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  • The DFSA issues a General Investor Statement on Cryptocurrencies


    Submitted: 19 September 2017

    The Dubai Financial Services Authority (the DFSA) has issued a "General Investor Statement on Cryptocurrencies" on 13 September 2017, warning potential investors about the risks associated with such investments. This article provides an introduction to the issues raised, as well as recent statements or edicts of a number of other financial services regulators on cryptocurrencies.

  • Class Action and Collective Redress


    Last Reviewed: 14 September 2017 / Submitted: 12 January 2016

    Our Class Actions guide considers procedures for and issues relating to class actions, or in most instances more accurately "collective redress" mechanisms, in a number of jurisdictions around the world.

  • Financial Services Alerter - August 2017 developments


    Submitted: 11 September 2017

    Issue 115 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • UAE VAT Law released


    Submitted: 31 August 2017

    On 23 August 2017, the UAE issued Federal Decree-Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (UAE VAT Law) to introduce VAT across the UAE. This briefing note provides some insight into the UAE VAT Law, supporting UAE legislation, as well as an update on developments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States.

  • Emirates Law Business and Practice: Fighting bribery and corruption


    Submitted: 21 August 2017

    Muneer Khan and Samir Safar-Aly consider the UAE’s Federal anti-bribery and corruption laws, the organisations that enforce them and insights into developments in the US and UK.

  • Financial Services Alerter - July 2017 developments


    Submitted: 09 August 2017

    Issue 114 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • Further AML/CTF obligations relating to Qatar in the UAE Restricted access


    Submitted: 08 August 2017

    On 06 August 2017, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (the DFSA) issued a "Dear SEO" letter (issued pursuant to the DIFC Regulatory Law 2004 (as amended)) notifying all DFSA Authorised Firms and Relevant Persons of existing and updated AML/CTF obligations relating to Qatar.

  • Project Finance in the Middle East - A regional overview


    Submitted: 07 August 2017

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

  • AIG OFAC enforcement decision: Lessons in self-disclosure and cooperation


    Submitted: 07 August 2017

    The recent AIG OFAC Enforcement Notice (the AIG Notice) provides valuable insight into areas that international insurance and financial services organisations should be mindful of from a sanctions-risk mitigation perspective. The AIG Notice also presents some valuable lessons, in light of OFAC’s Economic Sanctions Enforcement Guidelines on some of the potential benefits of self-disclosure and co-operation.

  • Legal Headwinds: UK/EU - Quarterly Report - Q3 2017 Restricted access


    Submitted: 01 August 2017

    The Q3 2017 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 July 2017 to 30 September 2017.

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