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Central Bank updates minimum competency requirements
  • Matheson
  • Ireland
  • October 7 2011

The Central Bank has updated its minimum competency requirements in light of its new powers under the Central Bank Reform Act 2010 (the “Act”).

GAO study on residential appraisals
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • July 18 2011

Real estate valuations, which encompass appraisals and other estimation methods, have come under increased scrutiny in the wake of the recent mortgage crisis.

Bancassurance business in China under scrutiny
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • China
  • June 27 2011

Bancassurance has been playing a rapidly increasing role in recent years in China as a sales channel for insurance products.

New rules proposed for incentive-based compensation at covered financial institutions
  • Pillsbury
  • USA
  • April 20 2011

Proposed rules were published in the Federal Register last week pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to regulate the incentive-based compensation arrangements ("Incentive Arrangements") for nearly all financial institutions operating in the United States having assets in excess of $1 billion, including brokerdealers and investment advisors.

FSA makes new rules
  • Dentons
  • United Kingdom
  • January 28 2011

At FSA's January Board meeting, it made the following new rules..

Federal banking agencies issue real estate appraisal guidelines
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • USA
  • December 29 2010

The federal banking agencies have issued new real estate appraisal guidelines to update and replace existing supervisory guidance to reflect changes in appraisal and evaluation practices.

New SAFE notice relaxes restrictions over external guarantees
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • China
  • November 16 2010

In a broad overhaul of China's foreign exchange control rules on the provision of forex guarantees, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange ("SAFE") issued the Notice of the Issue of the Administration of External Guarantees by Domestic Institutions (国家外汇管理局关于境内机构对外担保管理问题的通知) (the "Notice") on July 30, 2010.

Germany’s response to “too big to fail”
  • White & Case LLP
  • Germany
  • September 13 2010

On 25 August 2010, the German government published a draft of an Act for the Restructuring and Orderly Liquidation of Credit Institutions, for the Establishment of Restructuring Fund for Credit Institutions and for the Extension of the Limitation Period of Corporate Law Management Liability (Restrukturierungsgesetz, the “German Restructuring Act”).

Simplified Advice processes can the regulatory obstacles be overcome?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 5 2010

We are currently at a crucial stage of the regulatory process in relation to Simplified Advice processes.

FSA confirms adviser qualifications and consults on standards
  • Dentons
  • United Kingdom
  • July 2 2010

FSA has confirmed the final list of qualifications it requires retail investment advisers to pass before 1 January 2013.