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    European Commission releases offshore renewable energy strategy

    The European Commission released an "EU Strategy to harness the potential of offshore renewable energy for a climate neutral future" (the Strategy) on 19 November 2020.

    Energy & Natural Resources
  • article

    Operation of the SEM after the end of the Brexit transition period

    The SEM Committee has today published an updated statement on the operation of the SEM after the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. This confirms the position where the UK and the EU do not reach a trade agreement before the cut-off date.

    Brexit
  • Article

    Vacant possession and how to satisfy a break clause

    The recent case of Capitol Park Leeds Plc v Global Radio Services [2020] EWHC 2750 highlights the requirement for tenants to follow the strict conditions set out in a break clause.

    Litigation & Dispute Resolution Belfast
  • Living with COVID-19: A new era for employers
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    Living with COVID-19: A new era for employers

    The Irish government's Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 sets out its risk management strategy for the next six to nine months.

    COVID-19
  • audio

    HR Headquarters podcast interview series featuring ALG’s Triona Sugrue

    ALG Employment Knowledge Lawyer, Triona Sugrue joined Declan Collins on HR Headquarters podcast interview series to discuss the most common problems organisations are facing as a result of COVID-19.

    Pensions & Incentives
  • Article

    Competition law, merger control and State aid in Ireland in the time of Brexit

    While Brexit makes the UK a third country for the purposes of EU law, Ireland's proximity (geographically and econonomically) to the UK makes the application of competition law to cross-border trade that more relevant and complex.

    Brexit
  • publication

    Fund Management Companies guidance – Retrievability of Records

    The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI)'s Fund Management Companies guidance sets out minimum expectations for UCITS management companies, AIFMs, self-managed UCITS and internally managed AIFs minimum expectations with respect to the retrievability of records

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    European Commission’s Retail Payments Strategy: Summary and Timeline

    On 24 September 2020, as part of its new Digital Finance Package, the European Commission published a renewed strategy for modern and safe retail payments.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • article

    Department of Housing works on “use it or lose it” law for SHD planning permissions

    The Oireachtas Committee on Housing has been told, by representatives from the Department of Housing, that it is drafting a "use it or lose it" law relative to planning permissions granted for housing development.

    Environmental & Planning
  • Article

    Stablecoin: Opportunities, risks and regulatory outlook

    Stablecoins are cryptocurrency that are pegged to a traditional asset, such as a fiat currency or gold. Other stablecoins are linked to an asset pool. By pegging the reference value to a stable asset, stablecoins aim to avoid or minimise price volatility. 

    Financial Regulation
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    AIFMD consultation

    The European Commission (EC) launched a consultation relating to its review of the AIFMD, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, in October 2020. This followed an earlier EC report on AIFMD. In August, ESMA wrote a letter to the EC suggesting areas to consider during the ongoing review of the AIFMD. We look at this in detail.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    What are the most notable Irish competition law highlights so far in 2020?

    As we head towards the end of the year, what have been the most notable Irish competition law highlights so far?

    EU, Competition & Procurement