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

FCA and PRA Finalise New Remuneration Code for “Dual-Regulated” Firms - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a joint policy statement (FCA PS15/16 and PRA PS12/15)...more

Real World - An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Energy Efficiency in the Rented Sector

The UK government has a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. As domestic buildings were responsible for 25% and non-domestic buildings for 12% of total carbon...more

Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

UK Government Announces Further Shake-up to RO and FIT Regime for Solar PV

Following the closure of the RO regime to new solar ground mounted projects with a capacity of more than 5MW which were commissioned after 31 March 2015, the government has today announced a further shake-up of the subsidy...more

Key factors to consider when interpreting/construing commercial contracts

The recent English Supreme Court decision in Arnold v Britton provides important clarification of the correct approach to adopt when interpreting commercial contracts....more

Real World - An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Construction Update: The CDM 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“CDM 2015”) came into force on 6 April 2015 and replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The CDM 2015 are intended to ensure that...more

UK Export Licensing Trends

The Export Control Organisation (ECO) has released its latest set of data on export licensing. For the first time, this has been produced to be compliant with the UK Statistics Authority’s code of practice for official...more

New Scotland Bill – tax implications

The UK Government has published draft legislation on devolving certain tax matters to Scotland (the Bill). It intends that the draft legislation should implement the terms of the devolution agreement made in November 2014...more

Owning and Controlling a Company in the United Kingdom: The Company Law Reforms

A number of important reforms are being introduced into UK company law that will increase the accountability of companies registered in the UK. Some are already in effect and some are being introduced on a phased basis up to...more

Summer Budget 2015––Carried Interest: Abolition of Base Cost Shift

On July 8, the Right Honourable George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, introduced measures in his Summer Budget to abolish what is commonly known as the “base cost shift” as applied to sums received by individuals...more

The Gender Pay Gap: Mandatory Reporting Announced

The UK government introduces mandatory reporting for businesses to account for average male and female earnings. According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, on average, women earn around 80 pence for every £1...more

The Modern Slavery Act: What You Need To Know

The Modern Slavery Act was passed in March 2015. When section 54 of the Act comes into force, large businesses will be required to report annually on their efforts to ensure the business and its supply chains are free of...more

FCA's Competition Law Concurrency Guidance

Since 1 April 2015, the UK financial services community has awaited with some trepidation the use by the FCA of its new "concurrent competition law powers". These enable the FCA to investigate and sanction companies for...more

Implications of the Iran Accord for the Maritime Industry

On July 14, 2015, the U.S., France, China, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union (EU) entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran after years of difficult negotiations. Iran agreed...more

The legality of employee strike action

Welcome to Reed Smith’s Monthly Global Employment Law blog post. This month’s post covers the legality of employee strikes in five key jurisdictions: France, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the United States. France...more

Changes to Sunday Trading Laws – Good News for Retailers?

In his emergency summer budget of July 8, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the Sunday trading rules in England and Wales. In this bulletin we provide a brief reminder of the current rules and look at what the...more

FCA Rules May Inform Standard Of Common Law Duty Of Care Owed By Financial Adviser To Client

In this case, we consider the decision of the County Court in David Anderson v Openwork Ltd [2015] EW Misc B14 (18 June 2015) in which it dismissed an appeal against an earlier decision, finding that where a financial adviser...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group - July 2015: Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants Under...

Under a building scheme, where restrictive covenants are imposed on the original plot owners within a development for the mutual benefit of the plots, subsequent owners may enforce those covenants against each other. In...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 20, 2015

In This Issue: New South Wales (NSW). 14 July 2015 - Ping Yuan v Da Yong Chen [2015] NSWSC 932 The New South Wales Supreme Court has made a declaration allowing an unconscious man's wife to consent to the...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - HKEx Publishes Consultation Conclusions on Weighted Voting Rights - Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - Sanctions Round-Up - Noteworthy US...more

New UK Financial List for Resolution of Complex Financial Disputes

The UK is to introduce a new means of resolving high value or complex financial disputes, to be known as the Financial List. This will be a specialist list for the following types of claims: - Financial claims of £50...more

UK Corporate Briefing - Summer 2015

Legislation update - Bearer shares banned - The first of the corporate transparency provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force on 26 May 2015 with the banning of share...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 27

In this issue: - Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy Statement - FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC's Financial...more

Consumer Rights Act 2015 Implementation in October 2015 - Do your consumer contracts have potentially unfair terms?

In this article, written for Compliance Monitor, Nicholas Ralph of Dentons looks at how the unfair terms provisions of the CRA may impact financial services firms. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), which received Royal...more

UK Summer Budget 2015 – Key Issues for Asset Managers and Non-UK Domiciled Individuals

On 8th July 2015, the UK Government announced several changes to UK tax legislation that will affect those holding carried interest in fund structures which utilise at least one partnership (including a limited partnership),...more

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