Singapore Will Host the 2020 International Trademark Association

Singapore has been chosen to host the world's biggest trademark event in 2020, announced the INTA last week. The association's 142nd annual meeting will be held from April 25th to April 29th 2020 at the infamous Marina Bay Sands resort.

UAE Relaxes Foreign Investment & Visa Residency Rules

In a bid to encourage investment in the gulf countries; the United Arab Emirates has brought about huge changes on residency for expatriates and ownership of companies by foreign nationals to encourage investment. These changes were announced earlier this week by UAE’s Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed.

How Effective will the Implementation of Public Disclosure Measures be?

Officials and several MPs have questioned how effective public disclosure of the UK’s overseas territories would be. The disclosure measure had originally been proposed by George Osborne in 2013, but the commitment was dropped after the Brexit revelation, prompting others to get the measure on the statute book.

Pressure Rises for British Overseas Territories to Adopt Transparency Measures

The UK’s overseas territories are facing pressure to adopt public registers of company ownership at the end of the decade after the conservative UK government discovered it would have to support a minority-approved amendment designed to stem the global flow of laundered money.

Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive Ready to be Implemented within Europe

The European Parliament last week voted with a landslide of approvals regarding the final wording of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, supporting the multilateral agreement reached between Member States' ministers in December last year.

Singapore: Closer to Signing EU Trade Agreement (EUSFTA update)

Following a recent meeting with Singapore, the European Commission has presented the outcome of the negotiations to the European Council; marking the first steps to completing the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA).

Representatives from the troika of Cyprus’ international lenders, the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and the European Central Bank, recently visited Cyprus for conducting their 4th post-scheme investigation following the islands recent withdrawal from the economic adjustment programme as agreed with the terms of the bailout.

The EU included South Korea and UAE in the list of prohibited offshores

Due to the fact that there is withholding of tax information in these jurisdictions, the European Union has published a "black list" of offshore companies. The list contains states whose efforts in the field of combating money laundering and terrorism do not meet the standards of the European Union.

Malta’s Sandbox Test of Cryptocurrency Control

Malta’s regulators are studying the possibility of regulating cryptocurrencies, early this year at the Centre for European Policy Studies (“CEPS”) Ideas Lab of 23-24th February, 2017 in Brussels.