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Brexit at Halfway: Pharma and Medical Devices

by WilmerHale on

The object of this Alert is to highlight some practical implications of Brexit for the supply of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the European Union (EU) and related action items which companies should be...more

Brexit Update – Trade Priorities for 2018

by White & Case LLP on

BREXIT STEERING GROUP Click here for the contact details for the Brexit steering group. They or your usual White & Case contacts will be available to assist you with any queries or arrange for the appropriate person to do so....more

EU and UK Transition Period Trade Terms

• The U.K. and the EU have agreed on the substantive trade elements of the legal text set to govern the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU (the “Withdrawal Agreement”). If the other outstanding elements of the Withdrawal Agreement...more

European Commission Presents ‘Fair Taxation of the Digital Economy’ Package

On March 21, 2018, the European Commission released a draft legislative package for “fair taxation of the digital economy,” which would establish new tax rules for digital business activities within the European Union. This...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Launches Survey for EEA Firms Operating in the UK Under Single Market Passports

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Financial Conduct Authority has launched a short online survey seeking information from European Economic Area firms currently operating in the UK under a passport. The information obtained will identify those firms...more

EU Publishes Draft Guidelines for Future Relationship with Britain

The guidelines present a stark contrast to Prime Minister May’s vision of a “deep and special” partnership with the EU after Brexit. The President of the European Council has issued negotiating guidelines for the future...more

UK Prime Minister Speech on the UK’s Future Economic Partnership with the EU

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Prime Minister delivered her third major speech on the future partnership between the U.K. and the European Union following Brexit. In it, the Prime Minister restated the key elements and provided greater detail...more

The EU Establishes Its Position on Brexit Transition

The European Council has set out its negotiating position whereby the UK will become a rule taker, not a rule maker, during the transition period. The European Council recently approved negotiation guidelines covering the...more

Boardroom Brexit - the issues which really matter to your business

by DLA Piper on

There has been significant progress since the last edition of Boardroom Brexit, the most important update being the European Council's 15 December declaration that sufficient progress had been made in the first phase of...more

Brexit and EU rules on company law

by Dentons on

The European Commission has recently published a notice to stakeholders on the UK's withdrawal from the EU and EU rules on company law. The purpose of this is to remind private parties of the company law implications of the...more

New European Commission proposals aimed at promoting growth and investment in Europe

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has proposed a series of reforms to strengthen and further centralise supervision of the European capital and financial markets at the EU level with the aim of creating stronger and more integrated...more

Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

by Dentons on

On 29 March 2017 the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU and triggering a two year period of withdrawal...more

Brexit: The Clock is Ticking

by Dechert LLP on

The risk of a no agreement ‘cliff-edge’ is growing and the prospects for a transitional agreement, while somewhat improved, remain uncertain. The groundwork in Whitehall and the negotiations in Brussels have made only limited...more

Boardroom Brexit: The latest information business needs to know

by DLA Piper on

There has been a lot going on in recent months; the UK general election, the start of formal Brexit negotiations, and the unofficial launch of Britain's independent trade policy at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva....more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

Queens Speech: UK company law Brexit and beyond

by Dentons on

As widely expected, Brexit-focused legislation dominates the legislative programme outlined in the Queen's Speech on 21 June....more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

UK Commercial Real Estate Stands Tall amid Brexit Talks and a Snap General Election

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

For the past 12 months, politicians and commentators have remained fixated on Brexit. As negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU begin, the commercial real estate market in the UK appears up-beat....more

The European Commission Seeks to Endow Itself With the Power to Collect Information Directly From Companies to Improve Overall...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Hardly picked up by the specialised press, the Proposal for a Regulation setting out the conditions and procedure by which the European Commission may request undertakings and associations of undertakings to provide...more

European Commission opens antitrust investigation into Guess

by DLA Piper on

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into clothing manufacturer and retailer Guess, whose distribution agreements and practices may illegally restrict retailers from selling cross-border to...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

Political Uncertainty Hangs Over the Brexit Negotiations After Inconclusive UK General Election

by Bryan Cave on

You couldn’t really make it up! First there was the surprise result in the Brexit referendum last year. Then it was the unexpected Trump victory in the US Presidential election....more

EU27 Regulators Ordered to Hold Firm Line on UK Firms’ Post-Brexit Applications for Single Market Access

One likely impact of the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) is that the UK’s financial services industry will lose automatic rights of access to the EU’s free trade area (the Single Market)...more

SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

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