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  • Financial Services Alerter - May 2017 developments

    Newsletter

    Submitted: 11 July 2017

    Issue 112 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • The Global LEI System and Other Unique Identifiers

    Article

    Last Reviewed: 30 June 2017 / Submitted: 10 February 2014

    An overview of the Global LEI System considering some of its practical implications for financial institutions and, in particular, its relationship to the reporting obligations under EMIR including Unique Transaction Identifiers and Unique Product Identifiers.

  • Cayman Islands extends CRS and FATCA registration dates

    Article

    Submitted: 28 June 2017

    The Cayman Islands have extended the FATCA and CRS registration deadline to 31 July 2017 and released revised self-certification forms.

  • UAE regulators issue AML/CFT notices relating to Qatar: new reporting obligations for regulated firms Restricted access

    Article

    Submitted: 15 June 2017

    This article covers the reporting obligations for regulated firms in the UAE as a result of the notices.

  • BEPS

    Microsite

    Last Reviewed: 13 June 2017 / Submitted: 16 November 2015

    This microsite examines the progress of the OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) to tackle a wide range of international tax issues, including taxation of the digital economy, hybrid instruments and entities, transfer pricing rules, double tax treaties, permanent establishments and country-by-country reporting.

  • Qatar - Data Protection update: Penal Code amended

    Article

    Submitted: 08 June 2017

    A recent amendment to the Penal Code criminalises certain use of mobile devices to take pictures or record images in public spaces, regardless of whether consent is obtained.

  • Financial Services Alerter - April 2017 developments

    Newsletter

    Submitted: 05 June 2017

    Issue 111 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • Financial Services Alerter - March 2017 developments

    Newsletter

    Submitted: 05 June 2017

    Issue 110 of this regular bulletin summarising significant legal and regulatory developments of relevance to the fund management and investment banking communities.

  • Iran Sanctions Settlement: Messages to take from the recent OFAC ZTE settlement

    Article

    Submitted: 01 June 2017

    The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) entered into a US$ 100,871,266 settlement agreement with Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) to settle its civil liability for alleged violations of US sanctions law applicable to Iran-related transactions.

  • Saudi Arabia: Banks ordered to convert Ifragh real estate security into legal mortgage

    Article

    Submitted: 31 May 2017

    In an unprecedented move, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority has moved to abolish the popular Ifragh real estate security and ordered banks to convert these to legal mortgages. Ahmed Butt and Samir Safar-Aly discuss the impact this will have on banks.

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