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European Parliament Calls for Tougher Environmental Liability Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) aims to prevent, remedy and/or compensate for environmental damage. ELD seeks to achieve this through the “polluter pays principle”, ensuring businesses are held legally and...more

France Establishes Register of Beneficial Owners of Corporations and Other Entities

by Jones Day on

In an effort to prevent money laundering and fight the financing of terrorist activities, France has adopted requirements for the identification and registration of beneficial owners of corporations and other entities...more

Securitisation Regulation and CRR Amendment – recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

In preparation of the joint debate on the Securitisation Regulation (the "Sec. Reg.") and the amendment to the Capital Requirement Regulation (the "CRR Amendment") in the plenary session of the European Parliament scheduled...more

Alternative Dispute Resolution in England and Wales

by Hogan Lovells on

A guide to mediation and the other main types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in England and Wales. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

After the Panama Papers exposed efforts by wealthy individuals and government officials to hide funds offshore, government authorities around the world have responded with new legislation, regulations and enforcement actions...more

UK - Insurance Distribution Directive: Proposal to extend application date

by Hogan Lovells on

The Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97, the “IDD”) came into force on 22 February 2016, and the current deadline for transposition by member states is 23 February 2018. The impact of the IDD has been previously...more

European Union adopts new Directive to better resolve double taxation disputes

by DLA Piper on

The Council of the European Union adopted the Tax Dispute Resolution Mechanism Directive on 10 October 2017. Whereas currently the scope for mandatory arbitration in dispute resolution is limited to transfer pricing...more

New obligation to declare beneficial owner(s)

by White & Case LLP on

The Ordinance of 1 December 2016 (which implemented the European Anti-Money Laundering Directive of 20 May 2015) and the so-called "Sapin II Law" of 9 December 2016 introduced new obligations for companies. Companies must now...more

Belgium issues new law on anti-money laundering transposing the fourth EU Directive and implementing the FATF recommendations

by White & Case LLP on

The Belgian State Gazette published on Friday 6 October 2017 the law of 18 September 2017 preventing money laundering and financing of terrorism and limiting the use of cash (the"Law"). The Law replaces the law of 11 January...more

New German Money Laundering Act Introduces Beneficial Ownership Register (Transparenzregister)

by Jones Day on

The Background: As part of the implementation of the European Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU Directive 2015/849), a new German Money Laundering Act has come into effect....more

New EU Law on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

• The European Commission has released a set of documents, including a proposal for an ‘FDI Regulation,’ which sets out an EU framework for screening foreign direct investments. • This proposal would grant the European...more

UK MHRA Publishes Guide to the New EU Medical Device and IVD Regulations

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published an interactive guide to assist companies with understanding the requirements of the new EU Medical Device Regulation (“MDR”) and In Vitro...more

Digital Single Market: Draft Copyright Directive - What is the current state of the European ancillary copyright for publishers?

by Hogan Lovells on

The ever-lasting discussion regarding the implementation of a European ancillary copyright for press publishers has now entered the next round. In March 2017, MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, who then was the rapporteur of the...more

UK beneficial ownership registers – how recent developments affect finance transactions

by Dentons on

This year the UK government has introduced, updated and consulted on various measures to make the identity of those investing in the UK more transparent. Some, but not all, of these have been introduced to comply with the EU...more

Does GDPR Apply to You?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive. GDPR can apply to US-based businesses even if they do not have offices or employees in the EU. It...more

The New Prospectus Regulation

by White & Case LLP on

Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Debt Capital Markets Transactions - On 20 July 2017 after its publication in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017, the new Prospectus Regulation ("PR3") entered into force. PR3...more

How to spot PEPs and what to do with them – the FCA's Finalised Guidance 17/5

by Dentons on

The guidance issued by the FCA in FG 17/5 (the Guidance) is likely to make a significant difference to the way in which firms identify and manage their relationships with politically exposed persons (PEPs). The FCA has used...more

People with significant control regime: expanded scope and more regular reporting

by Dentons on

Changes to the UK's regime for the disclosure by companies of their significant controllers (the PSC regime) took effect on 26 June 2017. The changes ensure that UK legislation is compliant with the EU's Fourth Anti-Money...more

New EC Guidelines to Improve Non-Financial Information Reporting

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 26 June 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published non-binding guidelines on the methodology for reporting non-financial information by certain large companies and groups (the Guidelines) as required by Article 2 of...more

Evolution Not Revolution: The New EU Prospectus Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The EU’s new Prospectus Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 30 June 2017 and enters into force 20 days after such date, so 20 July 2017. The vast majority of its provisions will have effect from 21...more

Changes to UK's PSC regime

by DLA Piper on

New timing requirements for updating and filing PSC information and extension of the regime. On 26 June 2017, changes were made to the PSC regime to ensure full compliance by the UK with the requirements of the EU Fourth...more

The New Prospectus Regulation – key changes for equity issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The New Prospectus Regulation ((EU) 2017/1129) (PR) will come into force on 20 July 2017. The final text was published in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017 and will enter into force twenty days after its publication....more

Changes to the UK PSC Regime

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In April last year, the UK Government introduced changes to the Companies Act 2006 requiring most companies and LLPs to produce, keep and maintain a register of any people or relevant legal entities that have significant...more

IV Anti-Money Laundering Directive: the issuance of the Italian Legislative Decree implementing the Directive

by DLA Piper on

The Legislative Decree No. 90 of May 25, 2017 has been published in the Ordinary Supplement No. 28 of the Italian Official Gazette No. 140 of 19 June 2017 (the Decree). The Decree amends the legislative decrees No 231 dated...more

Multi-jurisdictional overview: preliminary implementation of the UBO register in the EU Member States

by DLA Piper on

Article 30 of the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (the 4AMLD, (EC) 2015/849) imposes the obligation to introduce a central register which identifies Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs) of (legal) entities (the “UBO...more

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