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Legal Updates & Insights

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    Hague Judgments Convention enters into force

    The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (the Hague Judgments Convention / HJC) entered into force on 1 September 2023.

    Disputes
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    European Commission designates first six gatekeepers under the Digital Markets Act

    The European Commission has announced the designation of six “gatekeepers” under the new Digital Markets Act (DMA). These are the first companies to receive this status under the new Act. 

    Commercial & Technology
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    French lawmaker announces intention to challenge the EU-US Data Privacy Framework

    Late last week, a member of French parliament, Philippe Latombe, announced that he has applied to the EU’s General Court to seek an annulment of the EU-US Data Privacy Framework (the DPF), which was approved by the European Commission last July.

    Commercial & Technology
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    Sustainability Agreements and Competition Law

    As environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals become a growing business priority, competition law is, in some ways, adapting to encourage or facilitate collaboration between competitors that promote these objectives.

    ESG & Sustainability
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    Mind the “NatCat” gap – the natural catastrophe insurance protection gap

    This article explores EIOPA’s growing concerns about the insurance implications of the climate crisis, particularly in relation to the “insurance protection gap” in respect of natural catastrophe (NatCat) insurance and considers what practical next steps insurers and businesses might consider taking.

    ESG & Sustainability
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    ClimateTech: emerging technologies and legal issues

    In this article, we examine the emergence of technology solutions in the climate and sustainability space, with a focus on the rise of green technologies aimed at assisting in accelerating the rate of decarbonisation worldwide.

    Commercial Contracts
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    The impact of recent regulatory developments in Ireland on ESG and governance

    This article considers the supervisory role of the Central Bank in relation to ESG matters. It also provides an overview of a number of recent and upcoming important regulatory developments, which impose new obligations on both firms and senior executives in Ireland.

    Disputes
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    ESG in the C-suite: putting the G into ESG

    In this article, we look at corporate governance and how the emergence of ESG and sustainability related legislation has changed the governance landscape for both companies and individual directors.

    Corporate Governance & Compliance
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    New Chair of Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission: Brian McHugh appointed as Chair

    On 15 September 2023, it was announced that Brian McHugh has been appointed as the new Chair of Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    CSO Gender Balance in Business Survey 2023 - Results

    Earlier this year we noted that Irish enterprises with 250 or more employees and which are engaged in certain activities, would be required to provide information to the Central Statistics Office (the CSO) on a once-off basis for the purposes of the Gender Balance in Business Survey for 2023.

    Corporate & M&A
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    Commencement of Competition Amendment Act 2022 - ECN+ Regime implemented in Ireland

    Ireland’s Competition (Amendment) Act 2022 (Amendment Act) will very largely come into operation on 27 September 2023.

    Corporate & M&A
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    Share Incentive Plan (SIP) rights transfer under TUPE

    Although TUPE dates back to 1981, businesses still grapple with the transfer of rights and liabilities in the context of a TUPE transfer. The recent decision in Ponticelli highlights unexpected consequences for transferees when dealing with Share Incentive Plans (SIP).

    Belfast