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Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be sure whether the 19th or the 21st century has inspired...more

The future is now – the law on robots

The European Parliament (EP) is the first legal institution in the world to have initiated work of a law on robots and artificial intelligence (AI). It refers in particular to robots with the capacity to be trained and make...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology Update: Research Paper

Locke Lord London Global Head of Cards & Payments Robert Courtneidge and Associate Charlie Clarence-Smith wrote a research paper on bitcoin and blockchain technology. Over the past few years, digital currencies have been...more

Vladis Dombrovskis Gives Speech on the International Financial System

The European Commission has published a speech given by Vladis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Services and Capital Markets Union, on February 10, 2017. Amid general concerns about the state of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Will European Privacy in the United States be Trumped?

In recent weeks there has been significant debate among commentators about whether Europeans’ privacy is becoming less protected in the US and what that may mean for the privacy protection arrangements between the EU and the...more

Nanomaterials Inventory for Cosmetics Will Be Published “in the Next Weeks”

ClientEarth published a January 11, 2017, blog item entitled “Three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised ‘in the next weeks.’” Under the Cosmetics Directive, the European Commission (EC) was to publish by January...more

Private Equity Firm Held Responsible for Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Violations

A recent case found that a private equity firm was liable for its portfolio company’s antitrust violations. This client alert explains that private equity firms, when selecting potential investments, need to carry out...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

EU Commission agrees new rules allowing Europeans to watch online content services across EU borders

On 7 February, negotiators for the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission agreed the proposal for a regulation on EU cross-border portability of online content services. This is the first agreement relating to...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

European Commission to Publish Legislative Proposal to Revise the Regulation on OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade...

On January 31, 2017, the European Commission published a speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission Vice President, on finance for growth in manufacturing. The speech included the Commission’s recent review of EMIR, the...more

European Commission Opens Investigation into Suspected Price Restrictions by Electronic Goods Producers

Following the recent warning by the European Commission (“Commission”) in its Preliminary Report on the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, the Commission has announced that it has launched a full fledged investigation into four major...more

Interview with Jan Albrecht, Dr. Stefan Brink and Tim Wybitul on the New German Data Protection Bill

On 1 February 2017, the German federal cabinet adopted a draft data protection bill. The planned implementation statute aims to supplement and further define the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into...more

Data Protection Law- A Broken Shield

Sweeping statements made in an Executive Order issued five days into the Trump administration have cast doubt on the legal status of the EU-US Privacy Shield and have caused at least one highly-placed EU politician to...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: February

On 1 January 2017, the torch of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (“EU”) was passed from Slovakia to Malta. The Presidency rotates every six months between the EU Member States, but continuity is guaranteed...more

EC Launches Targeted Competition Enforcement in E-Commerce Sector

If we needed any reminder that the competitiveness of e-commerce was high on the European Commission’s enforcement agenda, we now have unequivocal proof of this. The Commission today launched three separate investigations...more

EU Legislation Amending Technical Standards on Derivatives Trade Reporting Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulatory Technical Standards on the minimum details of data to be reported to trade repositories was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The original RTS were...more

European Commission Publishes Correcting Amendment to Regulatory Technical Standards on Margin Requirements for Uncleared...

The European Commission published a draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending the Regulatory Technical Standards on margin requirements for uncleared derivatives. The amending RTS relate to the phase-in of the variation...more

What Will Trump’s Executive Order Do to U.S. Privacy Law and EU-U.S. Data Transfers?

On the third day of his presidency, President Trump signed an immigration-related executive order raising significant questions about the future of U.S. privacy law and EU-U.S. data transfers. The order, titled “Enhancing...more

Brexit Update: UK as a Holding Company Hub

The United Kingdom is still an attractive location for a holding company, despite the uncertainty over Brexit. ...more

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