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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of... more +
The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

European Commission Consults on Measures to Address Non-Performing Loan Build-Up in the EU

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has launched a consultation on proposals for statutory prudential backstops to address insufficient provisioning for newly originated loans that turn into non-performing loans. Since the 2007/08...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Amending Systematic Internalisers' Quote Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a consultation proposing amendments to the Regulatory Technical Standards on the equity transparency obligations of trading venues and investment firms (Commission...more

EU Sets Out Rules for National Regulators on Passporting under the Revised Payment Services Directive

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Delegated Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union setting out Regulatory Technical Standards for the cooperation and exchange of information between EU national regulators that are the...more

ESMA Highlights EU Regulatory Rules Applicable to ICOs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

ESMA has published two statements highlighting ICO risks for investors and EU regulatory rules applicable to issuers and advisors involved with ICOs. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published two...more

How to gather snowflakes: big data, AI and predictive analysis of customers

by DLA Piper on

Ask people to think of something unique, and it doesn't take long before they mention the snowflake: fragile, perfect, utterly individual and completely different from every other snowflake that has ever fallen. And surely...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - On November 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the formation and first members of its Fixed...more

European Banking Authority Consults on Prudential Consolidation Methods

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has launched a consultation on the draft Regulatory Technical Standards on the methods of prudential consolidation under the Capital Requirements Regulation. The CRR provides that banks,...more

EU Extends the Scope of the Framework for Collective Investment in Unlisted SMEs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Regulation amending the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This Amending Regulation makes...more

Antitrust Alert - Le contrôle des concentrations en Europe - Ce qui change en 2017

Les règles de l’Union Européenne en matière de contrôle des concentrations coexistent avec les régimes nationaux du droit des concentrations dans la plupart des 28 Etats membres. La notification et l’approbation d’une ou...more

Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on Regulatory Perimeter Issues under the EU Capital Requirements Framework

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published an Opinion and a Report on financial intermediaries and regulatory perimeter issues under the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive. The Opinion...more

EU Data Transfer Solutions Under Further Judicial Scrutiny – What Next For Model Contract Clauses?

The European Union Court of Justice (“CJEU”) to rule on the validity of Model Contractual Clauses (“MCCs”) following referral by the Irish High Court. The Irish High Court has “well-founded” concerns that there is no...more

OECD Development Assistance Committee Adopts Blended Finance Principles

The Development Assistance Committee (“DAC”) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) has adopted policy guidance on the use of blended finance for development. The guidance includes five...more

Jacqui Hatfield Discusses PSD2 Reporting Rules

Orrick's Jacqui Hatfield recently spoke with PaymentsCompliance magazine about the new proposed rules governing how national regulators cooperate and exchange information under the revised Payment Services Directive....more

Big Data and Antitrust: Rethinking Competition Law in the Data Economy

As we approach calendar year end, traditionally the busiest period of the year for mergers and acquisitions, it is worth revisiting whether our existing competition law framework can and does properly assess the market power...more

European Central Bank Highlights Challenges for Smaller Eurozone Firms

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Central Bank has published a Report on the supervision of less significant institutions under the Single Supervisory Mechanism. The SSM is made up of the ECB and national regulators of Eurozone member states, and...more

Autumn Budget 2017 Predictions

The Chancellor of the Exchequer's first Autumn Budget under the new budget timetable, which sees the Autumn Statement replaced with an Autumn Budget (and the Spring Budget replaced with a Spring Statement), will be announced...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...more

Presentations and Report Posted for Conference on Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In October 2017, the presentations and report for the June 20, 2017, Second European Conference on “Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials: Reliable data for an effective management of nanomaterials” were...more

ECB Opinion on Implementation of TLAC

On November 10, 2017, the European Central Bank (“ECB“) published an opinion (dated November 8, 2017) on the European Commission’s legislative proposals to implement the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) total loss absorbing...more

Brexit: “The Natives are restless and seem desirous of fighting”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). This current...more

Positive Changes to the EUVECA Regulation

by Goodwin on

When the Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive (AIFMD) arrived, an alternative, lighter touch, regime for venture capital fund managers known as EUVECA was also introduced. The intention of EU legislators was a...more

US Regulator Warns EU about Proposed Extraterritorial Overreach

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo has authored an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal warning of potential consequences if the European Union mishandles Britain's impending exit...more

Brexit Bill - Impact on patents

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“).  This article...more

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