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"Brexit Bites": Intellectual Property

This is the fifth in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Intellectual Property. A Brexit would in all likelihood have a significant impact upon intellectual property legislation, much of which derives from the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #22

TCFD consults on forthcoming work - TCFD has launched a questionnaire seeking views to inform its thinking throughout the year whilst its recommendations are still under development. The consultation asks questions on...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

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

Current Issues in U.S. Litigation Discussed at Korean CLE Seminar

On April 15, 2016, a select group of Korean patent and intellectual property attorneys convened at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Seoul for a continuing legal education seminar entitled “Current Issues in U.S. Litigation.” The...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants - On April 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules modifying regulations "for...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #21

EIOPA consults on infrastructure corporates - EIOPA is consulting on the Commission’s request for technical advice on the identification and calibration of “other infrastructure investment risk” categories. The...more

Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally...more

European Commission Issues Call for Advice on Own Fund Requirements for Market Risk

On April 22, 2016, the European Banking Authority published a call for advice it had received from the European Commission regarding revisions to the own fund requirement for market risk as part of the CRR review. The...more

Proposed German Equal Pay Act May Complicate Remuneration Issues

Statistics reveal a difference of 7 percent between the remuneration paid to men and that paid to women with the same qualifications in Germany. The average hourly wage even shows a difference of 22 percent, making pay...more

Privacy policy required for contact forms on websites? German Courts in disagreement

Over the last years, a number of German Courts had to decide whether the operator of a website that contains a contact form for the website’s visitors shall be obliged to provide visitors a privacy policy that informs the...more

Exploring the Employment Law Implications of a ‘Brexit’

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold an “in or out” referendum to decide whether it should remain a member of the European Union (EU). If the UK chooses to leave the 28-member European Union, one certain...more

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

Direct Lending by French Funds - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French financial markets regulator, the “AMF”) has published on 1 April 2016 the results from the public consultation organized at the end of last...more

Setback for EU-US Privacy Shield – How to Safely Get HR Data Across the Pond

After the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework invalid in October 2015, multinational companies with employees in the EU are facing the question how to legally transfer personal...more

Registration Now Open for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Registration is now open for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR), which serve as a...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

Insurance Europe Raises Concerns over Misunderstanding of Ultimate Forward Rate

On April 21, 2016, Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, released a press release raising concerns over how Solvency II liabilities are currently calculated, including discount rates. This press...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

In the Global Trenches Germany: Global Trade & Business Culture

President Obama started the week visiting Europe’s largest industrial trade fair, Hannover Messe, and promoting global trade. It should come as no surprise that Germany -- a global export champion -- is the host of the...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...more

Update on the U.S.- EU Privacy Shield

As we previously reported, this February, United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) negotiators announced the “U.S.-EU Privacy Shield” as a replacement to the U.S. Safe Harbor. Many U.S. companies relied on the Safe Harbor...more

ECB Offers Opinion on Proposed Regulation to Establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme

On April 20, 2016, the European Central Bank (ECB) published an opinion on a proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EU) No. 8.6/2014 in order to establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS)....more

The Continued Migration of US Covenant-Lite Structures into the European Leveraged Loan Market

At the start of 2016, global sponsors and their advisers are the US leveraged loan and global bond markets to the European leveraged loan market. Healthy investor appetite over the last several years means attractive terms...more

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