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On the financial services horizon

by DLA Piper on

A five minute roundup of upcoming cases and anticipated regulatory developments of interest to the financial services sector. Welcome to the eighth edition of our On the Financial Services Horizon newsletter – a regular...more

Uniform European Union Conflict of Laws Rule to Foster Cross-Border Transfer of Claims

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 17, 2008, on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I Regulation) does not cover the question of third-party...more

An Update on Brexit and (Current) Implications on Trade

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It has been a year since Article 50 was triggered on March 29, 2017, and if no extension is given, the U.K. will leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019. This means that negotiations are now at the half-way point, but...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2018

by King & Spalding on

FERC Initiates Sweeping Reform of Ratemaking Treatment for Income Taxes - On March 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a series of issuances intended to address the need to reflect the lower...more

A New (Sort of) Class Action in Protection of European Consumers

by K&L Gates LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) presented this initiative in the context of a proposed revision of the EU framework on consumer protection. The “Package” (as the name goes when several independent legal texts are...more

European Commission Introduces Bold New Tax Plan for the Digital Economy

by K&L Gates LLP on

A New Digital Services Tax (…for now) - The European Commission is taking significant actions to address the taxation of the digital economy that would impose a 3% tax on digital services until a global and longer-term...more

Expansion of digital markets and restrictions

by Bryan Cave on

The European Commission has been closely following the developments in e-commerce. As more and more goods and services are sold online, the Commission finds itself inevitably drawn into regulating the competition rules in...more

European Commission Proposes Extending Fee Cap to Non-Eurozone Member States

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published a proposed Regulation to amend the Regulation on cross-border payments in the EU. The Regulation on cross-border payments provides, among other things, that charges for cross-border euro...more

The impact of the Geo-blocking Regulation after Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

In anticipation of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, the European Commission has released a Notice to Stakeholders on the impact of Brexit on the incoming rules on geo-blocking (the “Notice“)....more

European Court of Justice Rules that Arbitration Agreement in Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty Violates EU law Calling Into...

by King & Spalding on

In a ruling that has sent shockwaves across Europe, the European Union’s (EU) highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), has struck down an arbitration agreement contained within a bilateral investment treaty (BIT)...more

Irish High Court Refers Schrems 2.0 to the ECJ

by Alston & Bird on

On April 11, Justice Caroline Costello of the Irish High Court referred the Schrems 2.0 case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) with 11 questions for the ECJ to answer. Per Justice Costello, the sole issue in...more

What Role For Fairness in EU Competition Policy and Enforcement?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Is this perception well-founded? And does it represent a new policy trend towards ‘social justice’ objectives or simply a continuation of a policy driver that has underpinned EU competition enforcement for some time?...more

New Home for Our Interactive GDPR Implementation Tracker – GDPR.lw.com

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018. As an EU Regulation, it will be directly effective in each EU member-state, but all member-states are expected to pass national implementing...more

The anticipated introduction of VAT in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar: what you need to know

by DLA Piper on

The six Gulf Cooperation Council ("GCC") member states, Saudi Arabia ("KSA"), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), agreed and signed a Framework Agreement for the introduction of Value Added Tax...more

Commission’s notice on Brexit and copyright: Is it as bad as it sounds?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 28 March 2018 the Commission published a Notice to Stakeholders on the Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of Copyright. The Notice reminds stakeholders that, unless the UK comes to an agreement with the EU,...more

The 15 Tests against Which Any Brexit Deal Should Be Measured

A Report published by the UK’s Exiting the European Union select committee sets out a series of tests against which to measure the eventual Brexit deal. The Report sets out 15 tests with which to judge any Brexit deal,...more

Germany Plans Class Action Legislation in 2018

by Jones Day on

The Situation: German law does not provide a means of collective redress for consumer claims. Attempts to introduce a corresponding act in the previous legislative term were made; however, no political agreement was reached...more

The CJEU Preliminary Ruling in Slovak Republic v Achmea BV – what does it mean for arbitration under intra-EU BITs?

by Reed Smith on

On March 6, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its preliminary ruling in Slovak Republic v Achmea BV (Ruling), which held that the application of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)...more

CJEU judgment changes landscape for investor-State arbitration in the EU

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 March 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued its judgment in Case C-284/16 Slovak Republic v Achmea BV.  The CJEU ruled that investor-State arbitration clauses in investment treaties concluded...more

EU Targets Tax Avoidance Reporting Obligations for Intermediaries

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Member States of the EU have unanimously agreed on a proposed directive establishing new and far-reaching tax reporting obligations for "intermediaries" and taxpayers. The Result: The proposal lays down...more

GDPR Update: The Processing of personal data in the employment context (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR Update we address several separate aspects of data processing that relate to the employment context....more

GDPR Update: The Processing of personal data in the employment context

by Dentons on

In this GDPR Update we address several separate aspects of data processing that relate to the employment context....more

Is your business prepared for the 'storm' of secondary legislation needed to get UK law ready for Brexit?

by Hogan Lovells on

With around 19,000 pieces of EU legislation currently in force in the UK, EU law touches all aspects of life, from health and safety to harbours and highways; from employment rights to exotic diseases....more

The impact of Brexit on the enforcement of judgments between the UK and EU Member States post-Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

The impact of Brexit on the enforcement of judgments between the UK and EU member states is increasingly at the forefront of businesses' minds. This blog describes how the current system of reciprocal enforcement of judgments...more

Blog: M&A: Key Considerations in Transactions with EU Employees

by Cooley LLP on

The employment law landscape across the EU Member States is often markedly different from that in the US. Here, we take a look at five important employment issues to be aware of when a transaction includes employees in the...more

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