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AML Beneficial Ownership Register for Irish Funds – Who’s Holding the Baby?

by Dechert LLP on

If you’ve been involved in the funds industry, you will be well aware of the ever-increasing focus on anti-money laundering and “know your customer” requirements by national and supranational regulatory bodies alike. In...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFPB Issues Final Rule Temporarily Raising Reporting Threshold for Home Equity Loans Under Home Mortgage Act Rules - On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") issued a new rule that amends...more

Have you started auditing your contracts with your service providers that handle EU personal data? UK Information Commissioner’s...

Many companies have started the potentially lengthy process of auditing their service provider contracts to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

Implementing China’s Cybersecurity Law

by Jones Day on

China’s Cybersecurity Law was issued on November 7, 2016, by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and it came into effect on June 1, 2017. The Cybersecurity Law marks the first comprehensive law in China...more

MiFID II Regulations Transposed into Irish Law

by Dechert LLP on

The European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 375/2017) (the “MiFID II Regulations”) were signed into law on 10 August 2017 and are now publicly available....more

Focusing Antitrust Compliance Programs on the Real Criminal Risks (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

As chief compliance officers realize the importance of criminal antitrust compliance, it is important to identify the real risk factors. All too often we get lost in the mumbo-jumbo (a technical term, I know) of compliance,...more

Chief Compliance Officers Have to Address Criminal Antitrust Risks (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

We often read articles and blog postings about anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions compliance issues. The focus on these topics is justified. However, there is one glaring omission –...more

German Auto Antitrust Cartel – A Record Enforcement Action Begins

by Michael Volkov on

Just when you thought it could not get any worse, events remind us that things actually can get worse. Volkswagen suffered through a horrible scandal involving an elaborate scheme to circumvent emissions regulations. The...more

GDPR Applies to US Firms

The European Data Protection Regulation is to come into force on 25 May 2018 (the “GDPR”). It introduces many far-reaching changes in data processing, including the possibility of the supervision authority to impose high...more

Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

EU General Data Protection Regulation: A Summary for Non-EU Businesses

by Vedder Price on

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (679/2016/EU), the GDPR, comes into force across the EU on 25 May 2018. As it is being made by regulation the GDPR, unlike the existing Data Protection Directive (implemented into...more

China Drafts Legislative Rules Regarding Cross-border Data Transfers

by Morgan Lewis on

The draft legislation provides further guidance on the regulations provided in the recent cybersecurity law, including definitions and details on the security assessments required for cross-border data transfers....more

When CASL Consents Expire

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from law firms and other professional services firms warning me that if I do not confirm my subscription to their newsletters, they will stop sending them to me. These firms have...more

Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia

by Jones Day on

On June 11, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Excise Tax Law ("Excise Tax Law"), as enacted by Royal Decree No. M/86 and dated 27/8/1438 H / May 23, 2017, came into force in Saudi Arabia. The new law implements the GCC Unified...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Approves Extended Transition Period for Deutsche Bank AG, SVB Financial Group, and UBS Group AG to Conform Investments in Certain "Illiquid Funds" to Requirements of...more

New Competition Law in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

European Commission’s Review of Consumer Rights Directive

The European Commission has published the results of its evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU) (“CRD“). The evaluation found that the CRD had positively contributed to the functioning of the...more

The Cyberspace Administration of China Clarifies the Cybersecurity Law

by Dechert LLP on

At a press conference held on the eve of its launch, China’s Cybersecurity authority, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”), provided clarification on some aspects of the Cybersecurity Law - notably on the...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

GDPR Compliance Update: Which Government Authorities Have Issued Official GDPR Guidance?

This post provides an update as to the current status of official GDPR-related guidance. With a little under a year remaining until the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable, companies...more

Belgian Financial Regulator's Tightening of Investor Protection Against Unfair Contract Terms

by Jones Day on

On 6 February 2017, Belgium's financial regulator (Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("FSMA")) moved to fortify the protection of investors, publishing a position paper ("Position Paper") on the application of...more

FDA Issues Further Guidance Related to FSVP

by Jones Day on

On May 11, 2017, FDA announced a new updated fact sheet and a guidance related to the use of a Unique Facility Identifier that is acceptable under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program ("FSVP") regulation. The three-page...more

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