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Canada Supports UNDRIP Implementation Bill

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 20, 2017, the federal government announced that it will support Private Member’s Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Bill C-232, An Act to ensure that the laws of...more

UK Central Securities Depositaries Regulations 2017 Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

HM Treasury has published the Central Securities Depositories Regulations 2017, together with an explanatory memorandum. The Regulations implement, in part, certain Articles of the EU Central Securities Depositaries...more

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

by WilmerHale on

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment (“FDI”) in the European Union (the “Proposal” or “Proposed Regulation”). The...more

Assignment of Receivables: A Step Forward for UK PLC and a Step Towards International Harmonisation

by Reed Smith on

The draft Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2017 (the “draft Regs”) have been published. Gone is the complexity of the original draft, and now we have a straightforward piece of legislation which...more

CFTC and European Commission Make Progress on Cross-Border Agreements

On October 13, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two cross-border developments with the European Commission (EC) that take significant steps toward reconciling regulation of cross-border...more

3 Changes to the EU Trade Mark Regime: What Applicants Need to Know

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Changes to the Regulation on the EU Trade Mark came into effect on 1 October, 2017 that alter the process of registering trade marks. These changes aim to harmonize trade mark practices across the European Union while...more

Changes in the protection of employment related personal data

by Dentons on

On 14 September 2017, long-awaited drafts of new laws adjusting the provisions of Polish law to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 – General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will take effect on 25 May 2018....more

The new EU trademark law - Second Wave - Changes to the European Union Trademark Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 under Regulation (EU)...

by Dentons on

On 23 March 2016, the Amending Regulation entered into force, introducing various more or less significant amendments to the existing European Union trademark system, which are to take effect at different points in time. So...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Canada

by White & Case LLP on

Ontario and Québec lead the way in developing trading schemes - Canada's federal government recently entered into an agreement with eight Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories that is likely to accelerate the...more

A case of continuity? UK sanctions policy post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The UK Government has committed to introducing an International Sanctions Bill in this session of Parliament. This primary legislation is required to ensure that, once it has left the European Union, the UK can continue to...more

SEC Chair Speaks at the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC). During the panel, Chairman Clayton discussed the Commission’s priorities on a...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

Actavis v. Eli Lilly1: Back to the future - The UK Supreme Court changes the test for patent infringement

by WilmerHale on

The UK Supreme Court rarely hears patent cases, and will only hear cases that it considers to be fundamentally important. The court's July 12 judgment is most significant for changing the test for infringement in the United...more

German Legislator facilitates confiscation orders and asset recovery

by DLA Piper on

After having implemented stricter anti-bribery and corruption regulations in late 2015 and mid- 2016, new criminal law provisions regarding confiscation orders and asset recovery will enter into force on 1 July 2017. The...more

Government of Canada releases long-awaited proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations and Industrial Design Regulations

by DLA Piper on

On June 19, 2017, the Canadian government released proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations and Industrial Design Regulations. The proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations are intended to complement the...more

Keeping up with the Convention: Ontario Modernizes Its International Commercial Arbitration Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A new statutory regime governing international commercial arbitration came into effect in Ontario in March 2017, with the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, SO 2017, c 2, replacing the International Commercial...more

Cartel Enforcement Global Review - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper is proud to present the 2017 global review of cartel enforcement, which provides insights into trends that have emerged around the world in recent years, using our global network of competition and antitrust lawyers...more

Patent Grace Periods and Public Disclosures: Finding a Saving Grace (Period) to Minimize Impact of Pre-Filing Public Disclosures

We have all been there. Despite best efforts to minimize public disclosures from the company, you get an email (likely on a Friday at 5 PM) that a company scientist submitted an abstract to a conference without notifying the...more

GCP Renovation ICH Reflection on "GCP Renovation"

by Jones Day on

The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use ("ICH") has released a reflection paper on Good Clinical Practice ("GCP") "Renovation," which contains the ICH proposal...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer...more

The Future of Europe

In 1957, the six EU founding members–Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg—agreed to settle their conflicts around a table rather than on the battlefields. We are now days away from the 60th...more

Final Global Guidance on Unique Transaction Identifier Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organization of Securities Commissions have published Technical Guidance on the harmonization of the Unique Transaction Identifier. The development of...more

The Second Edition of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol

by White & Case LLP on

The Society of Construction Law ('SCL') has just published the Second Edition of its Delay and Disruption Protocol. Background - The SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol was first published in 2002. Its stated...more

Cross-border Trade Secrets Protection - Coincidence or Collaboration?

The US and the EU passed new trade secret laws within 30 days of each other. If you are engaged in cross-border business you are now subject to dual enforcement -- but also common protections in both jurisdictions. What can...more

EU Antitrust Continuity Potentially Threatened by Brexit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Our second antitrust outlook-focused post reflects on how we expect 2017 to continue to shape up as a year in which competition policy and enforcement will face increased uncertainty and complexity, specifically with respect...more

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