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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 -

The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

European Central Bank Finalizes Guide on Fitness and Propriety Assessments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Central Bank has published a final Guide on fitness and propriety assessments for the suitability of members of the management body and key function holders in significant banks. The final Guide differs from the...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The WannaCry ransomware attack was first reported on Friday, May 12. Within hours, it shut down thousands of computer systems, locking users out of their own files. The latest report estimates over 300,000 computers in 150...more

European Banking Authority Publishes Final Guidelines for Implementation of an Expected Credit Loss Accounting Model by Banks

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on banks' credit risk management practices and accounting for expected credit losses. These final Guidelines are a result of a consultation that ended on October...more

The Countdown Continues: One Year to the GDPR

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become applicable in one year, as of May 25, 2018. A lot has happened since we set out the key provisions of the Regulation last year....more

European Banking Authority Publishes Final Guidelines to Assess Information and Communication Technology Risk

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on the assessment of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk in the context of the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP). These final...more

Deutsche Börse Introduces New Exchange Segment Scale

by Jones Day on

On 1 March 2017, Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, launched Scale, a new market segment for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"). Scale replaces Deutsche Börse's former market segment...more

One Year Out: The EU's General Data Protection Regulation and How U.S. Businesses Can (and Must) Prepare to Comply

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A year from today, radical changes to data privacy laws in the European Union will come into effect. Businesses should start preparing now, given the significant changes. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will...more

RegTech as a Competitive Advantage

by K&L Gates LLP on

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Survey, financial institutions on average spend £40m a year on compliance, with some spending up to £300M annually on compliance and customer due diligence. In an environment of constant...more

Implementation Decree for the Say-on-Pay Provisions of the Loi Sapin II Adopted

by Jones Day on

Adopted on 8 November 2016, the Sapin II Act (Loi Sapin II) introduced a compulsory ex ante vote on remuneration policy and an ex post vote on the amount of remuneration received in accordance with the policy passed the...more

Blockchain and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

European Commission Consults on Operations of European Supervisory Authorities

by Jones Day on

On 21 March 2017, the European Commission published a consultation paper on the operations of the European Supervisory Authorities ("ESAs")...more

Changes coming soon for pharmaceutical patent litigation in Canada: key points

by DLA Piper on

As a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union, significant changes to the patent linkage provisions and patent litigation framework relating to generic and biosimilar drug approval in...more

Banking on IT

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its consultation document on security measures for operational and security risks under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The WannaCry ransomware attack that...more

EU-Singapore FTA Opinion of the Court of Justice

by Hogan Lovells on

Has the Court’s opinion on the EU Singapore FTA shaped future EU trade agreements and a future EU-UK FTA? The Opinion clarifies the EU competence to conclude trade agreements. The ability of the EU to conclude an...more

Decrypting the New Whistleblower Law in France

by Littler on

On December 9, 2016, France enacted a statute broadly granting whistleblower protections to employees. This new law represents the next step in the evolution of such protections in France. The focus on this area of law...more

ECHA Publishes REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on May 24, 2017, publication of five documents that it intends to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline under the...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Is it a bird... is it a plane? CJEU confirms that bird strikes are extraordinary under EC Regulation 261/2004

by DLA Piper on

On 4 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in Marcela Pešková, Jirí Peška -v- Travel Service A.S, ruling that bird strikes should be classified as 'extraordinary circumstances'...more

Preparing for the GDPR

by DLA Piper on

Significant changes to data protection law are due to come into force in just over a year's time on 25 May 2018 in the form of a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will impact on the way that pension...more

Amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code for 2017 Published and In Force

by Jones Day on

On 24 April 2017, the Corporate Governance Committee established by the German Federal Government (Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex) officially published various amendments to the German Corporate...more

Changes to pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical patent litigation in Canada

by DLA Piper on

As a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union, significant changes to the patent linkage provisions and patent litigation framework relating to generic and biosimilar drug approval in...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

European Commission to Publish CMU Midterm Review on June 7, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Ugo Bassi, Director of Financial Markets, European Commission DG FISMA, confirmed that the Commission will publish its midterm review of the capital markets union (“CMU“) on June 7, 2017. Mr. Bassi...more

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