On 28 December 2009, the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (SI 20092999) (the Regulations) came into force.
The Chinese Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), the insurance industry regulator in the People's Republic of China, have jointly issued detailed rules requiring insurance companies to adopt new accounting standards in compiling their 2009 financial reports.
On December 7, 2009, the SEC charged three former executives of New Century Financial Corporation with securities fraud.
On November 10, 2009, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants ("AICPA") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of its nearly 350,000 certified public accountant members against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to seek an injunction barring the FTC from applying its Red Flags Rule to AICPA members.
Ernst & Young ("E&Y") has settled the Akai Holdings ("Akai") case with Akai’s liquidator, Borrelli Walsh.
Last month, the New York Insurance Department’s Office of General Counsel issued Opinion No. 09-06-11 (the “Opinion”) which prohibits contingent annuity contracts on the grounds that such contracts constitute an impermissible form of financial guaranty insurance.
In Dornoch Ltd & Ors v Westminster International & Ors 2009 EWHC 1782 (Admiralty) Mr Justice Tomlinson held that the sale by Westminster International (Westminster) of the wreck of a vessel, the Fariway for the sum of 1000 Euros to a related company was a transaction at an undervalue under s423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (which, in basic terms, provides that certain disposals made to connected persons for a value less than a fair value may be set aside by the court).