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Update on EC proposals to amend UCITS, AIFMD, EuVECA and ELTIF to facilitate cross-border distribution

On 12 March 2018, the European Commission issued a proposal for a new regulation (the Regulation) and a new directive (the Directive) concerning the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds amending inter alia UCITS (the UCITS Directive), AIFMD, EuVECA and EuSEF (the Proposals). Please find below a summary of the main changes under the Proposals. What will change under the Proposals?

MEES: What information is required to register an exemption?

By Maria Connolly Since 1 April, it has been unlawful for a landlord to let a property with an EPC rating of below E, unless an exemption has been registered on the PRS Exemptions Register. The government has released guidance on the evidence required to register an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register…

Getting the Deal Through: Fund Management 2018, Luxembourg edition

Fund Management traces the regulatory and legislative obligations facing fund managers balancing the need to maximise investment returns whilst also ensuring adequate investor protections in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. Topics are written by leading experts and include: authorities responsible for fund regulation; licensing processes; territorial scope of regulation; required authorisations of fund marketing activities; […]

Financial Regulatory News Updates – April 2018

The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which Loyens & Loeff’s Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets…

Dutch coal exit proposed by new draft bill

On 19 May 2018 the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (hereinafter: ‘the Minister’) published its draft bill (in Dutch only) on the Prohibition of the use of coal by power producers for public consultation (hereinafter: ‘the draft bill’). The basis of the draft bill derives from international (the Paris Agreement in 2015) and national (the […]

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Thompsons merges with Whittles

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LSA paves way for senior non-legal rolesHR Focus

For non-legal staff, career progression within firms can be restricted by the profession’s ban on them joining equity partnerships. But under the Legal Services Act (LSA), plans are afoot to overhaul these regulations. In the latest partnership promotions round some firms are offering associate director positions in an effort to take advantage of the opportunities […]

Freshfields advises German rail giant on privatisation and IPO

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Frankfurt office is advising German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn on its planned partial privatisation and IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The complex restructuring of the rail operator will see 24.9 per cent of the logistics, services and public transport arms of Deutsche Bahn going into public hands. Freshfields is Deutsche […]

Wragges turnover falls just short of target

Wragge & Co’s turnover has grown by 11.5% to £125.5m, just short of the £127m that the firm was predicting at the half-year level, as first reported by The Lawyer, 7 November 2007. Managing partner Ian Metcalfe said: “We’re slightly behind budget and like many we experienced a slow down in real estate and corporate, […]

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