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Legal Updates & Insights

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    GDPR: The New Legal Framework

    There has been an increase recently in coverage of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Regardless of what happens with Brexit, it will be coming into effect on 25 May 2018 and is the first major data protection reform in the past 20 years.

    GDPR
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    Brexit: EU Worker Status Update

    Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has announced that the Home Office will recruit an extra 1,200 immigration caseworkers to help register the 3 million EU nationals currently living in the UK before the Brexit deadline.

    Brexit
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    Irish Budget 2018

    Budget 2018 reflects the continued recovery in the Irish economy aimed at delivering the Government's long held objective of balancing the books, promoting fairness and providing for sustained improvements in people's lives. Whilst most measures announced have a purely domestic focus we have summarised below the more significant announcements from an international perspective.

    Tax
  • Article

    Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP)

    In his budget speech on 10 October 2017, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced that a new tax incentive is being introduced to facilitate the use of share-based remuneration by unquoted small and medium enterprise (SME) companies to attract key employees.

    Corporate & M&A
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    WP29 adopts draft guidelines on breach notification, profiling and administrative fines

    At its plenary meeting this month, the WP29 adopted the final version of its Data Protection Impact Assessment guidelines.

    At its plenary meeting this month, the WP29 adopted the final version of its Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) guidelines.

    It also adopted draft guidelines on data breach notification and profiling, and administrative fines, which will be open

    Commercial Contracts
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    The changing landscape of Directors’ Duties

    This article describes some of the additional duties and requirements arising under the Companies Act for directors, especially those of larger companies and also provides some guidance on steps which directors should consider taking now that the Act is in force since 1 June 2015 to comply for the new regime.

    Companies Act
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    Similarities between the CLS/LTD and DAC company types

    As readers of this site will be aware, the Companies Act requires the conversion of all existing private limited companies to a company limited by shares ("CLS" or "LTD"), a designated activity company ("DAC"), or another company type.

    Companies Act
  • Article

    Mediation Act 2017

    The Mediation Act 2017 was signed into law on 2 October 2017 and is expected to come into force in the coming weeks.

    Disputes
  • Article

    Interim Legislation To Update Outdated Gambling Laws

    Further to our recent update, the Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton, has expressed an intention to bring forward the long awaited Gambling Control Bill (the GCB) by the end of 2017. The Government's Legislation Programme for Autumn 2017 notes that work is underway on the GCB. However, there has been no further information on when the draft of the GCB..

    Betting, Gaming & Licensing
  • Article

    Dawn Raids

    The Irish Competition Authority regularly dawn-raids businesses, professional bodies, trade associations and homes. Everyone in business in Ireland needs to be briefed on how to deal with such unannounced visits. A&L Goodbody’s EU, Competition & Procurement Group briefs you on what you need to know.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Cross Sectoral

    On the Domestic Front: Markets Update Issue 7 2017; Central Bank publishes Feedback Statement to Consultation Paper 95 – Funding the Cost of Financial Regulation. On the EU Front: European Commission publishes proposed reforms to foster CMU and financial integration; EBA and ESMA have published their joint guidelines to assess the suitability of members of management bodies and key function holder

    Finance
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Investment Firms

    On the EU Front: ESMA and the NCA's agree work plan on MiFID II pre-trade transparency waivers and position limits; ESMA updates Q&A on MiFID II implementation.

    Finance