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Update from UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Will it happen? Well, “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck then its probably a duck”. All the indications are that the Regulation will happen. We have to assume it will. This echoes the...more

EU Court Says Loyalty Discounts Betray Competition: Ruling Underlines U.S. Differences

Intel's use of loyalty discounts and rebates to computer manufacturers and other actions directed at competitor Advanced Micro Devices violated EU competition law, according to the European Union's (EU) General Court. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Bank Prudential Regulation and Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Credit Ratings - Insurance - Financial Services...more

European Commission's Actions to Better Protect and Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

Although the number of registrations of European Patents, Community Trademarks and Community Designs more than doubled between 2003 and 2012, the high numbers of infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) harm this...more

EC and SCENIHR Begin Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of...

The European Commission (EC) and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have begun a public consultation on the preliminary opinion concerning “Guidance on the Determination of Potential...more

Timing and Scope of EU Clearing Obligation for Derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority is consulting on the mandatory clearing obligation for certain derivatives. Draft regulatory technical standards have been published for the mandatory clearing of certain interest...more

Shelter from the Coming Storm: Anti-Corruption Compliance in European Public Procurement

A red sky at morning is the traditional harbinger of ill weather. From our vantage point in Brussels, we’ve scanned the horizon for signs of the future of anti-bribery enforcement activity in Europe. We’ve identified four...more

EU: Commission recommends principles to Member States to promote effective protection of consumers

On Monday 14th July, the European Commission issued its Recommendation for the principles that Member States should consider adopting for the further protection of the consumers of online gambling services. In 2011,...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - PCAOB Adopts Auditing Standard and Amendments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx Publishes Revised Connected Transaction Rules - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - PCAOB Adopts Auditing Standard and Amendments -...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events -...more

Commission Publishes White Paper on Minority Shareholdings

Under the current Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation), the Commission is only able to review transactions that lead to a change of control. The Commission also has the power to review existing minority...more

Export Controls in UK Offshore Centers

Many private equity and investment funds are organized as limited partnerships or companies of offshore entities. Similarly, companies may structure mergers and acquisitions by utilizing offshore holding entities. The British...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “… unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “... unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

EC Posts Meeting Materials from Validation Workshop on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

The European Commission (EC) has posted materials from its June 30, 2014, validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. The EC...more

EU: European Commission launches cloud SLA standardisation guidelines

DLA Piper has played a key role in the launch of guidelines issued by the European Commission intended to help businesses save money and get the most out of cloud computing services. The guidelines aim to ensure contracts...more

New EU actions on enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

On 1 July, the European Commission has adopted two communications on (i) an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the EU and (ii) a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of...more

EC Posts Draft Reports for Impact Assessment on Transparency Measures for Nanomaterials

On June 30, 2014, the European Commission (EC) held a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials. As part of the workshop,...more

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Make “Safe Harbor Safe Again” – FTC, Justice Department Work to Keep EU Happy and Avoid Pull Back from...

Within the span of two days, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced initiatives meant to assuage the European Union’s concerns over trans-Atlantic data flows and to secure...more

Brussels Regulation (Recast): Are You Ready?

This article looks at the concerns with Council Regulation (EC) 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (Brussels Regulation) and examines how far they are...more

EU Risk Retention Rules and CLOs – the Journey’s End?

Although the legislative process is now complete, the process of structuring CLO transactions to comply with the EU risk retention rules has just begun. The EU’s risk retention framework will come into effect next...more

Consortia block exemption extended by a further five years

Following a public consultation held earlier this year, the EU Commission has announced the extension of the block exemption providing antitrust immunity to certain cooperative agreements between shipping lines until 2020....more

Out Of The Extraordinary: The Court Of Appeal's Judgment In Huzar V Jet2.Com

Court of Appeal hands down judgment on the meaning of "extraordinary circumstances" in the case of cancellation or delay arising out of technical faults pursuant to EC Regulation 261/2004 - It is somewhat regrettable...more

EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver

On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on “Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in...more

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