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European Commission Publishes the New Winter Package

Last month, the European Commission presented a package of measures, known as “the Winter Package”, to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness in adopting and leading the clean energy transition. In addition to promoting energy...more

Connected or Automated Vehicles: The European Commission Presents its Strategy for Europe

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) presented its Communication on connected cars for Europe, under the more formal denomination “A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems...more

ECHA Announces Signed Agreement for EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

On December 7, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the signing of a delegation agreement between ECHA and the European Commission (EC) on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON). According...more

Government's latest plans to reform the Corporate Insolvency Framework: what's hot and what's not?

On 23 September the Insolvency Service published responses to its "Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework consultation" which in May had suggested four key changes to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime...more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation suitable for refinement, improvement and simplification....more

European Commission Proposes draft "CRD5" among various EU Banking Sector Legislative Amendments 

The European Commission published a package of proposed legislative amendments in relation to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, the Single Resolution Mechanism Regulation, the Capital Requirements Regulation and the...more

European Commission Reports on Feedback to the Call for Evidence on the EU Regulatory Framework for Financial Services

The European Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union on the follow-up to its Call for Evidence on the EU regulatory framework for financial services. The European...more

EU-US Privacy Shield challenged in the European Court of Justice

Just four months after its adoption by the European Commission, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is facing its first formal legal challenge. The challenge comes from the Irish advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland, who is...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS on Criteria for Establishing When an Activity Is Considered to Be Ancillary...

The European Commission adopted, on December 1, 2016, a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) in relation to regulatory technical standards (“RTS“) on the criteria for establishing when an...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 46

ISS Releases 2017 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates - On November 21, ISS published its 2017 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates, which will be in effect for meetings held on or after February 1, 2017. The US 2017 updates cover...more

Bridging the Week - December 2016

CFTC Re-Proposes Capital Rules for Swap Dealers: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission re-proposed minimum capital requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants that are not subject to prudential...more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

ALFI Response to IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds - ALFI responded to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Good Practices for the Termination of Investment Funds which...more

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Finalization of Basel III

On November 23, 2016, the European Parliament published a provisional version of the text of the resolution it has adopted on finalization of Basel III. Among other things, in the resolution, the Parliament:...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2016

On 8 November 2016, the “Autorité de la concurrence” (French competition authority) provided a stark warning about the dangers of early implementation of a transaction prior to merger control clearance. This is one type of...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United Kingdom

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Government policy - Following the EU Referendum held on 23 June 2016, a new prime minister was appointed...more

"Double Trouble": The Kenyan Constitution and DTAs

Controversy stalks international corporate taxation. With the integration of national economies and the promotion of Foreign Development Investments (FDIs), international corporations’ presence in multiple jurisdictions with...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Amending List of High-Risk Third Countries Under the Fourth Money Laundering...

On November 28, 2016, the Council of the EU published a Commission Delegated Regulation (C(2016) 7495 final) amending Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 supplementing the Fourth Money Laundering Directive ((EU)...more

EU Releases Amendments to Model Clause and Country-Whitelisting Decisions – with Good News for Companies

Most privacy professionals are familiar with the European Court of Justice’s 2015 Schrems decision, which struck down the US-EU Safe Harbor mechanism. One lesser-discussed aspect of the ECJ’s decision related to the powers...more

New barriers to foreign investment in UK strategic infrastructure

Following the government's recent decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project (Hinkley Point), ministers are planning a new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain's critical...more

Globally Taxing Issues for Private Equity

Tax has, in recent months, become a frontpage issue with reaction to businesses not “paying their fair share” sitting alongside pressure on government finances and an uncertain political environment. In our view, the...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

SCCS Opinion on Additional Coatings for Titanium Dioxide (Nano Form) as UV-Filter Available for Comment

On November 22, 2016, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its opinion on additional coatings for titanium dioxide (nano form) as an ultraviolet...more

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