European Union

The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of... more +
The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -
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EU Competition Commissioner proposes a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector

On 26 March 2015, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced a potential competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. According to the Commission, the proposed inquiry is aimed...more

Luxleaks - Challenging the challenges to tax rulings in the EU

The European Commission's recent state aid crusade against so-called sweet deals in the form of tax rulings may have unwelcome consequences never contemplated by the Commission....more

Information Exchanges – Difficult Not to Go Bananas!

The European Court of Justice recently confirmed that pre-pricing communications between competitors involving discussions about price-setting factors, quotation prices and pricing trends may be incompatible with EU antitrust...more

Implementation of Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules Deferred

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and IOSCO have extended the implementation date for the Non-Cleared Derivatives Margin Rules, originally scheduled to start from December 1, 2015....more

US PE Sponsors Take on Europe

US PE houses spent $58 billion on European buyouts in 2014, a 43% increase on 2013 figures, according to Mergermarket. US PE houses are becoming major players in the European buyout game. Much of this activity is...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

The European Commission’s Enforcement Priorities and the Debate on the Reform of the EU Merger Control Regulation

EU merger control celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. On 13 March 2015, the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gave a speech on merger reform and market definition noting that, although there is no room...more

"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

Three Practical Steps to Oversee Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Introduction - Oversight of enterprise risk management, or ERM, continues to challenge boards and occupy a prominent place on the governance agenda. Effective ERM seeks to balance risk and opportunity while enhancing...more

Snowden's Legacy: Safe Harbor under fire at the CJEU

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) heard a case that could destabilise data flows between the US and EU under the EU-US Safe Harbor Decision. In Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14),...more

Continuation of Russian Sanctions

Since March 2014, Reed Smith has been closely monitoring developments relating to the situation in the Ukraine and reporting them as Client Alerts and blog updates. We have set out below a brief summary of the EU’s...more

ECJ case on Safe Harbor

The ECJ heard arguments, this week, in the action against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner that Safe Harbor should be declared invalid.  The case was originally brought by Austrian law student, Max Schrems....more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

PE Sponsors Seek High Yield Flexibility Through Carve-Out Options

High yield bond offerings have been a core component of the European leveraged finance segment since 2009. The value of European high yield bond issuances has increased dramatically, more than doubling from 2011 to 2014...more

Can the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Weather the Storm?

On 24 March, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) heard argument on a case that could significantly impact, if not invalidate altogether, the Safe Harbor framework that facilitates the flow of personal data from...more

Net Neutrality: An obstacle to the Internet of Things?

The decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the “net neutrality” principle raised concerns by European authorities that declared their intent to adopt a different solution. And this happens in a...more

EUROPE: EU-US data flows at risk? European Court of Justice today heard Facebook case.

Yesterday, the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commission case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) for an oral hearing, following referral by the Irish High Court. While the final ruling by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Proposal Requiring Banking Organizations to Include Legal Entity Identifiers on Reporting Documents - Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry Testimony -...more

The New European Market Abuse Rules – Looking Towards 2016

Significant changes to the European laws on market abuse are due to come into effect in July 2016. On implementation, the new measures will replace the four current European directives on market abuse. This Insight looks...more

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A New Era in Life Sciences Has Begun

The European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) Policy on Publication of Clinical Data for Medicinal Products for Human Use (“EMA Policy”)is now effective as of January 1, 2015. Across the Atlantic, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package - The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

2014 - A Good Year for Luxembourg – ALFI Press Release - ALFI issued a press release on 3 February 2015 stating that 2014 was a historical year for the Luxembourg fund centre. For the first time in its history, assets...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

The Impact of New Financial Regulation on Investment Banks

The results of a study into the impact of EU regulation in the wake of the financial crisis have been published. New rules introduced since the 2007/09 financial crisis required banks to hold more capital for trading...more

European Commission Unveils Tax Transparency Package

The European Commission has laid out its plans in a new Tax Transparency Package to clamp down on tax deals made between EU governments and multi-national corporations. As of next year, EU members would have to declare their...more

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