia

1 .What role does the government of Colombia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Colombia is subject to registration with the Colombian Central Bank (Banco de la...more

Recent Debarments Highlight Growing Risk of Sanctions By Multilateral Development Banks

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Companies that operate globally face substantial risks associated with activities funded by multilateral development banks (MDBs). • Several recent debarment actions by the World Bank highlight those risks. • To...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets - On March 7, 2018, the Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets of the Securities and Exchange Commission released a "Statement on...more

U.S. Companies with Foreign Ownership Face Reporting Deadline

by Cozen O'Connor on

The survey requires extensive financial and operational information, making it imperative for companies to quickly determine if they are required to report and, if so, begin preparing their response....more

Trade & Manufacturing - March 2018

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Department Of Commerce Releases Reports And Recommendations In Steel, Aluminum National Security Investigation - On February 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) released its reports and recommendations to...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - March 2018 - Issue 5

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 proposed changes to the Financial Services Register to accommodate the Senior Managers...more

Companies Must Carefully Consider ESG Disclosures Under UK Non-Financial Reporting Directive

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Companies should conduct thorough due diligence in light of closer scrutiny from stakeholders and governmental and non-governmental bodies. Companies are facing increasing pressure to report on environmental, social, and...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Chile

1 .What role does the government of Chile play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? No governmental prior approval is needed in Chile to initiate or continue an investment from abroad. Foreign...more

Federal Judge Upholds CFTC’s Determination that Virtual Currencies Are Commodities

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) stated in a settlement order that “Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are encompassed in the definition and properly defined as commodities” under the...more

Cryptocurrencies and the fight against money laundering

As the global use of cryptocurrencies continues to gather momentum, what are the potential risks and implications for compliance professionals and how can they stay a step ahead of money launderers?...more

Hong Kong Exchange Publishes Draft Rules for Biotech Listings, Requests Comments

by Jones Day on

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently published a Consultation Paper on a Listing Regime for Companies from Emerging and Innovative Sectors, and proposed to introduce a new chapter implementing the listing of...more

White Collar Crime Alert -The French Prosecutor Office has Entered into the First French DPAs for Corruption Charges

On Feb. 23, 2018, a couple of months after the first French DPA (“CJIP - convention judiciaire d’intérêt public”) in history was entered into between the French prosecutor office and HSBC Private Bank Suisse in relation to...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 February - The European Commission ("EC") launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum in order to highlight key developments of blockchain technology, promote and reinforce European engagement with multiple...more

Road to Brexit: Theresa May sets out “Five Tests” with which to judge eventual deal

The Prime Minister has given the clearest indication yet of what the UK will seek in the Brexit negotiations. Access to each side’s markets is going to be less than it is today. ...more

EU Publishes Draft Guidelines for Future Relationship with Britain

The guidelines present a stark contrast to Prime Minister May’s vision of a “deep and special” partnership with the EU after Brexit. The President of the European Council has issued negotiating guidelines for the future...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Cayman Islands

1 .What role does the government of the Cayman Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Cayman Islands Government has put in place and continues to maintain a regulatory structure whose goal...more

Governments Begin to Embrace Cryptocurrency

by Michael Volkov on

The world is abuzz about cryptocurrency. By this point, most everyone has heard of Bitcoin, and may even know about some of the other big players in the world such as Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and countless others. The...more

New York Department of Financial Services Guidance Complicates a Crowded Virtual Currency Regulatory Landscape

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 7, 2018, the New York Department of Financial Services issued “Guidance on Prevention of Market Manipulation and Other Wrongful Activity” imposing stringent reporting requirements of which virtual currency...more

Supply Chain Adoption of Blockchain Continues to Gain Steam and Generates Many Legal Issues

While there has been a great deal of attention being paid lately to the use of blockchain for the issuance and investment (or speculation) in cryptocurrencies, other enterprise-based applications of blockchain continue to be...more

Financial Regulatory Observer - February 2018: All change for Poland's banking market

by White & Case LLP on

A raft of regulatory changes, both domestic and EU-related, is reshaping the Polish banking market. As the biggest economy in Central and Eastern Europe, any changes to its banking system will have an impact on the rest of...more

Congress Evaluates CFIUS Reform Proposal

by King & Spalding on

The interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews inbound foreign investment for national security concerns. In particular, CFIUS reviews transactions that would result in foreign “control”...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - British Virgin Islands

1 .What role does the government of the British Virgin Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The British Virgin Islands (commonly referred to as BVI) are a British Overseas Territory. As a...more

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