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EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Luxembourg bill complementing the GDPR published

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 12 September 2017, the Luxembourg Government introduced a bill of law (the Bill) to complement the General Data Protection Regulation EU) 2016/679 (the GDPR). The Bill is planned to enter into force simultaneously with the...more

Brexit: “The Natives are restless and seem desirous of fighting”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). This current...more

Brexit Bill - Impact on patents

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“).  This article...more

Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement to require a vote From Parliament

by Hogan Lovells on

The EU Withdrawal Bill has now entered the committee stage in the House of Commons. This is the stage at which Parliament gets into the detail of the Bill, including amending it if necessary. ...more

The Article 29 Working Party Releases Draft Guidelines on the Application and Setting of Administrative Fines

by WilmerHale on

One of the key components of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) is its stronger enforcement mechanisms. Administrative fines are one of the most powerful parts of the enforcement...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — European Union

by White & Case LLP on

European investment screening "light" — first steps towards European investment controls - Due to the significant increase of foreign direct investment into European technology assets over the past 18 months, particularly...more

European Guide to Debt Collection

This guide provides an overview of recovering proceedings for claims across Europe. Notwithstanding the EU initiatives to facilitate the recovery of a monetary claim in another EU Member State, experience teaches that calling...more

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

The Treasury Committee’s Report on EU Insurance Regulation – What’s next for the PRA and the UK insurance industry?

by Hogan Lovells on

In September 2016, the treasury committee of the House of Commons (the Committee) launched an inquiry into EU insurance regulation and to supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice, the European Union (“EU”)’s highest court, issued its much awaited decision in a case of abuse of dominance by a US microchip manufacturer using exclusivity or loyalty rebates, i.e....more

Continuity of Contracts and Business on a “Hard” Brexit: Human Rights and Reverse Solicitation to the Rescue!

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Various industry bodies and regulators, including the Bank of England and Bafin, have recently raised fears that there will be a cliff edge on Brexit for certain types of financial contract, most notably derivatives and...more

Do Your Vendor Contracts Comply with GDPR?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Any entity processing personal data on your behalf (i.e., your vendors) must have a written contract in place. The GDPR requires specific language in your vendor contracts. Review steps 1–4 below to bring your vendor...more

European Court Ruling May Reinvigorate Enforcement Against Excessive Pricing

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The European Court of Justice recently provided widely anticipated guidance on the concept of excessive pricing, clarifying the use of key legal criteria in identifying an excessive pricing abuse under Article 102...more

Proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the European Union: What...

by Dentons on

On September 13, 2017, the Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the European Union (hereinafter the “Regulation Proposal”)....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

The Article 29 Working Party releases draft guidelines on profiling and automated decision-making under the GDPR

by WilmerHale on

On October 18, the Article 29 Working Party released its draft of “ Guidelines on Automated individual decision-making and Profiling for the Purpose of Regulation 2016/679” (“Guidelines on Automated individual decision-making...more

VAT and Contractors: A Sticking Tax?

by Dentons on

With VAT coming into the GCC region, those required to register must be mindful of two things: the onus to account for it will generally fall on the supplier (as it is the supplier who is generally required to account, though...more

VAT Attack Should I be concerned

by Dentons on

The six member states that comprise the GCC have become the latest to join a host of countries that have introduced VAT since it was first established in France just over 60 years ago. The UAE will see it formally becoming a...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

EMA senior officer: pharmaceutical companies encouraged to prepare for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

Agnès Saint-Raymond, MD, Head of International Affairs at the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), recently urged pharmaceutical companies to be “proactive” in preparing for Brexit, as there is still uncertainty around a...more

Braced for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

As negotiations continue, so do business preparations. Change is almost inevitable but the extent, nature and timing is uncertain. How can such change be addressed in one-off transactions (e.g. M&A) and in on-going...more

GDPR Goes into Effect Next Year; Is Your Privacy Program Ready?

by Baker Donelson on

You and your company may be located in the United States, but if any of your employees or customers are citizens of European Union (EU) member states, the EU will soon have a say in the collection, processing, storage,...more

GDPR Countdown: Latham’s National Implementation Tracker

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018, changing how businesses and the public sector manage customer information. With seven months before the deadline, governments, supervisory...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Focus on schemes of arrangement: recent key judicial decisions

by Dechert LLP on

Schemes of arrangement remain a popular tool for companies to reach a compromise with their creditors and effect complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings. In this article, we highlight a number of recent judicial decisions...more

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