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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 -
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Setback for EU-US Privacy Shield – How to Safely Get HR Data Across the Pond

After the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework invalid in October 2015, multinational companies with employees in the EU are facing the question how to legally transfer personal...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Will they, won’t they, and what happens next…?

The UK is now counting down to the 23 June 2016 referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union. Brexit would have significant implications for the current UK legal and regulatory framework as EU regulation...more

Insurance Europe Raises Concerns over Misunderstanding of Ultimate Forward Rate

On April 21, 2016, Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, released a press release raising concerns over how Solvency II liabilities are currently calculated, including discount rates. This press...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

In the Global Trenches Germany: Global Trade & Business Culture

President Obama started the week visiting Europe’s largest industrial trade fair, Hannover Messe, and promoting global trade. It should come as no surprise that Germany -- a global export champion -- is the host of the...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...more

Update on the U.S.- EU Privacy Shield

As we previously reported, this February, United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) negotiators announced the “U.S.-EU Privacy Shield” as a replacement to the U.S. Safe Harbor. Many U.S. companies relied on the Safe Harbor...more

ECB Offers Opinion on Proposed Regulation to Establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme

On April 20, 2016, the European Central Bank (ECB) published an opinion on a proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EU) No. 8.6/2014 in order to establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS)....more

The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market

At the start of 2016, global sponsors and their advisers are the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market. Healthy investor appetite over the last several years means attractive terms...more

Brexit: issues to consider for the banking and finance industry

Nobody yet knows the true likelihood of a so-called "Brexit" following Britain's "Leave" or "Remain" referendum on membership of the European Union (EU). The results of the 2015 general election suggest that relying on the...more

US Financial Stability Oversight Council Focuses on Asset Management Products and Activities

On April 18, 2016, the US Financial Stability Oversight Council issued an update on its multi-year review of potential financial stability risks in the asset management industry. This note highlights takeaways from that...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

Yankee Loans – "Lost in Translation" – a Look Back at Market Trends in 2015

This chapter takes a look at market trends for Yankee Loan issuance in 2015. "Yankee Loans" are US dollar denominated term loans that are syndicated in the US Term Loan B market to institutional investors and provided to...more

EBA Publishes Final Report on Provision of Information in Summary or Collective Form

On April 19, 2016, the European Banking Authority published its final report providing guidelines on the provision of information in summary or collective form for the purposes of Article 84(3) of Directive 2014/59/EU. ...more

Restrictions on trade in agricultural property

On 26 April 2016 the Act of 14 April 2016 on suspension of sale of property from the Agricultural Property Stock of the State Treasury and amendment to certain acts (the “Act”) was signed by the President. The Act awaits to...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Holds Meeting of the Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee held a meeting to discuss the latest updates and advice on issues related to the resolution of systemically important financial companies...more

Bail-In, or Just Bailing?

You know, there’s never a dull moment when one reports on the regulatory states’ endless and so often fruitless and wrong-headed tinkering with the global economy. So now… let’s talk bail-in. The bail-in regime, which was...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - April 2016

News & Legislation Update - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Draft Regulations published - The first draft of regulations requiring any employer in the UK with at least 250 employees to publish information about the...more

Hyperlinking to unauthorised content does not itself constitute copyright infringement, says Advocate General

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has stated in a legal opinion that posting a link to a website that contains “freely accessible” copyright infringing content should not itself amount to copyright...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 16

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Releases Registration Fee Estimator On April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the release of an online tool that will assist companies in calculating registration fees relating to...more

The Impact of the European Unified Patent Court on Filing Strategies

Europe is on the verge of implementing its new Patent System (expected May 2017) with a Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC), under which the EU would allow for grant of a unitary patent under the rules and...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

New rules come into force on EU public procurement and concession contracts

On 28 March 2014 Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement, Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of...more

New EU Trade Secrets Directive approved by Parliament: the secret is out

On 14 April 2016 the European Parliament finally approved the new European Union Trade Secrets Directive which will create a minimum legal benchmark to protect secret and valuable business information — also known as "trade...more

Recent Changes to EU Employee Data Protection – Two Years to Comply with New Requirements

Employee Data Protection in the EU is subject to major changes, notable to multinational companies with employees in the EU. A few days ago, after 4 years of negotiation, the European Parliament adopted the General Data...more

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