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Legal Updates & Insights

  • EU and Irish Competition Law - it continues to apply during COVID-19 (subject to limited exceptions)
    Article

    EU and Irish Competition Law - it continues to apply during COVID-19 (subject to limited exceptions)

    In Ireland, under the combined EU and Irish competition law rules, it is an offence to enter into an anti-competitive agreement or to abuse a dominant position.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: ECB launches €750bn Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and other measures in response to the pandemic
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    COVID-19: ECB launches €750bn Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and other measures in response to the pandemic

    The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced a €750bn temporary asset purchase programme of private and public sector securities to assist the eurozone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to the €120bn increase the ECB announced to its €20bn per month programme of asset purchases last week.

    COVID-19
  • Article

    COVID-19 and EU State Aid Law – ‘we will do whatever it takes’

    Governments around the world are giving financial support to many businesses to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses receiving this support appreciate the assistance during this troubling but temporary crisis.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • COVID-19: Range of banking measures announced due to the pandemic
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    COVID-19: Range of banking measures announced due to the pandemic

    Following engagement with Ireland's five retail banks, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD has announced a range of measures designed to provide support for bank customers affected by the fallout from COVID-19.

    COVID-19
  • Article

    COVID-19: Emergency legislation in unprecedented times

    On St Patrick's Day night, the Irish Government published emergency legislation in response to the evolving Covid-19 crisis.

    Employment
  • COVID-19 and the Force Majeure Clause in the UK and Ireland
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    COVID-19 and the Force Majeure Clause in the UK and Ireland

    For many businesses contending with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a key consideration will be seeking to suspend or be excused from contractual obligations.

    Commercial Contracts
  • COVID-19: Governance, contingency planning and risk
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    COVID-19: Governance, contingency planning and risk

    Our Asset Management and Investment Funds team look at practical and other issues for regulated investment funds and regulated financial service providers (RFSPs) established in Ireland during this period of uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    COVID-19: EIOPA Statement - Mitigating impact on the EU insurance sector

    On 17 March 2020, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a statement on actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the EU insurance sector. EIOPA has been monitoring the evolving COVID-19 position in close cooperation with other European supervisory authorities and the European Systemic Risk Board.

    Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Northern Ireland guidance for contracting authorities using procurement in response to COVID-19
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    Northern Ireland guidance for contracting authorities using procurement in response to COVID-19

    The Cabinet Office has published a Procurement Policy Note for contracting authorities responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. This note highlights how contracting authorities can utilise existing provisions of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) in ensuring they have the necessary goods and services at this time. 

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: Central Bank releases capital buffer
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    COVID-19: Central Bank releases capital buffer

    The Central Bank announced on 18 March 2020 that it is effectively releasing the counter cyclical capital buffer that banks which are prudentially regulated by the Central Bank are required to hold.

    COVID-19
  • Northern Ireland companies can seek State Aid during the COVID-19 outbreak
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    Northern Ireland companies can seek State Aid during the COVID-19 outbreak

    Recent news reports have detailed the difficulties many companies are experiencing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Whilst the NI Finance Minister and the Chancellor have promised a raft of measures to assist companies – the logistics of which are still unclear.

    COVID-19 Belfast
  • COVID-19: Top 10 Employer FAQs
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    COVID-19: Top 10 Employer FAQs

    COVID-19 is presenting unique and unprecedented challenges for employers who have to grapple with often complex HR and data protection related issues in a rapidly escalating crisis. Employers are anxious to ensure continuity of their business, the health and safety of their employees and compliance with data protection obligations where these arise. Our Employment and Data Protection teams have be

    COVID-19