Getting deeper integrated EU markets to promote growth. On February 18 the Commission presented a Green Paper on building a Capital Markets Union by 2019. The goal of this flagship initiative is to develop… more
The fast pace of change in the financial inclusion landscape is presenting supervisors with new issues and challenges. Developments in digital financial inclusion, in particular, are posing new challenges… more
On 2 October 2014, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") released a consultation paper on legislative amendments to the Financial Advisers Act (Cap. 110) ("FAA") and Insurance Act (Cap. 142) to… more
Regulatory and accounting rules are important determinants of bank behaviour; however, the interaction of the two is often not well understood and their intended outcomes do not always align. This Basel… more
On 14 January 2015, the Australian Government released exposure draft legislation impacting the taxation of employee share schemes (ESS). The Government has invited submissions on the draft legislation… more
On 6 January 2015, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) released an update to the Singapore Transfer Pricing Guidelines (2015 Guidelines). The 2015 Guidelines consolidate all previous circulars… more
As highlighted in our Alert No. 26, issued on December 26, 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ("METI") has been in the process of tightening the rules for the Japanese renewable… more
On 5 December 2014, the Hong Kong Government formally released its draft legislation to waive stamp duty for the transfer of shares or units of all exchange traded funds (“ETFs”). The Stamp Duty (Amendment… more
Welcome to the quarterly Baker & McKenzie Asia Pacific Insurance Newsletter. In this edition, we present a round-up of regulatory developments in the region. China has established rules on custodial… more
The issuance of sukuk, as an instrument in Islamic finance, has been growing in recent years. Many policy makers and businesses are looking at the sukuk markets as sources of long-term financing. The… more
On 28 November 2014, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued their conclusions on a joint public consultation on the mandatory reporting and… more
Banks are subject to capital requirements because their privately optimal leverage is higher than the socially optimal one. This is in turn because banks fail to internalize all the costs that their insolvency… more
The Internet has become an integral part of the everyday life of households, firms and governments. Its proper functioning over the long run is therefore crucial for economic growth and people’s wellbeing… more
Now – more than ever – companies need to be prepared to be called to account for the effectiveness of their anti-corruption programmes. Control Risks commissioned an international survey of 638 companies… more
This paper challenges Australian corporate assumptions about the nature of doing business in emerging markets. In the past decade we have seen a striking growth in Australian investment abroad, but an… more
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