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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Alert: European Commission Launches Digital Single Market Strategy with a Laundry List of Measures, Including Antitrust Sector...

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission (Commission) finally unveiled its plans for a wide range of measures designed to create a functioning Digital Single Market in the EU. Attention is therefore now switching to how the...more

Lithuania: incompatible laws notified to the European Commission – what next?

The Republic of Lithuania has notified proposed amendments to its Gambling Law to the European Commission, which limit licences to those entities established in Lithuania. The Government claims that the current law does...more

EU Securities – Proposed Settlement System to Facilitate London Listings of US Companies

Historically, due to certain restrictions under US securities laws, equity securities of US companies and other companies that do not qualify as “foreign private issuers” under US securities laws (collectively, “US-Based...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Application of EU Requirements for Remuneration Policies for Small and Non-Complex Firms Confirmed - US Regulators Issue the Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric...more

European Commission Takes on E-Commerce Sector

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This inquiry is one of 16 initiatives that the Commission announced for the creation of a Digital Single Market for Europe. As...more

Privacy Laws in Asia - May 2015

Privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the past few years, and the level of activity and enforcement does not show any signs of slowing down. Eleven jurisdictions in Asia now have comprehensive privacy laws:...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Recent Prosecutions and Settlements: FCPA Enforcement Trends and Developments: Recent U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement trends include the growing importance of corporate...more

ESMA Publishes Clearing Obligation CP for Additional IRS Classes

On May 11, ESMA published a consultation paper (CP) on the clearing obligation for additional classes of interest rate derivatives, including fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps denominated in Czech Republic koruna (CZK),...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: No Remedy For Travel Delays Under EU 261 In The U.S.

Unexpected delays are one of the inherent risks of travel. Mindful of the impact of such events, regulators in the EU promulgated a scheme of compensation available to travelers affected by substantial delays, to be paid by...more

Joint Committee Report on Securitization

On May 12, 2015, the Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a report detailing its findings and recommendations regarding the disclosure requirements and obligations relating to due...more

EU Customs Practice Group - April 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Data mining to detect customs violations - TARIFFS: ..Increased GSP+ vulnerability threshold ..Increased additional...more

Intellectual Property Alert: The U.S. and Japan Join the Hague System

May 13, 2015 — Today, the United States and Japan will become contracting parties to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The Hague System allows the filing of a single international...more

ESMA Publishes Consultation Paper on Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On May 11, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a fourth consultation paper (ESMA/2015/807) on the clearing obligation under EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central...more

EBA Consults on Draft RTS on Specialized Lending Exposures

On May 11, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2015/09) on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on assigning risk weights to specialized lending exposures under Article...more

Further Delays in Transatlantic Clearing Accord

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad, and Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, released a joint statement on May 7 relating to the...more

ESMA Updates Q&A on Application of AIFMD

On May 12, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&A paper on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFMD)...more

ESMA Releases Final Guidance on the Definition of Physically Settled Commodity Derivatives Under MiFID I

On May 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued final guidelines (Guidelines) clarifying the definition of physically settled commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines on the Definitions of Commodity Derivatives Under MIFID

On May 6, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published guidelines (ESMA/2015/675) on the definitions of commodity derivatives and their classification under C6 and C7 listed in Section C of Annex 1 to...more

EBA Final Report on Guidelines on Triggers for Use of Early Intervention Measures Under BRRD

On May 8, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final report (EBA/GL/2015/03) on guidelines on triggers for the use of early intervention measures under Article 27(4) of the Bank Recovery and Resolution...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Releases Semiannual Report on Banking Applications Activity - European Banking Authority Monitors Additional Tier 1 Capital Instruments - European Banking...more

European Commission Antitrust Inquiry Set to Create Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

On May 6, 2015, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission (EC) competition directorate plans to conduct an 18-month "sector inquiry" into e-commerce. The inquiry will...more

High Court Clarifies Approval Process For ESMA Inspections

In this case report, we consider the High Court’s judgment in European Securities and Markets Authority v DTCC Derivatives Repository Limited [2015] EWHC 1085 (Ch), in which the High Court clarified the process that the...more

UPDATE: Cross-border Leveraged Lending – Consider Changes Needed to US Intercreditor Agreements for Financings with European...

Hybrid US/European restructurings can lead to unexpected commercial outcomes because of different practices in intercreditor agreements. The US loan markets continue to attract European borrowers whenever US pricing...more

Collective Redundancies: ECJ Clarifies Meaning of "Establishment"

What happened? Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the "Act"), if an employer proposes to make large scale redundancies of 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days...more

Foley Hoag Climate Negotiations Tracker Document: - May 2015

Since the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, parties have been developing their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (or INDCs) to comprise their individual...more

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