Regulatory Reform

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House passes regulatory reform bills

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bi-partisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for networks businesses....more

Developments in the insolvency world – The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (the Act) recently received Royal Assent. The Act introduces a number of new provisions across a wide range of issues, including regulatory reform, public sector procurement...more

SEC Considers Active ETF Listing Standards, Approves Paired Class ETP

Although the proposed listing standards could significantly reduce regulatory barriers, commissioner dissent in exchange-traded product order underscores regulatory concerns about novel products....more

TSCA Reform: "Tom Udall's Unlikely Alliance With the Chemical Industry" New York Times (March 2015)

Headlines in The New York Times (NYT) describing a cozy relationship between a liberal Democratic Senator from New Mexico and the chemical industry is not a common occurrence. ...more

Global Mining and Metals Industry Group: Kazakhstan push for reform

Kazakhstan’s new legal and regulatory changes are part of a push for progress and are a step in the right direction in creating a simpler, more transparent and attractive environment for international investment in the mining...more

Top Ten Finance Litigation And Regulatory Decisions Of 2014

A summary of the most interesting banking litigation and regulatory decisions from 2014. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

Development In Payments Regulation In Hong Kong And China

The payments service industry in Hong Kong and China is set to enter a new, and more stringently regulated, era following announcements by the respective governments about their proposed regulatory reforms. The anticipated...more

The Cure for the Common FDA Reform Legislation? House Committee Releases 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“E&C Committee”) released a long-awaited discussion draft of comprehensive medical innovation reform legislation as part of its 21st Century Cures Initiative....more

New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses,...more

Global Cartel Enforcement - 2014 Year In Review

To name only a few, the U.S. faced challenges over the extent of its jurisdictional reach; China was criticised for questionable investigative practices and allegedly protectionist use of its antitrust powers; and Japan faced...more

2014 Saw A Wave of Environmental Law Changes

The past year saw several developments in environmental law at both state and federal levels, particularly regarding water supply, water quality and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. As federal regulators tightened the...more

Minnesota Stakes its Claim as a National Leader on Energy Regulatory Reform with Release of e21 Report

Today marks the release of the highly anticipated report from the Minnesota e21 Initiative (e21 stands for 21st Century Energy System). The Great Plains Institute assembled a diverse range of stakeholders, including...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Prefiled Legislation - The Senate finished their prefiling this week on December 10 and the House prefiled over 180 bills on December 11. Highlights from this week’s prefiles include measures related to: ethics...more

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Significant Changes to the Rights Offering Regime

The Canadian Securities Administrators, or CSA, have published for comment proposed rule changes which would create a streamlined prospectus exemption for rights offerings conducted by reporting issuers other than investment...more

TSCA Reform a Viable Contender For Serious Legislative Attention Next Year

I have been asked to say a few words about 2015 legislative expectations regarding environmental laws, particularly and most likely with respect to reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In my view, TSCA reform is...more

S734- Regulatory Reform Act of 2014

The Regulatory Reform Act, SB 734, went into effect on September 18, 2014. It includes provisions that allow colleges with brewing programs to obtain licenses to begin selling beer produced during the program to wholesalers...more

ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group Responds to ESMA Consultations on Draft Technical Standards and Technical Advice on...

On October 13, the Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG) of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)published its response to the July consultations published by ESMA on draft technical standards and...more

Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - October 2014

In This Issue: - Regulatory Authorities - Energy - Public Economy Law - State Aid - Contract - Public Health - In Brief - Excerpt from Regulatory Authorities: French Competition...more

Swiss Parliament Rejects Antitrust Reforms

The Swiss competition law is governed by the Federal Law of October 6, 1995, on Cartels and Other Restraints of Competition (the Cartel Act). The regulatory framework is accompanied by numerous federal ordinances and...more

What Has the “Nuclear Option” Wrought?

With the Obama administration unable to get labor and employment law changes through a gridlocked Congress, one of its significant accomplishments and lasting legacies may be its remarkable record of reshaping federal...more

Mexico’s Telecom Reform

After months of a loud and often fractious debate, the Mexican Congress passed the implementing legislation for telecom reform nearly a year after the constitutional reform to the sector was approved. Reform of the telecom...more

Florida Regulator Promises Revision of Investment Adviser Rules – New Industry Group Forms

Officials from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (“OFR”) met with representatives of the securities industry last month to discuss reform of regulations applicable to state-covered investment advisers. ...more

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