- The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments (27 February 2015)
On the Domestic Front, we look at deadlines, the ICAV, Central Bank programme of themed inspections and enforcement priorities, Central Bank report on Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Financial Sanctions Compliance in the Irish Banking Sector as well as the Central Bank appointment of Gerry Cross to the role of Director, Policy and Risk.
- The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: EU & International Developments (27 February 2015)
On the International Front, we look at the MMF Regulation, the Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive and the Wire Transfer Regulation, the ELTIF Regulation, the EuSEF and EuVECA Regulations, the Benchmark Regulation, an IOSCO report on Financial Benchmarks, the SFT Regulation, Best execution under MiFID, EMIR and the new market abuse regime under MAR.
- Northern Ireland Open for Business (26 February 2015)
Home Secretary Theresa May has this month announced sweeping reform to the United Kingdom's visa system, endeavouring to attract greater foreign investment through 'Corporate Immigration'.
- Central Bank Report on Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Financial Sanctions Compliance in the Irish Banking Sector (26 February 2015)
Given that Banks use systems to facilitate the management and monitoring of ML/TF risks and Financial Sanctions, it is important that these systems are operating correctly and effectively.
- How to Spend it: New EU Rules on Public Contracts (26 February 2015)
Isabel Hyde, a solicitor in A&L Goodbody's EU, competition and procurement group provides an overview of the reformed rules governing the award of contracts in both the public and utilities sectors. This article was first published in the February 2015 edition of Public Affairs Ireland.
- Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill (25 February 2015)
The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 (the Bill) was published by the Department of the Environment on 15 January 2015 and is currently before the Dáil.
- Check out the New Hotel Merger Regime (25 February 2015)
Many hotel sales are now subject to Irish merger control approval due to the change to the turnover thresholds triggering a notification requirement to the CCPC.
- Irish High Court refuses application to stay proceedings and refer dispute to arbitration (24 February 2015)
In The Lisheen Mine (being a partnership between Vedanta Lisheen Mining Limited and Killoran Lisheen Mining Limited) v Mullock and Sons (Shipbrokers) Limited and Vertom Shipping and Trading BV  IEHC 50, the Irish High Court considered its jurisdiction to assess whether an arbitration agreement existed, in particular whether it should apply a prima facie or "full judicial consideration" test.
- European Commission review of Prospectus Directive (24 February 2015)
The European Commission has published a consultation paper in connection with its review of the Prospectus Directive.
- The Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle is coming soon (24 February 2015)
The long awaited legislation which provides for the establishment of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (the ICAV) has now been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas.
- Knowledge Weekly Bulletin 24 February 2015 (24 February 2015)
The Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle is coming soon; Irish High Court refuses application to stay proceedings and refer dispute to arbitration; European Commission review of Prospectus Directive
- Review of M&A activity in 2014 and considerations for 2015 (23 February 2015)
With the recent devolvement of corporation tax setting powers, the frequent announcements of new jobs coming into Northern Ireland not to mention the reported increase in the level of activity in the real estate sector, is it safe to assume that this is going to be a good year for businesses in Northern Ireland?
- Wearable Technology & the Digital Revolution in Sport – where does the law fit in? (23 February 2015)
The evolution and expansion of wearable technology in sport together with the ever-increasing reliance on performance analysis software as a coaching tool have reached unprecedented levels. The wearable tech market, whilst still in its infancy, has quickly become a significant global industry, whilst the developments in data analytics software continue to transform the landscape of sport at all levels. But as the innovation continues, so too will the challenges facing sport's stakeholders.
- Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: The Effects on Companies (23 February 2015)
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (the Bill) is currently making its way through Parliament, bringing with it a number of important changes to company law. The intention of some of these changes is increased transparency, whilst other changes simplify company filing requirements. The Bill is expected to pass into law in early 2015, but it will come into force in stages.
- China Proposes Draft New Foreign Investment Law (23 February 2015)
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM") released the draft of its proposed new foreign investment law (the "Draft Law") for public consultation on 19 January 2015.
- ICAV bill passes all stages in the Oireachtas (20 February 2015)
The legislation which provides for the establishment of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (the ICAV) has now been passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas. The ICAV is a new form of corporate vehicle specifically tailored for the funds industry. The ICAV will sit alongside the available fund structures in Ireland, namely the variable capital company (VCC), the unit trust, the common contractual fund (CCF) and the investment limited partnership (ILP). The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) will act as both the incorporating and authorising body for the ICAV. ICAVs may be stand alone or umbrella structures.
- 'Zero Hours' contracts are here to stay (20 February 2015)
The public consultation on the use of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland closed at the end of September 2014. Following the consultation process, Minister Farry announced this week that an outright ban on 'zero-hours' contracts will not be introduced in Northern Ireland and stated that '[s]uch a ban could have unintended consequences in relation to individuals and employment opportunities'.
- Knowledge Weekly Bulletin 17 February 2015 (17 February 2015)
Meeting Competitors: What Executives May, and May Not Do - The Competition Law Angle; Central Bank Publishes Enforcement Priorities for 2015; Central Bank Publishes Report on Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Financial Sanctions Compliance in the Irish Banking Sector; Compulsory Retirement Leads to Award of €24,000
- Central Bank publishes enforcement priorities for 2015 (17 February 2015)
On 9 February 2015 the Central Bank of Ireland published a statement of enforcement priorities for 2015. This is its fifth annual statement of areas on which it intends to focus in order to deter breaches of regulatory requirements and to promote high compliance standards within all regulated firms.
- Compulsory retirement leads to award of 24,000 (17 February 2015)
The Equality Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently issued its latest determination on the topical subject of age discrimination and compulsory retirement (Richard Lett v Earagail Eisc Teo (DEC E2014-076). The Tribunal awarded €24,000 to a seafood company employee who had his working hours reduced from five to three days a week for twenty eight weeks before he was forced to retire at 66.
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