Magazine - December/January 2018

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Cover Story

  • Up in the air

    Will 2018 bring yet more uncertainty, or will the global economy come back down to earth?



  • Head-to-head

    Nicolas Véron and Larry Tabb debate how important global financial regulation harmonisation is

  • Deal of the month

    Capital markets meet M&A The UK’s first purchase of equity via mandatory securities

  • POLL: Esma and prospectus approval

    The European Commission plans to move prospectus approval into the hands of Esma – to the dismay of national competent authorities. IFLR asks whether it’s the right decision

  • PRC tightens control over foreign investor access

    Pre-approved foreign institutional investors can access China’s financial market in a controlled manner, in compliance with securities regulatory and foreign exchange control requirements

  • Looking ahead

    In this exclusive interview, the OCC’s former acting head talks about his successor, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Volcker and his future

  • Putting deals together: key considerations

    Buyers and sellers must consider several points when negotiating antitrust provisions in strategic transaction agreements

  • The problem with Mifid II research

    The unbundling of investment research is one area that is proving a headache for both the industry and regulators

  • EU FDI under closer scrutiny

    The EU Commission has proposed that member states implement a tighter and wider foreign investment control framework. The right balance between protecting national interests and allowing FDI needs to be struck

  • Switzerland's cartel law evolves

    The scope of interpretation of several provisions of Switzerland’s cartel law has evolved following a recent Federal Supreme Court decision

  • Fira's proposed rules analysed

    A new bill which could potentially replace the existing regime on foreign investment scrutiny will consider the economic impacts of inbound transactions

  • France's banking monopoly cracks open

    The government has progressively opened its long-standing monopoly to new credit providers, but only in a limited fashion – for now

  • UK, US opinion letters compared

    Latest guidance seeks to reconcile differences in UK and US opinion letter practices in cross-border financial transactions

  • CFTC's proposed self-reporting rule raises questions

    The CFTC has said that if a company reports and remediates any issues of its own accord, it will likely face lower financial penalties. But the proposal’s effects in practice remain to be seen

  • A broad reach

    The entry into force of the EU’s Benchmarks Regulation on January 1 will have a major impact on markets, asset classes and transactions

  • Closing conditions: Mifid II special

    The lighter side of the past month in the world of financial law

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People and firms

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