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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

Proposed Revisions to EU Supervisory Reporting Requirements for Sovereign Exposures and Operational Risk

The European Banking Authority published a consultation paper proposing revisions to the Implementing Technical Standards on supervisory reporting.The ITS on supervisory reporting collate the prudential reporting requirements...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Italy to Implement EU Directive on Damages for Breaches of Competition Law

On 27 October 2016, the Italian Government adopted a draft decree (“Draft Decree”) implementing Directive 2014/104/EU on antitrust damages actions (“Directive”), which aimed at making easier for victims of antitrust...more

New Rules for OTT Services—The EU Commission’s Draft Electronic Communications Code

In December 2015, we reported about a German court that classified Google’s Gmail as a regulated telecommunications service. This court decision added to the discussion of whether and to what extent communications services...more

Econ Vote on Resolution on Basel III Revisions

On November 10, 2016, the European Parliament published a press release on a vote taken by its Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON“) in relation to revisions to Basel III, which are currently under consideration...more

In the Wake of Schrems: EU White List of Adequate Nations and Standard Contractual Clauses Under Review

Early last month, the European Commission tabled proposed amendments to its existing decisions on the adequacy of third countries’ data protection laws, and to its decisions on the EU standard contractual clauses....more

Implementing Regulation on Information for Calculation of Technical Provisions and Basic Own Funds for Q4 2016 Reporting Under...

On November 11, 2016, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation laying down information for the calculation of technical provisions and basic own funds for reporting with reference dates from September 30...more

UK to implement GDPR regardless of Brexit

The UK government has confirmed that it will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation, notwithstanding the UK's decision to leave the EU. This announcement confirms that UK businesses will need to become GDPR...more

Business Litigation Reporter - November 2016

On June 12, 2016, the European Commission adopted a new framework for personal data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), called the “Privacy Shield.” US companies doing business in Europe may...more

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