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  • Central Bank UCITS Regulations clarify CP86 location rules and other matters. (09 August 2017)

    The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) signed the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013 (Section 48(1)) (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, S.I. No. 344 of 2017, (the Central Bank UCITS (Amendment) Regulations 2017) on 27 July 2017 and these amending regulations are now in force. The Central Bank subsequently published Issue 6 of its Markets Update on 4 August 2017 with an updated UCITS Q&A and updated Guidance on UCITS Financial Derivative Instruments and Efficient Portfolio Management.

  • MiFID II Regulations – Irish Regulations Transposing MiFID II have been published (21 August 2017)

    The European Union (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 375 of 2017) (MiFID II Regulations) were signed into law by the Minister for Finance on 10 August 2017 and published by the Department of Finance on 15 August 2017. The MiFID II Regulations transpose MiFID II into Irish law and they will enter into effect on 3 January 2018.

  • Procurement Law Update - New Irish Remedies Regime for Concession Contracts (21 August 2017)

    The European Union (Award of Concession Contracts) (Review Procedures) Regulations (S.I. No. 326 of 2017) (the Concessions Remedies Regulations) were published on 17 July 2017. The Concessions Remedies Regulations implement the parts of the Concessions Directive (Directive 2014/23/EU) which cover review procedures for breaches of the rules on concessions contracts into Irish law.

  • Successfully Expanding Overseas: Raising Capital in the EU through ICOs (17 August 2017)

    From the recent Bitcoin Cash fork to claims of a crypto-bubble, it seems like everyone is talking about cryptocurrency lately. And with data from CoinMarketCap currently valuing the public cryptocurrency market at US$134 billion, it is little wonder that there is so much interest in this topic right now.

  • Limitation period for complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman extended (16 August 2017)

    Two recent Acts, signed into law by President Higgins last month, will have a significant impact upon the operation of the Financial Services Ombudsman (FSO) complaints procedure.  In particular, the Acts allow for an extension of the period in which consumers can make complaint about certain financial products.

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