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Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l January 2017

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as...more

Environment: The Year Ahead

The year ahead presents a series of challenges and opportunities for the development of environmental law across Europe. Notably, the Paris Agreement came into effect on 4 November 2016 and is now binding upon the signatory...more

France Adopts Legislation Strengthening Immunity from Execution of Foreign States

To some extent on the blueprint of the 2015 Belgian law, the French Parliament has given final approval, on 8 November 2016, to a piece of legislation aimed at enhancing the legal protection offered to the property of foreign...more

Webinar: Secondment - Sending Staff to Europe

Imagine your company has obtained a major contract to provide services globally, in particular in France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Although you may have offices in these countries, you need to temporarily second...more

Transfer of French export credit activities from Coface to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S.

France's export credit agency Coface transferred its export credit activities to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S. on 31 December 2016. The transfer is a "fundamental change" in the French export credit support system....more

The Notion of “Ecological Prejudice” Now in the French Civil Code

With the Biodiversity Law n°2016-1087 of August 8, 2016, the French Civil code now formally recognises “ecological prejudice” (préjudice écologique) as a category of indemnifiable damage. The move is symbolically significant...more

C’est La Vie: No ‘Right to Disconnect’ in U.S., But Non-Exempt Workers Must Be Paid for ‘Connected’ Time

Could a “right to disconnect” become law in the U.S.? France is trying it. Effective January 1, a new French law went into effect giving workers a “right to disconnect” when not at work. French employers with 50 or more...more

Employees in France’s “Right to Disconnect”

The “right to disconnect” from digital devices was first introduced in 2014 by the Syntec collective labor applicable to IT companies for employees subject to a working time scheme counting their working time in days rather...more

LNG in Europe 2016/2017: An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe

Overview of LNG in Europe - Gas is a key source of energy supply to Europe, and plays a fundamental role in Europe’s energy supply mix. Europe is a net importer of gas, which enters Europe in one of two ways: as natural...more

Update on Sapin II law

On 8 November 2016, the French Parliament passed a law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernisation of the economy, known as the Sapin II Law. This law entered into force on 11 December 2016. Consequently,...more

Enforcement Of Arbitral Award Refused: A Tale Of Dirty Deals, Demurrage And Discontent

Pursuant to article V of the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, a national authority may refuse to enforce or recognise a foreign award on certain limited grounds,...more

France Passes New Law Protecting Employees from Answering Off-Duty Emails

Emails can simultaneously be considered a tremendous leap in business efficiency, as well as the bane of many employees’ existence. In December, the French government took action to untie employees from their cell phones and...more

Implementation by the INPI of the Electronic Soleau Envelope - « e-Soleau »: A New Valuable Tool for Companies and Creators

The French Patent & Trademark Office (the INPI announced on 16 December 2016 the launch of the electronic version of the ‘Soleau envelope’ (the ‘e-Soleau’). This innovation makes it now possible to establish directly on the...more

Actualite Juridique - Decembre 2016

Assurance - Résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur pour cause d'aggravation du risque - Le Décret n°2016-1559 du 18 novembre 2016 relatif aux conditions de résiliation d'un contrat d'assurance emprunteur...more

New French sunshine regulations about to kick in

The French sunshine regulations require industry to report certain agreements along with the fees and other benefits provided to various stakeholders in the healthcare sector. These regulations also govern the declarations of...more

New French Anticorruption Legislation Affecting Large French and Foreign Groups of Companies and Their Top Management

On December 9th, 2016, France officially enacted the Law on transparency, anti-corruption and economic modernization (so-called "Sapin II bill") which introduces the following key changes...more

The French Codify a Right to Disconnect

Have you heard about the new “right to disconnect” law in France that has finally come into effect on January 1, 2017? Don’t believe all the hype! While the law may be the first in the world to attempt to address the...more

France Releases 2016 Report on Nanomaterial Reporting Scheme

In November 2016, the Ministry of the Environment, Energy, and the Sea released its 2016 report, in French, Éléments issus des déclarations des substances à l’état nanoparticulaire. The report analyzes nanomaterial...more

Annulment of International Arbitral Award: the French Conseil d’Etat Makes First Foray into the Fiefdom of the Civil Cassation...

On 9 November 2016 and for the first time, the French State Council (Conseil d’Etat) set aside an international arbitral award. The award related to a public contract performed in France. The award was partially set aside on...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Presentations Available from 2016 Nanosafe Conference

The fifth Nanosafe conference was held November 7-10, 2016, in Grenoble, France. The conference included panel discussions on responsible development with non-governmental organizations; urban particles mitigation: what is...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

State aid: The European Commission approves support measures for renewable energy in France

On 17 August 2015, the French Parliament enacted the "Law on energy transition and on green growth" in order to bring the French renewable energy support model in line with the Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for...more

Loi Travail : le bulletin de paie dématérialisé, nouvelle formule

Le décret d'application ayant été publié le 16 décembre 2016, les nouvelles dispositions de la loi Travail relatives à la dématérialisation des bulletins de paie entreront en vigueur le 1er janvier 2017....more

EU Competition Newsletter - December 2016

Single Market Withdrawal: A New Challenge to Brexit for the UK Government - Should Parliament have a say over whether Britain could remain in the European Economic Area?...more

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