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EC Publishes Final Report of Nanocomput Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In July 2017, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) published a report entitled Evaluation of the availability and applicability of computational approaches in the safety assessment of nanomaterials: ...more

LIBOR – FCA consults on additional powers to compel banks to make LIBOR submissions

by Dentons on

In June 2017, the FCA published a consultation paper (CP17/5) on its proposed approach to its powers to compel contributions to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)....more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

EU & Competition Update: Developments in regulating e-commerce, a quick tour of the European Commission’s final report

by Dentons on

In order to make the EU’s single market fit for the contemporary digital age, the European Commission adopted in 2015 the ‘digital single market strategy’. One of the three pillars of this strategy is to achieve better access...more

A New European Standard for “Green Finance”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The High Level Expert Group on sustainable finance (the Group), which the European Commission (the EC) established, published its interim report on 13 July 2017. The report sets out the key steps required to create a...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its...more

What EU‘s Fine of Google $2.7 Means for Antitrust Exposure

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) after concluding the company had abused its dominance in search. According to a letter from the EC announcing the results of its investigation, Google has...more

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

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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

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