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EU Commission Communication Attempts to Address Uncertainty Surrounding Transfer of Personal Data Following Schrems

On November 6, 2015, The EU Commission published a communication addressed to the European Parliament and the EU Council in an attempt to reduce current legal uncertainties surrounding the transfer of personal data from...more

Blog: European Council Asks Commission To Strengthen Controls Over Electronic Payments & Virtual Currencies

(As anticipated) the European Counsel has invited the Commission “to strengthen controls of non-banking payment methods such as electronic/anonymous payments, money remittances, cash-carriers, virtual currencies, … and...more

Blog: European Council To Ask Commission To Strengthen Controls Over Electronic Payments & Virtual Currencies

It’s being widely reported in Europe this evening that, after tomorrow’s extraordinary meeting of the European Union’s Justice & Home Affairs Council meeting, the European Council will ask the Europe Commission to “present...more

The European Commission Issues Guidance On Transatlantic Data Transfers

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission (“EC”) released guidance on transatlantic data transfers in light of the ruling by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) last month invalidating the Safe Harbor framework that had...more

European Commission Acknowledges a Year’s Delay to the Implementation of MiFID II May Be Necessary

Recent weeks have seen increasing numbers of market participants and trade bodies in the European Union (including the Investment Association and the European Fund and Asset Management Association) calling for the start date...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2015

A company that helps with or facilitates a cartel is at just as much risk of sanctions and penalties as are the actual cartelists. This was confirmed by the EU’s highest court (the European Court of Justice (ECJ)) on 22...more

EU Commission Declares the Safe Harbor Officially Dead

As if were any surprise, last Friday, November 6, the EU Commission issued a Communication on the Transfer of Personal Data from the EU to the US, following the Judgment by the Court of Justice in Schrems declaring the Safe...more

Private equity firms: In the line of antitrust fire?

There was a time when private equity firms may have seen themselves as arms-length financial investors but regulators are increasingly holding them responsible for the behaviour of their portfolio companies. A new type...more

European Commission Defends Model Contracts

On November 6, the European Commission issued a comprehensive Communication on the consequences of the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). In the Communication, the Commission puts national...more

European merger control: Well-oiled machine or spluttering engine?

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was in a celebratory mood when she addressed an audience in Brussels in March 2015 as the EU merger control body celebrated its 25th anniversary: "There is reason to celebrate because the...more

Safe Harbor update: European Commission issues communication following Safe Harbor invalidation – Safe Harbor 2.0 in three months?...

On 6 November, the European Commission released a Communication on the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) decision in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14)....more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2015: EU/Safe Harbor Updates

And the days dwindle down, to a precious few … November … We are still following developments in the EU relating to the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. ...more

Safe Harbor Update: European Commission Reaffirms Commitment to a Safe Harbor Sequel

As we reported on October 19th, the Article 29 Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data challenged the EU member states to “open discussions with the US” to find a viable...more

The European Commission Issues Guidance on Alternative Cross-Border Data Transfer Tools

On November 6, 2015, one month after the European Court of Justice decision that invalidated the Safe Harbor framework, the European Commission (the “Commission”) issued a Communication setting forth its position on...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

EU Control List Update

The European Commission is revising the list of dual use items subject to EU export, transit and brokering controls. This briefing summarises the main new and deleted entries, primarily concerning machine tools, avionics...more

Capital Markets Union - Part 2: Two Options for a Pan-European Covered Bond Framework

As part of the European Commission’s plan to build a Capital Markets Union (CMU), the Commission has launched a consultation on the possibility of establishing a pan-European covered bond framework. Two policy options for...more

European Parliament Adopts SFT Regulation

On October 29, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that the European Parliament has adopted the proposed Regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (the “SFT...more

European Commissioner Seeks Higher Data Protection under Revised U.S. Safe Harbour

An exchange of views between the European Parliament and Mrs. Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, revealed ongoing negotiations between the Commission and the U.S. Department of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 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

Commission Underlines Commitment to Safe Harbor Discussions

In a keynote speech today before the 37th International conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners in Amsterdam, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová reiterated the commitment of the European Commission to...more

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

On September 28, 2015, we released a client alert noting that European Commission Decision 2000/520, known as the “Safe Harbor” for U.S. companies handling the private data of EU citizens, was under attack in the advisory...more

EU Round-UP: Safe Harbor 2.0 and Upcoming National Challenges

EU Commissioner Vera Jourova recently announced in a speech to the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) that the Commission and the US have made substantial progress in finalizing a...more

The Latest in the EU’s Post-Safe Harbor Era

In light of the EU’s destruction of the Safe Harbor that we’ve previously discussed in this blog, we take the opportunity to update with the latest from EU Commissioner, Vera Jourová, who, in an address to the EU Parliament’s...more

European Commission Pushes New Agreement with the US

On October 26, the European Commissioner Vera Jourová addressed the Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to discuss the consequences of the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European...more

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