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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -
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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Funding for Venture Capital-Backed Fintech Startups is Poised to Hit a Record in 2016 - Some perceive fintech to be defying gravity in a down market, and...more

The EU Adopts the General Data Protection Regulation

In April of this year, the European Union (“EU”), adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), a regulation intended to strengthen data protection for individuals residing in the European Union. The GDPR provides...more

Employers need to review protection of confidential information as new European laws are approved to harmonise the protection of...

Employers need to be aware that the Trade Secrets Directive (TSD) was approved yesterday by the European Council, marking the end of its legislative journey in Europe. We can now expect to see its swift publication in the...more

International Investment Arbitration in Europe: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

UK Legislation Implementing Regulatory Powers for HM Treasury on Financial Collateral Arrangements

An Order was published implementing provisions in the Banking Act 2009, providing powers to HM Treasury to make regulations about financial collateral arrangements. The relevant provisions come into force on May 25, 2016. ...more

Looming Preemption: State Regulators Consider Ramifications of U.S. / EU Bilateral Insurance Agreement

Earlier this month at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Insurance Summit, a panel of regulators – Tennessee Commissioner Julie McPeak, Maine Superintendent Eric Cioppa, and Iowa Commissioner Nick...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 21

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Releases Target Dates for Proposed and Final Rulemaking - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently published its agenda with respect to upcoming rulemaking, including rulemaking...more

Uncertainty Increases Around EU-U.S. Data Flows

Two recent developments have significantly increased the already uncertain legal landscape surrounding transatlantic data flows. Earlier today, the EU Parliament voted out a resolution calling on the European Commission (EU...more

Harmonization of Trade Secrets in Europe and New US Trade Secrets Law Gets the Green Light—What Do These Changes Mean for...

A harmonized trade secrets protection regime is coming to Europe and the US. Until now, there has been a fragmented approach to trade secrets across Europe, with some countries having specific trade secrets legislation and...more

EU Law Making Bodies Entered into an Agreement on the New EU Medical Devices Regulations on May 25, 2016

On May 25, 2016, the European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission agreed on new rules regarding the approval and surveillance of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics for the European market. The...more

Dawn raids: How to prepare for, manage, and mitigate the increasing risk to multinational tech companies

Dawn raids and enforcement actions throughout Europe are becoming more and more prevalent. And increasingly, the targets of these raids are multinational tech companies with foreign headquarters, which through their global...more

Your Guide to European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs)

Strengthening the European economy through sustainable growth and boosting long-term investment is currently at the forefront of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic agenda. This focus on sustainable growth is the key driver...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #16

Lloyd’s updates requirements for performance management - Lloyd’s has published a market bulletin to update its “Performance Management – Supplemental Requirements and Guidance”. It consolidates a number of existing...more

Guest Post -- Keeping an Eye on Patent Trolls

The Question Worth Pondering: Innovation Provokers or Idea Thieves? - In the past five years Cisco and J.C. Penney have spent close to $350 million fending off demands from patent trolls, which are more politely known...more

New Changes to European Trademark Prosecution

As of March 23, 2016, the “Community Trade Mark” (CTM) is going by a new name: the “European Union Trade Mark” (EUTM), reflecting the evolution of the European Community into the European Union. By force of Regulation No....more

"Brexit Bites": Dispute Resolution

This is the ninth in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Dispute Resolution. If the UK exits the EU, there could be implications for any dispute resolution process involving English law and English courts....more

Privacy Shield Setback? European Parliament Asks to Revisit Negotiations

The saga continues on the quest to improve the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement (“Privacy Shield”), the framework that, if enacted, would permit transatlantic data flows from the EU to the U.S. Yesterday, the European...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

Potential Impact of ‘Brexit’ on Arbitration

As we stand only weeks away from the United Kingdom’s referendum on a potential cleaving from the European Union, economists and politicians are busy analyzing the potential effects of either decision; there are also...more

Can You Keep A Secret? The European Union’s New Directive on Trade Secrets and its Impacts on Whistleblowers

It is no secret that the European Union’s (“EU”) Directive on Trade Secrets was a long time in the making. The Directive was first proposed in November 2013. After roughly two years of debate and revision, the revised...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ECB Publishes Public Consultation - The European Central Bank ("ECB") has published a Public Consultation on a draft Addendum to the ECB Guide on options and discretions available in Union law. ...more

EU Technical Standards on the Removal or Suspension of Financial Instruments from Trading

A Commission Delegated Regulation outlining the Regulatory Technical Standards on when financial instruments should be removed or suspended from trading was adopted by the European Commission. ...more

New EU Trade Secrets Directive Formally Adopted

The new EU Trade Secrets Directive aims to harmonise the protection of trade secrets across all EU Member States. The reform seeks to give businesses greater confidence in sharing trade secrets across multiple Member States...more

Strict and far-reaching new EU data protection regime comes into force

The EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is now in force, and the clock is officially ticking for businesses to bring their operations into line with its sweeping changes. On 4 May 2016, after more than four...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #15

ESAs publish ECAI opinion - The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – EBA, ESMA and EIOPA) have published their opinion on the Commission’s intention to amend the draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the...more

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