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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES IRAN SANCTIONS WAIVERS, BUT SIGNALS DESIRE FOR CHANGES

Following the announcement of the new strategies on Iran in October 2017, on January 12, 2018, the Trump administration announced that it will continue to waive the application of certain nuclear sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) … Continue reading

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Filed under Announcements, Iran, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills, US

NEW PENAL CODE HERALDS SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION TO VIETNAM’S ANTI-CORRUPTION REGIME

A comprehensive New Penal Code came into force in Vietnam on 1 January 2018. This covers a wide range of crimes, including bribery and related offences. The New Penal Code substantially expands the range of offences, including regulating bribery within … Continue reading

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Singapore’s MAS issues Guide to Digital Token Offerings

On 14 November 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a guide during the first day of the Singapore FinTech Festival to provide general guidance on the application of the securities laws administered by the MAS, namely the Securities … Continue reading

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MAS CLARIFIES STANCE ON DIGITAL TOKENS

On 1 August 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) clarified through a media release that an offer or issue of digital tokens would be regulated if these tokens constitute products which are regulated under the Securities and Futures Act … Continue reading

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Singapore: consultation on regulations for the provision of digital advisory services

In line with its recognition of the rapid expansion of, and new products within, the FinTech sphere, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on 7 June 2017 on the provision of digital advisory services (i.e. advice … Continue reading

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U.S. administration imposes limited new sanctions against Iran

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added a number individuals and entities to its Specially Designated Nationals ("SDNs") list of blocked persons. OFAC stated that such actions were taken in response to … Continue reading

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Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2016 moved for second reading

On 9 January 2017, the MAS announced the Second Reading of the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Bill) in the Singaporean Parliament. The Bill introduces wide-ranging amendments aimed at strengthening the regulation of over-the-counter derivatives markets, enhancing regulatory safeguards … Continue reading

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New US Cyber Security sanctions targeting Russia

On 29 December 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Taking Additional Steps To Address The National Emergency With Respect To Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities".  In an official statement, President Obama said that the Executive Order was issued "in response to the … Continue reading

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Filed under Corporate Crime, Non-UK regulation, Russia, Sanctions and Money Laundering, US

Corporate Crime Monthly Update October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 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 each jurisdiction, … Continue reading

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Filed under Bribery and Corruption, Cambodia, China, Corporate Crime, Cuba, Dubai, EU, European Regulation, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Singapore, UAE, UK, US

MAS withdraws second merchant bank status in AML push

In line with its increased commitment to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has ordered the closure of Falcon Private Bank Ltd, Singapore Branch (Falcon Bank). On 11 October 2016, the MAS … Continue reading

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