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Market Abuse Regulation: Implications for Issuers of Debt Securities

The Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) will take effect on 3 July 2016. MAR contains rules on insider dealing, unlawful disclosure of inside information and market manipulation that will apply in the European Economic Area...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #1

ISDA advocates unity for margin timetable - ISDA has considered the implementation schedule for a coordinated global margining framework for non-cleared derivatives. Under the agreed timetable, implementation is to be...more

BREXIT: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives

Asset managers and investment funds that make significant use of derivatives will face regulatory and operational challenges in the post-Brexit vote environment. Although the Brexit vote is not expected to have an immediate...more

Meaning of "Philosophical Belief" Under U.K. Discrimination Law

In Harron v Dorset Police UKEAT/0234/15/DA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the scope of "philosophical belief" for the purposes of U.K. discrimination law. Mr Harron worked for the Dorset police force....more

Brexit – Okay, I Really Do Care!  (I Think)

Back in early April I observed in this commentary that I wasn’t really sure how much Brexit mattered, at least here in North America. Of course, looking back, I realized we issued it on April Fool’s Day and now I simply...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.1.16

Yesterday, Hershey rejected Kraft spinoff Mondelez’s $23 billion takeover offer, but the dealmaking efforts may not be over. The success of any increased offer lies in the hands of the Hershey Trust Company, a charitable...more

The UK and the EU – Brexit Impact on the IP Regime

On 24 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The United Kingdom and the European Union are now dealing with the aftermath of this momentous decision, raising many questions as to what this means for...more

Employment Status and Mutuality of Obligations

In Secretary of State for Justice v Windle and Arada [2016] EWCA Civ 459, the Court of Appeal considered whether the absence of mutuality of obligation between assignments was relevant in determining an individual’s...more

Blog: #Brexit: triggering article 50; parliament’s role; & other issues

The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords have published 3 #Brexit briefing papers. In “Brexit: what happens next?“, the House of Commons library asks and answers a series of questions, including:...more

Latest Keydata enforcement action sets out valuable lessons for compliance officers

In this decision report we consider the FCA's final notice issued to Peter Francis Johnson on 19 May 2016. ?Mr Johnson was formerly the compliance officer and money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) for Keydata...more

Reinstatement Following Dismissal

In McBride v Scottish Police Authority [2016] UKSC 27, the Supreme Court considered whether an Employment Tribunal had been wrong to order the reinstatement of an employee on restricted duties. The Employment Tribunal...more

Brexit: Some Initial Thoughts on Prospectus Requirements for Issuers Offering Financial Securities in the UK/EU

The United Kingdom has voted in a referendum by a narrow majority to leave the European Union (“Brexit”). The outcome of the referendum will have far-reaching consequences on financial markets and international capital...more

Former City Link workers awarded 90 days' pay

Many will recall that former City Link workers were successful in proving that City Link failed in its statutory duty to consult with them about impending redundancies. The Employment Tribunal (ET) has now ordered that those...more

Is the UPC Brexit-proof?

The UK's vote to leave the EU in a so-called Brexit referendum has triggered the question of whether the Unified Patent Court (UPC) project is dead or not. The short answer is: it is too early to take a stance. The longer...more

Carreras v. United First Partners Research

Mr Carreras habitually worked long hours as an analyst for United First Partners Research, a brokerage firm. This ended when he had a cycling accident and suffered physical symptoms amounting to a disability under the...more

Five Questions—and Answers—on the Brexit and Trade with the European Union and the United Kingdom

On June 23, 2016, 51.9% of UK voters chose to leave the EU. The result amounts to a political instruction to UK authorities to withdraw the UK from the EU. With no precedent, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU introduces...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #18

EP publishes EDIS report - EP has published a working document on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). The report looks at interlinkages between the EDIS proposal and other legislation and existing structures,...more

Why Brexit Does Not Impact London’s Standing as a Leading Arbitral Seat

London has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most popular and trusted arbitral seats in the world. The reasons for this deserved reputation have never depended on membership of the EU. The most important features...more

Here, Have a BREXIT

The British are leaving! The British are leaving! Many people on all sides of “the pond” last week watched the Brits’ vote to leave the European Union with interest, and were shocked when they actually voted to cut ties...more

It's all up for debate – age discrimination and National Minimum Wage

On 6 June 2016, the House of Commons library published a "debate pack" on the interaction between the bands of National Minimum Wage and age discrimination. This is intended mostly for MPs in a forthcoming parliamentary...more

EU Bail-In Legislation

The global financial crisis hit Europe especially hard, in large part because countries could not let their banking systems fail and the resultant governmental support of troubled banks caused systemic financial stress. The...more

Indah Kiat – A Scheme Pulped

On 12 February 2016 Snowden J handed down his judgment in Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. [2016] EWHC 246 (Ch). Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. ("Indah Kiat"), part of the global Asia Pulp & Paper...more

Brexit – What Now For Your Business

So, the UK has voted to leave the EU. Everyone has their own opinion and we’ve all seen the news reports and various viewpoints but what does this result mean for you in practical terms and where do we go from here? Orrick’s...more

Alert: Brexit. Cybersecurity. What you need to know.

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Read our initial Q&A on Brexit and Privacy here. However, it is important to remember that (for now) the UK remains part of the EU and we...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

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