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EU consults on the Satellite and Cable Directive

As part of the European Commission's ambitious plan for a Digital Single Market, it proposes to create "a modern, more European copyright law". One of its initiatives is reform of the regulations on the copyright clearing...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

European Commission Seeking Comments On Draft Text Laying Out The Safety Features To Appear On Pharmaceutical Packaging

On 12 August 2015, the European Commission published its long awaited discussion draft of the European Union Delegated Act (EUDA) addressing safety features to appear on the outer packaging of medicinal products for human...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Swaps Looms

Implementation of the obligation for central clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation now seems imminent. The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation that would impose a...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation: Shining a Light on Shadow Banking

On June 29, 2015, the Council of the European Union announced that its Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a final compromise text of the proposed regulation on reporting and transparency of securities...more

European Commission Publishes Delegated Regulation on Mandatory Clearing for OTC Interest Rate Derivatives

On August 6, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules in the form of a delegated regulation (Delegated Regulation) requiring the mandatory clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate derivatives contracts...more

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published advice on the extension of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...

For Jersey and Guernsey, the ESMA Advice was positive: no obstacles exist to the extension of the AIFMD passport to these jurisdictions. AIFMD Article 67 envisages that a delegated act will follow within three months to...more

EU Commission Consults Industry on EU Strategy for LNG and Gas Storage

Introduction - On 8 July 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage. The consultation is part of the Commission's strategy to explore the...more

ESMA AIFMD Opinion and Advice on the Passporting and Private Placement Regimes

Background - Under the current structure of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD), European firms are permitted to market EU funds to professional investors throughout the European Union through the...more

AIFMD: ESMA Recommends the First Wave of Non-EU Countries to Obtain a Europe-Wide Marketing Passport

On July 30, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its advice to the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission on the application of the passport to non-EU...more

AIFMD Marketing Passport: ESMA Provides European Commission With Advice on Its Possible Extension to Non-EU Jurisdictions

On July 30, after a one-week delay, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its long-awaited Opinion to the European Parliament, Council and Commission and responses to the call for evidence on the...more

Country-by-Country Reporting in the EU: Spain Adopts Regulations and the European Parliament Votes for Public Disclosure

On 11 July 2015 a new Corporate Income Tax Regulation (CITR) was approved in Spain, introducing, amongst other things, amendments to the Spanish transfer pricing reporting requirements. The new requirements largely reflect...more

Upcoming EU Copyright Reform

It does not happen often to see European Institutions agreeing on a common strategy. Yet, the strong political will around the need to create a single market for digital content moved this item to the top of the agenda of the...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015

ESMA Says “No for Now” to Granting Passport Rights to US Fund Managers Under AIFMD: The European Securities and Markets Authority told the European Commission last week that it was premature to grant passport rights to...more

Third-country AIFMs: ESMA says slow down

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) required ESMA to review, by July 2015, how the arrangements under AIFMD for marketing AIFs have worked, with an assessment of the National Private Placement Regimes...more

International Food Law Gazette - July 2015

King & Spalding is pleased to provide this first edition of the International Food Law Gazette, a publication of our Food & Beverage Group. For decades, King & Spalding has closely advised leading food, beverage and dietary...more

Commission sends Statement of Objections to BSkyB and film studios

On 23 July 2015, the European Commission (the "Commission") sent a Statement of Objections to BSkyB and six major studios: Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros (the "Film...more

The European Court of Justice on Enforcement of FRAND Patents: Huawei v. ZTE

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered its highly anticipated ruling in Huawei v. ZTE on the enforcement of standard essential patents (SEPs) which are subject to a FRAND commitment. SEPs play a significant role in the...more

A New Concept in Cartel Fining: “Direct EEA Sales Through Transformed Products”

On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in InnoLux Corp. v Commission C-231/14P, confirming the existence of a new concept in cartel fining: “direct European Economic Area [EEA]...more

Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

Global Tax News - July 2015

EUROPEAN UNION RE-LAUNCHES FORMULARY APPORTIONMENT: KEY POINTS ABOUT THE CCCTB The European Commission has recently released a Communication to the EU Parliament calling for a re-launch of its proposal from 2011...more

The European Union’s Highest Court Rules on Standard-Essential Patents, Injunctions and Abuse of Dominance

The long-awaited ruling on the seeking of injunctions in the context of standard-essential patents encumbered by fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms has been delivered by the Court of Justice of the...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

EU’s Highest Court Confirms that Seeking an Injunction for SEPs May Constitute an Abuse of a Dominant Position

On July 16, 2015, the EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, rendered its long-awaited ruling on whether seeking an injunction for a standard-essential patent ("SEP") against an alleged patent infringer constitutes an...more

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