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    Insurance sector ESG & Sustainability highlights - 2023 round-up and 2024 horizon

    As 2023 draws to a close, the ALG Insurance & Reinsurance team take stock of key ESG & Sustainability developments in the insurance space; and look ahead to what is coming down the track for 2024.

    ESG & Sustainability
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    Provisional agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

    On 13 December 2023, a provisional agreement was reached between European Union co-legislators on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). The CSDDD aims to enhance the protection of the environment and human rights in the EU and globally.

    ESG & Sustainability
  • Article

    The Central Bank’s Administrative Sanctions Procedure - new guidelines published

    The Central Bank’s Administrative Sanctions Procedure (the ASP) is the regulator’s key enforcement tool.

    Individual Accountability Framework
  • Article

    Irish Insurance M&A review 2023

    In this inaugural annual article, we look back on what has been a busy 2023 for insurance sector M&A in Ireland and provide an outlook of likely trends and activity in 2024.

    Corporate & M&A
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    Gun-Jumping under Irish Merger Control – New Armoury for the CCPC

    The Competition (Amendment) Act 2022 has introduced a number of important changes to gun-jumping under Irish merger control. These changes address some gaps in the existing legislation as well as expanding gun-jumping to transactions called-in by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    Second tranche of draft RTS, ITS and Guidelines published under DORA

    On 8 December 2023, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published the second tranche of policy measures under Regulation (EU) 2022/2554 on digital operational resilience for the financial sector (DORA) for public consultation.

    DORA
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    The United Kingdom’s new Procurement Act 2023

    On 26 October 2023, the United Kingdom’s new procurement regime received Royal Assent. Understanding of the Act will be imperative to all organisations who fall within the scope of and are reliant on the new legislative provisions during procurement processes.

    Belfast
  • Article

    Central Bank of Ireland publishes updated Administrative Sanctions Procedure Guidelines

    The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has published updated Administrative Sanctions Procedure (ASP) Guidelines, together with a feedback statement on its Consultation on the draft ASP Guidelines initially issued in June this year.

    Regulatory Risk & Investigations
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    The Digital Services Bill

    The Digital Services Bill was published by the Oireachtas on 5 December 2023. It will give effect to the Irish national implementation of the Digital Services Act.

    Technology
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Cross Sectoral and Other November 2023

    Domestically, the CBI hosts annual Financial System Conference. At European level, the European Commission consults on DORA delegated acts, and the ECB publishes opinion on the proposed regulation for a digital euro.

    Financial Regulation
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Investment Firms November 2023

    Domestically, the CBI publishes Dear CEO letter on thematic review of firms undertaking algorithmic trading. At European level, ESMA puts digital resilience and cyber risk as new Union Strategic Supervisory Priorities.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Insurance November 2023

    Domestically, Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2023 debated and the CBI publishes “Intermediary Times” Newsletter. At European level, EIOPA publishes November 2023 Insurance Risk Dashboard 2023 and monthly technical information and EIOPA speech comments on hidden and horizon risks for insurers.

    Finance