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EU “Black Lists” Bahrain and UAE as Non - Cooperative Jurisdiction for Tax Purposes

by King & Spalding on

On 5 December 2017, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) determined a list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions, which included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This list was established based on...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate; Broker-Dealer; Derivatives; CFTC; UK, EU and Brexit...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Further Comments on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Its Payments for Market Making Rule - On November 28, as part a retrospective rule review, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

UK Financial Stability Report Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England has published the latest UK Financial Stability Report. The FPC notes that the UK banking system is resilient and that UK banks are stronger than they were 10 years ago....more

Luxembourg transparency registers: soon a reality!

by Dentons on

On 6 December 2017, two Bills of Law which will implement articles 30 and 31 of the Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for...more

How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown. The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part I, Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Written Standards– Operationalization of Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

How can you work to operationalize the Code of Conduct as articulated in the Department of Justice (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs? The Evaluation focuses not on whether a company has a paper compliance...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

October and November Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

For the first time in my memory, the Congress passed a joint resolution to disapprove a final regulation of a federal agency—in this case the CFPB and the rule was related to arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer...more

U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Accountancy Forum Newsletter - December 2017

by Reed Smith on

In this edition, we have drafted an article on the recent FRC sanctions and we have also included short summaries of recent cases and items of interest to our target audience. At the end of the newsletter, you will also find...more

France Announces Its First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a move that could signal a new phase of government enforcement in France, on November 27, 2017, French authorities published a Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP) with HSBC Private Bank Suisse SA (HSBC PB), the...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

Approval for Super Priority Rescue Financing - What does an applicant need to show a Singapore court? - A case study of Re:...

by Dentons on

For the first time, the Singapore High Court has ruled on whether to grant ‘super priority’ for debts arising from rescue financing under the amended insolvency laws via the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 (the Act). ‘Super...more

HMT Unveils Strategy for Future of UK's Asset Management Industry

by Dechert LLP on

HM Treasury recently published its Investment Management Strategy II Report. Building on its 2013 strategy report ? which mainly focused on how to improve the UK as a fund domicile ? this report sets out the UK government’s...more

Cross-Border Clash for the Brazilian Dutch Telco in the U.S. Courts

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Distressed and special situations investors should take note of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s recent decision in Oi’s Chapter 15 case. We present our takeaways for investors. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court refused to recognise...more

Pension Scheme Trustees and the GDPR

by DLA Piper on

With less than six months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, trustees of occupational pension schemes need to ensure that they are on track with their preparations to...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

by DLA Piper on

The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Payments Innovation and Competition in Retail Banking Services Stay High on FCA Agenda for 2018

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Driven by payments innovation and new regulation, 2018 is cited as the year for some of the most significant changes retail banking has seen. At the Westminster Business Forum for Digital Payments, Adoption, Innovation and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

Day 6 of One Month to Better Written Standards- Training on Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

What about the training on your finalized Code of Conduct? While there have been criticisms of Code of Conduct training, if you consider training as one source of your 360-degrees of compliance communications, the rollout of...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 79, the Fire and Ice Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, in this week's fire and ice edition: 1. Former VW Engineer Oliver Schmidt sentenced to 7 years in jail...more

DOJ Announces Major New Shift in Criminal Sentencing in Offshore Tax Matters

At the 34th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon, Mark Daly, DOJ Tax Division Senior Litigation Counsel announced a major new shift in how the Department of Justice plans to argue...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Fall 2017

FSIA Does Not Exempt US Bank from Subpoena for Production of Records of Accounts Maintained by Central Bank of Nigeria - The World in U.S. Courts: Fall 2017 - Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Political Question Doctrine....more

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