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  • Financial sanctions


    Submitted: 22 June 2018

    A selection of financial sanctions related guidance and articles of interest.

  • EU blocking statute on Iran-related nuclear sanctions released


    Submitted: 14 June 2018

    The EU Commission has now "adopted" the much awaited EU blocking statute. What does it do? In short it seeks to provide protection to EU-based companies from engaging in sanctions-compliant business with Iran. It is in effect the EU trying to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive despite the withdrawal by the US. This article highlights the key features of the recent action.

  • Financial Services Alerter - April 2018 developments


    Submitted: 23 May 2018

    Issue 123 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • Emergency Arbitrators Versus the Courts: from concurrent jurisdiction to practical considerations


    Submitted: 22 May 2018

    The 10 November 2017 Dublin International Arbitration Day, organized by Arbitration Ireland, had an entire session devoted to the topic "Interim Measures: Emergency Arbitrators Versus the Courts." Drawing in part from the various issues discussed at the session, in which Philippe Cavalieros, as one of the first appointed International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Emergency Arbitrators, participated, this article focuses more specifically on the issue of concurrent jurisdiction to grant emergency relief.

  • Project Finance in the Middle East - A regional overview


    Submitted: 18 May 2018

    ​An overview of the trends, challenges​ and legal and regulatory changes in the Middle East.

  • DFSA Phase 2 Consultation on AML, CTF and Sanctions - Deadline approaches


    Submitted: 15 May 2018

    On 18 April 2018, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (the DFSA) issued Consultation Paper No. 120 on proposed changes to the DFSA’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) and Sanctions Regime. This article explores some of the key proposed changes.

  • U.S. Iran-related Nuclear Sanctions to be Reimposed


    Submitted: 13 May 2018

    On 08 May 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that “the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal”, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the JCPOA), and that the “highest level of economic sanctions” will be imposed by the United States on Iran.

  • Legal Headwinds: UK/EU - Quarterly Report - Q2 2018 Restricted access


    Submitted: 10 May 2018

    The Q2 2018 edition of Legal Headwinds focuses on key legal and regulatory developments relevant to asset managers and financial institutions operating in the UK for the period from 01 April 2018 to 30 June 2018.

  • Emirates Law Business and Practice - Cryptocurrencies: A UAE perspective


    Submitted: 09 May 2018

    As the use and numbers of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin increase Muneer Khan and Samir Safar-Aly of Simmons & Simmons look at the approach the UAE financial services regulators are taking.

  • Financial Services Alerter - March 2018 developments


    Submitted: 03 May 2018

    Issue 122 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

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