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Cambodia: Use of Khmer Language and Currency in Financials and Onsite Inspections
DFDL, September 2021

September 2021 has seen the issuance of Circular 009 on the Usage of Khmer Language and Currency in Accounting Records and Financial Statements (“Circular 009”) and Notification No. 355 on Inspection Visits and Implementation of Interim Fines for Violations of Law on Accounting and Audit (“Notification 355”). We set out the salient points in Circular 009 and Notification 355 below for your reference...

Chilean Executive Presents “FinTech Law” Bill
Carey, September 2021

On September 3, the executive presented to Congress the anticipated draft of the "FinTech Law", the new regulation that proposes a legal framework applicable to FinTech companies in Chile (the "Bill"). Until now, FinTech companies in Chile have operated without their own or specially designed legal framework, which has generated a series of regulatory inconveniences that have impacted their business model and hindered the development of these technologies in Chile...

The Dramatic Increase in UK Megadeals
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

A new report by Shoosmiths, in partnership with Beauhurst, shows that the number of venture capital ‘megadeals’ in the UK has increased tenfold over the last decade. In 2011 a modest five ‘megadeals’ (where £50 million or more is invested into a company) occurred, compared with an astounding 51 megadeals in the first half of 2021...

CCCFA Amendments Delayed
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

On Thursday 9 September 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced a number of changes to legislation due to the shift in COVID-19 alert levels...

COVID-19: Payments on Account and Depreciations for a Longer Period than the Maximum Period Established for Tax Purposes
Garrigues, September 2021

In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, new measures were approved to enable companies to increase their cash flows. Payments on account (FY2021) Taxpayers who are cooperatives or have obtained in the 2020 fiscal period a turnover up to the maximum limit set for their classification as medium-sized enterprises (i.e...

Corporate Restructuring Strategies for the Post-Pandemic Recovery
Kudun and Partners, September 2021

Businesses in Thailand are facing a difficult road ahead. The latest wave of COVID-19 infections continues to hammer the economy, further delaying a recovery that many companies were counting on to relieve their financial woes. Those struggles have been considerable. According to the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), Thailand’s gross domestic product shrank by 6.1% in 2020 – the steepest decline since the Tom Yum Kung financial crisis of 1997...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates August 2021 (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., September 2021

Corporate/M&A Amendments to the Main Market Listing Requirements following Enhanced IPO Framework On 11 August 2021, Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Securities”) reviewed the Main Market Listing Requirements (“MMLR”) to ensure parity of regulation with the Securities Commission Malaysia’s (“SC”) introduction of an enhanced initial public offering (“IPO”) framework which took effect on 1 January 2021...

Insolvency in Scotland: Back to Basics – Part 1, Winding Up
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

This is the first article in 'Back to Basics', a series of articles looking at insolvency processes in Scotland. In this article I examine the court process for winding up a company. A winding up petition is a form of legal action that can be used when a company is unable to pay its debts as they fall due. Sections 122 to 124 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (‘the Act’) deal with how to wind up a company in Scotland...

Customer Vulnerability: Immediate Priorities of the FMA
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

On 2 September 2021, the FMA published an updated information sheet on its expectations for providers of financial services in relation to customer vulnerability practices (Information Sheet). The FMA acknowledges there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to developing and embedding processes and practices related to customer vulnerability...

Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Real Estate Sector
PLMJ, September 2021

Regulation 603/2021 was approved by the Governing Board of the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction I.P. (“IMPIC”) and came into force on 5 July 2021. The aim of this regulation (“Regulation”) is to establish and regulate the procedures to be adopted in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the real estate sector...

Data Analytics Gives SEC Enforcement Edge On Earnings
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2021

In a sign that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission continues to ramp up its enforcement efforts, the SEC last week in In re: Healthcare Services Group Inc. charged a health care services company and its chief financial officer and controller as part of the Division of Enforcement's Earnings Per Share, or EPS, Initiative. A Sept...

Explaining the Call for Global Tax Reform
ENSafrica, September 2021

Since the G7 meeting on 5 June when the G7 finance ministers announced a global corporation tax of at least 15%, there has been much written and spoken about the new proposed global minimum tax rate. Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, called the agreement a “historic day for economic diplomacy”...

Banking Briefing: In Practice - Pension Schemes Act 2021 Implications for Lending Transactions
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

There are indirect, and potential direct, implications for lending transactions from the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Both lenders and borrowers, as well as pensions trustees, have an interest in knowing what's changed and how that might impact their deals. The Act received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021 and updates the Pensions Act 2004. It primarily relates to funding and security of Defined Benefit or ‘Final Salary’ Schemes (‘DB Schemes’)...

Policyholder Security: IPSA Option Paper Released
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

Yesterday the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Reserve Bank) issued its second options paper as part of the broader review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010 (IPSA). The consultation presents options to enhance policyholder protection security in the event of an insurer’s insolvency. Given the heightened alert levels, the Reserve Bank has extended the consultation window to 15 November 2021. A link to the options paper is available here...

High Court Clarifies Approach to AML Penalties
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

Yesterday, the High Court in Wellington released its judgment setting out the reasons for its earlier decision imposing a $3.5 million civil penalty on TSB Bank Limited (TSB) for contraventions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act). This followed a statement of claim from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Reserve Bank), as TSB’s anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) supervisor...

What We’re Seeing: Margin Ratchets in Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) Loans
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

Margin ratchets are a concept that the banking and finance world are familiar with. Increasingly these are linked to ESG loans with both lender and borrower engagement. How do they work in practice, what are the benefits and what are the potential risks? Typically margin ratchets are linked to financial covenants – more often than not leverage – they incentivise borrowers to improve their financial health over the life of a loan...

Commission Amends Financial Disclosure Requirements for Business Acquisitions and Dispositions
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2021

On May 21, 2020, the Commission adopted amendments to the financial statement disclosure requirements for business acquisitions and dispositions by Commission registrants that also apply to companies undertaking an initial public offering. The amendments resulted from the Commission staff’s ongoing evaluation of Regulation S-X and Regulation S-K as part of its Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative and were proposed by the Commission in May 2019...

Climate-Related Risk Requirements for Fund Managers
Deacons, August 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced details of requirements for fund managers to address climate change in their investment and risk management processes and make appropriate disclosures. Where are the requirements set out? On 20 August 2021, the SFC issued: Consultation Conclusions on the Management and Disclosure of Climate-related Risks by Fund Managers with amendments to the Fund Manager Code of Conduct (FMCC) set out in Appendix B and C...

PPP Loan Insights: Forgiveness Does Not Mean Forgotten – Part I
Dykema, August 2021

We are still waiting for the “official” SBA FAQ announcing the withdrawal of the Forms 3509/3510 Loan Necessity Questionnaire (“Questionnaire”) that, according to the SBA, will include additional information about its review process. In the meantime, PPP lenders have been told by the SBA that they no longer are required to request that borrowers who obtained loans of $2 million or more complete the Questionnaire...

Open Banking – An Endeavor of Competing Goals
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

Since President Joe Biden’s July 9, 2021, executive order, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” there has been a renewed focus and speculation surrounding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) forthcoming rulemaking under Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1033. Many industry leaders are optimistic President Biden’s order and the CFPB’s previous request for comments are a sign the U.S. is moving closer to open banking...

Observations from Examinations of Investment Advisers Managing Client Accounts That Participate in Wrap Fee Programs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

On July 21, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations (the Division) issued a Risk Alert detailing examinations of investment advisers participating in wrap fee programs. The Division conducted over 100 examinations of advisers associated with wrap fee programs generally from two perspectives: (i) advisers serving as portfolio managers in, or sponsors of, wrap fee programs; and (ii) advising client accounts through unaffiliated/third-party wrap fee programs...

Observations Regarding Fixed-Income Principal and Cross Trades by Investment Advisers from an Examination Initiative
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

On July 21, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations (the Division) issued a Risk Alert detailing more than 20 examinations of investment advisers who engaged in cross trades, principal trades, or both, involving fixed-income securities as part of the Division’s FIX Initiative. The July 21, 2021, Risk Alert is a follow-up to the Sept...

Cannabis Banking: An Update on the SAFE Banking Act
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2021

Despite the cannabis industry’s explosive growth, many financial institutions have been hesitant to transact with cannabis-related businesses given the ambiguity created by divergent state and federal cannabis laws. The SAFE Banking Act seeks to remove these ambiguities at the federal level and pave the way for more financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry...

Navigating the Fintech Revolution in Thailand
DFDL, August 2021

‘Navigating the Fintech Revolution in Thailand’ is the indispensable must-read guide for fintech experts who want to stay up-to-date on all current and future fintech developments and successfully navigate the sector’s many challenges and pitfalls! In this edition, DFDL reports on the current state of fintech in Thailand from a legislative and policy perspective with an overview of the current and future fintech landscape...

The Freeze Partnership: An Estate Tax Technique For Real Estate and Other Appreciated or Leveraged Assets
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

  The freeze partnership is an often overlooked estate tax planning tool. Unlike more common estate tax planning vehicles, the freeze partnership is not a trust and, as the name implies, is a closely-held partnership, limited partnership or LLC (in this article, the term partnership will be used to refer to partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs)...

 

 

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