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HHS Drug Pricing Forum Highlighted in ML Strategies’ Health Care Update

This week’s ML Strategies Health Care Update highlights the recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forum on prescription drug costs, which featured players from every corner of the industry, including top...more

DAA Guidance for Cross Device Data Collection

On the same day that the Federal Trade Commission was holding a workshop on cross-device tracking, the privacy self-regulatory group Digital Advertising Alliance released guidance related to the cross-device collection and...more

FERC Terminates Proceeding That Would Increase Reporting of Natural Gas Sales

On November 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order terminating its inquiry on potentially requiring jurisdictional sellers to submit quarterly reports on natural gas transactions....more

Amendments to the German Voting Rights Notification Rules

New European transparency requirements have been transformed into German law. On 27 November, Germany will implement the Amendment Directive to the Transparency Directive (2013/50/EU, the Amendment Directive). The...more

SEC Proposes Rules To Enhance Transparency And Oversight Of Alternative Trading Systems

The SEC announced this week its proposal to substantially overhaul the rules regarding alternative trading systems (“ATS”), often referred to as dark pools. The proposed rules would require firms operating ATSs to make...more

The Ethics Advisor: I’ve Just Been Elected (or Re-Elected) to Local Public Office — Now What?

Fourth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* Congratulations, Ms. or Mr. Newly-Elected Public Official, and welcome to the world of local government and...more

Recent FCA Commentary on Internal Investigations by Firms

On November 6, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Jamie Symington, director in enforcement (wholesale, unauthorized business and intelligence), on FCA-regulated firms’ internal investigations of...more

FERC Officially Terminates Consideration of Quarterly Reporting Requirement for Gas Transactions

On November 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order officially terminating consideration of a three-year-old proposal to require quarterly reporting of every Natural Gas...more

What Success Means For COP21

If you want to know what how a rational optimist defines success for COP21, take a look at Rob Stavins’s latest post. Here’s his “Paris Scorecard” for what success will look like...more

Final Competition and Compliance Framework Bulletin Released By Competition Bureau

On November 10, 2015, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the final version of the Competition and Compliance Framework bulletin following a period of public comment on the draft released in May 2015. This bulletin...more

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

Latest Fund Statistics for Luxembourg Illustrate Continued Growth - ALFI has issued the fund statistics as of 30 September 2015. Luxembourg continues to be the number one location for Funds in Europe, with both number of...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Signals Significant Changes to the FCA Handbook arising from EU Market Abuse Regulation

Removal of the Model Code and Disclosure Rules are among the important modifications. On 5 November 2015, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its consultation paper addressing the changes it proposes to...more

EU Council Information Note on SFT Regulation

Following the first reading of the proposed Regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (SFT Regulation) in the European Parliament, the Council of the EU has published a note setting out the...more

World Exchanges Encouraged to Report Indicators of Long-Term Sustainability

On November 4th, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) released a set of 34 sustainability measures that include environmental, social and governance indicators. WFE recommends that its member exchanges implement these...more

Industry Regulatory Organization to Outbrain and Gravity: Interest-Based Native Advertising Must Comply With Self-Regulatory...

In two decisions issued last week, major native advertising players Gravity and Outbrain were found to have failed to comply with the online advertising industry’s self-regulatory principles for interest-based ads. The...more

Toward ending dictators’ abuse of INTERPOL’s tools: Fair Trials brings “Demonizing Dissidents” to D.C.

I’m having the very pleasant experience of feeling a bit of fall weather this weekend, not because Miami has become unseasonably cool, but because I am in Washington, D.C. to attend an event hosted by Fair Trials,...more

FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Open Internet Consumer Disclosures

On November 3, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) issued consumer disclosure recommendations that–subject to bureau-level review and approval–will enable...more

OSHA Rule Requiring Employers To Post Injury, Illness Info Online May Be Coming Soon

A draft final rule on electronic tracking of employers’ injury and illness records has been sent to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is...more

Administration Announces New Mitigation Policies

This afternoon, the Administration issued two policies intended to encourage private investment in natural resource conservation and to facilitate application of the mitigation hierarchy—avoiding, minimizing and compensating...more

Discovery, New Rules and a Need for Transparency

In a lawsuit the discovery process should allow each party to explore evidence in the possession of opposing parties, which may assist in proving their respective claims. The defendant is at an advantage in this process,...more

Tax Haven List Repealed by D.C. Council

After being in effect for only a week, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously enacted legislation on November 3, 2015 that will repeal the list of tax haven jurisdictions specifically enumerated in the...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

Modern Slavery Act 2015: New Requirements for all Businesses

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Requirement for Annual Statements on Slavery and Human Trafficking in Businesses and their Supply Chains - New rules in the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 require organisations to publish an annual...more

European Parliament Adopts SFT Regulation

On October 29, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that the European Parliament has adopted the proposed Regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (the “SFT...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: Five Things You Need to Know

The transparency provisions of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act went into effect on October 29. At the same time, the U.K. Government has released guidance for companies seeking to comply with the Act....more

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