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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The EU’s Digital Single Market Announcement – Regaining Europe’s Digital Sovereignty?

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission announced its plans to accelerate the creation of a digital single market across the EU. The new EU strategy will have a significant impact on sectors such as e-commerce, media and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Requests 11 Member States to Implement Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) - On May 28, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that it has requested 11 member...more

Financial Services Regulation: Exchange – International Newsletter - Issue 26 – May 2015

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-sixth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

ISDA Publishes Market Practice Guidance for Portfolio Compression Under EMIR

On May 27, 2015, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published market practice guidance on the portfolio compressions obligations under EMIR. The portfolio compression rules are part of the risk...more

Suspension of Contractual Rights of Counterparties to UK Banks

On 26 May 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) of the UK issued a consultation paper entitled “Contractual stays in financial contracts governed by third-country law”, proposing a new restriction that would apply...more

EBA Publishes Guidance on How to Determine Whether a Firm is Failing or Likely to Fail Under the BRRD

On May 26, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final guidelines (EBA/GL/2015/07) on how to determine whether an institution is failing or likely to fail for the purposes of the BRRD. Under Article 32(1)...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015

Non-Recognition of US CCPs as Subject to Equivalent Regulation May Require European-Based Funds to Restrict Trading in US Centrally Cleared Derivatives - An opinion by the European Securities and Markets Authority...more

EBA Issues Guidelines on Management of Interest Rate Risk Arising from Non-Trading Activities

On May 22, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final guidelines on the management of interest rate risk arising from non-trading activities (EBA/GL/2015/08). The guidelines cover the management of...more

European Court of Justice Facilitates follow-on Cartel Damage Claims

On 21 May 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of the cartelists is domiciled. This rule applies even if the...more

EBA Issues Guidelines Under Recast Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGSD)

On May 28, 2015, the EBA published its final guidelines (EBA/GL/2015/10) on methods for calculating contributions under the recast DGSD. Article 13 of the recast DGSD requires contributions to deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs)...more

Forum shopping – the end of an era?

Introduction - On 20 May 2015 the European Parliament adopted the recast Insolvency Regulation (the “Recast Regulation”) amending the existing Council Regulation (EC) (No. 1346/2000) on Insolvency Proceedings (the...more

Global Trends in Insurance M&A in 2014 and Beyond

Looking back on 2014: The return of the billion dollar transactions - In recent years, insurance companies have largely focused on improving their performance by cutting costs amidst a slow post-global financial crisis...more

EU E-commerce Probe to Target Online Restrictions for Physical Goods – Not Just Digital Content

The European Commission has recently launched an e-commerce sector inquiry. It will complement and inform its policy agenda for a Digital Single Market in Europe, which was announced on the same day. Companies contacted...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 10 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - One of the earliest, and certainly one of the most famous, computers of all time is HAL 9000, the sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with...more

Why you must monitor for conflicting brands

Trademark rights in the U.S. are based on use — on actually selling goods and services in connection with a trademark. However, most businesses understand that obtaining a federal trademark registration at the U.S. Patent and...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

ALFI Responds to ESMA's Discussion Paper on UCITS Share Classes - On 27 March 2015 ALFI submitted its response to the ESMA Discussion Paper on share classes of UCITS. Issues addressed in this paper relate to the...more

Law à la Mode - Edition 16 - May 2015 (Global)

In This Issues: - Key Considerations: For Negotiating Electronic Point Of Sale Solution Agreements - Fashion Forward And Tech Savvy: The Co-Branding Of Wearable Technologies - The Internet Of Things: The...more

Deal or no deal?

Energy and resources companies that have been steering clear of the complexities of three distinct but overlapping Iran sanctions regimes would have been encouraged by an interim deal between Iran and international community...more

Collective Redundancy: European Judgment on Meaning of "Establishment"

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down its judgment in the longstanding litigation case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (C-80/14) concerning the meaning of “establishment” for the purposes of...more

European Commission Launches Review of EMIR

On May 21, the European Commission (EC) issued a consultation paper (CP) as part of its review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Article 85(1) of EMIR requires the EC to prepare a report by August 17 on...more

French Data Protection Authority Unveils Its Inspection Program for 2015

On May 25, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published its annual inspection program for 2015, unveiling its objectives and priorities for the year. This alert highlights the main priorities of the CNIL for...more

Conducting Depositions in France – Part Two

In a previous blog, we outlined the process of taking depositions of French citizens and third-country nationals before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States. Depositions of French citizens and third-country...more

European Parliament Proposes Tough Measures on Conflict Minerals

On May 20, 2015, by a narrow margin the left wing of the European Parliament successfully pushed through amendments to a proposed conflict minerals law that would, if enacted, be much more onerous and involve hundreds of...more

The CSMAD: Forthcoming Changes to EU Market Abuse and Insider Dealing Rules

On July 3, 2016, the European Union’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will replace the EU’s Market Abuse Directive (MAD). The directive on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation (CSMAD) will be...more

"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

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