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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

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

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

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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

New Category of Debt Securities: Senior Non-Preferred Notes, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 20 July 2017, Belgium adopted legislation establishing senior non-preferred notes, a new category of debt securities available to banking institutions. The law provides for a new Article 389/1 into the Law of 25 April 2014...more

The Pre-Emption Group Publishes Monitoring Report, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The Pre-Emption Group has released a monitoring report which looks at the implementation of the Statement of Principles and the template resolutions regarding disapplication published by the Group in May 2016. The Statement...more

FCA Publishes Policy Statement Setting Out Changes to the Listing Rules, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published a policy statement on 26 October 2017 setting out certain amendments to the Listing Rules ("LRs") and related technical notes ("Policy Statement"). The FCA...more

Negative Interest Rates: Autorité des Marchés Financiers Takes Position on Information to be Included in Bond Prospectuses,...

by Jones Day on

During the last decade, negative interest rates have raised concerns in the European debt capital markets landscape. Prospectuses often allow the issuance of debt securities for which the interest rate is linked to indexes...more

New EU Prospectus Regulation 2017/1129 Entered into Force, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 20 July 2017, the new EU Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or...more

Sanctions Updates: Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela

by Michael Volkov on

Sanctions compliance is challenging because of the changing nature of sanctions regulations and individuals identified as Specially Designated Nationals. With each new administration, foreign policy priorities are usually...more

New German Money Laundering Act Establishes Additional Transparency Requirements for Certain Listed Companies, European Capital...

by Jones Day on

On 25 June 2017, the new German Money Laundering Act came into force, which primarily implements the 4th European Anti-Money-Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849) into German law. Among others, the Act establishes a new...more

ESMA Issues Technical Advice on Format and Content of Prospectuses: Focus on Proposed Deletion of Requirement to Include...

by Jones Day on

As noted above, the new Prospectus Regulation entered into force on 20 July 2017. Following a request for technical advice from the European Commission, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") has published...more

ESMA Update Q&A to Clarify Definition of "Closely Related Person" for Purposes of Article 3(1)(26) of MAR, European Capital...

by Jones Day on

On 6 July 2017, ESMA updated its Q&A relating to the Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") which included a clarification on the definition of a "closely associated person" for the purposes of Article 3(1)(26) of MAR. Under Article...more

ICSA and The Investment Association Publish Guidance on Board Engagement with Stakeholders, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

In September 2017, ICSA: The Governance Institute ("ICSA") and The Investment Association published new guidance to help company boards ensure that they consider and understand the interests of their key stakeholders when...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 68, Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Hue

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I consider some of the leadership lessons from the Battle of Hue, which took place in late January/early February 1968 during the North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive. We base our discussion on...more

Day 4 of One Month to Better Written Standards– Code of Conduct: Structure and Format

by Thomas Fox on

Next, the evolution of the structure and format of a best practices Code of Conduct. Initially, my experience with Codes of Conduct was that they were written by lawyers, largely for lawyers. This included ‘thou shalts’ and...more

Recent Developments in Transfer Pricing and the Taxation of Multinational Companies in Australia

by Jones Day on

As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on multinational tax avoidance, the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Tax Office have introduced significant reforms to the country’s transfer pricing regulations. The...more

Significant Regulatory Innovations for REITs in Belgium

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Belgium's Law of October 22, 2017, modifies the REIT Regime by broadening the scope of REIT activities and relaxing the country's existing regulatory framework for REITs. The Result: The real estate sector...more

Texas Bank Faces $2M Fine From FinCEN

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) hit a Texas bank with a $2 million Assessment of Civil Money Penalty for Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) violations of Section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

Compliance Report International Edition-Compliance Man Goes Global, Episode 6

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to Episode 6 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we will focus on typical concepts (or probably myths) on Know Your Client -probably the most...more

Re: Attilan Group Ltd – A Cautious Beginning for Rescue Financing in Singapore

by White & Case LLP on

On 8 November 2017, the High Court released its decision in Re Attilan Group Ltd [2017] SGHC 283 (the "Attilan" case). The decision is interesting as it marks the first time the High Court had the opportunity to hear...more

Bridging the Week - December 2017

Three CFTC-Regulated Exchanges Self-Certify Bitcoin Derivatives Contracts: On December 1, three exchanges regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission self-certified new cash-settled derivatives contracts based on...more

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