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DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

European Commission Expert Group on Sustainable Finance Issues Interim Report

On July 13, 2017, the European Commission published the interim report of its high-level expert group (“HLEG“) on sustainable finance. The HLEG was established in October 2016 as one of the initiatives relating to the...more

Clarifying or Conforming? The EPO Bows to the European Commission

by Jones Day on

In December, we reported that the European Commission ("Commission") had issued an Interpretive Notice (2016/C 411/03) stating products produced by essentially biological processes should not be patentable. The notice came as...more

The new EU Prospectus Regulation: immediate benefits for equity issuers

by Dentons on

The new EU Prospectus Regulation 2017/1129 (the Regulation) comes into force on 20 July 2017. The Regulation repeals and replaces the Prospectus Directive and will apply to all prospectuses issued on or after 21 July 2019....more

A New Era: The New European Framework for Securitisations

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a prolonged period of political scrutiny and negotiation, the texts of two regulations implementing significant changes to the regulation and capital treatment of securitisations were broadly agreed by the three EU...more

European Commission Guidelines on Application of PRIIPS Regulation

On July 4, 2017, the European Commission adopted a communication containing guidelines on the application of the Regulation on key information documents (“KIDs“) for packaged retail and insurance-based products (“PRIIPS“)...more

EU — PET (Pakistan)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision - A WTO Panel has upheld the majority of claims advanced by Pakistan against countervailing duties (CVDs) imposed by the European Commission on certain imported polymers....more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 30 June 2017 – 6 July 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

CAPITAL MARKETS AND MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE - See Recovery and Resolution section for an update on CCP recovery and resolution. FCA makes available draft forms for benchmark administrators - On 6 July, as part of their...more

European Commission Adopts Implementing Regulation on Its Own Supervisory Reporting to Reflect IFRS 9 Changes to FINREP

On July 5, 2017, the European Banking Authority (“EBA“) published a press release announcing that the European Commission (EC) adopted an Implementing Regulation on June 29, 2017, which amends the Implementing Regulation on...more

The European Commission’s E-Commerce Report: Practical Lessons

by WilmerHale on

For the last two years, the European Commission (“EC”) has been carrying out a Sector Inquiry into e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content in the EU. As part of this, the EC has sent companies many questionnaires...more

New EC Guidelines to Improve Non-Financial Information Reporting

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 26 June 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published non-binding guidelines on the methodology for reporting non-financial information by certain large companies and groups (the Guidelines) as required by Article 2 of...more

Corporate News - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

FCA bans firms' use of restrictive contractual clauses for future primary market services - On 27 June 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its Policy Statement PS17/13 'Investment and corporate banking:...more

Reflections upon the proposed amendments to EMIR

by White & Case LLP on

Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories ("EMIR") entered into force on 16 August 2012. Most of the obligations...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...more

Regulatory interest continues around hotel prices

by Bryan Cave on

European and national competition regulator interest in hotel prices and price parity clauses continues. On 5 July 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a one page memo, intended to educate hotels on...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

More EU Investigations Into Licensing and Distribution Practices - During June 2017, the European Commission launched yet more competition law investigations into licensing and distribution practices in the EU. The four...more

Digital Single Market: “DSM in 5 minutes” – Brochure

by Hogan Lovells on

In this brand-new publication, our pan-European DSM Taskforce helps you plan for the changes by providing an overview of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy; what the key legislative measures will bring about and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - June 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on human rights litigation in U.S. federal courts; new...more

ESAs Publish 2016 Annual Reports

On June 15, 2017, ESMA, EIOPA and the EBA (the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs“)) each published their annual reports outlining the relevant ESA’s objectives, activities and key achievements in 2016. ESMA’s annual...more

European Commission Proposes Technical Changes to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published a legislative proposal to amend the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. This proposal is the result of an extensive assessment of EMIR between 2015 and 2016. The proposal covers a...more

NDRC’s Probe of the Foreign Finance Sector May Signal Increased Antitrust Enforcement Risks Related to SSA Market and Beyond

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Recent press reports in China have indicated that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three antitrust regulators, is launching an inquiry into firms in the foreign finance sector to...more

NanoDefine Will Hold Workshop on Measurement and Classification of Nanomaterials According to the EC Definition

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 24, 2017, NanoDefine will hold a one-day workshop in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical demonstration of newly developed measurement techniques to end-users who...more

European Commission Proposes Action to Streamline Environmental Reporting

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its Action Plan to Streamline Environmental Reporting (COM(2017) 312), summarising the findings of its review of reporting requirements following the 2015 ‘Better...more

Online Trade Under Antitrust Scrutiny in EC's E-Commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report

by Jones Day on

On May 10, 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited Final Report on the 2015 E-commerce Sector Inquiry ("Report"). The Report highlights the Commission's enforcement priorities in the online markets for...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 16th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 16, 2017 is below. Several interesting stories this week... Price-Fixing Technology the Subject of EU Regulators [PARITY] - ("Enforcers Must...more

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