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Bankers' poll: TLAC and the future of bank debt

To say bank bonds had a rocky start to 2016 would be an understatement. Over the first weeks of January, the market’s significant gains from last year were essentially wiped out, with European issuers hit particularly hard....more

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

No matter where you look in the world, it’s a certainty that a dispute is ongoing over someone’s intellectual property (IP). The theft of ideas is nothing new, but just as important to those investing abroad is knowledge of...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Publishes Pre-announced Jurisdiction Buffer Decisions

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a list of jurisdiction specific pre-announced buffer decisions. In December, 2010, the Basel Committee published Basel III: a global regulatory framework for more...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

New Chinese Soil Pollution Law Planned for 2017 Could Be Accelerated

On April 17, 2016, China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s state-run broadcast network, aired a report claiming that nearly 500 students apparently developed illnesses (including leukemia) at a school built on...more

Private Equity Goes Green

In December 2015, world leaders met to negotiate the Paris Agreement. Setting aside whether the Paris Agreement goes too far, not far enough or is just right, one cannot dispute that government commitments to limit an...more

EU to Fast-Track 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Post-COP 21

The Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 countries following the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), is the first multilateral agreement on climate change that covers almost all of the world’s emissions. The Paris...more

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year. In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced...more

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2016

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement Released - On February 29, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released the long-awaited text of the European Union (EU) – United States Privacy Shield, an...more

Global Trends In Merger Control Enforcement: February 2016

We have collected and analysed data on merger control activity for 2015 from 16 jurisdictions, focussing on the U.S., EU and China, pulling out key trends aswell as practical differences. The results are insightful and, in...more

A Closer Look at Cybersecurity Legislation and Regulations in the US and Abroad - Global Overview

With interconnectivity and use of digital storage expanding, cyberthreats posed by nation states, commercial competitors, company insiders, transnational organised crime and ‘hacktivists’ are growing on a global basis. Recent...more

The European Union Launches Public Consultation on China’s Non-Market Economy Status and the Impact on the Effectiveness of...

A public consultation has been launched by the European Commission in relation to the expiration of certain provisions of China’s Accession Protocol to the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning its status as a non-market...more

CFIUS Continues its Focus on China and “Critical Technologies”

The recently published annual report of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or “Committee”) for calendar year 2014 makes clear that parties to potential foreign investment in the United States...more

2016: Developments in Intellectual Property Law You Should Know About

This year the IP world will be brimming with changes, the largest of which will take place in the European Union. Sweeping reforms in EU trademark law will be implemented in March as well as the likelihood of the Unitary...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.23.16

It’s a whole new ballgame for Wall Street traders—and one suspects it’s involving a lot fewer actual ballgames and a lot more algorithms, as the advanced-degree coders and their ETF firms take on the old guard – NYTimes...more

US China Trade War – Dueling US China Antidumping Cases, China’s NME Status, TPP, Aluminum and Congress Failure to let TAAF Fix...

I have been in China for two weeks working on the Solar Cells and Steel Sinks cases. This is an abbreviated February newsletter, which will cover trade and trade policy, including the new trade cases filed in the United...more

China RoHS II v. EU RoHS II – What’s the Difference?

China’s new Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products (RoHS II) regulation was issued on January 21, 2016 and is set to enter force on July 1, 2016. One of the main changes from...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.16.16

2015 was not exactly the year of the hedge fund, and 2016’s starting off with its worst start for the industry since 2008. But if you think that’s keeping managers from starting new portfolios with an eye toward hitting it...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.11.16

Day 1 of Dr. Yellen’s trip to the Hill is done, and the official tone is “cautious,” with Yellen predicting continued economic growth and eventual additional rate hikes but expressing concerns about international threats to...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.4.16

Welcome back. Let’s get right to it. With the new year only a few days old, there’s still plenty looking back going on. Here’s some analysis of the monumental year in deals—all $4.7 trillion-worth—that was marked not...more

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