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Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: European Union and U.S. Reach Agreement in Principle for New Data Transfer Framework – But Uncertainty...

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that they had reached agreement on a new data transfer safe harbor arrangement for the transfer of personal data from...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and European Commission Announce Common Approach for Transatlantic CCPs

On February 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and the European Commission announced a common approach relating to requirements for transatlantic central clearing parties (CCPs). The CFTC and the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million...more

Blog: European Commission Speech About The Resolution Of Insurers And Asset Managers

The European Commission has published a short extract from a speech given by Commissioner Jonathan Hill to the Centre for European Policy Studies on 9 February 2016. The first two paragraphs of the extract are about the...more

Blog: ESMA’s Advice On The Application Of The Passport To Non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers

It might soon be possible for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) in the United States of America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Canada, the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda or Australia (the Countries), to...more

"Key Takeaways - Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insight From the Enforcers"

On January 26, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and Charles River Associates hosted the sixth annual seminar “Antitrust in the Technology Sector,” with an emphasis on policy perspectives and insights from...more

European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package

On 28 January 2016, the European Commission published a draft Anti Tax Avoidance Package in order to ensure increased tax transparency and effective taxation within, and outside of, the EU. The package includes a proposed...more

Privacy Shield: The New Transatlantic Agreement and How it May Impact Your Company

Last Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that it approved the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”), an agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce establishing a new framework for...more

EC Takes Action on Protecting IP in Supply Chains

As global supply chains become more complex, they become vulnerable to various disruptions—counterfeits can enter legitimate supply chains, trade secrets can be compromised, and designs can be copied. These disruptions pose...more

European Commission Announces Agreement with the US on the Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows

On February 2, the members of the European Commission approved a new framework for transatlantic data flows: EU-US Privacy Shield. The European Commission and the United States agreed to a deal that reflects the requirements...more

European Commission Releases Fact Sheet on Plan to Strengthen the Fight Against Terrorist Financing

On February 2, the European Commission issued a fact sheet regarding its plan to strengthen the fight against terrorist financing, posing and answering questions on topic areas including, but not limited to: (i) the measures...more

Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

EC Publishes Inception Impact Assessment Concerning Possible REACH Annex Amendments for Registration of Nanomaterials

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EC) published an inception impact assessment concerning “Possible amendments of Annexes to REACH for registration of nanomaterials.” According to the inception impact assessment,...more

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

European Commission Proposes an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive

The proposed Council Directive marks another, significant, though likely problematic, step towards tackling tax avoidance across Member States. Background - The European Commission (the Commission) has been moving...more

EU-US Data Transfer Privacy Shield: Political Agreement Achieved Regarding “Safe Harbor 2.0”

Significant uncertainty and concern regarding US companies’ ability to process and use personal data received from the EU has loomed since the October 2015 decision by Europe’s highest court invalidating the EU-US Safe...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

Proposal of EU-US Privacy Shield Leaves Businesses in State of Uncertainty

Earlier this week, the European Commission announced that a “political” agreement has been reached on a new framework for data flows from the EU to the US. The announcement highlights a few changes from the old Safe Harbor...more

Safe Harbor is dead, long live Safe Harbor!

News broke late February 2, 2016 that the United States and the European Union Commission have agreed upon a revised and updated version of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, providing a new framework for transfers of personal data...more

Safe Harbor 2.0 Agreement Reached; New Program to be Named “Privacy Shield”

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that EU and US officials had reached an agreement to implement a program known as the EU-US Privacy Shield. Privacy Shield is designed to be the successor to the Safe...more

Tentative Agreement on New “Privacy Shield” Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows Reached

On February 2, the United States and the European Commission reached tentative agreement on a new framework for the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield....more

US and EU Reach a Deal to Save Safe Harbor

United States and European Union officials have reached a last-minute agreement in an attempt to salvage the US-EU Data Transfer Safe Harbor, nearly four months after the European Court of Justice issued an opinion...more

EU and U.S. Reach Deal on Safe Harbor for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that the U.S. and European Union have reached a deal on a new Safe Harbor to replace the old Safe Harbor program that was struck down by the European Court of Justice on...more

EU-US Privacy Shield to Replace Safe Harbor

A new personal data transfer agreement was announced on February 3, 2016 between EU and US authorities: the EU-US Privacy Shield will replace the invalidated Safe Harbor programme. Since the landmark decision of the...more

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