- Bill extends time limit for certain FSO Complaints (18 October 2016)
The Government has published the General Scheme of the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Bill 2016.
- They think it's all over - but Brexiting UK could still pull a u-turn on Article 50 (14 October 2016)
Article 50 is fast-becoming the most quoted but least read legal provision in the contemporary world.
- Regulation of state and supplementary pension schemes in Ireland (14 October 2016)
David Francis, Pensions Partner, Lorcan Keenan and Chris Comerford, Pensions Associates, provide an overview on the regulation of state and supplementary pensions schemes in Ireland. This article was first published in the 'Practical Law: Pensions Global Guide 2016/2017' by Thomson Reuters.
- Private Equity in Ireland (14 October 2016)
David Widger, Head of A&L Goodbody's Corporate Department, provides an overview of Irish private equity deal activity in 2015 and an outlook for 2016. First published in the 'Private Equity Review' (Fourth Edition) by Law Business Research.
- First award for penalisation of a whistleblower (13 October 2016)
In the first award under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, a care assistant has been awarded €17,500 after making what the Labour Court determined was a 'protected disclosure' to both her employer and HIQA in relation to the alleged abuse of patients in Aras Chois Fharriage nursing home. The Labour Court, on appeal, concluded that the employee was penalised when she was placed on paid suspension for nearly five months for having made a "protected disclosure".
- A&L Goodbody Guide on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (11 October 2016)
On 5 October 2016, our IP & Technology team hosted a seminar on the new EU General Data Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect from 25 May 2018. The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, gave a keynote address at the event, which was followed by commentary from our IP and Technology Partners, John Whelan, John Cahir, Mark Rasdale and Claire Morrissey.
- Successful Disability Discrimination Appeal Before the Labour Court - Tips for Employers (11 October 2016)
The Labour Court recently awarded €13,500 to a claimant for discrimination on the grounds of disability, discriminatory dismissal and failure to provide reasonable accommodation.
- High Court Refuses Petition for Examinership Not Brought in Good Faith (11 October 2016)
Background In JJ Red Holdings Limited & Companies Act 2014  IEHC 524, High Court, Baker J, 15 September 2016, the petitioning Company sought to confirm the appointment of an Examiner which was opposed by the Company's landlord.
- Anti-Money Laundering Compliance (11 October 2016)
The Department of Finance has published Ireland's first Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) National Risk Assessment (NRA).
- New Irish Share Incentive Reform Announced in Budget 2017 (11 October 2016)
The Irish Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced today some very welcome news in the area of share based remuneration for Irish businesses.
- Irish Budget 2017 - Tax Bulletin (11 October 2016)
There are no major changes in Irish tax policy announced in today's Irish Budget. Its contents reflect the continued recovery in the Irish economy, yet is tempered by the risks inherent in the global economy, particularly the uncertainties of Brexit. We have summarised the more significant announcements.
- Dawn Raids (10 October 2016)
The Irish Competition Authority regularly dawn-raids businesses, professional bodies, trade associations and homes. Everyone in business in Ireland needs to be briefed on how to deal with such unannounced visits. A&L Goodbody’s EU, Competition & Procurement Group briefs you on what you need to know.
- CASE OF THE MONTH: Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Attorney General v Fintra Trawling Company Limited (High Court, 18 July 2016) (04 October 2016)
The perils of making a declaration of solvency by company directors, without reasonable grounds.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Banking (04 October 2016)
On the Domestic Front: European Union (Payment Accounts) Regulations 2016 enter into force, Central Bank of Ireland adopts five sets of Regulations under Credit Reporting Act 2013, Department of Finance publishes its submission to the Central Bank of Ireland on its review of macro prudential residential mortgage lending measures. On the EU Front: European Banking Authority publishes results of CRD IV/CRR/Basel III monitoring exercise, European Commission publishes Regulatory Technical Standards supplementing specifying a minimum set of the information on financial contracts that should be contained in the detailed records under the BRRD. European Banking Authority publishes consultation paper on draft Regulatory Technical Standards setting out the standardised terminology and formats under the Payment Accounts Directive.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Funds (04 October 2016)
On the Domestic Front: Central Bank of Ireland Deadlines for Pre-Christmas/Year-End Applications, Central Bank of Ireland Markets Update. On the EU Front: Responses to ESMA call for evidence on asset segregation and custody services under AIFMD and UCITS V, Regulation amending EuVECA Regulation and EuSEF Regulation.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Insurance (04 October 2016)
On the Domestic Front: Central Bank of Ireland launches informal consultation on Solvency II SPVs, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission investigation relating to motor insurance, Central Bank of Ireland publishes Insurance Statistics for the year ended 31st December 2015. On the EU Front: PRIIPs KID – in the spotlight, EIOPA publishes monthly technical information, Insurance Europe launches digitalisation showcase.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Investment Firms (04 October 2016)
On the Domestic Front: Irish Funds publishes submission to the European Securities and Markets Authority in response to the Discussion Paper on the Distributed Ledger Technology applied to Securities Markets, European Union (Central Securities Depositories) Regulations 2016 enter into force, Irish Funds publishes response to the Department of Finance Public Consultation on MiFID II. On the EU Front: European Commission publishes Delegated Regulation supplementing the Transparency Directive providing for the establishment of the "European Electronic Access Point", European Parliament votes to reject Commission's draft Regulatory Technical Standards for the implementation of PRIIPs, European Securities and Markets Authority publishes discussion paper regarding the trading obligation under the MiFIR.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Cross Sectoral (04 October 2016)
On the Domestic Front: Central Bank of Ireland's Macroprudential Measures Committee has first meeting, Consumer Protection Act 2007 (Competition and Consumer Protection Commission) Levy Regulations 2016 enter into force, Central Bank of Ireland publishes Cross Industry Guidance in respect of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Risks. On the European Front: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities issue report on "Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System", European Supervisory Authorities reject European Commission's proposed amendments to Regulatory Technical Standards on non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives, European Commission issues communication on the Capital Markets Union Action Plan.
- The Front Page - Q&A: Sep 2016 (30 September 2016)
We are delighted with readers' response to our new Question of the month in the Front Page. Thank you. We invite readers to send topical questions which would be of general interest to readers to A&L Goodbody Investment Funds. Each month we choose a question and publish the question and answer. We look forward to hearing from you.
- The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments (30 September 2016)
In Irish practice developments, we look at some approaching deadlines; Central Bank Deadlines for Pre-Christmas/Year-End Applications; Central Bank Markets Update; Central Bank guidance on IT risk management and cybersecurity for financial firms; Central Bank Director of Policy & Risk, Gerry Cross, on liquidity risk in investment funds
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