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Countdown to PSD2: Towards a level playing field

by White & Case LLP on

When the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is transposed into national law among European member states in 2018, it will reflect a revolution in the payments industry....more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

by Dechert LLP on

Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

FCA Publishes Two Papers on the Effectiveness of UK Primary Markets

by Jones Day on

In the FCA's 2016/2017 Business Plan, one of the FCA's main priorities was to carry out a review of the structure of the United Kingdom's primary markets in order to ensure that they continue to serve the needs of both...more

Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Ltd [2017] EWHC 519 (Comm)

by Bryan Cave on

On 17 March 2017 Mr. Justice Teare delivered an important judgment concerning the enforcement of foreign (specifically New York) judgments in England. The case involved a New York procedure known as “Judgment by...more

Prudential Regulation Authority Publishes Policy Statement on Strengthening Individual Accountability in Banking

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a Policy Statement on strengthening individual accountability in banking. The Policy Statement provides the PRA's final policy on a number of issues. Among other things, the...more

The Countdown Continues: One Year to the GDPR

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR or Regulation) will become applicable in one year, as of May 25, 2018. A lot has happened since we set out the key provisions of the Regulation last year....more

Blog: High Court revisits the question of the breach of duty of care in relation to mesothelioma

by Cooley LLP on

English law has developed a body of principles to address the particular problems posed by mesothelioma. This special area of law is known as the “Fairchild enclave”, a reference to the House of Lords decision in 2002. The...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

by Dechert LLP on

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

Banking on IT

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its consultation document on security measures for operational and security risks under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The WannaCry ransomware attack that...more

Are you ready for the Criminal Finances Bill 2017?

by Hogan Lovells on

In December 2016 we considered the changes proposed by the Criminal Finances Bill (the Bill) in "All change for money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry." On 27 April 2017, the Criminal Finances...more

How much can a judge intervene in cross-examination before a trial becomes unfair?

by Dentons on

Lord Justice Jackson's reforms to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) enabled judges to take a more active part in case management: they can manage the parties' costs budgets, control the timetable, limit expert evidence and...more

Unchecked indirect software access can be costly – what to look for in software license agreements

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Simple and straight-forward are two words rarely associated with software license agreements. For example, a ruling out of the UK demonstrates the importance and real-life costs that can result when the full meaning of an...more

An overview of the OECD's Phase 4 Report on the UK's implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention: Part II

by WilmerHale on

This article follows on from “Part I: Detecting bribery", which also contains a summary of the background to the OECD’s Phase 4 Report. For completeness, a short background section is repeated here....more

Preparing for the GDPR

by DLA Piper on

Significant changes to data protection law are due to come into force in just over a year's time on 25 May 2018 in the form of a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will impact on the way that pension...more

A New Sleuth in Britain: The UK Quietly Empowers a Sanctions Enforcement Office

On April 3, 2017, the UK Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) announced new penalties for economic sanctions violations of £1 Million or 50% of the value of the transaction, whichever is higher. As a...more

Wikitribune and broken news

by Hogan Lovells on

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales completes crowd-funding this week for his latest venture: Wikitribune, a news platform that, while not affiliated with Wikipedia, applies Wikipedia’s collaborative model to journalism. Wales...more

Blog: High Court Supports SFO Bid To Obtain Documents Claimed As Privileged

by Cooley LLP on

In a landmark ruling on 8 May 2017, the High Court ordered that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (“ENRC”) should hand over to the SFO documents prepared during an internal investigation, despite the fact that the...more

Impact of New Gender Pay Gap Reporting in the UK

by Locke Lord LLP on

Last month saw the coming into force of important new employment legislation in the UK, the Gender Pay Gap Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”). In this article, we explain the reason for this new legislation and what it...more

FCA Announces Review on Availability of Information Before IPO

by Jones Day on

May 2017 On 1 March 2017, the FCA published a consultation paper proposing a number of policies aimed at improving the information made available to investors during the initial public offering ("IPO") process. The paper also...more

Eyes Across the Atlantic: Coordination and Management of Global Private Antitrust Litigation

In years past, the focus of private international antitrust disputes was the United States. Over a century of experience, treble damages, class actions and the American rule for attorneys’ fees – plus robust enforcement by...more

Artificial Intelligence – Why it matters now  [Video]

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells partner Richard Diffenthal talks to Azeem Azhar, curator of The Exponential View, about the current status and implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning tools. They touch on numerous...more

A key to the Capital Markets Union turns slowly

by DLA Piper on

Reviving the largely moribund European securitisation market is key to the European Commission’s ambitious Capital Markets Union which was launched in September 2015. As the European Commission said at the time,...more

The FCA introduces a ban on right of first refusal clauses

by DLA Piper on

In May 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a market study on investment and corporate banking services to consider issues including choice of banks and advisers for clients and the bundling and...more

Did WannaCry make you want to cry? Real risks for landlords and tenants

by Hogan Lovells on

As the extent of the damage caused by the recent WannaCry ransomware virus becomes clearer, businesses across the world have been reminded of the critical importance of cyber security measures, and the potential fall-out...more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

by Jones Day on

On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

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