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BBGFX | August 2021 FX Outlook

Fear that the spread of the Delta mutation of the covid would disrupt the global economy spurred the unwinding of risk-on positions. Interest rates fell, and the traditional funding currencies:  the US dollar, Swiss franc, and Japanese yen, strengthened most in July. While major US indices set new record highs, as did Europe's Dow Jones Stoxx 600, the MSCI Emerging Markets Equity Index fell 7%. The preliminary July PMI reports were below expectations in the US, UK, and France.  Japan's...

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Thompson Hine | CFIUS Releases 2020 Annual Report on Foreign Investment in the United States

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the “Committee”), an inter-agency committee headed by the Department of the Treasury, has released its 2020 Annual Report to Congress (Report). CFIUS is authorized to review transactions that could result in the control of U.S. businesses by foreign persons or companies, as well as non-controlling investments by foreign persons or companies in certain U.S. businesses which are involved in critical technology, critical infrastructure, or the gathering of sensitive personal data,...

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GDLSK | CBP proposal to change non-preferential origin rules for goods imported from Canada or Mexico – comment period expires August 5, 2021

CBP has published a proposal that, if adopted, would significantly change its rules for determining the origin of goods imported from Canada or Mexico for non-preferential purposes (i.e., not for USMCA eligibility). For purposes of determining USMCA eligibility, CBP applies the originating status rules set forth in General Note 11 of the tariff schedule.  For purposes of country of origin marking of goods imported from Canada or Mexico, CBP has in the past applied the “NAFTA marking rules” set forth...

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Brexit News, Member News

Vulcan Insight | European Commission pauses legal action against UK over Protocol

The European Commission confirmed this week that it would freeze two lawsuits against the United Kingdom in order to “continue constructive discussions” with Westminster over trade arrangements in Northern Ireland. A Commission spokesperson said in a statement that “in order to provide the necessary space to reflect on these issues and find durable solutions to the implementation of the Protocol, we have decided, at this stage, not to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure”. The proceedings were launched...

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Orrick | FinCEN Pursues Its Next Steps, Posting its Priorities and Pondering a No-Action Process

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has completed two of its early benchmark obligations arising out of the recently passed Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (the “AML Act”), which we previously wrote about here.  First, FinCEN published its first-ever government-wide list of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Finance of Terrorism (AML/CFT) priorities.  Second, FinCEN published its report on the potential for a FinCEN no-action letter process. Below are some key takeaways from these publications, and here is a deeper analysis of the issues. Priorities: The AML...

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Ogletree Deakins | EEO-1 Filing Platform: More Changes for Acquisitions, Spinoffs, and Mergers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it is loosening the requirement on companies to provide notice to the federal agency of acquisitions, mergers, and spinoffs. By way of background, in addition to requiring the submission and certification of two years of EEO-1 reports, the EEOC had created a new filing platform for the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 filings, which are due by August 23, 2021. The transition to the new platform and the requirement to...

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CLA | Cybersecurity Compliance — Are You Accidentally Breaking the Law?

Originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal, July 26, 2021 | Key insights Hackers continue to exploit weaknesses in cybersecurity systems and practices. The cost of a data breach can be in the millions of dollars, and take close to a year to detect and rectify the situation. Pre- and post-breach cyber regulations have been specifically developed for some industries and states. Take steps now to develop a strong, compliant cybersecurity program for your organization. When a business suffers a cyber...

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RavenPack | News Analytics Data Can Help Forewarn of Market Risks

Traditionally used by hedge funds to drive alpha-generating strategies, news analytics data also has applications for assessing financial market risks, as the deep dive into the research below shows. Before ordering in the Moet it’s always a good idea to make sure your back is covered, and as every professional money manager knows, an accurate assessment of the potential downside to any given position is an integral part of the job, especially in the current regulatory climate. The investment game is...

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TABS Inc. | Affordable Health Insurance for Expats in the U.S.

TABS entered a unique collaboration to give access to affordable health insurance for expats, offering our network many advantages if you join through TABS! Many European start-ups that are expanding to the U.S. are hoping to offer great health insurance to their future hires. They often aim to offer health benefits that are similar to the European head office and use these great benefits as a selling point to attract new talent for their U.S. subsidiary. However, what many start-ups...

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Arendt | The new EU AML-CFT package

A new anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (“AML-CFT”) package was published by the European Commission on Tuesday 20 July 2021. Link to package here This package aims to further enhance the existing EU AML-CFT framework by taking into account new and emerging challenges linked to technological innovation (including virtual currencies, more integrated financial flows in the Single Market and the global nature of terrorist organisations). It also aims to harmonise this framework. The package is composed of the following legislative...

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