Fans of superpower action movies often divide into clear ideological camps. Some swear by the shield-tossing Captain America, others by the acrobatic Catwoman, and still others by the techno-gadget-using Ironman. Those with superpowers tend to be solitary creatures, and while there is no shortage of team-based comic books to adapt into blockbuster films, many movies portray the superpower-wielding hero working alone. That’s no big surprise, of course – it has to be tough to explain violent fits of rage (not to mention turning green), secret web-spinning tendencies, or the ability to lift cars with only a pinky after never having joined a gym. Even when the mighty protagonists need a little assist, it’s very clear who runs the show and who is the sidekick. But now, thanks to aggressive director Zach Snyder, we are about to witness typical action film-making…

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AIFMD’s Passage and Its Implications On Derivatives Regulation November 15, 2010 After more than a year of political and legislative wrangling over the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”), the EU Parliament finally adopted the Directive in its plenary session last week by a vote of 513 to 92 with 3 abstentions. This brings the regulation of a broad range of funds (hedge funds, private equity, real estate, microfinance) one step closer to implementation. There remains a degree of uncertainty as ESMA – the new EU financial super-regulator, the EU Commission, and EU member states will need to work through important implementation guidelines from now until the effective date of 2013. Download Complete Article

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