M&A in the Middle East: Balancing Risks, Reaping Rewards

Fueled by tremendous growth potential and an increasingly progressive regulatory environment, the Middle East is fast becoming a hotbed of Mergers and Acquisition activity. Today, for example, the UAE is experiencing an upsurge in cross-border M&A activity. As a result, dealmakers throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait, should…

Dodd-Frank and Basel III: Implementation in the U.S.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires federal banking agencies to set minimum leverage capital and risk-based capital requirements for financial institutions. Similarly, under the newly implemented Basel III regulatory standards, banks will be required to hold more liquid capital. Both regulatory reforms impose additional and more stringent standards pertaining to capital…

Setting up Your Business in Colombia

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America. With substantial oil reserves and natural resources, Colombia provides an array of business opportunities for the knowledgeable foreign investor. Colombia’s efforts to improve current economic policy and democratic security have further increased investor confidence in Colombia’s economy and growing business sector. Colombian laws provide foreign investors…

Turning the Heat on I.C.E.: Freedom of Information Act and Electronic Metadata Collide

Electronic documents such as PDF files must include all metadata when being submitted in response to discovery requests according to a recent decision by the Southern District of New York. In Nat’l Day Laborer Organizing Network v. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Court held that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, in…

Risk-Based Compensation Practices in the U.S.

Risk-based compensation is a practice whereby banks and financial institutions create attractive compensation packages as an incentive for executive employees willing to make risky—inherently unsafe—business and financial decisions. The recent history of the financial markets strongly suggests that the practice of incentive-based compensation compel bank executives to turn a blind eye to the true dangers…