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Legal Updates & Insights

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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Funds Apr 2021

    Domestically, the CBI published guidance on performance fees of UCITS and certain types of retail investor AIFs and updated its Q&A on AIFMD; At European level, ESMA updated its UCITS and AIFMD Q&As for its performance fee guidelines.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - General Cross Sectoral Apr 2021

    Domestically, virtual asset service providers must now comply with anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism obligations; At European level, the ESAs published their first joint risk assessment report of 2021 and their report on the application of their guidelines on complaints-handling for the insurance, securities and banking sectors.

    Financial Regulation
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Insurance Apr 2021

    Domestically, the CBI published its Consumer Protection Outlook 2021. New personal injuries guidelines and new regulations requiring recovery plans for (re)insurers came into effect; At European level, EIOPA launched its IDD Single Rulebook, issued an opinion on the supervision of climate change risk scenarios in the ORSA.

    Financial Regulation
  • publication

    Workplace Relations Commission 2020 Annual Report

    The Workplace Relations Commission (the WRC) recently published its 2020 Annual Report. The Report outlines the challenges that the WRC faced in 2020 in the delivery of its services...

    Employment
  • publication

    Climate Change Bill - What it means for Northern Ireland

    Climate change is a crisis that is going to have a significant impact on our lives in the next decade. In 2020, the Northern Ireland Assembly declared a climate emergency.

    Energy & Natural Resources Belfast
  • article

    Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation | ACOI podcast

    Ann Shiels, a Knowledge lawyer in our Asset Management & Investment Funds team spoke about the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation, SFDR, in a recent episode of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland's podcast series.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • article

    The meaning of “environmental information” under the AIE Regulations

    In what is becoming a very busy legal area, the High Court has recently published another judgment concerning the interpretation of the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007, as amended (the AIE Regulations).

    Environmental & Planning
  • article

    The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement finally enters into full force on 1 May 2021

    The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) finally enters into full force on 1 May 2021

    Brexit
  • publication

    Utility companies and the Environmental Information Regulations

    In recent years, utility companies have found themselves subject to an increasing number of information requests. 

    Energy & Natural Resources Belfast
  • publication

    OECD Global Minimum Taxation Rules and IP Regimes

    The OECD Pillar Two Blueprint published on 12 October 2020 is aimed at addressing challenges relating to the taxation of the digital economy.

    Tax
  • publication

    The Corporate Governance Review

    Paul White, Corporate partner and Julie Murray, Corporate knowledge lawyer, provide an overview of the governance regime in Ireland.

    Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • article

    A deal on BEPS 2.0 could cost Ireland 20% of its corporation tax revenues

    Speaking at an Irish Department of Finance international tax seminar, held virtually on 21 April 2021, Irish Finance Minister Pascal Donohue indicated that the cost to Ireland of agreement on BEPS 2.0 is estimated to be 20% of Irish corporation tax revenues.

    Tax