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Cyprus Introduces First Steps Towards Crypto-Asset Regulation Through AML Law Amendments
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, June 2021

A primer on burgeoning crypto-asset regulation in Cyprus In Cyprus, the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law, L188(I)/2007 (the “AML Law”) was amended earlier this year through L13(I)/2021 (the “Amending Law”), in order to harmonise domestic legislation with the provisions of the 4th and 5th AML Directives (Directives (EU) 2015/849 and 2018/843)...

Forfeiture of Pensions Arrears – A Drafting Lottery?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

In a case concerning the validity and effect of certain deeds relating to pension increases, the High Court has handed down its judgement. The case also considers the application of scheme forfeiture clauses to arrears of underpayments. The case, concerning the Axminster pension scheme (‘Scheme’), was brought by the Scheme’s independent trustee. Many of the original issues were compromised by the parties, meaning that the court was asked to approve the compromise...

“Change and resilience”: the SFC’s keynote messages for fund managers
Deacons, June 2021

On 7 June 2021, Ms Julia Leung, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Intermediaries, of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), gave the keynote address at the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association’s annual conference...

SFC moves forward on its revisions to the competency framework for intermediaries and individual practitioners
Deacons, June 2021

On 18 June 2021, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued its Consultation Conclusions on Proposed Enhancements to the Competency Framework for Intermediaries and Individual Practitioners (Conclusions)...

Supreme Court: Schools Are Limited in Regulation of Off-Campus Speech
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a much-anticipated decision regarding schools’ regulation of off-campus speech. The Court held that while schools may discipline students for some off-campus speech, their ability to do so is much more limited than for on-campus speech. B.L. was a student at Mahanoy Area High School and cheered on the junior varsity team during her freshman year...

The Corporate Transparency Act Introduces Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Requirements for Investment Funds
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

A just-passed piece of legislation crafted to bolster countercrime defenses and crack open beneficial ownership bastions, a historical haven for criminals of all stripes, has lesser-known tethers for certain segments of the investment sector – a critical pitfall that should not be lost on compliance teams.   In May 2020, a leaked investigation bulletin prepared by the U.S...

MyCC's Market Review on Selected Areas of the Transportation Sector (Port Logistics Ecosystem & Motor Vehicle Warranty Claims)
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, In this article, our partner, Anand Raj, and associate, Jeevitha Thurai Rathnam, discuss the Malaysia Competition Commission’s market review exercise into the transportation sector (port logistics ecosystem and motor vehicle warranty claims)...

UAE Economic Substance Requirements – Penalties Imposed by the Federal Tax Authority
Afridi & Angell, June 2021

The Federal Tax Authority (the FTA) has started to impose penalties on businesses that have failed to submit their economic substance notifications by the set deadline of 30 June 2020 for the financial period ended on 31 December 2019, and the economic substance reports by the set deadline of 31 December 2020 for the financial period ended on 31 December 2019...

Government Publishes Regulations and Guidance on Climate Risk Governance for Pension Scheme Trustees
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Climate Change Governance and Reporting) Regulations 2021 (‘Regulations’) have been laid before parliament and are due to come into effect on 1 October this year. The Pensions Minister announced on June 8 the final version of the Regulations which are designed to regulate how trustees of certain trust-based occupational schemes must engage with, and report on, climate change risk as part of their duties...

Protecting Inheritance on Divorce
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The starting point on divorce is that the assets acquired during the marriage fall into the ‘matrimonial pot’ and will be divided equally between the parties. This is called the sharing principle. However, in certain circumstances an inheritance will be a relevant contribution and a good reason to depart from an equal division...

International Comparative Legal Guides — Fintech 2021 Malaysia Chapter
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,Our TMT Partners, Christina Kow and Timothy Siaw, have co-authored the Malaysian chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guides – Fintech 2021. The chapter covers a broad overview of common issues in fintech laws and regulations in Malaysia.The Fintech LandscapeFunding For FintechFintech RegulationOther Regulatory Regimes / Non-Financial RegulationAccessing Talent TechnologyTo read more, please click here...

New York Lifts Most Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, June 2021

New York State Lifts Restrictions. On June 7, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the State would lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On June 15, 2021, Governor Cuomo held a press conference to announce that New York had reached the 70% first-dose threshold...

How the Surinder Singh UK Immigration Route Can Help Families Returning from the EU after Brexit
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2021

In this article first published by The Federation of European Independent Financial Advisers, Jacqueline Moore, Head of Immigration, explains a time-limited opportunity for certain family members of British citizens to utilise a route known as “Surinder Singh”. Prior to Brexit, European free movement allowed British citizens to live and work in the EU without restrictions...

The Rise of the Digital Investor
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2021

On 15 June 2021, the Financial Services Council (FSC) presented the findings of its report ‘Money & You – The Rise of the Digital Investor’ (the Report) to an audience at the Ernst & Young offices in Auckland. The report demonstrates what FSC CEO Richard Klipin describes as “a transformational shift in how we are choosing to invest our money”. The Report is available here...

AI in Financial Services – A Look at the Turing Report
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Alan Turing Institute has published a new report: "AI in Financial Services", looking to the use of artificial intelligence in the FS sector. We will watch with interest how the report’s findings evolve into more specific regulatory rules or guidance...

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021: How the Law is Adapting to Tackle Domestic Abuse
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

According to the most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales, the police recorded over 1,288,000 domestic abuse-related incidents in the year ending March 2020. Against this backdrop, another startling statistic is that on average two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone...

How is Future Inheritance and Entitlement Under a Trust Treated in Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The court has to have regard to the “income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources that each party to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future” (Section 25(2)(a) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). Property and other financial resources can include expectations under a will and beneficial interests under a trust. Expectations under a will It is rare for a future entitlement under a will to be treated as a financial resource...

New Plans for the UK Immigration System
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

The Government has published its first statement setting out its vision for legal migration and border control as part of the new plan for immigration. This article summarises the key goals that form part of the vision. The statement sets out key delivery priorities for 2021 – 22...

Private Debt Funds: CSSF Clarifies Concept of Lending to the “Public”
Arendt & Medernach, June 2021

In it the CSSF clarified its interpretation of the concept of lending to the “public”, an information relevant for the non-bank lending industry and, in particular, for private debt funds with a loan origination activity. Background In general terms, the granting of loans to the public on a professional basis is a regulated activity which is subject to authorisation by the CSSF under Article 28-4 of the law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector...

US Department of Education Interprets Title IX to Protect Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Notice of Interpretation, explaining how it interprets Title IX to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Updates June (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2021

Financial ServicesBNM issues Corporate Strategic Plan policy document for DFIsOn 27 May 2021, Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) issued the Corporate Strategic Plan (“CSP”) policy document, applicable to all development financial institutions (“DFIs”) prescribed under the Development Financial Institutions Act 2002...

HKMA’s Announcement on “Fintech 2025” Strategy
Deacons, June 2021

On 8 June 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled “Fintech 2025”, a new strategy aiming to drive fintech development in Hong Kong. In essence, “Fintech 2025” seeks to encourage the financial sector to adopt technology in their businesses and transactions comprehensively by 2025 by focusing on the following five key areas: 1...

National Electric Coordinator Opens a Public Consultation Process to Set Criteria for the Application of the Open Access Regime
Carey, June 2021

On June 9, 2021, the National Electric Coordinator (“CEN”) opened a public consultation process on  a draft Internal Procedure (the "IP") that will provide the criteria applicable to the Open Access Regime established in Articles 79° and 80° of the General Law of Electric Services ("LGSE"), as a result of the entry into force of the Regulation on Transmission Systems and Transmission Planning (the "Regulation")...

GAO Clarifies Scope of its Jurisdiction Over OTA Protests
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in Spartan Medical, Inc., B-419503, recently clarified the scope of its jurisdiction over bid protests involving an agency's use of its other transaction agreement (OTA) authority. The GAO's decision in this case is noteworthy because agencies are increasingly relying on OTAs to meet their procurement needs...

Thailand’s First Initial Coin Offering Using Real Estate Backed Security Tokens Approved by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission Expected to Raise THB 2.4 billion
DFDL, June 2021

On 22 May 2021, SPV77 Co. Ltd., a special purpose entity set up to issue and offer Siri Hub Investment Digital Tokens (“SIRIHUB”) to investors secured approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the country’s first Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). The first ICO approval by the SEC follows three years of legal changes starting with the passage of the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Business Operation B.E. 2561 (2018)...

 

 

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