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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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Lovells Paris competition partner Eric Morgan de Rivery has joined Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. De Rivery, a French EU and competition expert, previously headed Lovells’ Paris competition practice. De Rivery’s post at Lovells will be filled by Paris competition partner Pierre de Montane and Brussels partner Pierre de Montalembert.

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The recent rise to prominence of private equity houses in Spain has made local and international firms sit up and take notice. Inigo Gomez-Jordana and Jose Sanchez Dafos give the lowdown It is now a reality that private equity houses have become serious players in the Spanish market. Back in 1999 and 2000, the emerging […]

Stanbrook sets up EU lobbying unit

Brussels-based EU and commercial law firm Stanbrook & Hooper has launched a new practice group combining the roles of lobbyist, legal adviser and advocate. As revealed on www. thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 15 October, the institutional, governmental and constitutional (IGC) practice has been created to advise on, influence, scrutinise and challenge the legislative and quasi-legislative processes of […]

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New CC senior partner Stuart Popham admits to a feeling of euphoria upon winning the role, but says reality is starting to bite. Dearbail Jordan reports Stepping into the offices of Clifford Chance is always a slightly unnerving affair. The Gotham City-style structure seems to have been built with the sole purpose of intimidating anyone […]

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