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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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

European Commission Plans to Vet Gas and Energy Contracts and Its Approach to Russian Suppliers

A proposal to grant the European Commission a role in vetting gas supply contracts across the EU has been met with fierce resistance from the member states. The current proposal is another element of the EU’s broader...more

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

Central Bank Publishes Enforcement Priorities for 2015 - The Central Bank of Ireland published its statement of enforcement priorities for 2015 on 9 February 2015. The Central Bank entered into 11 enforcement settlements...more

US giants in trouble with new EU privacy rules

The European Council approved the “one-stop-shop” privacy rule which might cause relevant issues to companies operating in different EU countries, including large American Internet and technology companies, where separate...more

Recidivism revisited

Court of Justice holds parent companies may be fined for repeat infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions - On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in...more

The Game of Drones: between the Far West and a new European regulation

Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are being increasingly used throughout Europe (and elsewhere) in a variety of sectors, from news, documentaries and TV productions to pizza delivery (albeit less frequently!)…...more

European Hearing on the Future of Safe Harbor

Back on February 12th 2015, Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who began Europe v. Facebook, posted a tweet suggesting that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) may hear his case as soon as this month. Since...more

Brussels Regulation (Recast): An Update

The original Brussels Regulation (Regulation (EC) 44/2001) was the key European instrument on jurisdiction and enforcement issues in civil and commercial matters. It was applied by the courts of all 28 EU member states. Since...more

ESMA Issues Report Finding Tense EU Securities Market Conditions

On March 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its Report No. 1, 2015, on trends, risks and vulnerabilities in the European Union securities markets, covering the time period from July to December...more

EU Customs Practice Group

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Commission Report on Customs 2013 programme - TARIFFS: ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..EU duty suspension for certain heavy oils ..FTA update -...more

REMIT Registration: What do you need to know?

The EU Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT)1 came into force on 28 December 2011. It establishes an insider trading, market manipulation, disclosure, registration and transaction reporting...more

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