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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Canada and EU Sign Free Trade Agreement: Implications for TTIP

On October 30, the European Union (EU) and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The final draft of the agreement was concluded in February after seven years of negotiations. Many EU officials...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 1

Commercial real estate (CRE) is a tremendously important asset, as the content of this book will discuss. However, the CRE lending and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) markets are, at the time of writing, largely...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Special Purpose National Bank Charters for FinTech Companies - On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas J. Curry, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

ECON Agrees Compromise Amendments to STS/Risk Retention

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) has today agreed compromise amendments (the “Compromise Amendments”) to the proposed EU regulation intended to lay down common rules on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A NY state court threw out Ace Decade Holdings’ suit against UBS accusing the Swiss lender of fraud for its $500 million investment loss in a Chinese company. The court found that jurisdictional issues plagued plaintiff’s...more

Arbitration World

From the Editors - Welcome to this 33rd edition of Arbitration World. Following the United Kingdom’s referendum decision on 23 June to leave the EU, in this edition we examine how the uncertainty over the treatment...more

European Parliament Votes to Delay PRIIPS Regulation Application Date

On December 1, 2016, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that it has voted to delay the Regulation on key information documents (“KIDs“) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS for the Application of Position Limits to Commodity Derivatives

On December 1, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) in relation to regulatory standards (“RTS“) for the application of position limits to commodity...more

Proposed German Law Could Curtail Privacy Rights

Although Germany has tended to advocate relatively strict data protection laws, a recently released draft law could call into question the extent to which Germany will protect privacy rights in the future. The stated purpose...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

With Fitch and DBRS [by most measures, the #3 and #4 rating agencies in a 3-player game] doling out AAA ratings for bonds backed by non-qualified mortgages that Moody’s has dubbed “risky.” Well worth keeping an eye on this...more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be...more

The New “Swissness” Legislation

Swiss goods and services are valued by consumers who are ready to pay a premium for goods that are Swiss made. The current rules regulating the Swiss brand are often ignored by the market and enforcement is difficult and...more

Brexit Briefing: English Law Funding For European Banks In Focus As BES Creditors Left Behind… Again

The Court of Appeal has upheld the validity of Banco de Portugal’s exercise of its resolution powers, overturning last year’s decision of the High Court - The Facts - Readers familiar with this case will recall that...more

European Commission Publishes the New Winter Package

Last month, the European Commission presented a package of measures, known as “the Winter Package”, to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness in adopting and leading the clean energy transition. In addition to promoting energy...more

Global trends in fintech dealmaking

North America dominates the fintech landscape, but competition from Asia and Europe is rising. Silicon Valley and North America have been key to fuelling the growth of fintech since its infancy. In each of the past six...more

Prepare for Compliance with General Data Protection Regulation Checklist

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has issued a 12-step checklist of actions companies can take now to better prepare for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU privacy regulation...more

With the U.K.’s Announcement, the European Unified Patent Court Moves Toward Realization

On November 28, 2016, Baroness Neville Rolfe, the United Kingdom Minister of State for Intellectual Property, announced that the U.K. would ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), paving the way for the European...more

Brexit’s Effect on the Unitary Patent System and Court

The UK government intends to ratify the Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court prior to Brexit. The Brexit referendum passed earlier this year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

ECB Publishes Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

On 23 November 2016, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) published draft guidance on leveraged transactions (the “Guidance”) for public consultation. The consultation period will end at midnight on 27 January 2017, during which...more

Connected or Automated Vehicles: The European Commission Presents its Strategy for Europe

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) presented its Communication on connected cars for Europe, under the more formal denomination “A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – November 2016

Updates on the EU: German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers. On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. One question that many...more

Implications for Bank Creditors: the Latest EU Banking Reform Proposals

The European Commission recently announced an extensive package of banking reform proposals. Of particular interest to bank creditors, proposed amendments to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive aim to amend the...more

Amendment to Criminal Procedure Rule 41 Impacts Data Privacy in U.S. and Abroad

On December 1, 2016, amended Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP) went into effect, thus expanding federal law enforcement’s power to search and seize electronic data. The new rule will allow law...more

Need to Know: Recent and Upcoming Changes to the UK’s Employment Law Landscape

New legislation due to come into force in April 2017 requiring employers to publish details of their average pay for men and women - New Gender Pay Gap Reporting obligations are expected to come into force in April 2017....more

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