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Data Protection: EU-US Safe Harbor declared invalid by EU court

In our recent update, we reported that the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the highest court in the EU, gave an opinion that “safe harbor” should be declared invalid and that...more

Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? U.S. Companies Face Challenges Ahead on the EU Privacy Horizon

Pursuant to European Commission Decision 2000/520, United States–based companies may freely process the personal data of European Union citizens, provided that those companies adhere to the principles and frequently asked...more

Data Protection: EU court advised to declare EU-US Safe Harbor invalid

In an important case involving Facebook, and instigated by an Austrian student in response to the Snowden revelations about US security agency access to mass data, the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Latest Fund Statistics for Ireland - The latest fund statistics for Ireland, published by the Central Bank of Ireland, show that there are now in excess of 6,000 Irish funds....more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - August 2015

Improvement of the e-management system for value added tax - The Law of Ukraine “On Amending the Tax Code of Ukraine on improving the management of value added tax” No. 643 was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on...more

EMBA Medical’s Hourglass™ Device Awarded CE Certificate

EMBA Medical Ltd., headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, recently announced that it has received CE certification for its Hourglass™ Peripheral Embolization Plug as a Class IIb medical device....more

Everybody is an Employee…Maybe…Possibly

Businesses operating in or expanding to the US, including those from Ireland and Northern Ireland, use independent contractors to avoid some of the baggage associated with the employer/employee relationship under US law. The...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Central Bank Update Concerning Fund Management Company Boards The Central Bank has published a document in relation to Fund Management Company Boards including a feedback statement on CP86 and a new consultation on...more

Officer/Director Liability for Violations of the US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

Officers and directors of Irish and Northern Irish companies whose products would be regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (life sciences companies, specifically) should be aware of developments on the issue of...more

US FDA Updates for Irish and Northern Irish Companies

AGG produces a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from our Washington, DC office. The June 2015 update is now available....more

Making US Arbitration Work for Irish and NI Companies (Really!)

Foreign investors increasingly complain that US arbitration is morphing in to a process closer to full-blown litigation. I’ve always found it interesting that ‘full-blown’ is used to describe ‘all-in’ litigation and ‘all-in’...more

Be Global - June 2015

Whistleblowing: An employer's guide to global compliance - As the global push to combat corruption in government, politics, civil society and business gathers pace, whistleblowing continues to be a topic of ever...more

Austerity's Achilles' heel - The economic landscape looks fairly stark across the eurozone, as public budgets remain stubbornly...

For the past five years, members of the European monetary union have been swinging the axe at public budgets to rebalance their books. Europe’s age of austerity has been grueling and, for some, there is no end in...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Corporate Governance for Investment Firms - The Central Bank has issued a consultation paper regarding the appropriate corporate governance requirements to be applicable to investment firms. The relevant paper, CP 94,...more

Ticking all the Right Boxes! Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicles Act 2015 Signed into Law

The eagerly anticipated Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015 (the “ICAV Act”) was signed into law in March 2015 and the first Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles (“ICAVs”) have been authorised by the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Client Monies - New Legislation Adopted and Guidance Issued - The Central Bank of Ireland issued two sets of regulations on 30 March 2015 relating to investor monies held by third parties. These are the Client Asset...more

New Irish Companies Act 2014 Brings Changes to Private Irish Companies in June 2015

On 1 June 2015, Ireland’s new Companies Act 2014 (Act) will come into effect. The Act repeals and consolidates a total of 32 existing enactments relating to Irish company law into a single statute. It represents the largest...more

The Easter Rebellion and Petrobras’ $17 Billion Write Down

On this day, 99 years ago the Easter Rebellion began. If there is one event that is seared into history as a turning point for Irish independence from Britain, it was the Easter Rebellion. England had finally granted Home...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIF Rulebook Updated - The Central Bank has issued a new edition of the AIF Rulebook dated March 2015 and replacing that dated September 2014. Key changes reflected in the updated edition include provisions reflecting...more

Microsoft versus the Federal Government; Round Three

Microsoft Corporation’s (Microsoft U.S.) reply brief is due this week in its appeal of The District Court for the Southern District of New York’s order to comply with the U.S. government’s warrant requiring the turnover of a...more

Be Global - March 2015

Brazil: Limit on Employer Obligation to Deduct Union Dues - The Brazilian Supreme Court has recently enacted Binding Precedent no. 40, which states that union support contributions are only payable by those who are...more

ECJ case on Safe Harbor

The ECJ heard arguments, this week, in the action against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner that Safe Harbor should be declared invalid.  The case was originally brought by Austrian law student, Max Schrems....more

EUROPE: EU-US data flows at risk? European Court of Justice today heard Facebook case.

Yesterday, the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commission case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) for an oral hearing, following referral by the Irish High Court. While the final ruling by...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

Central Bank Publishes Enforcement Priorities for 2015 - The Central Bank of Ireland published its statement of enforcement priorities for 2015 on 9 February 2015. The Central Bank entered into 11 enforcement settlements...more

Ireland: new legislation heralds the regulation of remote betting

The Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013 cleared its final hurdle in the Irish Parliament yesterday (5 March). It is now referred to the President for signature, which is likely to happen before the end of March....more

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