Sunday, August 8, 2021

Germany Throws the Book at Tax Criminals

Cross-border Securities Loans Targeted by EU Tax Auditors

Author: David Schwartz

German courts and regulators have put securities lenders on notice that cross-border withholding tax (WHT) reclaim "schemes" are now "crimes." Recent developments in Germany have cleared the way for sweeping tax audits and potential criminal prosecutions of borrowers and lenders reaching back 25 years. The so-called "cum-ex" trades have been a focus of European regulators, particularly in Germany and Denmark, whose treasuries have been hit hardest by these trades. Lenders are being advised that there is new potential for legal and criminal jeopardy attached to cum-ex securities lending transactions and that principals and their service providers should be ready for heightened scrutiny.

Comments (0)
Number of views (462)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Moving ESG Beyond Policy into Practice

Bankers Seek Common Ground with Politicians

Author: David Schwartz

Accountability in voting is in the news, and nowhere more so than on Wall Street. Through their U.S. credit policy association and its Asian counterpart, Bankers have responded to suspicion among critics that problems abound in the murkiness of the proxy voting practices of asset managers for large pensions, mutual funds, and other institutional investors. With the launch of the "Global Framework for ESG and Securities Lending (GFESL)," the partnership by the two industry associations aims to provide a shared decision-making framework for managing ESG considerations in securities lending. But does it go far enough?

Comments (0)
Number of views (861)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Alarm Raised on Stock Loans for "Withholding Tax Schemes”

Findings Point to a New Role for Emerging Fintech

Author: David Schwartz

European commissioners are reviewing a study from their securities and market authority (ESMA) that includes a recommendation for new laws to combat unfair trading practices and an extended remit for National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to conduct snap audits of securities loans and transactors. Loans deemed to be suspicious would prompt an inquiry to determine penalties for unfair strategies and inappropriate beneficiaries. However, useful audit results may be doubtful based on our preliminary review that uncovered shortcomings in the proposed SFTR surveillance datasets, as well as possible flaws in the study’s basic methodology. 

Comments (0)
Number of views (2994)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Deglobalizing or Reglobalizing?

Are Global Banks Pulling Back or Expanding Their Cross-border Connections?

Author: David Schwartz

On June 30, 2017, the Bank For International Settlements (BIS) published the results of a study examining trends in bank deglobalization since the financial crisis. Prompted by data indicating a decline in cross-border activity by banks, the BIS launched a study to determine whether the data support the hypothesis that the largest global banks have truly scaled back their cross-border activity since 2007, or whether it might be an indicator of some other trend.

Comments (0)
Number of views (5164)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Long Reach of the SEC

Globalization is Giving the SEC a Cross-border Focus

Author: David Schwartz

n a June 28, 2016 address in London, Andrew J. Donohue, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, gave his perspective on the expanding intersection between U.S. securities regulation and the global securities community. The past few decades have seen a significant increase in foreign entities subject to SEC regulations as well as increases in cross-border holdings, resulting in a need for greater cooperation among regulators of different countries. Given the SEC’s greater cooperation and coordination with its foreign counterparts, Mr. Donohue took the opportunity to discuss the the SEC’s global reach within the securities industry, the importance of international cooperation on the major issues facing in today’s markets, as well as providing an overview of the significant work the Commission and its staff have done to address the globalization of the securities markets.

Comments (0)
Number of views (4699)
RSS
123