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Legal Updates & Insights

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    The Beneficial Ownership Regulations 2016 are in force - what you need to know

    The European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016 came into operation on 15 November 2016.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Statutory Review of Irish Defamation Law

    The Department of Justice and Equality announced on 1 November that it will review the impact of the defamation reforms introduced in 2009.

    Disputes
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    Economic Migration

    Tier 2 and Tier 5 'A-rated' Sponsors will gladly welcome the introduction of the new priority service in processing change of circumstances applications.

    Belfast
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    “Willy Nilly” expert evidence not allowed

    New High Court rules regarding expert evidence became effective on 1 October.

    Disputes
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    Economic Migration Update – November 2016

    The Autumn changes to the UK Immigration Rules have finally been announced and will, for the most part, be introduced on 24 November 2016. The official announcement confirms that the changes promised by the Government earlier this year will be applied with only a few variances.

    Belfast
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    Antitrust – Online businesses and their antitrust obligations

    EU, Irish and UK competition law prohibit price-fixing between competitors in relation to goods and services. This prohibition applies in whatever way such goods or services are sold to customers. In an important restatement on 7 November, the UK antitrust regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), announced that it had launched a campaign to alert online sellers of goods and services

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

    On the Domestic Front: Central Bank of Ireland publish Intermediary Times – Issue 4, Central Bank Act 1942 (Section 32D) Regulations 2016 and associated guidance published. On the European Front: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities publishes its 2017 Work Programme, European Commission publishes statement on the G7 fundamental elements of cybersecurity in the financial sector,

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Investment Firms

    On the Domestic Front: Irish Stock Exchange welcomes announcement to review stamp duty on share transactions. On the EU Front: ESMA publishes 2017 Work Programme, ESMA publishes a number of MiFID II Consultations, The European Fund and Asset Management Association publishes report on responsible investment.

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Funds

    On the Domestic Front: End of transition period for Central Bank UCITS Regulations. On the EU Front: ESMA Q&A on application of AIFMD, ESMA Q&A on application of UCITS Directive, Chair of ESMA delivers statement on the AIFMD passport.

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Banking

    On the Domestic Front: Launch of nationwide Mortgage Arrears Resolution Service, and Ireland offered as the new location for the European Banking Authority.

    Financial Regulation
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    Tracker, Financial Services Regulation & Compliance - Insurance

    On the Domestic Front: Survey of Irish Insurance CEOs highlights important trends for the industry, CBI publishes Guidance for (Re)insurance Undertakings on Head of Actuarial Function Role, Cyril Roux, Deputy Governor for Financial Regulation of the Central Bank of Ireland addresses the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

    Financial Regulation
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    CJEU rules IP addresses may constitute personal data

    On 19 October 2016, the CJEU ruled, in Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Case C-582/14) that dynamic IP addresses may constitute "personal data" under the Data Protection Directive, where a website operator has the legal means of identifying the visitor by use of additional information held about him/her by the ISP.

    Privacy & Data Security