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UK Payment Systems Regulator Consults on Application of Interchange Fee Regulation in the UK

The UK Payment Systems Regulator published a consultation paper on the application of provisions in the Interchange Fee Regulation, which take effect in the UK from June 9, 2016. The IFR sets a limit on interchange fees on...more

"Brexit Bites": Trade

This is the eighth in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Trade and the Movement of Goods & Services. Should the UK leave the European Union (EU), there would be an impact on its trading of goods and services,...more

Innocents Abroad: Privacy considerations for employees working abroad

Dear Ned, I understand that one of your employees will be engaging a six-month temporary assignment around Europe to scope market opportunities, and you’d like to have a better understanding of what to be thinking about...more

MiFID II: Access to EU Markets for Third Country Investment Firms

This note discusses the MiFID II regime for access by financial institutions located outside the EU to EU customers and markets. Full harmonisation of the access regime for third country firms has not been achieved. Instead...more

PF Newsletter: Article 55 of the BRRD

From 1 January 2016, all EEA incorporated banks and credit institutions are required to include a term in any non-EEA law governed contract under which they have liabilities, giving contractual recognition of the bail-in...more

PF Newsletter: LMA Updates - Quarter One 2016

Legal & Regulatory - BRRD: FCA publishes modification by consent for Article 55 rules - Article 55 of the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive 2014/59 (BRRD) requires European Economic Area (EEA) firms and...more

UK Regulator Consults on Reporting of Financial Statements and Forecast Capital Data

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a consultation paper on regulatory reporting of financial statements, forecast capital data and IFRS 9 requirements, setting out the PRA’s proposals on future reporting of balance...more

Brexit Insights - Setting the Scene

At present, the only thing that appears certain about Brexit is the uncertainty that it poses for UK and EU businesses. The referendum on the 23rd June will determine whether the UK should remain part of the EU or...more

The Great Brexit Debate - Will they, won’t they, and what happens next…?

The UK is now counting down to the 23 June 2016 referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union. Brexit would have significant implications for the current UK legal and regulatory framework as EU regulation...more

Brexit: issues to consider for the banking and finance industry

Nobody yet knows the true likelihood of a so-called "Brexit" following Britain's "Leave" or "Remain" referendum on membership of the European Union (EU). The results of the 2015 general election suggest that relying on the...more

Bail-In, or Just Bailing?

You know, there’s never a dull moment when one reports on the regulatory states’ endless and so often fruitless and wrong-headed tinkering with the global economy. So now… let’s talk bail-in. The bail-in regime, which was...more

"Brexit Bites": Implications for Financial Services Firms

Much of the regulation of financial services in the UK is governed by EU law. This includes the regulation of banks, broker-dealers, insurers and reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, fund managers, mortgage providers and...more

ISDA Publishes Updated EMIR Classification Letter

On April 13, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”) published an updated classification letter that enables counterparties to notify each other of their status for clearing and other regulatory...more

EFTA Court to Rule on The Interpretation of Restriction of Competition by Object

In Depth - On 19 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Norway asked the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court to provide an advisory opinion on the legal test required to qualify an agreement as restricting...more

"Brexit Bites": Employment Law Implications

Although much of the UK’s current employment law framework derives from the EU, it seems unlikely that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in significant legal changes, at least in the short term. There are several reasons...more

Blog: The 4th Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Directive

The 4th Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Directive (4AMLD) came into force on 25 June 2015; and the Member States of the European Union are (currently) obliged to transpose it into their national laws by 26 June...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Issues Guidance Setting Credit and Debit Interchange Caps

On March 24th, the United Kingdom’s Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) issued final guidance establishing interchange fee caps on credit and debit card transactions where the point of sale is located in the United Kingdom. The...more

‘Brexit’ Implications for Listings of Securities on the London Stock Exchange

If Britain decides to leave the European Union as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the effect on the UK and EU financial services sectors could be significant; in particular, there could be effects on the London...more

EU Bail-In Rules: How Do They Impact Canadian Borrowers?

As of January 1, 2016, financial institutions from the European Economic Area (EEA) — which includes member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway — are subject to new requirements under Article 55 of...more

Brexit: Options for and Impact of the Possible Alternatives to EU Membership

The UK is holding a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. There seems to be a disconnect between some aspects of public discourse on the vote and the actual effect of an...more

Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between...more

Immigration Implications of ‘Brexit’

A “leave” vote on 23 June 2016 could have significant impact on employee and individual mobility, immigration, and UK citizenship status. Considering the charged political atmosphere around immigration issues and EU free...more

Financial Services Sector Implications of ‘Brexit’

Should Britain decide to leave both the EU and EEA as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the impact on UK and EU financial services firms could be significant. The City of London is Europe’s key financial...more

Brexit: what are the implications for employment law?

The possibility of a UK exit from the EU – colloquially known as a Brexit – is high on the political, business and media agenda. On 23 June the UK will hold an in/out referendum to determine whether we should remain a member...more

Alert: Data Privacy Q&A: EU-US Privacy Shield

At the start of February, the European Commission announced it had finally struck a deal with the US Department of Commerce on Safe Harbor's replacement. Below, we address some of the key questions organisations are asking...more

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