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Legal Updates & Insights

  • Article

    Public Consultation on the Competition Act 2002 Merger Provisions

    The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) launched a public consultation on the provisions relating to mergers and acquisitions under the Competition Act 2002 on Friday 29 September 2017 (Consultation).

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    When does an internal investigation become a courtroom?

    Earlier this summer, as summarised in our previous article, the High Court appeared to significantly expand on an employee's entitlement to fair procedures during internal employee investigations.

    Employment
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    Central Bank Deadlines for Pre-Christmas/Year-End Applications 2018

    The Central Bank of Ireland (Central Bank) has issued details of its deadlines for receipt of applications: for approval of fund and sub-fund applications that have pre-Christmas or pre year-end approval deadlines (this includes self-managed/internally managed investment company/ICAV applications and risk management processes); and for approval of post-authorisation amendments that have pre-Christ

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Court Rules Product Defective Despite Being Compliant with European Directive

    In Connolly v FAS & Anor [2017] IEHC 472, the High Court held that a machine was a defective product even though it had been certified by an independent certifying authority in France in 2010, as meeting the European Machinery Directives, and its design complied with European standards.

    Disputes
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    Successfully Expanding Overseas: Raising Capital through ICOs - Risk Mitigation Strategies

    In my August blog, I discussed some of the regulatory risks associated with raising capital in the EU through initial coin offerings (ICOs). Since publishing that blog, a lot has been happening in the world of cryptocurrencies and token sales, and the global regulatory environment for ICOs has become more uncertain than ever.

    Commercial & Technology
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    EU-US Umbrella Agreement finalised

    European Union negotiations with the US government for an international data protection framework agreement in the law enforcement area have been finalised.

    Commercial & Technology
  • Article

    ICBA Business Breakfast

    On Wednesday 5 April 2017, A&L Goodbody hosted an ICBA Breakfast Seminar in our Dublin Office.

    Commercial & Technology
  • Article

    Merger Control in Ireland: Q1-Q3 2017

    An update on mergers that are required to be notified to the CCPC in 2017 to date.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
  • Article

    DPC consultation on international transfers & transparency under the GDPR

    The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has called for submissions on issues of Transparency and International Data Transfers under the GDPR.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    UK Government sets out proposed derogations under GDPR

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will automatically come into force across the EU on 25 May 2018. As the deadline fast approaches, Member States are busy progressing their draft implementing legislation. Article 23 of the GDPR provides Member States with discretion over how certain provisions will apply.

    EU, Competition & Procurement
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    Digital Age of Consent agreed by Irish Government

    News reports have confirmed that on Wednesday 26 July, after a public consultation period on the issue, the Irish Government have agreed to set the digital age of consent at 13 years of age. Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that a child under the age of 16 cannot consent to the processing of their personal data without the express consent of their parents.

    GDPR
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    Summary Judgment Refused Where Original Bank Mandate Could Not be Found

    In Allied Irish Bank Plc v O'Donovan & anor [2017] IEHC 494, High Court, Eagar J, 27 July 2017 AIB sought summary judgment against the defendants, who were formerly partners in a law firm.

    Finance