International Harmonization

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EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

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

Harmonised Anti-Money Laundering Rules for Online Gambling

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

No Claims, No Drawings, No Problems

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

CFTC Adopts New CPO Rules for Registered Investment Companies and Others

Introduction - 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

Europe Advancing Victims' Rights in Antitrust Actions

On June 11, 2013, the European Commission (E.C.) took another big step in its ongoing effort to make it easier for victims of antitrust violations in the European Union to seek damages for their injuries. It proposed...more

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work (Australia)

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

Product safety law and compliance in Germany

An overview - When placing consumer products on the German market, various product safety standards have to be met. The applicable rules and regulations can be quite difficult to determine. Failure to comply will...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Finalizes Harmonization Rules: Advisers to RICs Benefit From “Substituted Compliance” for Many Obligations

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules to harmonize certain disclosure, reporting and recordkeeping obligations of commodity pool operators (CPOs) that are investment advisers...more

CFTC Adopts Harmonization Rules for CPOs of Registered Investment Companies

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has adopted widely anticipated rules regarding the application of its commodity pool operator (“CPO”) regulatory regime to CPOs of registered investment companies...more

CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules for Registered Investment Company Advisors Required to Register as CPOs Under 4.5; Also...

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued its final rules ("Final Rules") applicable to registered investment companies whose advisers are now required to dually register as commodity pool operators...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

An EU-US Free Trade Agreement: A Pathway To Growth?

The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) are on the verge of initiating negotiations on a momentous transatlantic free trade agreement for which official negotiations are slated to begin early this summer....more

International Harmonization of Patent Laws

The USPTO and other patent offices around the world are studying the feasibility of the international harmonization of patent laws....more

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