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Deutsche Börse Introduces New Exchange Segment Scale

by Jones Day on

On 1 March 2017, Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, launched Scale, a new market segment for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"). Scale replaces Deutsche Börse's former market segment...more

P2P platforms and the SME finance industry: where do we go from here?

by Hogan Lovells on

Looking back at the major changes since his last report 5 years ago, Andy Davis concluded on Monday evening that P2P platforms have "changed the game for small businesses, investors and regulators" in the UK, as he launched...more

UK Regulator Requests Brexit Contingency Planning Assurance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a letter to CEOs and branch managers of all banks, insurers and designated investment firms undertaking cross-border activities between the UK and the remainder of the EU,...more

Planning ahead: the FCA's 2017/18 Business Plan priorities and strategic framework

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCA's latest Business Plan demonstrates a commitment to pushing forward on both existing and new initiatives across sectors, focused on maintaining fair consumer outcomes in the rapidly changing UK financial services...more

UK: FCA 2017/2018 Business Plan - Sector priorities for general insurance

by Hogan Lovells on

In its recently published 2017/2018 Business Plan the FCA outlines its priorities for the general insurance sector over the coming year and beyond....more

Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines – Emerging Trends One Year On

by K&L Gates LLP on

Since the new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) were implemented in February 2016, a series of headline-making fines have been handed out by the Health and Safety Executive (the “HSE”). Balfour...more

French Finance Act for 2017 and Amending Finance Act for 2016: the Most Important Changes Affecting Businesses

by K&L Gates LLP on

The French Finance Act for 2017 and Amending Finance Act for 2016 were enacted on December 30, 2016 (the “Acts”). The Acts introduce a progressive reduction of the corporate income tax rate (28% instead of 33.1/3%). The Acts...more

Establishment of the Parallel Market of the Saudi Stock Exchange

by King & Spalding on

Background - On 21 December 2016, the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (the CMA) approved the Parallel Market Listing Rules (the Rules), thereby establishing the Parallel Market, an alternative market to the Main...more

My 2017 Crowdfunding Wish List

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

2016 brought with it many developments in the crowdfunding industry, most notably the introduction of the long-awaited Title III crowdfunding rules. While admittedly not all crowdfunding legislation passed this year was as...more

FCA’S Response to CMA’S Recommendations on Retail Banking

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Practical Law, November 2016. On 3 November 2016, the FCA published its response to recommendations proposed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in its final report into the...more

Blog: Amending the European Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investments in SMEs – Part III

by Cooley LLP on

The European institutions have been working on a Regulation that will amend the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation (EuVECA Regulation) and the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulation (EuSEF Regulation), to...more

Steps Taken to Implement the Remedies Emerging from the UK's Retail Banking Market Investigation 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK's Competition & Markets Authority published proposals for the implementation of certain remedies to counter the adverse effects on competition which were identified in the CMA's final report on the retail banking...more

Blog: Amending the European Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

by Cooley LLP on

The European institutions have been working on a Regulation that will amend the European Venture Capital Funds & European Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations, to make it easier for qualifying Alternative Investment...more

Blog: Amending the European VC Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations to increase investment in SMEs

by Cooley LLP on

In July 2016, the European Commission published proposals to amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations; and submitted them to the Parliament and Council for possible adoption under the...more

EU & Competition Law Update

by Bryan Cave on

New EU rules for online selling taking shape - The recent Communication from the European Commission on cross-border e-commerce is likely to have a significant impact on online trading within the European...more

New CMA Measures to Boost Transparency & Competition in Retail Banking

by Bryan Cave on

On 9 August 2016, following their retail banking market investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that large banks well established in the personal and small business retail market do not have to...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2016

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A Conditional Primary Obligation to Pay Is Not a Penalty - In iTronic Holdings Pte Ltd v Tan Swee Leon [2016] SGHC 77 (Singapore High Court, 21 April 2016), the Singapore High Court held that an obligation to pay a...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Final Report on Retail Banking Market Investigation 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority published its final report on its market investigation into the supply of retail banking services to personal current account customers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2016

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Antitrust Liability for the Actions of Third Parties - It is a long-established principle that a company can be liable for the anti-competitive behavior of a third party. Compliance programmes and training, as well...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, July 2016

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see full...more

New SFO Bribery Case: Can’t Pay? That Might Be Okay…

by Reed Smith on

The UK Serious Fraud Office has entered its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with a company accused of bribery. Links to the SFO press release, and the detailed preliminary and final judgments of the court are...more

EU-US Privacy Shield for transatlantic data transfers finalized

Transfers of personal data from most European countries to the US have been exposed to legal attack since October 2015, when privacy campaigner Max Schrems successfully sued the Irish authorities over data transfers made by...more

Blog: Commission proposes amendments to EU Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship Fund Regulations to boost investment in SMEs

by Cooley LLP on

The European Commission has published a proposal for a European regulation that will amend the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulations. The Commission’s aim is to boost investment in small and...more

UK Serious Fraud Office Secures Its Second DPA

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court has given final approval to the Serious Fraud Office’s (“SFO”) second ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”). This follows the Standard Bank DPA concluded in...more

Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on 22 June of this year. This Act, which came into immediate effect, amends the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control...more

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