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Prospectus Directive: The Commission’s Proposal for a New Prospectus Regulation

The European Commission, as part of its Capital Markets Union action plan and its commitment to simplify and harmonize EU laws, on November 30, 2015 adopted a proposal for a new prospectus regulation, intended to replace the...more

Prospectus Directive: The Commission’s Proposal for a New Prospectus Regulation

The European Commission, as part of its Capital Markets Union action plan and its commitment to simplify and harmonize EU laws, on November 30, 2015 adopted a proposal for a new prospectus regulation, intended to replace the...more

Online Dispute Resolution – European Commission publishes its link to the “ODR” Platform

ODR – a recap - ODR is a form of dispute resolution which uses technology to facilitate the resolution of disputes by using techniques such as e-negotiation and e-mediation....more

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For Corporate Taxpayers In Belgium

On 28 January 2016 the EC published the proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. It applies to all taxpayers which are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including corporate taxpayers without...more

EU Publishes Text of Compromise Trade Secrets Directive for Approval by European Parliament

As we reported last month in this blog, in December the European Council and representatives of the European Parliament reached a “provisional agreement” on the European Commission’s proposed Directive to protect trade...more

EU Bonus Cap: EBA Publishes Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies and Separate Opinion on Proportionality

The EU Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) went into effect on January 1, 2014. The CRD introduced what is commonly referred to in the European Union as a “bonus cap” on individual variable remuneration when paid to...more

EU Safe Harbor Update: No Solution in January?

As we have noted previously, in the wake of the ECJ’s decision that undid the US-EU Safe Harbor, we were told that there would be no enforcement of the EU Directive until after January 31, to allow the US and EU to hammer out...more

EU Reaches “Provisional Agreement” on New Trade Secret Directive

The Council of Ministers announced that the Luxembourg presidency had reached a “provisional agreement” with the European Parliament representatives regarding a new Trade Secret Directive (“Provisional Directive”) on December...more

European Union Publishes Implementing Directive on Whistleblowing Under Market Abuse

On December 18, 2015, the Official Journal of the European Union published the European Commission’s (EC’s) new Implementing Directive on whistleblowing under the European Union’s Market Abuse Regulation. Article 32 of the...more

EU MAR implementing Directive on infringements published in OJEU

The Commission Implementing Directive setting out policies and procedures for reporting of infringements under EU MAR, and confirming how whistleblowers should be protected, has been published in the OJEU....more

ESMA Guidelines for Assessment of Knowledge and Competence Under MiFID II

On December 18, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published a final report on guidelines for the assessment of knowledge and competence under the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) (“Directive”)....more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Obligations of Depositaries Required by UCITS V

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation (C(2015) 9160) supplementing the UCITS IV Directive (2009/65/EC) on the obligations of depositaries. The Delegated Regulation sets out provisions relating to issues...more

Proposed EU Trade Secrets Directive Crosses Another Hurdle with “Provisional Agreement” Between Council and Parliament

As regular readers of this blog will note, we have been tracking progress of the European Commission’s proposed Directive to protect trade secrets as it has made its way through the European Union’s complicated legislative...more

Corporate Climate Change Reporting: Recent Developments

As world leaders coalesced in Paris to agree an historic treaty to commit nearly 200 countries to a global greenhouse gas reduction target, a similar, renewed focus has been brought recently across borders to enhance...more

Blog: “Strong Customer Authentication” & “Secure Communication” Under The Second Payment Services Directive

The second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is expected to come into force in January 2016, and to apply to payment services providers from January 2018. When it comes into force, PSD2 will give the European Banking...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News: The EU General Data Protection Regulation: are you ready?

In 1995, the EU Data Protection Directive established the first-ever legal framework for personal data protection across multiple countries. The Directive has since shaped how the EU member states - and countries across the...more

European Union: Working time for workers with no fixed place of work

If you employ or plan to employ workers in the European Union who have no habitual or fixed place of work, you should be aware of a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”). The ECJ determined in September that...more

Implementation of EU P/S Directive GAAR; Dutch Decree regarding adaptation period for currently existing ATR's

Due to the adoption of the amended EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive into Dutch law, more specifically the EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive's general anti-abuse rule (GAAR), certain currently existing Advance Tax Rulings (ATRs)...more

Council asks COREPER to agree PSD2

The Council has published a note from the General Secretariat to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) relating to the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). It asks COREPER to confirm its agreement and to...more

Collective redundancies – can directors of financially distressed companies breathe a sigh of relief?

In October we issued an article on the criminal charges that had been brought against the former directors of City Link Limited (in administration) for their failure to notify the Secretary of State of proposals for...more

Commission finalises CRD4 colleges RTS

The Commission has published the Delegated Regulation on regulatory technical standards (RTS) for specifying the general conditions for the functioning of colleges of supervisors under the Fourth Capital Requirements...more

Commission adopts 2016 work programme

The Commission has adopted its 2016 Work Programme, reaffirming the commitment to the 10 political priorities of its political guidelines. The programme plans to deliver 23 key initiatives and 40 actions under its “REFIT”...more

EBA translates BRRD simplified obligations guidelines

EBA has translated the guidelines on simplified obligations under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) in the official languages. The guidelines define how EU authorities should assess whether an institution is...more

EBA consults on BRRD guidelines

EBA is consulting on draft guidelines on how confidential information collected under the BRRD should be disclosed in summary or collective form without identifying individual institutions or entities. The guidelines say this...more

EIOPA modifies Solvency 2 term structures methodology

EIOPA has modified the methodology for calculating the relevant risk-free interest rate term structures for Solvency 2. EIOPA has decided to amend the methodology so that...more

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