International Harmonization

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EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments

The European Banking Authority (“EBA”) has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy and efficient payment services across the EU. The Payment Services Directive...more

Major Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law

Recent amendments to Canada’s trademark laws, which are expected to take effect as soon as late next year, will introduce a number of significant changes for owners of Canadian trademark registrations and applications....more

Steps Towards a Capital Markets Union

The European Commission is consulting on a blueprint for creating a harmonised capital market across the EU, to facilitate capital raising in the EU while maintaining consumer and investor protection by simplifying the...more

Capital Markets Union – Hit or Miss?

Key Points - • Green Paper on Capital Markets Union (CMU Green Paper) and Consultation on Prospectus Directive Review (PD Consultation) • Consultation Period runs until 13 May 2015 • Prospectus Directive...more

New EU Directive for Protection of Trade Secrets Will Help U.S. Companies Doing Business Internationally

In the coming weeks, the European Parliament will debate and is expected to pass a trade secret directive for European Union (EU) Member States that aims to harmonize and strengthen trade secret law throughout the EU, a...more

Alert: Canada Introduces Additional Sanctions Against Russia

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

ESMA and Hong Kong SFC Agree MoU for Covered CCP Supervision

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

"Insights Conversations: Cartels"

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

"Reconciling Regulatory Requirements in Cross-Border Derivatives Takes Center Stage"

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

EU Art. 29 Working Party Announces Cooperation Procedure for EU Model Clauses

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

Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

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

Australian designs system under review

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

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

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

EU Securities Settlement – Changes Should Make UK Listings More Attractive to US-Based Issuers

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

The New EU Clinical Trials Regulation Aims at Harmonization and Transparency

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

Non-EU investment firms’ access to EU investors under MiFID 2

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

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

USPTO to Hold Roundtable on Patent Law Harmonization

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

The CSA Proposes a New Harmonized Take-Over Bid Approach

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

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eighth Edition: Chapter 17 - Cyprus

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. Prior to...more

Global HR Hot Topic—August 2014: How to Launch an International HR Policy, Code of Conduct or Benefits Plan

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

Guest Post: Myriad-Mayo Guidance -- Consistency With International Harmonization and TRIPS

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

DOT Issues Proposed Rule to Harmonize HMR with International Standards

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

ESMA Publishes Table Showing Compliance with its Guidelines Relating to Global Supervisory Co-Operation on AIFs

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

The European Design Regime

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

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