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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 WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -

Iceland’s Pay Equity Law: The Start of a New Approach?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Iceland has been touting gender pay equity legislation as a short-term goal since early last year. So it is no surprise that the country’s new law — which mandates pay equity for males and females – went into effect a few...more

Proposed EU Guidelines on CCP Requirement for Anti-Procyclicality Margin Measures

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority is consulting on proposed guidelines for national regulators of CCPs on the application of the rules requiring CCPs to adopt anti-procyclicality margin measures....more

GDPR update: One Stop Shop (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this first GDPR Update of 2018, we address the One Stop Shop mechanism. The One Stop Shop mechanism means that, as a main rule, organisations carrying out cross-border personal data processing activities will only have to...more

GDPR Update: One Stop Shop

by Dentons on

In this first GDPR Update of 2018, we address the One Stop Shop mechanism. The One Stop Shop mechanism means that, as a main rule, organisations carrying out cross-border personal data processing activities will only have to...more

Caveat Emptor: Are Lengthier EC Merger Reviews the New Norm?

As merger reviews become more thorough and document-intensive, companies planning to engage in global M&A deals in 2018 should factor potentially lengthier merger reviews by the European Commission (EC) into their deal...more

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q4 2017

by Littler on

Strengthening of Company Pension - Only around 60% of employees in Germany have a company pension plan, which they use to provide for retirement in addition to the statutory pension. This is set to change from January 1,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

2018 Corporation Compliance & Litigation Outlook for Manufacturers

Last week, Megan provided our thoughts and predictions for environmental, health & safety. This week, I am providing our outlook for corporate compliance and litigation....more

eCTD Format Required for all Mutual Recognition Procedure Submissions

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite earlier recommendations to the contrary, as of 1 January 2018 all types of EU mutual recognition procedure (“MRP”) submissions should be made in electronic Common Technical Document format (“eCTD format”)....more

EU Trademarks and Brexit: Are You Ready?

There continues to be a high level of uncertainty regarding the impact of Brexit on the rights of EU trademark owners. For the last 21 years, the EU Trademark Registration (EUTM), formerly known as the Community Trademark or...more

ESMA Publishes Consultation Paper Containing Draft Guidelines on Anti-Procyclicality Margin Measures for Central Counterparties...

On January 8, 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published a consultation paper containing draft guidelines on anti-procyclicality margin measures for central counterparties (“CCPs“)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

Proceed To Check Out? The Impact Of 2018 European E-Commerce Reforms

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - The European Union (EU) has made reform of the e-commerce rules in Europe one of its main priorities for 2018. The European Commission has already published two proposed Directives relating to cross-border...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2018

by Bryan Cave on

When is pricing discriminatory? We reported in January 2017 on how a Portuguese Court had asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) to provide guidance on when “discriminatory pricing applied to equivalent...more

Brexit: Impact of 'No Deal' on Manufacturers and Importers

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has issued a Notice drawing attention to the legal ramifications of Brexit for industrial products placed on the EU-27 market in the event of no alternative arrangements being agreed for a transition...more

Servizi di pagamento pubblicato in GU il decreto che recepisce in Italia la PSD2

Rome Marco Zechini is a partner in Orrick's Rome office, member of the M&A and Private Equity group and head of the Italian Banking and Financial Services Regulation practice. He has experience in banking, insurance,...more

EU Tax Haven Blacklist Update

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The unveiling of the EU tax haven blacklist was covered in our Alert dated 12 December, 2017. While the consequences of a jurisdiction being on the blacklist remain largely unclear, clients may wish to review whether they...more

GDPR promises stringent penalties for noncompliance: Be ready for the May 2018 deadline

by Hogan Lovells on

In 1995, the European Union (EU) sought to improve the security of business data within its member countries by introducing the Data Protection Directive. ...more

European Central Bank (“ECB”) Publishes Recommendation on Dividend Distribution Policies and a Letter on Variable Remuneration...

The ECB has published a recommendation and a letter on dividend distribution policies and variable remuneration policy. Both the recommendation and letter relate to the payment of dividends in 2018 for the financial year...more

Article 29 Working Party Releases Guidelines on Transparency Under the GDPR

by Reed Smith on

On 11 December 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (Art 29 WP) published its draft guidance on transparency. The guidelines are open for consultation until 23 January 2018. The Art 29 WP analyse the elements of transparency...more

Surprise – EU Data Privacy Laws Could Impact You, Too!

by Bracewell LLP on

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s data privacy regime is getting an upgrade and like many operating system upgrades, the EU’s new approach (the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) is designed to improve...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Luxembourg recently published two important bills to combat money laundering and terrorism financing – one transposes the EU AML4 Directive1 into Luxembourg law; the second establishes a central register of beneficial owners,...more

EU Merger Control 2017: Competition in Innovation; EC Prohibiting Deals; Fines for Procedural Infringements; and EU Courts...

by WilmerHale on

2017 saw some highly significant investigations and court judgments in European Union merger control. Notably: ..After detailed investigations and subject to extensive divestments, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared...more

Underwriting or Placing Fees, Corporate Finance Contacts and MiFID II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MiFID II is Europe’s new financial regulation for investment business which came into effect on 3 January 2018. The banking and legal industries seem to be unsure about whether or not MiFID II treats both issuers and buy-side...more

Insurance Coverage Alert: Lessons to Learn about Cyber Risk - Various Claimants v Morrisons Supermarket PLC [2017] EWHC 3113 (QB)

by K&L Gates LLP on

A recent judgment of the High Court provides a stark lesson for organisations about the need to protect themselves properly against cyber-related risks. With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR")...more

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