On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced that new entities and individuals in Russia and Ukraine have been designated under Canada’s sanctions laws. These new measures are introduced in coordination with the...more
On January 16, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding regulatory cooperation and arrangements...more
With improved coordination among agencies and across borders and the threat of dual criminal and civil enforcement, companies facing cartel investigations must navigate an increasingly complex environment. Skadden partners...more
As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) completes the derivatives regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Union continues to develop its own derivatives rules. Both sets of regulations seek to...more
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) released a Working Document setting forth a co-operation procedure for issuing common opinions on “Contractual clauses” considered as compliant with the EC Model...more
Dealers and major industry participants may be subject to new margin requirements beginning as early as December 1, 2015.
Regulators are expected to finalize rules regarding margin requirements for uncleared swaps...more
In May 2012 a review of the Australian designs system was requested.
Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) has been conducting this review and on 3 December 2014 released an Options Paper for...more
As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more
Since the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”) came into force in 2007, European legislators and market participants have sought to harmonise the diverging European securities settlement framework, with a view...more
On June 16, 2014, Reg. (EU) No. 536/2014 on Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use (Regulation) has entered into force. Once it becomes applicable, the Regulation will provide a comprehensive legal framework for...more
The recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2), along with its accompanying Regulation (MiFIR), were published in the Official Journal of the EU in June. The new legislation is currently expected to come into...more
The Commission prevailed in three litigated decisions. The agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on an offering fraud. In two other cases — one based on misrepresentations regarding the only company...more
In a notice published in the Federal Register last week (79 Fed. Reg. 56070), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would be holding a roundtable to obtain public input on several issues related to the...more
On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the publication of CSA Staff Notice 62-306, which contemplates a new harmonized regulatory approach to the Canadian take-over bid regime....more
I GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR M&A -
Since Cyprus’s accession to the EU, the legislation regulating M&A activity in Cyprus has been closely aligned with Europe-wide practices.
In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinationals roll out cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings. But launching these cross-border...more
It is strongly arguable that insofar as the USPTO's Myriad-Mayo Guidance dismisses as non-eligible newly isolated substances (including small molecules), nucleotide sequences and microorganisms having new utility (US...more
On August 25, 2014, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a proposed rule seeking to harmonize the hazardous materials regulations (HMR) with...more
On June 20, ESMA published a table showing which competent authorities comply or intend to comply with its guidelines on the model MoU concerning consultation, cooperation and the exchange of information related to the...more
1. Introduction -
In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime...more
The Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires ("OHADA"), which translates into English as the "Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa" is an exclusively business-related legal...more
The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies.
On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more
On 11 March 2014, the European Parliament adopted the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Directive). The updated rules mean that all gambling services (both physical and electronic) will be subject to EU-wide regulation,...more
As part of efforts to unify international procedural rules for patent applicants, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released new rules that have important procedural consequences generally deemed...more
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently released its long-awaited “Final Rule” to harmonize CFTC disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements with parallel U.S....more
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