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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 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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European M+A News, Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Transactions Involving Digital Media in Europe: Know the Source - New Framework on Market Abuse in the European Union - Current Developments ..“Made in Germany” Attracts Foreign...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

World Economic Forum – Release of the Global Risks Report

Each year the World Economic Forum (WEF) is held in January in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF has released its Global Risks Report. The report is prepared by the WEF with its strategic partners Marsh & McLennan Companies and...more

ESMA Announces Open Hearing on MiFID II and MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced on January 12 that it will hold an open hearing on the issues identified in its December 2014 consultation paper and proposed regulatory technical standards...more

EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement

The private enforcement of competition law within the EU continues its inexorable rise and plaintiff opportunities abound. Small and medium size businesses throughout Europe are joining larger companies in initiating...more

ESMA Publishes First Annual Review of CCP Colleges Under EMIR

On January 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its first annual review of the colleges required to be established under Article 18 of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The...more

INTERPOL abuse highlighed at Fair Trials International Event at European Parliament

Last month I had the opportunity to attend an event organized by Fair Trials International at the European Parliament.  The event was hosted by Judith Sargentini, MEP, and featured speakers who have been victims of abusive...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #2

In this issue: - European Banking Authority’s Second Report on Impact of Liquidity Coverage Ratio - Delegated Regulations under CRD IV Published in Official Journal of the European Union - Prudential...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Publishes Final Technical advice on the MiFID II Directive and MiFIR - On December 19, 2014, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published final technical advice (ESMA/2014/1569) to the European...more

FCA Launches Consultation on Competition Powers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) obtains concurrent competition powers on April 1, 2015, enabling it to enforce the prohibitions on anti-competitive behaviour in the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and the Treaty on the...more

Capital Requirements (Capital Buffers and Macro-prudential Measures) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Published

On January 13, 2015, the Capital Requirements (Capital Buffers and Macro-prudential Measures) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 were published. The Regulations amend the Capital Requirements (Capital Buffers and Macro-prudential...more

Getting closer to the EU Data Protection Regulation?

After the Italian term, the Latvian Prime Minister, Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma, took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Prime Minister, during the debate before the European Parliament,...more

EU Art. 29 Working Party Opinion on the Internet of Things

The EU Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has issued an Opinion on ‘Recent Developments on the Internet of Things’ (Opinion). The Opinion stresses the privacy and security challenges generated by the development of the Internet...more

EDPS publishes Guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation

The European Data Protection Supervisor published ‘Guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation’ (Guidelines) to be used as a “practical toolkit for ensuring that EU data protection rules are integrated...more

“Brillante Virtuoso” held to have been a Constructive Total Loss

The High Court recently held that the “Brillante Virtuoso” (the “Vessel”) was a constructive total loss (“CTL”) following an attack by pirates in July 2011. Mr Justice Flaux made important key findings in the CTL claim, which...more

EU Art. 29 Assesses Cybercrime Assessment

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) sent a letter to the Council of Europe discussing its first assessment of several cybercrime scenarios presented at the 2014 Cybercrime@Octopus conference...more

European Commission and EU Art 29 dispel the myths on the ECJ's decision in Google Spain

In May 2014, we reported on the implications of the landmark decision in Google Spain which recognises the right for individuals to have links about themselves de-listed from search results. In response to the complaints...more

EU Art. 29 Working Party Announces Cooperation Procedure for EU Model Clauses

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) released a Working Document setting forth a co-operation procedure for issuing common opinions on “Contractual clauses” considered as compliant with the EC Model...more

ESMA Recommends to the European Commission That All MiFID Firms Have a Full-Time Compliance Function

The European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) final advice to the European Commission, which may (if the European Commission concurs) be transposed into new rules under the revised and re-cast Markets in Financial...more

REMIT: the countdown to full implementation begins as final data reporting rules are published

The REMIT Implementing Acts on data reporting obligations entered into force on 7 January 2015. This document is the final guidance setting out the rules for reporting wholesale energy products and fundamental data in the EU...more

Presidency of the Council of Ministers publishes amendments to 'one stop shop' of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation

In October 2013, we reported on the move towards a ‘One Stop Shop’ (OSS) approach to EU Data Protection. The OSS principle aims to create consistency for international organisations to process personal data in multiple...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One - Have the Challenges of the Energy Transition been Overcome? - Challenges for energy security in Europe: Do European...more

Applying FIC (III): Transitional measures and the definition of ‘placing on the market’ under New Food Rules in the EU

Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (the FIC Regulation) entered into force on 13 December 2011, though its application is a gradual process: the specific requirements concerning the...more

EU Commission Publishes Work Program for 2015

The European Commission’s work program for 2015 covers 10 actions for 2015, including a “connected digital single market” across the EU....more

New EU Law Authority For ECB Intervention In The EU Government Bond Markets Strengthens European Financial Markets

The ECB Governing Council will meet on 22 January and is expected to discuss implementing a quantitative easing (QE) policy which would result in national central banks buying Euro denominated government bonds from their own...more

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