MiFID II: ESMA Technical Advice and Consultation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the following MiFID II Level 2 materials on Friday, 19 December: ESMA's final technical advice to the European Commission on delegated acts; and a Consultation Paper on draft technical standards The revised… Read more

EU introduces new asset freezing measures against Yemen

On 19 December, the EU published Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP and Regulation 1352/2014 in relation to the situation in Yemen. The measures came into force immediately upon publication. The new measures impose an asset freeze on three individuals: Abdullah Yahya Al… Read more

US President signs Ukraine Freedom Support Act into law

On 13 December 2014, the US Congress passed legislation entitled the "Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014" (H.R. 5859) seeking to impose new sanctions against Russia and in support of Ukraine.  On Thursday, December 18, President Obama signed the Act… Read more

EU sanctions update: Russia

Our latest briefing summarises recent developments in the EU's sanctions imposed against Russia.  In particular, we provide an overview of (a) new measures relating to Crimea and Sevastopol and (b) new European Commission guidance on certain of the financial sector… Read more

Market abuse update – December 2014

The FCA has continued to build on the strong track record of civil and criminal enforcement action against abusive conduct and manipulation, notably in relation to insider dealing and benchmark manipulation.  The regulator remains committed to strong enforcement action and… Read more

US: Three Different Approaches to RICO Extraterritoriality

It is not uncommon for courts today to adjudicate claims arising outside their territorial jurisdiction.  Some jurisdictions, such as the US, stand out more in this regard than others.  The extraterritorial application of US law stokes fear that US courts… Read more

Three convicted in £23m Green biofuel trial

Three individuals have been convicted following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the promotion of unregulated pension and investment products based on green biofuel by Sustainable Growth Group ('SGG') including its subsidiary companies, Sustainable AgroEnergy plc ('SAE') and Sustainable Wealth (UK) Investments… Read more

Financial System Inquiry – Final Report

The Financial System Inquiry (FSI), chaired by David Murray AO, yesterday released its Final Report, which has proposed some significant changes for the financial system in Australia, including in relation to capital adequacy, the regulatory system, consumer outcomes, general advice,… Read more

EU sanctions update: amendment to sanctions against Russia

Published in the Official Journal today are the anticipated amendments to Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, as amended, together with a corrigendum to the Notice for persons designated as subject to asset freezes under Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. ... Read more

Transparency International publishes CPI 2014

Transparency International (TI) has published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014.  This is the 20th annual edition of the CPI, which ranks countries according to how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.  The index is compiled using a… Read more

OECD Foreign Bribery Report

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its Foreign Bribery Report (Report) this week.  The Report is the OECD’s first ever analysis of foreign bribery on a global scale.  It analyses 427 legal cases involving companies (164 cases) and… Read more

Hong Kong: China intensifies anti-corruption drive

Proposed amendments to the Criminal Law will give President Xi Jinping further powers in his fight against corruption in China.  Once they are passed by the National People’s Congress, the new laws will provide further evidence of an ongoing policy… Read more

European Bank Stress Tests and Asset Quality Reviews

The European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) have published the results of the latest stress tests and asset quality reviews (AQR).  As foreshadowed from the outset, a number of institutions did not pass the 'unique and… Read more

Corporate Crime Update – October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of our corporate crime update - our round-up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. For the full update on… Read more

UK: FPC seeks new macro-prudential tools

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has recommended that HM Treasury should exercise its statutory power to prescribe two new macro-prudential measures, thereby granting the FPC powers of direction in the residential mortgage market, covering both owner-occupied and… Read more