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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... more +
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 -

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Increasing Focus on European ETFs

by Dechert LLP on

The rise of passive investment strategies and the growing momentum of investment in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has not gone unnoticed by European regulators. The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) recently released a...more

EU General Data Protection Regulation – a survival guide for private equity

by Hogan Lovells on

To say that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or the Regulation) will change the existing data protection framework in Europe is an understatement. In less than a year, an ambitious, complex and strict law will...more

Up into the Clouds?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cloud services come with the promise of many benefits for the financial services sector. Cloud computing offers large-scale and cost-effective solutions for data storage and efficient processing and is also the underlying...more

Digital is trump! – Market definition and new dominance criteria for digital markets

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC) entered into effect introducing important amendments for companies to German competition law (please see the highlights of the 9th...more

New bill regarding the safeguarding of competitiveness

by DLA Piper on

The Act of 19 March 2017 modifying the Act of 26 July 1996 (Act on the Salary Standard) creates a new framework for the social partners to determine the salary standard. This salary standard establishes the maximum margin by...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 23

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Updates to Form ADV FAQs - On June 12, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Form ADV and IARD. Much of the...more

UK: Government announces International Sanctions Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government has set out plans in this week’s Queen’s Speech for a new International Sanctions Bill (the “Bill“) that aims to ensure that the UK will continue to meet its international sanctions policy obligations and...more

Changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Council of the EU adopted several changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive of 2007. The changes are relevant to listed companies in the EU. The changes are aimed at encouraging shareholder engagement, in...more

Luxembourg: CSSF Circular 17/658 - Compliance with the European Banking Authority’s Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies

by Dentons on

On 16 June 2017, the Luxembourg Financial Regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF) issued Circular 17/658 addressed to credit institutions and CRR investment firms on the compliance with the European...more

Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

by Hogan Lovells on

New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

Queen's speech paves the way for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

The Queen's Speech has set out the UK Government's intended legislative programme for the next two years – and its focus is Brexit. While there is little to no new detail, there are some further hints of how the...more

Queen’s Speech confirms (new) data protection law for the UK

by Dechert LLP on

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 confirmed the government’s plans for a new data protection law ensuring "that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data". ...more

EP Opposition and US Inter Partes Review Decisions Go Hand In Hand

It is often desirable to obtain patent protection for inventions both in Europe and the United States. As a result, competitors frequently look to Europe and the US as important jurisdictions for challenging the validity of a...more

Leveraged Lending: Summary of ECB Guidance compared to US Guidance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In May 2017, the European Central Bank published its final Guidance on Leveraged Transactions (the “ECB Guidance”). The ECB Guidance will come into effect six months after publication and will apply to all “significant credit...more

Countdown to the EU General Data Protection Regulation: Are You Ready?

by Clark Hill PLC on

With less than one year until the May 25, 2018 deadline for compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the "GDPR"), affected companies should already be preparing. The GDPR was...more

Lack of Distinctiveness as an Obstacle for EUTM Registration

by K&L Gates LLP on

The distinctiveness of a trademark is one of the conditions for obtaining a European Union trade mark (“EUTM”) registration. The concept of a trademark is defined through the prism of distinctiveness as its inherent...more

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

A Resurgence of Synthetic Securitizations - After a major market contraction in the wake of the financial crisis, risk-pooling...

Within the past few months, there have been a number of reports of the resurgence, particularly in Europe, of synthetic securitizations of risky assets. These transactions allow banks to transfer credit and other default...more

EU Telecoms Regulation Based on Unilateral Market Power Would be Contrary to EU Law

The existing EU regulatory framework for electronic communications obliges the EU Member States to provide in their national laws for certain powers and responsibilities of national regulatory authorities (“NRA”), in...more

Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

by Hogan Lovells on

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the collaborative economy. The resolution is a...more

EU Retail News - June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice ("CAP") puts its foot down on how companies can advertise to children online. In recent months, CAP has published a multitude of guidance to...more

European distressed debt and private equity - defensive strategies coming to the fore?

by DLA Piper on

Where a corporate borrower defaults on its debt terms, distressed debt investors are often presented with opportunities to acquire the debt at a discount. The strategy of investing in distressed debt presents investors with a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

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