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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 -

Final EU Guidelines on the Interrelationship between the Sequence of Write Down under BRRD and CRD IV Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on the interrelationship between the provisions of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive setting out the sequence of write down and conversion and the...more

Final EU Guidelines on the Treatment of Shareholders in Bail-in Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on the treatment of shareholders in bail-in under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. The Guidelines are addressed to national resolution authorities and...more

Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Ireland Island of Saints and Scholars

by Hogan Lovells on

The EMA is looking for a new home. In this blog post partner Elisabethann Wright argues the case for Ireland. For thousands of years Ireland has been known as the Island of Saints and Scholars. The country is also world...more

UK Regulator Requests Brexit Contingency Planning Assurance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a letter to CEOs and branch managers of all banks, insurers and designated investment firms undertaking cross-border activities between the UK and the remainder of the EU,...more

Digital transformation in the aviation sector

by DLA Piper on

In the aviation sector today, an effective digital strategy is critical for long-term success. The role of digital technology has changed from being a source of marginal efficiency gains to becoming the foundation for...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Finalizes Phase 2 of Revisions to the Pillar 3 Disclosure Framework

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published a consolidated and enhanced Pillar 3 disclosure framework standard. The Basel Committee announced in June 2014 that it was undertaking a review of Pillar 3. In January...more

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What are the Key Take Away Points?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the process and this could...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific...more

CJEU rules on sale of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites

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There is no end in sight regarding CJEU decisions on the meaning of “communication to the public“. On 26 April 2017, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled (C-527/15 – Filmspeler) that the sale of a multimedia player with...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Issues Opinion on the Proposed EU Regulation on CCP Recovery and Resolution

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has issued an Opinion on the European Commission's proposed EU Regulation on CCP Recovery and Resolution. The proposal gives CCPs' national regulators under the European Market...more

Privacy Shield certifications reach 2,000, still far short of Safe Harbor

Timothy Toohey was quoted in an article published by CQ Roll Call on April 24, 2017, about the number of Privacy Shield-certified companies under the new program allowing transfers of personal data from Europe to the United...more

Final EU Guidelines on Converting Debt to Equity in Bail-in Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published final Guidelines on the setting of rates of conversion of debt to equity in bail-in under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. The Guidelines are addressed to national...more

The ESAs Published a Joint Committee Report on Cross-Sector Risks Facing EU Financial System

On April 20, 2017, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (the “ESAs“) published its April 2017 report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system. The ESA highlights the following main...more

ESRB Reports on Revision of EMIR

On April 21, 2017, the European Systemic Risk Board (“ESRB“) published a report on the revision of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (the “EMIR“). The report welcomes the European Commission’s November 2016...more

Internet Privacy – What the U.S. Can Learn from the European Union

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

With respect to Internet privacy, as a result of recent U.S. government action, Americans now have less protection and are more at risk of government surveillance and potential misuse of their personal information, as...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Data Protection Impact Assessments

by Hogan Lovells on

The steady trickle of GDPR guidance from the Article 29 Working Party continues. Fresh from finalising its guidance on data portability, lead supervisory authorities and data protection officers, the Working Party has...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

GDPR Compliance: The Ticking Time Bomb

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance is not an IT exercise. Cyber security represents a huge risk to firms (records breaches increased 556% in 2016, totaling more than 4 billion) and GDPR is an important...more

Further Extension of Exemption from EU Clearing Obligation for Pension Funds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Commission Delegated Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union that extends the transitional exemption period under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation for pension funds to comply...more

EU Clarification on CCP Portfolio Margining Requirements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published an Opinion addressed to EU national regulators on the portfolio margining requirements for CCPs under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. The Regulatory...more

Past is Prologue: The Future of US and UK Arbitration

Much has been said and written about the UK public’s decision in June 2016 to leave the European Union and the November 2016 election of President Donald Trump. It seems obvious that these momentous events will have profound...more

Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S.  [Video]

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important territories, the United States and the European Patent Convention, scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure...more

Final Draft Revisions to EU Supervisory Reporting Requirements for Sovereign Exposures and Operational Risk Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published a final report and final draft Implementing Technical Standards amending the existing ITS on supervisory reporting. The ITS on supervisory reporting collate the prudential...more

Understanding PSD2: Key Points to Know About the Upcoming Regime

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New directive disrupts the EU payments regulatory regime. A series of Client Alerts will follow ongoing developments related to PSD2. Key Points: ..By expanding the accessibility of customer account information,...more

General Election 2017: comply with the campaigning rules

by Hogan Lovells on

The General Election campaigning rules have kicked in – and apply retrospectively back to 9 June 2016 and until 8 June 2017. Businesses need to review both past and future publications, events and other activities during the...more

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