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U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council Requests Comments on Financial Stability Implications of Asset Management Activities

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (“FSOC”) has taken the next step in its consideration of the asset management industry, by issuing a notice requesting public comment on whether asset management products and activities…more
| Finance & Banking

The Through-Train Leaves the Station: Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect Launches

Market participants were unsure what to expect when “Stock Connect” launched the morning of Monday, November 17, 2014.1 The program, sometimes called the Shanghai-Hong Kong “through-train”, provides a trading link between the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Can Offensive Personal Tweets Justify Dismissal?

Most of the case law in the UK on dismissals related to employees' social media activity has been at employment tribunal level and therefore the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Game Retail v Laws –…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

CJEU Gives Opinion On Whether Obesity Is A Disability

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held, in Karsten Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund, that obesity can constitute a disability for the purposes of EU discrimination law, albeit only where the requirements for…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

US and Cuba Seek to Normalize Relations; US to Ease Certain Restrictions

President Obama announced on December 17, 2014 that the United States and Cuba will open talks seeking to restore full diplomatic relations, and that the United States will be taking a number of steps to ease restrictions in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

New Law Significantly Expands Legal Basis for US Sanctions Against Russia

On 16 December 2014, President Obama announced that he will sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (hereinafter the “Act”) into law. As discussed in our update dated 12 December 2014, the Act represents a potentially…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Funds and the Derivatives Markets: Recent Developments and Ongoing Challenges*

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF DODD-FRANK TITLE VII - Title VII of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Title VII" or "Dodd- Frank"), enacted on July 21, 2010, provided for the first time a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Enforcement and Compliance Considerations

Predicting enforcement of the final rule regarding U.S. risk retention is an uncertain task. This OnPoint is designed to provide guidance on possibilities related to consequences of non-compliance, enforcement approaches by…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

SEC IM Staff Issues Guidance Update on Mixed and Shared Funding

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Investment Management (Staff) has issued an IM Guidance Update regarding mixed and shared funding (Guidance Update). In the Guidance Update, the Staff…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Securities Law

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Significant Insider Trading Ruling in U.S. v. Newman

Earlier today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its most significant ruling in an insider trading case in more than a decade. That opinion is available here. The Second Circuit vacated the criminal convictions of two…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

The EU adopted amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia on 4 December 2014. These amendments are implemented via Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (as amended) (“Regulation 833/2014”). They are intended to both…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Underground Access

Draft legislation currently before the UK parliament proposes some significant changes to existing trespass laws to facilitate the development and growth of the geothermal and shale-gas industries in the UK. Originally…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

What’s Next for the FDA’s Draft Social Media Guidances?

As many of our life sciences clients know, 2014 brought long-awaited draft guidance documents from the FDA regarding three social media-related topics of interest. The FDA provided its much-anticipated views on..…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

EU Imposes Further Sanctions on Ukrainian Separatists

On 29 November 2014, the European Union (EU) published measures targeting additional individuals and organisations to be added to the scope of EU sanctions measures against Russia. These measures widen the EU sanctions in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade
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