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Article 29 Working Party Adopts Procedure on Approval of Model Clauses

On 26 November 2014, the Article 29 Working Party adopted a working document on establishing a cooperation procedure for issuing common opinions on whether contractual clauses are compliant with the European Commission’s...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Status and Financial Services Issues

On June 17, 2013, President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso agreed to open negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. Since then,...more

Where next for EU climate change policy? From Lima to Paris

2014 ended with a number of significant developments affecting EU climate change policy. In October 2014, the EU agreed on its 2030 ‘Climate and Energy Goals’ and, in the same month, the European Commission (“Commission”)...more

Lupin Appeals Fine Imposed by European Commission in “Pay-For-Delay” Crackdown

In July of this year, the European Commission imposed fines on French pharmaceutical company Servier and five generic drug makers, including Lupin Ltd., totaling €427.7 million. The fines were the result of a five-year...more

AIFM Directive – Latvia, Poland and Spain Warned by European Commission for Failing to Fully Implement New Investment Fund Rules

On November 26, the European Commission (Commission) issued a press release stating that it has sent formal requests to Latvia, Poland and Spain to provide it with notification of the measures each country has taken to fully...more

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

EU Short Selling – Sovereign Debt

The Council of the European Union has, on 1 December 2014, published a provisional version of a press release announcing its decision not to object to the adoption by the Commission of a regulation on the notification of...more

US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic & Covidien Merger US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic &...

Med Device Online reports that Medtronic has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU’s European Commission to merge with Covidien. Also according to Med Device Online, the companies had to agree that...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #2

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Derivatives - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - People - Events...more

Commission publishes Private Antitrust Damages Directive

On 5 December 2014 the Commission’s Directive on rules governing actions for damages for infringements of competition law (the Damages Directive) was published. Member States will now have two years plus twenty days (until...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Derivatives - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Recovery & Resolution -...more

European Commission Extends Deadline for the CRR

On November 14, the European Banking Committee (Committee) of the European Commission (EC) voted to extend the December 15 transitional deadline under the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). If the extension had not...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released seven reports addressing certain aspects of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) project. The seven BEPS reports...more

GB: Commission publishes rating system on the protection of customer funds

The Commission has published its rating system and an advice note to operators on the requirements to segregate customer funds and disclose to customers the level of protection offered in the event of insolvency....more

EU Antitrust Damages Directive: Opening the Floodgates to Claims or a Damp Squib?

The Council and European Parliament have finally adopted a Directive on rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of competition rules (the "Directive"). EU Member States have two years to...more

European Commission Adopts First Equivalence Decisions for Non-EU CCPs

On October 30, the European Commission (EC) adopted its first equivalence decision for the regulatory regimes of central counterparties (CCPs) located in four jurisdictions: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. ...more

International Tax News - October 2014

AUSTRALIA TO REFORM TAX TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEE STOCK AWARDS: 5 TAKEAWAYS FOR US-BASED COMPANIES - The Australian government has committed to reform the tax treatment of employee stock awards as part of its Industry...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 43

In this issue: - ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0 - SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements -...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Derivatives - Recovery & Resolution - Shadow Banking - People - Events - Excerpt from Bank Prudential...more

What Price Market Integrity? The Various “Benchmark Reviews”

When the LIBOR scandal first came to light, governments and regulators quickly took the view that “something had to be done” about pricing indices (Benchmarks). Since that moment, the FX scandal and further investigations...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

EUROPE- European Commission and UEFA “strengthen their relations” with Arrangement for Co-operation

On 14 October 2014 the European Commission and the Union of European Football Associates (UEFA) signed an Arrangement of Cooperation (the “Agreement”) which shall expire on 17 December 2017. The Agreement comes as UEFA...more

EU Commission Adopts New Prudential Rules Applicable to Financial Institutions

On October 10, the European Commission (Commission) adopted two delegated acts (Delegated Acts) under the Capital Requirements Regulation ((EU) 575/2013) (CRR)...more

The General Data Protection Regulation - Update on the latest developments

Introduction - The European data protection directive is already one of the most stringent data protection laws in the world. Europe is set to have an even more rigorous data protection law with the introduction of the...more

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