Freshfields, the £9bn M&S bid and just a touch of hubris

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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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Wragge & Co wins M&S work

Birmingham giant Wragge & Co has scooped a coveted instruction to act for Marks & Spencer (M&S) on the redevelopment of its Baker Street headquarters. M&S turned to Wragges in favour of SJ Berwin to advise the embattled retailer on the ambitious scheme, which is likely to be worth as much as £400m when completed. It […]

Dechert taps Morgan Lewis for securitisation haul

Dechert has swooped on Morgan Lewis & Bockius, taking an eight-lawyer securitisation team including the former chairman of the group. Steven Molitor, a partner with Morgan Lewis for over 10 years, this week led the team of attorneys to Dechert’s Philadelphia office. During his time at Morgan Lewis before which he practised with New York’s […]

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Stephenson Harwood has been appointed by several banks to coordinate fresh litigation against Parmalat. The new action concerns alleged misrepresentations made to the banks when they took over the troubled dairy company’s debt. Stephenson Harwood has assumed a ‘quarterbacking’ role, involving the management of separate, but connected, claims being planned in several states, which will […]

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