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Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...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

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Is Your Startup Prepared for the GDPR? - During last month’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partners Dr. Martin Braun and Dave Gammell discussed data privacy...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

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

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 361, Don Fischer on export control compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Don Fischer, a San Francisco and Washington, based lawyer who is one of the country’s leading practices dedicated to assisting corporations, universities and research institutions with the...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

French Employment and Tax Reforms Set to Boost Private Equity Buyouts

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Macron recently unveiled employment and tax reforms to increase France’s appeal for deal makers. While France ranks highly as an investment destination for private equity firms, complex and inflexible French...more

International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP): NVCA Wins Case Challenging Delay

by Mintz Levin on

On December 1, 2017 Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in its challenge to a regulation published by the...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

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the addition of a new Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy, titled the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. The new policy, which was...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

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

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

DOJ's New FCPA Enforcement Policy Continues its "Carrot-and-Stick" Approach

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Companies that learn of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations by employees or agents are faced with significant uncertainty as to whether the benefits and risks of self-disclosing the conduct to the...more

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