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With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The volume of assistance, totalling USD 2.8 trillion, provided financial aid to individuals and organizations facing economic hardship and access to loans with convenient terms for the purpose of paying salaries and other specific expenses under a program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Many Israeli companies operating in the United States also submitted applications for grants and loans under the PPP. The initiative, while commendable, also opened the door for those seeking to exploit the government assistance to commit fraud and deceit.
By October, companies in the European Union employing at least 50 employees will be required to operate an internal reporting system for reporting misconduct that may indicate compliance violations. Furthermore, all companies in the EU, regardless of size, will be required to ensure the protection of whistleblowers from all types of retaliation. The EU Whistleblower Protection Directive originally came into force in October 2019. It gave EU member states two years to prepare to incorporate the directive into their national legislation. Prior to the enactment of the directive, no uniform binding legislation applied to all EU member states and only 10 member states had enacted national legislation in this regard. The upcoming inception of national whistleblower protection laws throughout the EU will naturally trigger a ripple effect.
The cornerstone of a successful hedge fund is a successful investment strategy. That is self-evident. However, if the managers of the potential hedge fund are not successful in raising capital, this potential will never be tested or realized. We list below the five key points we believe hedge fund managers should take into account when raising capital for their funds.
Israeli tech companies have recently joined the wave of initial public offerings on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. This is not the first time tech companies have gone public on the TASE and it will take some time to see if this is a real trend or a temporary phenomenon motivated by the tide of capital markets activity in the coronavirus era.
In recent months, the IPO market has reached a boil. It seems anyone with any kind of business is dreaming about joining the Israeli stock market. Lets look at the figures. From 2008 (the outbreak of the subprime crisis) through 2019, 76 new companies entered the Israeli stock market through an IPO process (an average of approximately 6.33 companies per year). In 2020 alone, 27 new companies entered the Israeli stock market, and in January 2021, seven new companies entered the Israeli stock market*.
What is DeFi? The first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is still the most well-known application of blockchain. However, this technology has since rapidly evolved and expanded in many other areas. The initial hope with Bitcoin was to make both money and payments decentralized and universally accessible. Although Bitcoin failed to live up to this promise, decentralized finance based on blockchain (“DeFi“), also called open finance, is a fledgling technology with potential. DeFi is operated by decentralized, permisionless (without any central authority) applications, called DApps, built on a blockchain network, most commonly Etherum. Visionaries see this as an open-source alternative to every financial service we use today: from savings, loans, and trades, to insurance and even more, all globally accessible.
Recently, United States federal courts have been more frequently approving the extra-territorial collection of testimony for use in criminal trials to be held in the United States. While the collection of such testimony for civil proceedings held in US courts is already commonplace, until now it has been a very rare occurrence in criminal proceedings.
Hoskins, a British national and former executive of Alstom SA, a French company was convicted by an American federal court of violating the Anti-Corruption and Bribery Law. This is an important red flag for any person or company conducting activity in the United States.
On June, two seemingly unrelated events took place: the SEC filed suit in federal court against the company Kik Interactive and Facebook announced the expected launch of a new digital currency – the Libra. What’s the connections ?
The crowdfunding model enables the general public investment opportunities that were previously reserved only for sophisticated or institutional investors. In this article we examine the Israeli and American models and why the Israeli legislators should find ways to make the crowdfunding channel more attractive, for both investors and companies seeking funding.
Blockchain has a well-established presence in the ecosystem, with a variety of use cases across a broad range of sectors, including Fintech, advertising, security, telecommunications and others. Here is an overview of the latest developments regarding blockchain regulations in Israel.
For Fintech companies looking or hoping to work in Israel, the regulatory developments could either serve as an opportunity or as a barrier, and should be carefully considered. Click to read an overview of the Israeli Fintech regulatory situation.
While still widely identified with digital currencies, blockchain technology is also beginning to revolutionize the healthcare industry. See how pharma companies and medical institutions have begun to rely on this technology to resolve problems faster and more efficiently.
The race to develop a new, unique and reliable digital currency with low volatility has prompted entrepreneurs to scale the link of blockchain technology and mainstream investments, thus creating a new wave of cryptocurrencies backed by commodities or assets.
2017 was a significant year for the blockchain industry in general and for cryptocurrencies in particular. 2018 is expected to be an equally interesting year for the cryptocurrencies industry, as new trends take shape and regulation becomes even more refined. Check out some of our digital currencies predictions for the year.
ICO is the abbreviation of Initial Coin Offering, a term inspired by the capital market term IPO (Initial Public Offering). This is when a company recruits debt or capital by publishing a prospectus offering of its securities to the public for the first time. A prospectus is a profound legal and accounting document that furnishes information about the company, its management, its businesses, and its financial position. Once a company’s securities are held by the public, it becomes a public company.
“How did the board approve this?” Headlines like this pop up each time it is announced the Israel Securities Authority is investigating a public company’s transactions with its controlling shareholder, such as the latest allegations of deals between Bezeq and its controlling shareholder. But the real question that should be asked is, “Was the board given the right tools to perform its work?”
In many ways, electronic communications dominate the world as we know it. We “talk” through email, text, and social media, to the point that the written letter is almost an anachronism. Still, some areas still thrive on paper. Real estate, for example, depends on paper deeds and documentation to confirm authenticity. Similarly, many corporations depend on paper records to demonstrate regulatory compliance. But blockchain is helping to change all of that. The technology that made Bitcoin work is expanding, in Israel and beyond, to help secure online processes and chains of custody in ways that can help shift paper-dominated fields into the 21st century.
The issue of officers’ responsibility in general, and of directors in particular, is one of the key issues addressed in companies and securities laws in Israel. The subject has been deliberated, analyzed and gradually expanded over the years and, without doubt, onerous and extensive responsibility is imposed on directors in the current legal environment.