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Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

Brexit: Implications for commercial contracts

The UK electorate has voted to leave the EU - a decision that has many implications for commercial contracts. Like other supervening events, it is unlikely that Brexit was contemplated by the parties when negotiating and...more

Opportunity Lost: Germany Enacts Revised Cultural Property Export Restrictions

Immediately Squanders Market Opportunities Created by Brexit - On a historic day in the European Union, Germany quietly enacted the revised Cultural Property Protection Law (Kulturgutschutzgesetz) that has sparked much...more

Brexit: Immigration consequences to the UK leaving the EU?

The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island) went to the polls June 23rd and voted to leave the European Union. Some pro-leave “Brexit” campaigners argued for the ability to limit migration of EU workers...more

New Data Protection Obligations In Europe: Data Protection Officers and Impact Assessment under the New General Data Protection...

The full text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published on 4 May 2016. Although the GDPR will not be effective until 25 May 2018, it is worth looking into it right now given the major changes it makes to...more

BREXIT Causes Uncertainty in UK Trademark Protection

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union may have far reaching consequences for immigration and trade and it will have an impact on trademark rights as well. For those trademark owners who have sought to...more

What does the Brexit vote mean for UK Data Protection?

US companies and policy makers will no doubt spend a good chunk of the day today considering the possible implications for them of yesterday’s UK vote for Brexit. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, has issued a...more

Council Agrees its Negotiating Stance on the Money Market Funds

On June 15, the Council of the EU released a press release stating that the Permanent Representatives Committee had agreed, on behalf of the Council, a negotiating stance on a draft regulation on money market funds, aimed at...more

Brexit: What Does the Vote Mean for Business?

Today, it was announced that the UK public has voted to leave the European Union. There will now be a negotiation of a new relationship between the UK and Europe. The fact of the vote itself has no legal effect on the laws of...more

Expanding Reach of Indonesian Antitrust Law

In June 2016, an Indonesian parliamentary working committee proposed amendments to Indonesia’s principal competition law, Law No. 5 of 1999 concerning Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices and Unfair Business Competition (the...more

China’s NDRC Tables Further Streamlined Outbound Investment Rules

Overseas investment from China has experienced rapid growth each year in the last several years, with the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) reporting USD735.1 billion in new investment having been deployed overseas by Chinese...more

What Does Brexit Mean?

The United Kingdom held a referendum on EU membership yesterday. The result was resoundingly to leave. What does this mean? The immediate impact is political upheaval in the UK. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, leader...more

2015 Annual Reports

The following bodies have released their 2015 annual reports in the past week: - EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) - ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) - EBA (European...more

Online Sales Restrictions Remain a Hot Topic: UK CMA Issues Statement of Objections

On 9 June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a statement of objections (SO) to Ping Europe Limited (Ping), a golf equipment manufacturer, alleging that Ping had breached EU and UK competition law by...more

EOIPA and China Insurance Regulatory Commission Sign MoU

On June 15, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EOIPA) and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up joint work programs and pursue joint...more

UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does This Mean for U.S. Companies With European Subsidiaries?

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken on the issue of whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), and by a narrow margin have decided to leave. In fact, by region, the voters of...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a “Brexit”...more

Brexit: Implications for the Financial Services Industry

The UK has voted to cease being an EU member state. Yesterday, June 23, 2016, the UK held a referendum on its future in the European Union (EU)—the "Brexit". The result this morning shows that 51.9% of voters in the UK...more

Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

Brexit: Where Do We Go From Here?

So here we are – we have a vote to leave. Everything at this point is speculation and no one knows but we set out below our best guess on where this leaves employees, management and HR in the UK. Firstly as we have...more

Brexit Headline Checklist

This checklist is designed to set out some of the key questions which businesses will need to consider in their initial planning phase as they evaluate their existing structures and operations and the potential impact of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Report to Congress - On June 15, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's "Report to Congress" for 2015 was released. The document, required under federal law, analyzes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and...more

Proposed Regulatory Sandbox for Fintech in Singapore Released

The MAS now seeks public comment on its proposal to further innovations in Fintech solutions. On 6 June, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released a consultation paper that invites comments on its proposal for a...more

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