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Il Decreto Banche E La Vigilanza Sulle Obbligazioni Bancarie Collateralizzate

The decree law no. 18 of 14 February 2016 (cd. Banks Decree, hereinafter the "Decree 181 ") has recently been converted, with modifications, by Law no. 49 of 8 April 20162 ("Exchange Act"). Thanks to the Conversion Law were...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2016

Third UK Fast-Track Claim Shows Rapid Development of Competition Law Private Claims as a Business Tool - On 12 April 2016, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) listed (see here) its third fast-track competition law...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

Singapore budget 2016

The Singapore Budget Statement 2016 (“Budget 2016”), delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on 24 March 2016, has been described as balanced and transformative, focusing on both medium to long term restructuring (such...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #13

FCA finalises guidance on sharing SME credit information - FCA has published its finalised guidance on Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations. This follows Treasury’s designation of the banks...more

The European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines: Unintended Consequences

This article considers the recent European Banking Authority Shadow Banking Guidelines (the “Guidelines”), seeks a definition of shadow banking and discusses some of the potential consequences of the Guidelines for...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

New Blocks on Enforcements of Share Mortgages

The new UK legislation introducing PSC registers has created the potential for a new block on enforcement of share mortgages. A UK company can now cause mischief by issuing a “restriction notice”. This has the effect of...more

Basel Committee on Banking Standards Second Report on Risk-weighted Assets

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a second report on banking book risk-weighted asset valuation. The report forms part of the Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme with the aim of effecting full...more

Registered office disputes

From 6 April 2016, a new process under the Companies Act 2006 will allow Companies House to change the registered office address of a company that is using an address without permission....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #5

ESMA consults on EU MAR commodity and spot markets disclosures - ESMA is consulting on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) setting out a non-exhaustive indicative list of information expected or...more

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Safety Program Guide for SMEs

On April 4, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises....more

European Banking Authority Reports on the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Supporting Factor

The European Banking Authority published a report on the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Supporting Factor. The SME SF was introduced by the Capital Requirements Regulation to counterbalance the rise in capital requirements...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #5

EBA reports on supervisory colleges - EBA has published its annual assessment of EU colleges of supervisors. The report assesses how colleges have functioned during 2015 and identifies key activities for the effective...more

Late payment issues: stick to payment procedures and don't forget your right to adjudicate

Late payment continues to be a scourge on the construction industry and evidence of its debilitating effects abounds both in the industry press and in court reports. A recent article published in Construction News highlighted...more

Italy implements the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive

On January 1, 2016, two Italian legislative decrees that implement the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive No. 2014/59/EU ("BRRD") in Italy came into force in full. Executive Summary - The Bank Recovery and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #3

Treasury plans lending perimeter changes - Treasury has published the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 for approval by both Houses of Parliament. Treasury...more

Financial Services Regulation - Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 28 - January 2016

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-eighth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2016

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2 - Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent...more

January 2016: U.K. Competition/Antitrust Litigation Update

The new Competition Appeal Tribunal Fast-Track Procedure for Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises. On October 1, 2015, significant competition law reforms took effect in the United Kingdom under the Consumer Rights Act of 2015....more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

Commission speaks on CRR

Jonathan Hill has spoken on the impact of the fourth Capital Requirements Directive and Regulation (CRD4 and CRR). He focused on the review of the CRR, explaining there is a requirement within it to carry out a review but it...more

EBA publishes SME synthetic securitisation advice

EBA has published a report summarising the findings of its analysis and market practice assessment of the synthetic securitisation market. It supports the Commission’s proposal for a limited extension of the prudential...more

ESMA speaks on CMU and bond markets

Stephen Maijoor spoke on ESMA’s priorities in its work on the capital markets union (CMU). He looked at its work on SMEs and asset management and moved on to consider the bond markets....more

Treasury responds on conduct and competition in SME lending

Treasury has published its response to the Treasury Select Committee report on conduct and competition in SME lending. Treasury suggests that to comply with additional regulation suggested in the report would result in a...more

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