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FCC Orders Far-Reaching New Privacy and Data Security Rules

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has handed down sweeping new privacy and security rules for Internet service providers (ISPs). On Thursday, October 27, 2016, a sharply divided commission voted to...more

Be Aware Belgium - September 2016

Under the principle of proportionality, can a serious cause be dismissed considering that the sanction resulting from the serious cause is unreasonable? In a judgment dated 6 June 2016 (S.15.0067. F/1, available through...more

Australian designs law - where is reform headed?

It was back in 2012 that Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was first tasked with conducting the Review of the Designs System. In 2013 ACIP published an issues paper and in 2014 an options paper....more

Second Consultation on Harmonization of the Unique Product Identifier Launched

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions published a second report on proposed guidance for a harmonized Unique Product Identifier...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

Harmonized Discretionary Relief for New Trading Rules

On June 17, 2016, pursuant to Multilateral CSA Staff Notice 96-301 (the "Notice"), the securities regulators of each Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan (the "Announcing Jurisdictions") announced that they...more

Canadian private placements: new harmonized form means more reporting requirements

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106) in an effort to harmonize the exempt distribution report requirements...more

Harmonized Reporting for Private Placements (with Increased Disclosure Requirements)

An issuer that distributes securities to the public must either file a prospectus with securities regulatory authorities and deliver such prospectus to prospective purchasers, or rely upon a prospectus exemption available...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #3

SEC Adopts Swaps Business Conduct Rules Different From Comparable CFTC Requirements: Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules imposing business conduct standards on registered security-based...more

OHADA Zone: Deadline for Amending Articles of Incorporation of Commercial Companies Approaches

Commercial companies in OHADA member states that were incorporated prior to the entry into force of the Amended Uniform Act on 5 May 2014 must ensure that their articles of incorporation comply with the Act’s provisions by 5...more

House Passes GOP-Backed SMARTER ACT Aiming to Harmonize Merger Review Process for FTC and DOJ

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act by a vote of 235-171, despite strenuous objections from the Federal Trade Commission...more

European Central Bank Regulation Harmonizes Options and Discretions Applicable to Large Eurozone Banks

The European Central Bank Regulation on the exercise of options and discretions relating to the prudential requirements for credit institutions was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The prudential...more

IOSCO publishes harmonisation responses

IOSCO has released the responses to its consultations on harmonisation of key OTC derivatives data elements and harmonisation of the unique transaction identifier (UTI) (see FReD 4 September and FReD 21 August respectively). ...more

Draft Derivatives Laws Issued for the Canadian Cooperative System Harmonize Divergent Provincial Approaches

Draft derivatives regulations and a revised draft of the uniform Capital Markets Act (CMA) were issued in August 2015 as part of the process to implement the new Cooperative Capital Market Regulatory System (Cooperative...more

Music rights management in the Digital Single Market

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a technical review consultation on how effectively the draft Collective Management of Copyright (EU Directive) Regulations 2016 (the Draft Regulations) implement EU...more

Blog: SEC’s Advisory Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Recommends Harmonizing And Expanding Disclosure Accommodations For...

At a meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies at the end of last month, the Committee approved a set of Recommendations about Expanding Simplified Disclosure for Smaller Issuers. A key focus...more

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

FCA Issues Consultation on Implementation of UCITS V and Changes to UK Investment Funds Rules

On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper covering changes to its handbook of rules for Undertakings for the Collective Investment of Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds and other...more

Proposed Amendments Provide Data Security Standard Under ITAR and EAR

The Commerce and State Departments have issued long-awaited proposed regulations that provide data security standards for use in the transmission and storage of ITAR-controlled and EAR-controlled electronic data. If enacted...more

Employment Law Briefing

Whistleblowing can be a valuable tool for businesses, providing an early warning system against corporate malpractice and demonstrating a compliance culture. Hotlines are now established as an important tool in the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

EU Council Agrees Draft Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the EU Council of Ministers (Council) reached a General Approach to the long-awaited draft Data Protection Regulation (DPR), bringing Europe one step closer to a single, harmonised set of data protection rules...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Releases Semiannual Report on Banking Applications Activity - European Banking Authority Monitors Additional Tier 1 Capital Instruments - European Banking...more

European Commission Announces a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

Content creators and content exploiters will need to review their licensing regimes and agreements if changes proposed by the European Commission are adopted. On 6 May 2015 the European Commission published its digital...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm EPA is reopening the public comment period for its Notice of Availability of the draft small municipal...more

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