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  • SEC accuses fund directors of breaching their valuation duties weblink

    Briefings | 2 January 2012

    In a case involving fair valuation of structured notes, the SEC signaled that when investment company fund boards delegate the responsibility to fair value portfolio securities, they must provide “meaningful substantive guidance” and continuously review the appropriateness of valuation methodologies.

  • Snapshot of China real estate market 2012 weblink

    Briefings | 2 May 2012

    For China’s real estate sector, the last 18 months has been a relatively quiet period on the legislative front.

  • SFC looks to enhance the regulation of sponsors in Hong Kong weblink

    Briefings | 10 May 2012

    Against a background where Hong Kong has been the world’s leading IPO center for the third year in a row, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has published its much-anticipated consultation paper on the regulation of sponsors.

  • Corporate websites: be careful who you’re linking with weblink

    Briefings | 25 May 2012

    The English High Court has opened up the possibility that, even if a website is not itself defamatory, if it hyperlinks to a different website which is defamatory, the operator of the originating website could still be liable for alleged defamatory postings on the hyperlinked website.

  • The federal banking agencies’ regulatory capital proposals weblink

    Briefings | 28 May 2012

    On 12 June 2012, the federal banking agencies (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) formally proposed for comment, in a series of three separate but related proposals, substantial revisions to the US regulatory capital regimen for banking organisations that, if adopted, will have a significant impact on the US banking industry.

  • Should we all be getting the Twitter 'jitters'? weblink

    Briefings | 31 May 2012

    History is littered with examples of the law being slow to catch up with the use of technology. Social media is no exception.

  • Wall-crossing in Hong Kong: risk management issues weblink

    Briefings | 6 June 2012

    In the UK, there has recently been significant media coverage of market abuse in the context of “wall-crossing”, the process by which a securities offering is selectively pre-marketed to potential investors before the deal is publicly announced.

  • Extraterritoriality: the Volcker Rule weblink

    Briefings | 11 June 2012

    As the US bank regulatory agencies continue their efforts to implement the Volcker Rule under increasing political pressure to stiffen the Rule’s requirements, it is worth revisiting how the Rule, in its current proposed form, might affect non-U.S. banks and their activities even outside the US.

  • The Euro odyssey: an epic journey or a Greek tragedy in the making? weblink

    Briefings | 11 June 2012

    The future of the European single currency stands precariously balanced. While hoping for the best outcome, prudent financial planning requires businesses to at least consider once unthinkable thoughts about the possible withdrawal of one or more member states from the single currency or even its demise altogether.

  • The federal banking agencies’ regulatory capital proposals — a summary weblink

    Briefings | 13 June 2012

    On 12 June 2012, the Federal banking agencies formally proposed for comment, in three separate but related proposals, significant changes to the US regulatory capital framework.

  • Renewable and alternative energy companies competing for the US Army’s $7bn contract weblink

    Briefings | 9 July 2012

    Renewable and alternative energy (RAE) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the US Army beginning at the end of September 2012.

  • China-based company’s victory in securities fraud case reversed on appeal weblink

    Briefings | 7 August 2012

    On 1 August 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived a putative securities fraud class action lawsuit against China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

  • SEC statement on money market fund reforms weblink

    Briefings | 24 August 2012

    On 22 August 2012, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro announced that three of the five SEC Commissioners, constituting a majority of the Commission, had informed her that they would not support a staff proposal to reform money market funds.

  • Proposed rules relating to the relaxation of the prohibition on general solicitation weblink

    Briefings | 29 August 2012

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today proposed amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 to implement Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

  • Japanese listings in Hong Kong weblink

    Briefings | 31 August 2012

    As an international financial center, Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading capital markets, with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong being a favored venue for IPO fundraising activities.

  • California adopts new private fund adviser exemption weblink

    Briefings | 14 September 2012

    California has adopted a new exemption from the state’s investment adviser registration requirements.

  • Chairman Rockefeller requests cybersecurity input from Fortune 500 companies weblink

    Briefings | 25 September 2012

    On 19 September Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies seeking their input on the nation’s cybersecurity needs.

  • Stress testing: final rules for banking organisations from the federal banking agencies weblink

    Briefings | 9 October 2012

    Earlier today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve Board approved final rules, which were proposed for comment in January of this year, implementing the Dodd-Frank Act’s company-run stress testing requirements.

  • CSRC further opens China’s investment banking market weblink

    Briefings | 25 October 2012

    The China Securities Regulatory Commission recently amended the Rules on the Establishment of Foreign-Invested Securities Companies to raise the cap on the permissible foreign stake in securities companies from one-third to 49 per cent.

  • Europe offers incentives to cloud computing growth weblink

    Briefings | 6 November 2012

    The European Commission has issued a Communication setting out a road map for the future growth of cloud computing in Europe.

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