SMEs

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EC and Banks Disagree on Capital Markets Union Priorities

Of the five priorities for early action listed in the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union green paper (lowering barriers to accessing capital markets, widening the investor base for SMEs, building sustainable...more

EU Novel Foods Rules Compromise Text Approved

On 10 June 2015, the European Union (EU) Council (comprised of the member states) approved a final compromise text on new EU rules for novel foods. Novel foods are foods not consumed in the EU to a significant degree before...more

ESMA, ISDA, and FIA Europe Publish Capital Markets Union Responses

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and FIA Europe have published their responses to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Building a Capital...more

Bright Days for Large Scale Solar Operators; Sunstroke for the Smaller Players: Latest News on CfDs

National Grid has made its decisions as to eligibility for participation in the first Contracts for Difference auction but the auction process itself has been delayed as some applicants have asked Ofgem to review National...more

As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increases

The virtual currency market has emerged in the United Arab Emirates with Dubai’s first Bitcoin ATM introduced in April 2014. Middle East entrepreneurs have begun launching Bitcoin payment products and SMEs are beginning to...more

New Information Rights for French Employees of SMEs that May Be Sold

A new French law relating to sales of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and business cooperation between employees and employers was passed on July 31, 2014, and published on August 1, 2014. As of November 1, 2014,...more

New Measures Aim to Support Listing and Capitalization of Italian Companies

The Italian Government aims to support investments and incentivize listing and capitalization of companies, with significant implications for both listed and non-listed companies. The new rules were introduced by law...more

TPP Partners at an Impasse as APEC Summit Approaches

In July, trade negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries gathered in Ottawa, meeting formally for the first time since Brunei in September 2013 to make progress on substantive issues and to reaffirm their...more

Singapore aims to promote business by enhancing corporate tax incentives: key points in one chart

Singapore’s government, faced with an environment of rising business costs due to near full employment and escalating rents, has proposed enhanced incentives intended to support business transformation and upgrading, in...more

Utility Models, Petty Patents & Innovation Patents: Efficient IP Protection for SMEs

For small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), patent protection can be complex and costly. And yet, for many of them, patent protection is a must to maintain their competitive edge. A fast and cheap option for protecting...more

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