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Wealth management: Meeting high client expectations

The wealth management landscape is constantly evolving. Today’s investors have high expectations, demanding anytime, anywhere access to accounts and information, while expecting frictionless speed of updates and requiring...more

The European Securitisation Regulation: The Countdown has Begun....

by Jones Day on

Draft Technical Standards Published for Consultation by the European Supervisory Authorities—An Update and Overview - Regulation (EU) 2017/2402, which is known as the "Securitisation Regulation" and lays down a general...more

Third party risk requirements for financial institutions

Finextra spoke with Sylwia Wolos, Head of Enhanced Due Diligence Proposition for Thomson Reuters, to understand third party risk requirements for financial institutions. Risks are ever-changing and emerging in this...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2018

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new venture fund intended to support companies trying to increase...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

US Government Accountability Office Releases Report Regarding US Federal Financial Institution Regulator Compliance with the...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Government Accountability Office released a report that details the compliance of six US federal financial institution regulators (the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the US Office of the...more

US House of Representatives Passes Five Bills Affecting Financial Institutions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US House of Representatives passed five bills focused on regulatory reform for financial institutions. The bills passed by the House include: the Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act (H.R. 2255), which amends the Truth...more

EEOC Approves Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has approved its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for the Commission in achieving...more

Are Cloud Companies Moving Away from Pricing Transparency?: eDiscovery Trends

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Last May, I wrote a post asking if pricing transparency is finally happening in eDiscovery. Here’s an article where the trend seems to be reversing – at least for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS, aka cloud) companies in general....more

ESMA Updates MiFID II Q&As on Transparency Topics

On February 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published an updated version of its questions and answers (Q&As) on transparent topics under MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) and the Markets in Financial...more

British Columbia Supreme Court Orders First Nation to Disclose Impact Benefit Agreements

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BCSC) in Yahey v British Columbia (2018 BCSC 123, 25 January 2018) offers interesting insight into the circumstances in which benefit sharing agreements and...more

Enhanced Debriefing Rules in the NDAA Offer Protesters Several Practical Advantages

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act requires that the Secretary of Defense implement new rules for enhanced debriefings for certain types of acquisitions. The Result: Once implemented, the enhanced...more

TAR Protocol Rules the Roost: In Re Broiler Chicken

It is well established that courts will support parties electing to use technology assisted review (TAR) to identify responsive documents in discovery. However, TAR methodologies and quality control (QC) measures are still...more

2017 Year in Review: State Laws Target Pharma Manufacturers

by King & Spalding on

States Sharpen Their Focus on Prescription Drug Costs and Industry Relationships with Health Care Providers - In the past year, we have seen a nearly unprecedented focus by state legislatures on prescription drug...more

Can the EU Deliver? The EU Regulation on Cross-border Parcel Delivery

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Union (EU) has reached a provisional agreement on a proposed new Regulation on EU cross-border parcel delivery services. The European Commission’s aim is to make pricing and tariffs more transparent and give...more

Millennials and why your organization should care about ESG

With sustainable and ethical business practices now key to attracting and retaining top talent, how can organizations ensure their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating meets the expectations of millennials?...more

FHA to Discontinue Insuring Mortgages with PACE Assessments

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On December 7, 2017, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 2017-18, announcing that it will no longer insure new mortgages on properties that include Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments. This new policy is effective for...more

Proposed Act Seeks to Require Large Companies Operating in Australia to Report on Modern Slavery

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The Australian Government has announced plans to release draft legislation proposing the introduction of a “modern slavery in supply chains” reporting requirement. ...more

The FTC and Deceptive Advertising: Is there a Biennial Trend?

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

At the end of December 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued a policy statement to provide guidance and examples of how to avoid deceptive advertising in native ad placements (the “2015 Policy Statement”). ...more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

Perfection Not Required in Technology Assisted Review, but Transparency Might Be

by BakerHostetler on

A recent discovery order in a Southern District of New York public housing lottery discrimination case supported the use of technology assisted review (TAR) but required additional transparency, providing another view into...more

UK House of Lords rejects public beneficial ownership registers for British Overseas Territories

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On 17 January 2018, the House of Lords voted against an amendment to the proposed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill that sought to create a publicly accessible register of the beneficial ownership of companies...more

Investment Funds Update Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

MiFID II – ESMA issues updated Q&As on transparency and market structures and investor protection and intermediaries topics - ESMA updated its Q&As on 18 December 2017 on MiFID II Q&As on transparency and market...more

Is Digital Technology Disrupting The Art Market And Providing Transparency?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, one may think that the digital revolution has provided some “much-needed transparency” to the art market with the sale of artwork now being bought online as regularly as books and music. However,...more

In Principle: 10 Things Authorised Firms Need to Know for 2018 – The World of Financial Regulation as the UK Prepares to Exit the...

There is much for authorised firms to consider in the year ahead. Firms have been through the intensive period of the enactment of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), but must now step up their...more

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