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UK Government’s First FinTech Sector Strategy Launched at the International Fintech Conference

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Strategy emphasises the UK government’s continued push to create a world-leading FinTech sector. At the second International Fintech Conference held on 22 March 2018, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer,...more

EU Benchmark Regulation: What’s the Asia Pacific impact?

The EU Benchmark Regulation (EU BMR) will have a major bearing on market participants across Asia Pacific. What do users and providers of benchmarks need to know about EU BMR ahead of 2020?...more

UK Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - March 2018 - Issue 6

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 the FCA’s approach to authorisation; action taken on closet tracking funds; proposed EU...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 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

Congress and the Blockchain: The 2018 Joint Economic Report’s Discussion on Cryptocurrency

by Michael Volkov on

A few days ago, Congress released its 2018 Joint Economic Report. As many of you know, the Joint Economic Committee prepares this report as a national assessment of the country’s economic status. The report often assesses...more

2017 Year-End Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

by BakerHostetler on

As the first year of a new administration, 2017 was a year of transition in terms of both leadership and priorities of U.S. law enforcement agencies. Despite these changes, however, pre-existing trends in cross-border...more

House Committee Holds Hearing on Export Control Reform Bill

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Modernizing Export Controls: Protecting Cutting Edge Technology and U.S. National Security” to examine the proposed Export Control Reform Act...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - March 2018

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - PROPOSED RULES - SEC Proposes Changes to Fund Liquidity Disclosure Requirements - On March 14, 2018, the SEC issued proposed amendments to the disclosure requirements...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

ASX Releases Continuous Disclosure Guidance on the Insolvent Trading Safe Harbour

by Jones Day on

On 9 March 2018, an updated version of the Australian Securities Exchange's ("ASX") Guidance Note 8 came into effect to include guidance on a listed entity's continuous disclosure obligations in the context of the new...more

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

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