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SEC’s investigation request reveals scope of sweep of advisory firms regarding relationships with sovereign wealth funds

USA - May 12 2011 Earlier this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly sent information requests to at least 10 US-based financial institutions, including hedge and private equity fund sponsors in an ongoing investigation focused on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) as a result of their business relationships with sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

Maria A. Barton, Nick A. Cline, Brynn D. Peltz, Kai Schneider.

QFC funds update: the QFCRA’s new regime for collective investment schemes

Qatar - January 27 2011 The new year has witnessed the introduction of significant revisions to the regulatory regime for collective investment schemes operating in or from the Qatar Financial Centre (the QFC).

Janice M. Schneider, Barton B. Clark, Scott P. Klein, Oliver J. Simpson, Kathleen A. Walsh.

New for 2010: changes to Qatar’s tax regime and international tax developments

Qatar - February 4 2010 Since 1 January 2010, many businesses operating in Qatar, as well as groups looking to invest in Qatar, are now subject to a lower headline rate of corporate income tax, and are able to benefit from a wider range of tax treaty structuring options than has previously been the case.

Alex Cole, Sean Finn.