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Dutch Proposal to Broaden the Scope of Mandatory Shareholder Notifications

I. Shareholder notification in the Netherlands On 23 May 2019, the Dutch government submitted a legislative proposal to classify a shareholding of 2% in a...

UAE Approves Foreign Ownership over 122 Business Activities

On 2 July 2019 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet announced the relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions for 122 business activities specifically in the...

The Netherlands: Highlights of the Dutch Climate Agreement

On 28 June 2019, the Dutch government presented the new climate agreement (Klimaatakkoord). It contains a set of measures drawn up in consultation with...

South Africa: Redesigning Legal Services in Africa

Investors in Africa face an increasingly complex business environment, with numerous geopolitical and economic risks to consider, as well as having to comply with...

Switzerland: Abolition of Bearer Shares and Criminal Sanctions for Board Members and Shareholders

In a nutshell:Issuance of bearer shares not permissible anymore after 1 January 2020. Automatic conversion of existing bearer shares into registered shares on...

Philippines: SEC Releases Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

On 15 February 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released the Memorandum Circular No. 4, Series of 2019 on the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines...

South Africa: Everyone’s cup of COFI? A Discussion on the Conduct of Financial...

A brief outline of the Conduct of Financial Institutions Bill, its effect on the financial industry and implications for consumers.It is fair to say...

Seven Things to Consider When Transacting in Africa

Ahead of the Baker McKenzie African Transactional Summit taking place in Johannesburg in May 2019, Baker McKenzie lawyers based in Africa, alongside the Firm’s global...

Singapore: Monetary Authority of Singapore Consults on Proposed Payment Services Regulations

On 10 April 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on the Proposed Payment Services Regulations (Consultation Paper).1 You may...

UK: Corporate Governance Reporting: are you prepared?

Listed PLCs' preparations are well underway for compliance with the 2018 Corporate Governance Code (Code). Preparation for compliance with The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018...

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