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France Considers New Anti-Corruption Authority

France has introduced a draft bill which proposes to establish a new anti-corruption authority, which will have the power to impose administrative sanctions and conduct US-style monitoring of companies’ anti-bribery…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission) announced…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Increasing Access to Equity Financing for Emerging Companies

Emerging companies remain under-represented on Europe’s capital markets despite the introduction of measures to make equity financing more accessible. This was the overarching takeaway from a recent one day summit at which…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

“Hacking” Warrants: A Question of Procedure or Substance?

Typically, the process for amending the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is a sleepy affair. Proposed amendments wend their way through a series of judicial committees and, if approved by the Supreme Court, take effect…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

China’s NDRC Proposes Changes to Outbound Investment Rules

Changes could reduce regulatory uncertainty for Chinese investors, potentially spurring significant increases on outbound Chinese investment, especially in sensitive industries. Summary - Continuing a policy of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Telemedicine in the UAE

Telemedicine is a product of 20th century information and communication technologies. It is generally defined as the provision of healthcare services from a healthcare professional to a patient from a remote location using a…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Europe Counts Down to the General Data Protection Regulation

Businesses have two years to comply with Europe’s new privacy regime. On 24 May 2016, after more than four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, or the Regulation) enters into force. The GDPR will…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Shanghai Issues Draft of Revised Environmental Protection Regulations for Public Comment

The Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress has released the revised Shanghai Environmental Protection Regulations (in Chinese only) for public comment. The revised Regulations, which first came into force in 1997, apply…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Nonprofit Law

The New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree reforming the Italian Public Procurement regulation, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/24/EU. On April 18, 2016, the Italian…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

California Energy Agencies Advance Renewable Transmission Line Planning

California energy agencies and key stakeholders have finished the first step of a statewide planning process to evaluate transmission needs in the state and the region. This process, called the Renewable Energy Transmission…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco Products

Manufacturers and retailers must receive premarket authorization for newly deemed tobacco products and comply with other requirements related to FDA’s long-anticipated deeming rule. On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug…more
| Consumer Protection, Health

Final Preparations for the Market Abuse Regulation

With less than two months until MAR takes effect, we set out below the practical steps London-listed issuers should take. On 3 July 2016, the Market Abuse Regulation (2014/596/EU) (MAR) will come into force and replace the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Employee Notice Provision of Defend Trade Secrets Act – Immediate Action Needed

New law requires employers to give notice of immunity rights in order to recover enhanced damages. President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law on May 11, 2016. Certain relief available to companies…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

China Cuts Down on Carbon as Coal Falls Out of Favour

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) have ordered local authorities to stop construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Partnerships: IRS Extends Prohibition on Treating Partners as Employees

Employees of partnerships, LLCs or their disregarded entity subsidiaries who receive equity in such entities may be treated as “self-employed” for tax purposes. On May 3, 2016, the US Treasury Department (Treasury) issued…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation
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