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Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

European Supervisory Authorities Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System

The European Banking Authority, European Securities and Markets Authority and European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (known as the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities) published a report...more

A Death Abroad - Assistance and Issues

The death of a loved one is obviously a difficult time and process for family and friends. If the decedent dies outside of the U.S., the family and friends have the additional burden of dealing with local law and...more

FTC signs MOU with Canada on Do Not Call and anti-spam enforcement activities

In a sign of increased cross-border cooperation for enforcement purposes, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications...more

European Commission Seeks Views on Harmonizing EU Insolvency Regimes Under its Capital Markets Union Action Plan

The European Commission launched a consultation seeking views on key insolvency principles and standards which could ensure that national insolvency frameworks work in a cross-border context. The consultation is part of the...more

Group Seeks Relief For U.S. Citizens With RESP and TFSA Accounts

In a letter dated March 4, 2016, the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (“AmCham Canada”) requested that the United States Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) provide various forms of tax relief to U.S. and Canadian...more

"Derivatives Regulators Reach Agreement on Cross-Border Harmonization for Central Clearing Counterparties"

Recent regulatory actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the European Commission (EC) are bringing an end to years of negotiation on how to regulate central clearing counterparties (CCPs)...more

EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Cross-Border Cooperation and De-Risking

US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discussed the importance of international cooperation and comprehensive cross-agency, cross-border approaches to cybersecurity and the fight to prevent money laundering. Comptroller...more

Cross-Border Lending to Canada: Bank Act Primer for Foreign Banks

Canada has a highly concentrated financial sector with six large Canadian domestic banks holding 93 per cent of all bank assets — one of the highest concentration levels in G7 countries, according to the International...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #5

EBA reports on supervisory colleges - EBA has published its annual assessment of EU colleges of supervisors. The report assesses how colleges have functioned during 2015 and identifies key activities for the effective...more

Court in Bloody Sunday case applies “necessity” threshold for lawful arrest

In B, N, O, Q, R, U, V (Former Soldiers) v The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland [2015] EWHC 3691 (Admin), Lord Thomas provided helpful clarification on the court’s interpretation of legislation...more

EU Passes New Trade Secret Directive to Harmonize Trade Secret Laws of Member States

In late December 2015, the European Union reached an agreement on the terms of a provisional Trade Secrets Directive, which was intended to harmonize the laws governing trade secrets and “improve[e] the effectiveness of the...more

CFTC Uncleared Swap Margin Rules to Take Effect in September

While the US gears up for compliance with uncleared swap margin rules, cross-border application of the CFTC rules remains unclear. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) finalized its margin requirements...more

Focus on: Japan and Trade Secrets

The protection of trade secrets and confidential information is vital for all companies. In the US and many countries in Europe, trade secret protection has been a longstanding issue and focus by governments and companies. In...more

Insurance Coverage for Actions Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Against Government Contractors

Since 2009, enforcement of FCPA actions has significantly increased. The Department of Justice has convicted over 50 individuals, and companies have paid approximately $3 billion in fines and penalties. Government...more

The Long and Winding Road of Arbitration in India - Examining 20 Years of the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act of 1996

India cannot sustain its quest for global credibility and endeavor to be an attractive destination for foreign investment if it is believed to be an unreliable venue for enforcing foreign arbitration awards. Many...more

Court of Appeal of Alberta Allows Sharing Self-Incriminating Evidence Given in Securities Proceedings with Foreign Authorities

For many years, there has been a growing concern in Alberta and elsewhere as to what might happen when the subject of a compelled examination under Alberta securities law faces potential scrutiny in other jurisdictions; can...more

Encouraging news for cross-border internet retailers (and shoppers) in the EU

The European Commission (the "Commission") has been investigating the European-wide parcel delivery industry for some time. With online retail becoming an increasingly important avenue for both consumers and retailers, the...more

Our 2016 Resolutions for eDiscovery, Part 1

As we welcome the new year, it’s time for many of us to make resolutions. After consulting our crystal ball, here are our suggestions for ways to handle the new normal counsel will face in 2016....more

Developments relating to Category 3 Offerings under Regulation S

One of the more vexing problems under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) Regulation S involves its application to U.S. companies desiring to go public outside the United States. As is well known,...more

EU Directive On Cybersecurity Agreed

On 18 December 2015, the agreed text of the Network and Information Security Directive (the NIS Directive) was released. With cybersecurity firmly established as a key business risk, the introduction of specific laws in this...more

The EU General Data Protection Regulation – Europe Adopts Single Set of Privacy Rules

On December 15, 2015, following four years of close, sometimes contentious, review, the EU institutions agreed upon the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). One of the most important EU legislative...more

Commission publishes green paper on retail financial services

The Commission has published a Green Paper seeking views on how to improve choice, transparency and competition in retail financial services to the benefit of European consumers and how to facilitate true cross-border supply...more

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