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European Commission Launches Review of EMIR

On May 21, the European Commission (EC) issued a consultation paper (CP) as part of its review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). Article 85(1) of EMIR requires the EC to prepare a report by August 17 on...more

"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

Update On Third-Country Equivalence Under EMIR

The European Commission has adopted “equivalence” decisions on the derivatives regulatory regimes for central counterparties in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Further decisions are awaited for other jurisdictions...more

ESMA Responds to Prospective Directive and Securitization Consultations

ESMA has responded to the European Commission’s consultations on the Prospective Directive and Securitization, recommending, in relation to prospectuses, an approach that would facilitate access to capital, while stressing...more

European Commission Launches Reform of EU Policy-Making Process

The European Commission’s new Better Regulation Agenda creates new opportunities for industry involvement in influencing draft legislation and strengthens the role of business and civil society in the preparation and review...more

Alert: European Commission Launches Digital Single Market Strategy with a Laundry List of Measures, Including Antitrust Sector...

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission (Commission) finally unveiled its plans for a wide range of measures designed to create a functioning Digital Single Market in the EU. Attention is therefore now switching to how the...more

European Commission Takes on E-Commerce Sector

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This inquiry is one of 16 initiatives that the Commission announced for the creation of a Digital Single Market for Europe. As...more

Privacy Laws in Asia - May 2015

Privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the past few years, and the level of activity and enforcement does not show any signs of slowing down. Eleven jurisdictions in Asia now have comprehensive privacy laws:...more

Further Delays in Transatlantic Clearing Accord

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad, and Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, released a joint statement on May 7 relating to the...more

European Commission Antitrust Inquiry Set to Create Level Playing Field in E-Commerce

On May 6, 2015, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission (EC) competition directorate plans to conduct an 18-month "sector inquiry" into e-commerce. The inquiry will...more

EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games

On May 6, 2015, the European Competition Commission released a new Digital Single Market Plan, and simultaneously launched a broad antitrust investigation into e-commerce. The DSM plan, consisting of sixteen proposals, seeks...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #2

Two Traders Subject of CME Summary Suspension for Alleged Spoofing Sued by CFTC Too - Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenced a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Heet Khara and Nasim...more

The Netherlands: resistance against different gambling taxes; complaint EC lodged

Yesterday, Dutch media reported that the proposed Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”) is subject to a complaint filed with the European Commission. The sector organization of slot machines, VAN, submitted the complaint stating that...more

Final text of the new Gambling Act notified to the EC

The Romanian main legislation act, as amended under the law for the approval of GEO 92/2014, was notified in its final form as voted upon by the Chamber of Deputies to the European Commission. The final form of the...more

The European Commission’s digital single market strategy: Challenges ahead for the media industries

After being elected as President of the European Commission (EC) in June last year, Jean-Claude Juncker made the realisation of a European ‘digital single market’ (DSM) a top priority. The EC’s much-anticipated white paper...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Disclosure Regarding the Relationship Between Executive Pay and Company Financial Performance - On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2015

On 15 April 2015, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (preliminary statement of case) to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services...more

Cloud computing contracts – the EU Commission report

Further to the EU Commission communication on “Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe” the Commission adopted a European Cloud Computing Strategy (you can find more information here) which is also based on a...more

Council Of The European Union Agrees To Negotiations On Reinsurance

On April 21, 2015, the Council of the European Union (“Council”) issued a mandate to the European Commission (“Commission”) to negotiate an agreement with the United States on reinsurance. The mandate consists of a decision...more

Fourth Money Laundering Directive and Wire Transfer Regulation

The European Commission has published two communications to the European Parliament concerning the position of the Council of the EU on the adoption of the proposed Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4), and the proposed...more

European Commission’s CCP Recovery and Resolution Roadmap

The European Commission has published a roadmap for non-bank recovery and resolution to provide a high-level public description of the planned initiative. Roadmaps give a first description of planned Commission initiatives –...more

European Parliament Votes to Adopt ECON Report on MMF Regulation

On April 29, 2015, the European Parliament adopted a report by its Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) containing amendments to the European Commission’s proposed Regulations on Money Market Funds (MMF...more

State aid modernisation in action: National electricity capacity mechanisms under scrutiny

On 29 April 2015, the European Commission (the “Commission”) launched its first sector inquiry under State aid rules to look into national measures to ensure that adequate capacity to produce electricity is available at all...more

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD)

Headlines - Commission urges EP to accept MLD 4, ESMA consults on knowledge and competence guidelines, EU Court judges on plain and intelligible language, FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227 million for IBOR failings and misleading...more

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