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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 -

GDPR is Here: How EU Privacy Regulations Impact U.S. Business

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018. Although U.S. businesses may think that EU regulations do not apply to them, GDPR extends to any entity that collects,...more

International Standards Body Proposes Recommendations for Trading Venues on Managing Extreme Market Volatility

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The International Organization of Securities Commissions has launched a consultation on proposed recommendations for trading venues and their regulators to consider when implementing, operating and monitoring volatility...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Releases Double Volume Cap Data for Dark Pool Trading

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published on its website trading volumes and calculations for the purposes of the Double Volume Cap under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the Markets in...more

The European Securitisation Regulation: The Countdown Continues...

by Jones Day on

Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on Content and Format of the STS Notification - Regulation (EU) 2017/2402, which lays down a general framework for securitisation and creates a specific framework for simple,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets - On March 7, 2018, the Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets of the Securities and Exchange Commission released a "Statement on...more

A Two-Sided Coin: Regulation and Merger Control in the EU Telecommunications Sector

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Dutch competition authority's approval of KPN's acquisition of fiber operator Reggefiber was upheld by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in February 2018. In assessing the merger's competitive...more

Is France going to strengthen its control over foreign direct investments again?

by Bryan Cave on

The current rules in France concerning the control over foreign direct investments arose from the deregulation of international capital flows which occurred worldwide, and especially in the United States and the European...more

EU Prolongs Asset Freeze and Travel Ban on Ukrainian and Russian Individuals and Entities

by DLA Piper on

On 12 March 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/392 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/388, prolonging the asset freeze and travel restrictions on 150 individuals and 38...more

Digital Health: CE marking of medical devices

by Hogan Lovells on

In the EU, digital health technologies such as medical apps or wearable sensors can fall within the scope of the medical devices directives. ...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #3

Pipeline CEOs Vow to Fight Back Against Environmental Activism and Sabotage - "Executives from some of the biggest energy infrastructure companies in Canada and the United States say their industry had been surprised by...more

European Waste Legislation Supports Use Of Bioplastics

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 23, 2018, European Union (EU) ambassadors reached provisional agreements on the waste legislative package published by the European Commission in 2015. The four legislative proposals include amendments to the:...more

EC Speech Outlines Goals of FinTech Action Plan

The European Commission (“EC“) published a speech on February 27, 2018 given by Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (“CMU“), which...more

French Intellectual Property Office Extends Granted SPC Expiration Date

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The French Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") previously refused to adjust the expiration date of a granted supplementary protection certificate ("SPCs") when it had been calculated on the date of grant of...more

Employment Alert – March 2018

by Dentons on

Access to employee files the ECHR validates the position of the Supreme Court - The European Court of Human Rights validates the French position by ruling that the employer may freely consult a file that is not identified...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot: July – December 2017 Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United States: July – December 2017 Update - Although delays in antitrust appointments continued throughout the second half of 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to actively...more

Cross-border parcel delivery – European Parliament approves the regulation proposal

by Hogan Lovells on

Some time ago now, the European Commission launched an initiative to improve transparency and regulate the cross-border parcel delivery sector as part of its aspiration to create a real Digital Single Market. Clearly, no...more

The Italian Competition Authority Updates the Merger Notification Thresholds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

By a decision adopted on 7 March 2018 and published in its Bulletin of 12 March 2018, the Italian Competition Authority has updated the thresholds for merger notification, adjusting them to the inflation rate. The new...more

EU Strikes Latest Blow To Britain’s Financial Services By Refusing To Recognise Equivalent Data Legislation

by King & Spalding on

In another knock to the UK’s Brexit hopes, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said “no” to any automatic recognition of Britain’s data protection legislation, meaning the UK’s financial services sector could potentially...more

GDPR Primer For Universities

WHY DOES IT MATTER? - Because the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will hold universities much more accountable for the data they possess and use....more

European Court of Justice Rules on Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

CJEU ruling on the incompatibility of a BIT provision with EU law may have implications for existing intra-EU BITs. Key Points: ..The CJEU’s decision differs from Advocate-General Melchior Wathelet’s 2017 Opinion and...more

The European Court of Justice Changes the Rules of Investment Treaty Arbitration Game in Europe

by K&L Gates LLP on

6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) rendered a judgment in the case of the Slovak Republic v Achmea B.V., C-284/16 (the “Achmeajudgment”). The CJEU declared that "Articles 267 and 344 TFEU...more

ESMA Speech on Measured Approach to FinTech

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published a speech by ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor on taking a measured approach to Financial Technology (“FinTech“) on February 27, 2018. Mr. Maijoor explained that...more

U.S. Companies: Are You Ready for GDPR?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. Are you ready? Who’s affected? Organizations, anywhere in the world, that process the personal data of European Union (EU) residents...more

EBA Reports on Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2017

The European Banking Authority (“EBA“) published a report, available here, summarizing the results of the latest EU Basel III monitoring exercise, using data as of June 30, 2017. The report was accompanied by a press release....more

News from Abroad -- Disclaimers: Door Remains Open for Undisclosed Disclaimers at European Patent Office

The Enlarged Board of Appeal has now released its written decision in respect of G 1/16 (T 0437/14). This decision resolves the question regarding which standard is to be applied to determine whether an "undisclosed...more

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