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Acquisition of Shares in Public Companies Before the SEJM

A parliamentary bill has been submitted with the Sejm, repealing an obligation to submit a tender offer in connection with the acquisition of shares giving the right to 10% of the total number of votes at the General Meeting...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation - Market Soundings Safe Harbour: Compliance and Record Requirements

The EU Regulation on Market Abuse (“MAR”) prohibits a person from unlawfully disclosing inside information relating to securities within the scope of the legislation. An unlawful disclosure is made when a person possesses...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation - Requirements for U.S. Issuers

The EU Regulation on Market Abuse (“MAR”) came into effect on 3 July 2016, replacing the previously existing Market Abuse Directive and expanding the application of the EU’s market abuse regime. In addition to detailing...more

Consob recommendation on the distribution of financial instruments through a trading venue

On 18 October 2016 - after a public consultation opened on 9 May 2016 - the Italian regulator (Consob) published a new recommendation on the distribution of financial instruments through a trading venue. In particular,...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Proposed Guidelines on Trading Halts under MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority published draft Guidelines on trading halts by regulated markets under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. MiFID II requires regulated markets to temporarily...more

EU Authority Publishes Model Arrangements for Benchmark Colleges

The European Securities and Markets Authority published Model Written Arrangements for Benchmark Colleges (dated September 30, 2016)...more

GPs Operating in Japan: Follow-Up Information Disclosures for Article 63 Filers Is Required

GPs that operate limited partnerships based on the exemption under Article 63 of the FIEA and have recently completed a renewal filing around the end of the grace period (August 31, 2016) are required to prepare Form 20-2...more

Banks Speak: LIBOR Plaintiffs Are Not Efficient Enforcers Of Antitrust Laws

As our loyal readers know, on May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a decision in the In re: LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation vacating the District Court’s prior decision dismissing one case in this...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #5

Commission reports on FCD - The Commission has reported on the appropriateness of Article 3(1) of the Financial Collateral Arrangements Directive (FCD). The FCD established a framework for the creation and enforcement of...more

Blog: North Carolina Introduces #Bitlicence For Virtual Currency Exchanges & Wallet Providers

North Carolina has amended its Money Transmitters Act, to introduce a new #Bitlicence. The new legislation was introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly on 18 March 2015, at the request of the Office of the...more

Update of the Luxembourg transparency rules

Luxembourg finally implements the Transparency Amending Directive. In line with the Directive, the Transparency Act 2008, amongst others: - reinforces rules on the disclosure of major shareholdings, including a new...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS Relating to Maintenance of Relevant Data Relating to Orders in Financial...

On June 24, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation and annex supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Regulation 600/2014) (“MiFIR“) with regard to regulatory technical standards...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #13

Commission consults on FICOD evaluation - The Commission has launched a consultation on its performance evaluation of the Financial Conglomerates Directive (FICOD). Its purpose is to assess whether the current FICOD...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

ESMA updates EMIR Q&A - ESMA has updated its Q&A on EMIR. The new questions address: - the clearing obligation, specifically about the self-categorisation needed to establish which counterparties belong to which...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #7

Treasury updates sanctions - Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea, to reflect new prohibitions on dealing with any person in the country. It has also updated the guidance from the Office of...more

Second Circuit Resurrects LIBOR Antitrust Case Against Bank Defendants, But Reprieve May Be Short-Lived

On May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit breathed new life into the class action case against 16 banks belonging to the British Bankers’ Association (the Banks), vacating the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of the case...more

ESMA Publishes Opinion on MiFIR II RTS on Ancillary Activities

ESMA has published an opinion proposing amendments to its draft technical standards (“RTS“) under the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Regulation 600/2014) (MiFIR) relating...more

ESMA Consults on Draft Implementing Measures under the Benchmark Regulation

ESMA published a consultation paper (ESMA/2016/723) on the technical implementation of the proposed Regulation on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of...more

EU Technical Standards on the Removal or Suspension of Financial Instruments from Trading

A Commission Delegated Regulation outlining the Regulatory Technical Standards on when financial instruments should be removed or suspended from trading was adopted by the European Commission. ...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan...more

2016-17 New York State Budget

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below. Personal Income/Estate Taxes Personal Income Tax rates are scheduled...more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...more

EU Guidelines on Assessing Knowledge and Competence Under MIFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority published translations of its guidelines on the assessment of the knowledge and competence of individuals providing investment advice or information about financial instruments,...more

Regulatory Technical Standards for the Submission and Content of Notifications to EU Regulators Published

The European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation, in the form of Regulatory Technical Standards, detailing the content of the financial instrument reference data that must be supplied to regulators. The adopted RTS will...more

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