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Deadline for notification of AML officer appointments is 31 December

By Maree Martin The deadline for regulated funds to notify the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) of their appointment of an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer (together “AML Officers”) is 31 December 2018. The appointments were required to have been made by 30 September 2018. Unregulated funds are […]

Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

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Ireland life

Ireland is seeking to build on its R&D success as a European leader in life sciences manufacturing. Tom Maher and Catherine Galvin report A recently published report by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, entitled ‘EU Enlargement – Driving Change in the European Life Sciences Industry’, reinforced Ireland’s attraction as a location for life sciences manufacturing, […]

Travers Smith strengthens IPO standing

Travers Smith Braithwaite is consolidating its position at the forefront of the initial public offering (IPO) market, after advising on one of the first main market IPOs of the year, that of longstanding client Pinewood Shepperton. Pinewood Shepperton’s placing was oversubscribed at the offer price of 180 pence, giving the company a market capitalisation of […]

Haarmann divides legal and audit

Haarmann Hemmelrath is to split its legal and tax division from audit to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and German legislation. The policy will be implemented at the end of the firm’s financial year. The move follows a year and a half of turmoil for accountancy-tied firms in Germany. Haarmann has also lost seven more […]

Is anybody there?

You can complain to Ofcom about anticompetitive practice if you like, but will it take any notice? Robbie Downing investigates In the flurry of consultations that Ofcom kicked off to celebrate its birth last year, it would be easy to overlook the draft guidelines on handling complaints about anticompetitive conduct. The consultation deals only with […]

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