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European Central Bank Aims to Harmonize Approach to Options and Discretions for All Banks within the Single Supervisory Mechanism

The European Central Bank launched a consultation on proposals to harmonize how Euro member state national regulators of less significant banks exercise the options and discretions available to them under the Capital...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 20 - October 2016

With the general election now less than two weeks away, it is more apparent than ever that Americans often are sharply divided about how best to achieve certain goals, even if we agree on the goals we are trying to achieve....more

International Bodies Publish Second Consultation on Harmonization of Key OTC Derivatives Data Elements

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organization of Securities Commissions published a joint consultative report on the harmonization of a second batch of key OTC derivatives data...more

Use Data from the EU? It’s Time to Update Your Privacy Policies and Procedures

This is the first post in a three-part series. May 25, 2018. If you are a company that comes into contact with European data, whether you are operating in Europe or elsewhere, and you have not taken note of this date...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Keynote Remarks at 4th Annual North American Derivatives Summit

As part of his keynote remarks at the 4th Annual OTC Derivatives Summit North America, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad addressed the CFTC’s achievements in the past year and more specifically,...more

EU Commission President's State of the Union Address 2016: Main takeaways

On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in his annual 'State of the Union' speech. The State of Union address, which is delivered...more

European Commission tackles financing risks linked to virtual currencies

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing (CFT) measures related to virtual currencies. The proposal, adopted in July 2016, seeks to bring...more

Cloud Computing: A move towards harmonization, or continuation of a tiered service provision?

Regulators in Europe have continued to publish guidance notes designed to encourage the take-up of cloud computing services. As we report in this Alert, the views of the UK financial services regulator on the risks and...more

Demystifying Canadian employment and labor law

Because Canada is a confederation of provinces and territories, each with the power to pass employment and labor laws, determining the applicable law in a particular situation can be perplexing to a newcomer to the nation's...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 33

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Seeks Public Comment on Disclosure Requirements of Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K - On August 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is seeking public comment on the issues...more

Brexit – Standards and Innovation: What’s Ahead?

This article is the second in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”). The first blog...more

The Digital Single Market Strategy: One Year On

In May 2015, the European Commission announced its Digital Single Market Strategy to accelerate the creation of a digital single market (DSM) across the EU. The EU’s aim is to broaden access to e-commerce, media and...more

Overlapping Labels Can Lead to Liability

Multiple regulatory agencies worldwide exercise jurisdiction over how hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace are communicated to employees and others. This creates a complex web of requirements and...more

SADC Memorandum of Understanding on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Competition Policy, Law and Enforcement

African countries are moving towards greater cooperation on the enforcement of competition law in cross-border transactions. Member states of the Southern African Development Community have signed a memorandum of...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 3: Subject...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Understanding the subject matter and the scope of EU data protection law is fundamental to determining whether this law applies to an organisation's business activities. In...more

EU Adopts Cybersecurity Directive: What US Companies Need to Know

Not all the news coming out of Europe these days is about Brexit. In fact, the forces of unity and harmonization remain a top priority for European regulators hoping to combat digital security threats and create a safer and...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

EU Cybersecurity Directive Brings Notification and Security Requirements for Industry

The first European Union-wide rules on cybersecurity have been adopted by the European Parliament. Approved on July 6, 2016, the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) creates new risk...more

FDA Issues Final Rule on Use of Symbols in Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration published a Final Rule in the Federal Register revising labeling regulations for medical devices and certain biological products to allow for the use of symbols without adjacent explanatory...more

Brexit’s Impact on the Biosimilar Market

The United Kingdom’s referendum in favor of withdrawal from the European Union, colloquially known as “Brexit,” has already sent shockwaves through the business world, both within the UK, and abroad. The impact of Brexit on...more

CFTC Proposes to Expand Mandatory Clearing to Include Additional Classes of Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an expansion of CFTC Regulation 50.4(a). If adopted, additional classes of interest rate swaps will become subject...more

FDA Issues Final Ruling Allowing Medical Device Manufacturers to Use Stand-Alone Symbols on Labels

This week, on June 14, 2016, the FDA issued a final ruling revising its medical device and certain biological product labeling regulations to allow, for the first time, manufacturers to use graphical representations of...more

International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) Includes International Generic and Biosimilars Trade Organization (IGBA) for the...

On June 15, 2016, the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) (formerly the International Conference on Harmonisation) announced that the International Generic and Biosimilars Medicines Association (IGBA) could join ICH...more

Brexit and Retail

Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the EU, or exit (a so called “Brexit”). As many readers will be aware, there is no certain answer...more

European Commission moves to restrict geoblocking

On 25 May 2016 the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at restricting the use of geoblocking and similar practices by websites selling to into the European Union. The European Commission has published a...more

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