The EU’s banking union proposals, consolidating the European regulatory supervision of credit institutions
On 12 September 2012 the European Commission adopted legislative proposals, including a draft EU Regulation, to establish a single supervisory mechanism for banks which is to be led by the European Central Bank. These proposals are accompanied by a ‘road map’ setting out how the Commission intends to formally establish a ‘banking union’. The concept of a banking union was first proposed in May 2012 as a vital part in restoring confidence in credit institutions and the Euro. On 18 October 2012 the European Council affirmed the political commitment to a banking union and provided a deadline of December 2012 for publishing an updated road map to establishing a banking union.
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Jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Courts re winding up and unfair prejudice petitions — offshore companies
Hong Kong law contains a number of provisions designed to protect the interests of minority shareholders, including the “unfair prejudice” remedies under section 168A of the Companies Ordinance and the Ordinance’s “just and equitable” winding-up provisions.
Nearly every public company and financial industry firm subject to the enforcement jurisdiction of the US Securities and Exchange Commission employs both internal and external accountants and auditors.