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Hong Kong Offers New Capital Markets Opportunity for Life Sciences and Healthcare Companies

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Historically, the US, and, in particular, the NASDAQ market, has been the predominant place for IPOs of life sciences and healthcare companies. However, 2018 may be the year in which things start to change....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

Why Green Bond Issuers and Underwriters Should Not be Deterred by US Securities Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The United States has the deepest, most liquid capital markets in the world, attracting issuers from across the globe. To sell to US investors, these issuers must comply with US securities laws, entailing a more rigorous...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update (23 Feb - 1 March 2018)

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - UK Government response to HoC Treasury Committee report on transitional arrangements - On 27 February, the HoC Treasury Committee published the UK government's response to the Committee's report on transitional...more

Which Market? - Equity Capital Markets

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells Guide to the eligibility requirements and continuing obligations of admitting securities to the Premium, Standard and High Growth segments of the Main Market and AIM – (updated as at 1 March 2018). Please see...more

Corporate News – February/March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

A monthly newsletter covering topics of interest in the field of UK corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, listed companies, equity capital markets, corporate governance and general company law. Please see full...more

Mining & Metals 2018: Full speed ahead?

by White & Case LLP on

The larger diversifieds delivered sizeable returns for shareholders in 2017, with the promise of more to come. But what does the overall picture look like for 2018? Thanks to surging commodity prices driven by robust...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 16 February 2018 - 22 February 2018

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - AFME FAQs on wholesale financial services contracts - On 19 February, AFME published a set of FAQs on how wholesale financial services contracts might be impacted by Brexit. The FAQs address operational impacts...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 9 February 2018 - 15 February 2018

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Insurance Europe publishes papers on avoiding Brexit cliff-edge risks - On 9 February, Insurance Europe published a paper calling for an agreement between the UK and the EU on the transitional arrangements that should...more

Blog: Q4 2017 Quarterly VC Update: Michael Ronen on the State of Venture Capital Investing

by Cooley LLP on

In conjunction with our Q4 Venture Financing Report, I sat down with Michael Ronen from SoftBank Investment Advisers to get his take on the state of venture capital investing. A few highlights from Michael: - On market...more

China’s Greater Bay Area Puts Hong Kong In The Lead As Super Connector To The World

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

China’s open door policy is further opening up to welcome the world for business. The country is now building a landmark megalopolis on its southern coast with the name the “Greater Bay Area” (the “GBA”). ...more

Canadian Securities Administrators mandate additional disclosure in response to Sessions Memo

by Dentons on

On February 8, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published revised CSA Staff Notice 51-352 - Issuers with US Marijuana-Related Activities (the Notice), which sets out the CSA staff’s disclosure...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: The IMF in sub-Saharan Africa - Evolution and impact on sovereign bond markets

by White & Case LLP on

For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has played an important, if at times controversial, role in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. Its mandate has evolved over the years from a principal focus on ensuring...more

Capital Markets Alert: SEC Approves NYSE Rules to Facilitate Direct Listings

On February 2, 2018, the SEC approved the New York Stock Exchange’s proposal to permit qualifying private companies to use “direct listings” to list their shares on the NYSE and become publicly traded without conducting an...more

From MiFID II to GDPR: RegTech summit lights the way

The RegTech Summit for Capital Markets in New York highlighted innovative and cost-efficient ways for financial institutions to tackle the burden of regulation, including MIFID II, FRTB and GDPR....more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 9, Issue 1

Linking to ETFs vs. Linking to Indices - A person studying structured products issuances for the first time might think he is having a case of double vision. On the one hand, there are a variety of products linked to...more

2018: Business As (Un)usual – European Financial & Regulatory Developments into 2018

2017 in the UK and the rest of Europe seems to have been primarily a year devoted to implementation – both of political decisions already made and of legislation that had already been enacted. On the political front, Brexit...more

Oil & Gas Services Initial Public Offering Checklist

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical...more

The SEC’s Final Rule Regarding Price Quotes and Research Reports Relating to Security-Based Swaps

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This month the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) that provides that certain communications relating to security-based swaps (either singular or plural, “SBS”) will not...more

Tax Reform: Key Considerations for Real Estate Investment Trusts

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") into law. Although the individual and collective impact of the Act may not be evident for some time, the Act is generally viewed by the real...more

European Businesses Offering Payment Services Told How to Manage Operational and Security Risks

Payment service providers operating in the EU must take note of new risk management requirements from the European Banking Authority. The European Banking Authority’s operational and risk management guidelines apply to all...more

Europe Insights

Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

Positive Outlook for European Capital Markets

Danny Tricot (London, capital markets): Capital markets in Europe were generally positive in 2017, recovering from a mixed year in 2016. The first half of the year was particularly strong for high-yield issuances in Europe,...more

I Urgently Want to Report the Deaths of the Non-Con Opinion (But Probably Cannot…Yet)

by Dechert LLP on

Our friend, Dan Rubock, just inked an interesting and timely piece entitled, “Key pillars of loan structural quality are eroding, especially in single-borrower deals.” As usual, Dan’s views at Moody’s are worth considerable...more

Brexit: Much Discussed, Little Understood

Katja Kaulamo (Frankfurt, capital markets): With structural and political change in Europe in 2017, the European capital markets industry was left in a state of uncertainty pending the final outcome of the Brexit...more

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