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A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to assess…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Innovate or stagnate: the race to regulate fintech in Asia Pacific

Financial technology (“fintech”) has exploded in recent years, with innovations like blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud-based software promising to disrupt every financial service from banking and payments to…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Romanian Legal Update: Public - Private Partnership - the New Law

The New PPP Law applies to the projects where the preparation study demonstrates that, among others, the revenues obtained by the project company under the project are generated totally or mostly, by payments made by the public…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

A proposed new UK law contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation in the last…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Westworld: A summary of the Money 20/20 conference 2016

It is perhaps natural to assume that a transaction on the old West frontier at the turn of the twentieth century is a world away from the future of Fintech and payments. However such an assumption is misplaced for two reasons:…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Article 50 Notification - Parliamentary Approval Is Required

In a hugely important constitutional and political decision, the English High Court has today ruled against the UK Government, declaring that the Government cannot trigger the process of leaving the European Union without the…more
| Intellectual Property

Trump Presidency May Lead To Important Changes To U.S. Swap Regulations

Introduction - The U.S.' political makeup is poised to change as a result of the elections held on November 8, 2016, in which Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

International trade law and environmental protection – a new era?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has raised inevitable questions about whether the UK will continue to align itself to European environmental laws and standards or take a divergent path. There is also considerable speculation…more
| Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

FCA fines and makes restriction order against investor for market abuse

In this decision report we review the FCA's final notice issued to Gavin Duncan Paul Breeze on 15 July 2016. Mr Breeze was an investor in, and a former non-executive director (NED) of, a mobile payment software applications…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Characteristics of the Australian Renewables Sector

Introduction - After years of uncertainty, Australia’s renewable energy sector is taking off. A number of previously planned wind and solar projects have been revived recently and the sector must grow rapidly for the next…more
| Energy & Utilities

MAS Amends Its FAQs on the Licensing and Registration of Fund Management Companies

On 19 September 2016, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) amended its FAQs on the Licensing and Registration of Fund Management Companies. The key changes are as follows: - A licenced Fund Management Company…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

Shares Held by Japanese Company that Merged with Another Are Transmitted Not Transferred

In JX Holdings Inc v Singapore Airlines Ltd [2016] SGHC 212 (29 September 2016), the Singapore High Court had to consider whether the Singapore shares held by a Japanese corporation that had merged with another Japanese…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Moratorium Over Singapore Proceedings Against Bermudan Company Granted

Pacific Andes Resources Development Ltd [2016] SGHC 210 (27 September 2016) involved an application under section 210(10) of the Companies Act for the restructuring of, among others, a Bermudan company listed in Singapore and…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

A big week for Myanmar: A new investment law and the termination of U.S. Sanctions

Following two years of consultation, Myanmar’s highly anticipated new investment law (the Investment Law) was approved by the Amyotha Hluttaw on 5 October 2016, having been approved by the Pyithu Hluttaw on 28 September 2016. It…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

EU Court of Justice Outlaws German Fixed Retail Pricing System for Prescription Medicines

On 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment on the compatibility of German legislation setting fixed prices for the sale of prescription-only medicinal products by pharmacies with EU rules on…more
| International Law & Trade
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