- Important judgement on the relationship between EU and International Law: MSC Orchestra and sulphur emissions (03 July 2015)
An issue of key concern to the shipping community is whether EU law prevails over international treaty law (in particular, treaties in the maritime sector).
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Banking (03 July 2015)
On the Domestic Front: Central Bank identifies weaknesses in lenders’ compliance with the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears. The IBRC Commission of Investigation's Terms of Reference are revised. Regulations providing for credit institutions' maintenance of accounts are introduced. On the International Front: European Banking Authority (EBA) publishes its annual report and updates its risk dashboard for the EU banking sector. EBA issues amended technical standards on reporting of liquidity coverage ratio under the CRD IV. The Basel Committee consults on interest rate risk in the banking book.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Insurance (03 July 2015)
On the Domestic Front: New Regulations regarding insurers' financial statements are introduced. Central Bank publishes its findings from a themed review of the retail intermediary sector and its presentation to the Society of Actuaries' Solvency II Forum. On the International Front: EIOPA publishes its annual report and latest Financial Stability statement. European Commission adopts its first decisions on Solvency II third country equivalence. International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) proposes revisions to Insurance Core Principles and invites comments. Lloyd's & IUA publish joint guidance on the UK Insurance Act 2015.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Investment Firms (03 July 2015)
On the Domestic Front: Central Bank issues letter to industry following themed inspection of Client Categorisation for Investment Firms. On the International Front: European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) consult on margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives. European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issues its Q1 risk dashboard for securities markets. ECB successfully launches TARGET2-Securities and agreement on the proposal for a regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (known as SFTR) is reached by the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Europe.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Funds (03 July 2015)
On the Domestic Front: Director of Market Supervision, Gareth Murphy, addresses the Irish Funds Annual Conference. The Central Bank publish a document for Fund Management Company Boards and a revised AIF Rulebook. And the Central Bank's Q&As for AIFMD and UCITS are updated. On the International Front: International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report on good practices on reducing reliance on credit rating agencies (CRAs) in asset management.
- Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Cross Sectoral (03 July 2015)
On the Domestic Front: The Companies Act 2014 comes into effect. Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) launched its new online application process for International Security Identification Numbers (ISINs). Minister for State, Simon Harris, promotes Ireland's FinTech sector. On the International Front: ESMA launches new strategy and publishes 2014 annual report. Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) upholds the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) programme. UK Financial Control Authority (FCA) publishes its Business Plan for 2015/16.
- 8 May 2015: Shipping Regulatory Summit to be held in Brussels (29 June 2015)
On 8 May 2015, the European Commission announced that DG Competition will host the second Global Maritime Regulatory Summit on 18 June 2015 in Brussels. It will be a follow-up to the first Summit in Washington in December 2013.
- Legal Competitiveness for International Tech (29 June 2015)
John Whelan, Resident Partner San Francisco and Head of International Technology Practice at A&L Goodbody shares some insights on the advantages of Ireland’s legal offering for the international technology sector. This article was first published in Silicon Valley Magazine (Summer 2015 edition).
- The Inward Investment and International Taxation Review 2015 (Ireland) (29 June 2015)
Peter Maher, Partner and Head of Tax, A&L Goodbody provides an overview of the tax issues and opportunities in Ireland.
- Holiday Pay – NI Court of Appeal unlocks the door for voluntary overtime (26 June 2015)
The Northern Irish Court of Appeal has, this morning, held that the Belfast Tribunal ruled in error on its interpretation of Bear Scotland.
- The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments (23 June 2015)
On the Domestic Front, we look at Gareth Murphy's speech (which includes consideration of AIFMD 3rd country passport), Board and Corporate Governance Requirements, Central Bank Q&A on the Companies Act 2014, revised AIF Rulebook, updated AIFMD Q&A, updated UCITS Q&A, ONR Annual Sub-fund Profile Return, EuSEFs, EuVECAs and Markets update.
- The Front Page, Asset Management & Investment Funds: EU and International Developments (23 June 2015)
On the International Front, we look at an IOSCO Report on reducing reliance on CRAs in asset management as well as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Wire Transfer Regulation.
- Voluntary Overtime – NI Court of Appeal suggests it may need to be included in calculating holiday pay after all (17 June 2015)
Given the pace that decisions on holiday pay are moving, it almost seems like old news that non-guaranteed overtime payments should be included in the calculation of holiday pay. The question of whether voluntary overtime, that is overtime which the employer is not obliged to offer and which the worker is not obliged to accept if it is offered, should also be taken into account when calculating holiday pay was the central question being considered by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in the case of Patterson v Castlereagh Borough Council today. Having attended the hearing today it seems that voluntary overtime may indeed need to be included in holiday pay calculations albeit we will need to wait a little longer before receiving the Court of Appeal's Judgment on the issue.
- 'A first for everything' - Home Office immigration cap reached for Non-EU skilled workers (12 June 2015)
The government's monthly immigration cap for non-EU skilled workers has been reached for the first time in the history of the United Kingdom's Points Based System, blocking, or at best, hindering the arrival of some professionals including nurses, doctors and teachers to the UK.
- Consultation on the impact of procurement law challenges (12 June 2015)
Consultation on the impact of procurement law challenges The European Commission is consulting on the effectiveness of the remedies available to tenderers in the context of breaches of public procurement law.
- European Data Protection - Ireland (08 June 2015)
Mark Rasdale, Partner in A&L Goodbody's IP & Technology group, looks at some recent key developments in relation to data protection, cybercrime and cyber security in Ireland. This was published in the European Data Protection Update in June 2015.
- European Venture Capital Fund Regulations: June 2015 update (08 June 2015)
On 20 May 2015 the Minister for Finance published the European Union (European Venture Capital Funds) Regulations 2015 (SI 167/2015). This legislation designates the Central Bank as the Competent Authority for the purposes European Venture Capital Funds Regulations (the EuVECA Regulations - Regulation (EU) No 345/2013).
- A&L Goodbody advises on ICAV conversion (15 May 2015)
A&L Goodbody is pleased to have advised on one of the first Central Bank of Ireland approved conversions of an existing investment company, to Ireland's newest corporate investment structure, the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV).
- 1 November 2014: New European Commission and its Relevance for Shipping (19 June 2015)
The new European Commission took office on 1 November 2014. It will serve a five year term. It is led by Jean-Claude Juncker. The European Commissioner for Transport (including maritime transport) is Violeta Bulc.
- 8 May 2015: Registration of Ships: How is the Transfer of Ships Between EU Registers Working? – New European Commission Report on Implementation of Re (19 June 2015)
While the European Commission contemplated the creation of an EU register (the so-called “EUROS” proposal), the regime remains (and is likely to remain) one characterised by Member States having their own national registers (whether one national registry or a national registry with a parallel one) rather than there being an EU register.
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