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HK SFC Annual Report in the COVID-19 Era
Deacons, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its latest Annual Report, covering the 12-month period to 31 March 2020. As in previous years, the report provides a useful summary of what the SFC has done over the past year particularly in terms of achieving its publicly stated goals and providing insight into its priorities moving forward...

New Financial Return Form in 2021 will Require even More Information
Deacons, July 2020

On 26 June 2020, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular publishing in draft new versions of the financial return forms for SFC licensed corporations (LCs). The SFC is planning to revise the existing forms in order to collect additional data from LCs to “enable the SFC to identify risks in a timely manner, take prompt supervisory action and protect investors”. It is expected that the forms will be gazetted without significant amendment...

Mainland China Briefing: Regulators of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau Introduce Cross-Boundary Wealth Management Scheme
Deacons, July 2020

On 29 June 2020, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), and the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) jointly published an announcement on the launch of the cross-boundary wealth management connect pilot scheme (Wealth Management Connect) in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) (the announcement is available here in English and here in Chinese)...

Ten Legal Considerations When Starting a Hemp Business
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

So, you want to start a hemp company. You have your big idea and a business plan ready. At some point, though, you begin to wonder whether you should be thinking about any legal issues as you get your company off the ground. That’s where we come in. Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team has a deep understanding of the many unique legal and business issues that impact hemp companies...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: OCC Proposes New Rule Defining “True Lender”
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a rule which, if finalized as a rule, would establish a new standard for when a national bank or Federal savings association (“bank”) is the “true lender” in a lending arrangement with a third party. Under the proposed rule, the bank is the lender in a loan transaction if either (1) the bank is the named lender in the loan documents at origination, or (2) the bank funds the loan at origination...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Bay Area Businesses Face Uncertainty Over Conflicts Between State and Local Reopening Guidelines
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 17, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that due to a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases in the last month, and because San Francisco was listed on the State’s County Monitoring List (the “Monitoring List”) for three consecutive days, San Francisco was halting all reopening procedures indefinitely beginning on Monday, July 20...

An In Depth Analysis of CFPB’s Small Dollar Final Rule and Its Impact on Bank and Non-Bank Lenders Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

On July 7, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule, the 2017 Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Rule (Small Dollar Rule), which rescinded the ability to repay and underwriting provisions. The final rule does not, however, rescind or alter the payment provisions in the Small Dollar Rule, and the CFPB indicated that it would be moving forward with those provisions...

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Brown Act Meetings
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group COVID-19 has changed the way California public agencies conduct their Brown Act meetings, creating new challenges and opportunities. Utilizing their experience serving as general counsel to a number of public agencies, Hanson Bridgett attorneys Claire Collins and Allison Schutte created their Top 10 list of recommendations on how to conduct virtual "Brown Act" Board Meetings to guide any public agency. 1...

China Effectively Strengthens Fight Against Malicious Trade Marks
Han Kun Law Offices, July 2020

A focus for Chinese trademark law and practice in recent years has been strengthening the fight against malicious trademarks...

DOE’s Recent RFI Specifies “Foreign Adversaries” – What Does it Mean?
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: Recent events emphasize the effect of the U.S.-China relationship on imports, exports, and foreign investment. Companies should consider looking closely at whether and how their products or services could be considered a national security concern in a variety of regulatory capacities, including foreign investment, export controls, and even real estate...

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New (Simpler) Fiduciary Rule Exemption
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: The Proposed Exemption reaffirms the long-standing five-part test used prior to the vacated fiduciary rule to determine whether an investment adviser is a fiduciary for purposes of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (Code)...

Examinations Focusing on Compliance with Form CRS
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

After filing Form CRS ahead of the June 30 2020 deadline, many investment advisers breathed a sigh of relief. However, advisers must remain vigilant as the June 30 deadline was the beginning of a new set of compliance efforts which firms must meet on a going-forward basis. In an effort to keep firms on track, we have summarized these ongoing obligations. 1) Initial Delivery...

Observations from Examinations of Investment Advisers Managing Private Funds
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert focused on assisting private fund advisers in reviewing and enhancing their compliance programs, as well as providing information to investors regarding potential private fund adviser deficiencies...

Loosening of Volcker Rule Gives Banks Flexibility with Hedge, Private Equity Funds
Waller, July 2020

On June 25, five federal regulatory agencies, including the federal banking agencies,[1] finalized changes to the Volcker rule that reduce margin requirements for derivatives trades and loosen restrictions on banking entities’ ability to invest in, sponsor or maintain certain relationships with hedge funds and private equity funds — known as “covered funds” under the Volcker rule...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program Guidance in Amended Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve published a number of changes to the Main Street Lending Program’s frequently asked questions, which FAQs were amended to provide further guidance on a number of issues. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston MSLP web page has links to clean and redline versions of the new FAQs: https://www.bostonfed.org/supervision-and-regulation/supervision/special-facilities/main-street-lending-program/information-for-lenders/docs...

The First COVID-19 Business Interruption Decision Sides In Favor of Insurers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

In what appears to be the first substantive dispositive ruling on a COVID-19 related business interruption insurance claim, a Michigan court has dismissed an insured’s business interruption claim, finding that the insured did not suffer a direct physical loss and no insurance coverage exists for the insured’s claim...

Simplified Restructuring Procedure: A New Tool for Businesses in Crisis
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, a new restructuring procedure entered into force, enabling businesses to carry out debt relief smoothly without undue judicial interference. Potential risks and doubts may arise on the part of creditors on how to counteract the negative effects of opening these proceedings...

Control of Certain Investments: New Protective Provisions
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 19 June 2020, the Parliament adopted “Shield 4.0,” new law of great importance for M&A practice. Shield 4.0 amends the Act on Control of Certain Investments of 24 July 2015 and enters into force on 24 July 2020...

OCIE Risk Alert: Key Takeaways and Practical Applications for Hedge Fund Managers
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert entitled Observations from Examinations of Investment Advisers Managing Private Funds (the “Alert”). The Alert focused on three principalcategoriesof deficiencies observed by OCIE staff during examinations of registered investment managers that advise private funds...

China Announced the 2020 Negative Lists for Foreign Investment Access
Deacons, July 2020

On 23 June 2020, the Chinese government announced the Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) for Foreign Investment Access (2020 Edition) (2020 National Negative List) and the Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) for Foreign Investment Access in Pilot Free Trade Zones (2020 Edition) (2020 FTZ Negative List). The 2020 National Negative List and the 2020 FTZ Negative List (2020 Negative Lists) will come into force on 23 July 2020...

Changes to Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Statutes Expected to Benefit Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

On June 16, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 81. Its impact is significant for employers in the context of workers’ compensation. Governor DeWine touted the amendment that provided workers’ compensation coverage for medical diagnostic services to investigate whether a detention facility employee’s exposure to another’s blood or bodily fluids resulted in an injury or occupational disease...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 15
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

This 15th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, showcases new and evolving trends. This week we note how COVID-19 has accelerated a pre-existing trend toward class action litigation. And we discuss specific trends involving workplace safety, mask requirements, shutdown orders, quarantine enforcement, and prisoners’ rights. These cases, and others like them, show no signs of cooling down as the summer heats up...

Legal Checklist: How to Make your Business Sustainable in the Face of New Challenges
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2020

The current crisis has challenged the strength of all companies. It has forced businesses to quickly address new issues that often were outside their agenda earlier. During this period, most of businesses have managed to temporarily adapt, or radically change their processes and strategies; establish a flawless remote operation; transform the pattern of cooperation with counterparties and partners; reallocate resources and learn to communicate with their employees under crisis...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Excusable Non-Use of U.S. Trademarks in the Time of COVID
Buchalter, July 2020

U.S. Trademark laws are based on the premise that rights in a trademark exist so long as the mark is continuously used in interstate commerce. Once you cease use of the mark without an intention of resuming such use, the mark may be subject to cancellation or abandonment by a third party...

Michigan Small Business Restart Program Accepting Grant Applications Starting July 15
Dykema, July 2020

The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to provide grants to Michigan businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The grants, up to $20,000 each, will be administered by 15 Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. Participating EDOs are listed below...

 

 

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