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The China (Shanghai) pilot free-trade zone was launched in September 2013 with the promise of significant reforms in a number of areas.
The Supreme Court has issued a ruling striking down the aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions under the Federal Election Campaign Act.
The European Commission has published its communication to the European Council and the European Parliament on ‘Long-term financing of the European Economy’.
The revised directive harmonises the transparency requirements relating to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on an EU regulated market.
Royal Decree-Law 4/2014, of 7 March 2014, on urgent matters in relation to refinancing agreements and debt restructuring
The Spanish Council of Ministers has passed the Royal Decree-Law 4/2014 on urgent matters in relation to refinancing agreements and debt restructuring.
A bank does not need to take into account the interests of a contractual counterparty when exercising its discretion on a ‘commercially reasonable’ basis.
US tax reform update: House Ways and Means chairman tax reform discussion draft and new building blocks for eventual US tax reform
The last two weeks have seen significant developments in building the blocks for what could eventually form the base of US tax reform.
SEC provides expanded no-action relief from broker-dealer registration for intermediaries in private M&A transactions
The staff of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets issued a no-action letter on 4 February that provides guidance on how intermediaries may effect securities transactions.
In its new consultation paper, the FCA proposes various changes to the sponsor competency regime and initiates discussion on joint sponsor arrangements.
NYSE and NASDAQ post forms for listed companies to certify compliance with revised compensation committee listing standards
Companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ are required to certify their compliance with some of the revised standards.
The LSE has published AIM Notice 38, which announced its consultation on proposed changes to the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers.
This may be the year that swap market counterparties face the full effect of dual US and foreign regulatory requirements for cross-border swap activities.
Employment News — 27 January 2014: no deal: claimant’s rejection of offer to settle did not justify costs award
The claimant was dismissed from her job as a bank branch manager on conduct grounds, following an incident where she had left the branch safe open.
Hogan Lovells summarises Spanish tax issues to be considered both in the purchase of distressed debt and in connection with any restructuring of such debt.
On 2 January 2014, FERC and CFTC signed two MoUs, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The amendments to Regulation A are intended to expand the existing exemption to increase access to capital for smaller companies.
President Barack Obama has signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
Senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus has issued a sweeping energy tax reform proposal.
In the end, 2013 did not disappoint, with resurgence in equity offerings, promising company valuations and greater market liquidity.
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