Financial Institutions and Markets (J)



Financial Institutions and Markets (J)


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Introduction

Pursuant to Article 39 of Capital Markets Law numbered 63621 ("CML"), "It is mandatory to obtain permission from the Authority for performance of investment services and activities as a regular occupation, business or a professional activity...Persons and institutions not meeting conditions as foreseen under this Law, and have not obtained the permission of the Board, cannot carry out investment services and activities, even if they have been authorized according to their special laws." Accordingly, performance of investment services requires specific authorization to be obtained from the Capital Markets Authority ("Authority") for each service. Authorization certificates may contain one or more investment services. The investment services as foreseen under the CML are as follows:

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Introduction

In financing transactions, creditors, especially commercial banks, aim for repayment of loans through the smoothest manner possible. In order to secure the extended loan amount, creditors obtain security packages generally from borrowers, their shareholders or group companies to secure the extended loan amount. Within the security package, it is the intention of the lenders to receive securities that are time and cost efficient at the time of enforcement or foreclosure. Bank letters of credit are one of the most preferred securities, which include undertakings to pay the given amount without the need to conduct any further proceedings. This Newsletter will mainly focus on the definition and the legal nature of bank letters of credit, validity requirements, and validity formalities and, finally, a general overview to the types of bank letters of credit, in practice.

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In Indiana, a mortgage generally expires ten years after its maturity date – the date on which the last installment of the debt secured by the mortgage becomes due. However, when information respecting the maturity date is missing from the documents on file with the county recorder’s office, the time a mortgagee can bring a foreclosure action on the mortgage can be greatly reduced. On July 1, 2012, Indiana mortgage law was amended to cut in half the automatic expiration time for recorded mortgages that lack information respecting the maturity date.

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On 12th October Gibraltar became the first jurisdiction to introduce laws to regulate firms carrying on business, from Gibraltar, using Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”). Limited regulation of certain DLT use cases exists in a handful of places but no other country has introduced the comprehensive regulatory framework we have set up in Gibraltar. The laws come into effect on 1st January 2018.

The Gibraltar Government and our regulator, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”), recognise that DLT is delivering innovative and transformational changes in the way the world conducts business. Those familiar with DLT will know that without the blockchain, a type of distributed ledger, Bitcoin and other crypto currencies could never exist. Gibraltar has moved quickly to embrace this technology and provide the framework for a well-regulated and safe environment for DLT business to flourish.

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Authors: Rubens Vidigal Neto, Allan Crocci de Souza, Fernanda Mary Sonoki, Rafaella Flores Lellis

The Brazilian Central Bank (BACEN) has recently opened a public consultation for a new ruling that will regulate the fintech credit segment in Brazil (Public Consultation No. 55/2017). The proposal sets two new types of financial institutions, the direct credit company (Sociedade de Crédito Direto – SCD) and the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company (Sociedade de Empréstimo entre Pessoas – SEP). Even though the proposed regulation aims at the fintech credit segment, it may also have an impact on the securitization and the alternative payment methods segments.

In recent years, the Brazilian fintech credit market has grown exponentially. This growth can be explained by the improved client experience and the better terms and conditions offered by fintech credit providers to their clients, and also by the fact that such fintech firms aim at consumers that are not usually targeted by conventional financial institutions. Due to strict regulatory framework and legal limits on interest rates that can be charged by lenders that are not financial institutions, most fintech firms work with bank partners that provide loans to the firms’ customers. This business model, on one hand, helps fintech firms reduce legal risk; on the other, however, increases costs and creates inefficiencies.

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