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A New European Electronic Communications Code… And Some Other Changes

On September 14 the European Commission (EC) unveiled a series of measures of different legal nature, which together represent a very important and long-term effort to review the European telecommunications policy and legal...more

Blog: Amending the European VC Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

In July 2016, the European Commission published proposals to amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations; and submitted them to the Parliament and Council for possible adoption under the...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of...more

European Court Of Justice: Linking To Playboy Pics May Infringe Copyright

On September 8, 2016, the European Court of Justice rendered a controversial decision in GS Media v. Sanoma Media, which has been acclaimed by copyright holders and heavily criticized by internet companies....more

European Commission Calls for Acceleration of Capital Markets Union

The European Commission published a Communication calling for implementation of the Capital Markets Union to be accelerated. The CMU is part of the third pillar of the Commission Investment Plan for Europe. The CMU Action...more

European Banking Authority Reports on Core Funding Ratio

The EBA reports that overall there appears to be a lack of correlation in terms of outcomes and conclusions between the core funding ratio and the net stable funding ratio for the whole sample, in particular for smaller...more

European Supervisory Authorities Opines on Final Draft Technical Standards on Uncleared Derivatives

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published an Opinion on the European Commission's proposed amendments to the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared...more

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU — fine imposed on Altstoff Recycling Austria reduced by 30% in exchange for its co-operation with the Commission...more

European Parliament Announces Decision to Reject Delegated Resolution of RTS on Key Information Documents for PRIIPs

On September 14, 2016, the European Parliament announced its decision to reject the European Commission’s proposed Delegated Regulation supplementing the Regulation on key information documents (KIDs) for packaged retail and...more

EU Country-by-Country Tax Reporting Proposal Draws Attention

With the European Commission’s recent finding in the Apple Inc. state aid case, there has been greater attention on the need for more public transparency on taxes. European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Margrethe...more

Updating EU Copyright Law in Digital Times

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission (Commission) presented the Copyright reform, a legislative “Package” to promote a “more competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market” (DSM). In...more

Digesting the €13 Billion Apple-EU Tax Ruling

King & Spalding experts assess what international businesses need to be aware of following the EC's ruling on State Aid in the Apple case - Partners in King & Spalding’s tax department have shared their perspectives and...more

E-Commerce: The European Commission Completes Its Preliminary Report on the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

In May 2015, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a sector inquiry in the field of e-commerce in the context of its Digital Single Market strategy. Its aim was to obtain an overview of prevailing market trends,...more

Blog: UK Treasury consults on implementation of 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive

The UK’s Treasury has published a “Consultation on the transposition of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive“. The Consultation also describes HM Treasury’s proposed approach to the implementation of articles 17 et al of the...more

Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry: Key findings

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. Although the Report is preliminary, its findings already highlight concerns on the part of the European...more

Re-writing the copyright rulebook: analysing the European Commission’s copyright reform proposals

More than a year after the Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, the Commission continues to press ahead in delivering concrete proposals. The latest – and arguably most significant yet – are its...more

10 Steps to Mitigate EU State Aid Exposure on Tax Arrangements

As the European Commission reviews whether tax arrangements conform with State aid rules, companies active in Europe should ensure their fiscal regimes comply with EU law. In recent years, the European Commission (the...more

European Commission Calls to Accelerate the Capital Markets Union Reforms

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission published a communication calling for an acceleration of the capital markets union (CMU) reforms (COM(2016) 601 final) in light of the current political and economic...more

Buying and selling online: the EU's new findings on e-commerce

On 15 September 2016, after more than a year of information-gathering and analysis, the European Commission published a voluminous report (291 pages) of preliminary findings from its large-scale e-commerce inquiry (the...more

EU Commission President's State of the Union Address 2016: Main takeaways

On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in his annual 'State of the Union' speech. The State of Union address, which is delivered...more

Trade Secrets in the Spotlight Again: the EU Directive

May 2016 was a banner month for trade secret protection around the world. On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into US law, creating a new Federal cause of action for...more

European Commission Challenges Public Price Announcements by Shipping Liner Companies

On 7 July 2016, the European Commission adopted a decision accepting commitments by 14 shipping liner companies to change their practices concerning announcements of intended price increases for containerised shipping...more

German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers

On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the US-EU Privacy Shield. Companies that self-certify under Privacy Shield with the US Department of Commerce – dubbed “Privacy Shield organizations” – are thus officially...more

Non-Profits Release Report On Improvements To The European Commission’s Bioenergy Policy

On September 5, 2016, a group of non-profits, including Oxfam International, Fern, and Greenpeace, published a report outlining policy measures that should be taken by the European Commission (EC) to ensure that bioenergy is...more

European Commission tackles financing risks linked to virtual currencies

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing (CFT) measures related to virtual currencies. The proposal, adopted in July 2016, seeks to bring...more

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