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Legal Updates & Insights

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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
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    Call for Evidence on introducing Fixed Price Certificates in the RO

    On 31 July 2023 the Northern Ireland Executive, together with HM Government and the Scottish Government, issued a call for evidence on introducing Fixed Price Certificates (FPCs) in the UK wide Renewables Obligation (RO) schemes, as a replacement for the existing live-traded scheme (the Call for Evidence).

    Belfast
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Cross Sectoral and Other August 2023

    Domestically, the Department of Finance has launched a public consultation on the operation of Ireland’s discretions under MiCA. At European level, the EBA has published its report on the functioning of AML/CFT colleges in 2022 and ESMA has updated its ECSPR Q&As.

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

    At European level, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements and Commission Delegated Regulation on RTS for specific liquidity measurement of investment firms is published in the Official Journal.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds