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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...

More Legislated Changes for Federally Regulated Employers
Lawson Lundell LLP, August 2021

Important new legislative changes impacting federally regulated employers will come into effect in 2021: the Pay Equity Act and a minimum wage requirement. Details on both these measures and how that will affect employers are examined below.  Pay Equity Act The federal Pay Equity Act comes into effect on August 31, 2021. The Act applies to federally regulated employers who have 10 or more employees...

Legal Update on the New Requirements for Employers under the Personal Information Protection Law in China
Deacons, August 2021

On 20 August 2021, the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (“PIPL”) was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and will become effective on 1 November 2021. Comprising 8 chapters and 74 articles, PIPL lays down a clearer yet stricter regulatory framework for the protection of personal information...

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)...

Cross-Agency Steering Group announces next steps to advance Hong Kong’s green and sustainable finance strategy
Deacons, August 2021

The Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group co-chaired by the HKMA and the SFC (Steering Group) announced on 15 July 2021 the next steps to advance its strategy to bolster Hong Kong’s position as a leader in green and sustainable finance and help transition the financial ecosystem towards carbon neutrality...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority issues draft Guideline for Banks on Climate Risk Management
Deacons, August 2021

On 20 July 2021, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued a draft guideline on climate risk management for consultation with the banking industry with comments due by 20 August 2021. The guideline includes expectations on governance, strategy, risk management and disclosure...

Protection of Facility Agents in the Case of Erroneous Payments
Deacons, August 2021

In the recent US case of In Re Citibank August 11, 2020 Wire Transfers (Revlon), the New York federal court held that lenders in a syndicated loan were not obliged to return an erroneous payment made by the syndicated facility agent due to the ‘discharge for value’ principle, which operated as a successful defence to unjust enrichment (click here for the full decision)...

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Farmers Urged to Make Safety a Priority
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

Health and safety issues in the agricultural and rural sector are a matter of considerable concern. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging farmers to make safety a priority to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in the sector. This recent campaign was prompted by four fatalities over a fortnight, coming only weeks after Farm Safety Week...

Cyprus and Crypto Asset Regulation: CYSEC’s CASP Directive
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, August 2021

In an article published earlier this year, we discussed how the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law, L.188(I)/2007 (the “AML Law”) was amended in order to harmonise domestic legislation with the 4th and 5th AML Directives (Directives (EU) 2015/849 and 2018/843 and how it introduced, for the first time, provision for the registration of Crypto-Asset Service Providers (“CASPS”)...

Variable Pay Employee vs Fixed Pay Employee – Furlough Scheme Implications Explained
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

We have recently assisted a well known fashion retailer in successfully defending an unlawful deduction from wages claim in relation to furlough payments received by the employee. This is an important decision, not only for our client, but also other employers who have made use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”). Background The employee’s contract of employment stated the employee had a contractual entitlement to a minimum of 20 hours per week...

Private Equity in the Crosshairs
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2021

Private equity investors in nursing homes should brace and prepare for an active near-term enforcement environment. Congressional skepticism of private equity involvement in healthcare, developments in False Claims Act cases and Department of Justice priorities all point towards increasing scrutiny of private equity investment in skilled nursing facilities...

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory
Verrill, August 2021

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and highlight the need to adopt plan amendments within limited time periods in order to fully implement pandemic-related changes...

Implementation of Investor Identification and OTC Securities Transactions Reporting Regimes
Deacons, August 2021

On 10 August 2021, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published consultation conclusions on its proposals to (1) implement an investor identification regime at the trading level for the securities market in Hong Kong and (2) introduce an over-the-counter securities transactions reporting regime for shares listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (Conclusions). The original consultation paper is available here and the Conclusions are available here...

Cryptocurrency – The Future of Banking?
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

In our previous article (Cryptocurrency – The Future of Money), we provided an overview of the key ideas behind cryptocurrency. In this article, we look at how cryptocurrency and digital currency might impact the corporate banking and finance market...

Select Committee Reports Back on Climate-Related Disclosures Bill
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2021

Today, the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee (EDSIC), a Parliamentary Select Committee, reported its findings on the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (CRD Bill).  The EDSIC summarised a number of amendments to the CRD Bill based on submissions received during the Select Committee stage which we summarise below...

Mamo TCV Newsletter - July 2021
Mamo TCV Advocates, August 2021

Banking & Finance The Central Bank of Malta Issues Directive 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts Directive No 19 ‘on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts’ was issued by the Central Bank of Malta on 7th July 2021 with the aim of promoting safe and effective use of cheques and bank drafts drawn on Maltese banks and financial institutions...

COVID-19: OSHA Updates Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Employees and In Schools
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

On Aug. 13, 2021, OSHA released updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The new guidance updates OSHA’s recommendations for fully vaccinated employees and for schools, and it supplements certain industry-specific guidance...

 

 

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