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European Parliament withdraws objection to EMIR technical standards

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The EC recently withdrew its objection to legislation adopted by the European Commission for technical standards on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade depositories. The reasons for the objections, how the compromise was agreed and what this means for the finance industry is reviewed.

Category: EMIR | Published: 11 February 2013 | Type: White Paper

Framework legislation on ring-fencing and depositor preference published

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The draft Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill published recently. It is the first legislative step toward implementing recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking. This white paper reviews the Bill, updates on the status of other ICB recommendations and looks at next steps.

Category: Compliance | Published: 24 October 2012 | Type: White Paper

EMIR nears the finish line

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

EMIR came into force on 16 August 2012. While most obligations under EMIR do not take effect until 2013, market participants should be increasingly focused on its impact on their businesses. Under discussion is the soon-to-be finalised detailed standards which cover how EMIR will work in practice.

Category: EMIR | Published: 01 August 2012 | Type: White Paper

Rating: + 5

Potential Eurozone break-up: some questions and answers

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

In this white paper, Herbert Smith considers some of the issues which would arise if a Member State were to decide to leave the Eurozone (or, indeed, be expelled). There are a number of potential methods by which a Member State could leave the Eurozone, with different consequences.

Category: Compliance | Published: 30 November 2011 | Type: White Paper

Rating: + 2

The Independent Commission on Banking Final Report

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Following on from its Interim Report published in April 2011, the Independent Commission on Banking (Commission) published its Final Report, setting out its recommendations on reforms to promote stability and competition in UK banking. This white paper discusses the findings of the Report.

Category: Compliance | Published: 30 September 2011 | Type: White Paper

Rating: + 1

A legal guide to investing in France

Company:Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

This white paper from Herbert Smith gives an overview of France’s legal environment in the key areas that matter most to foreign investors. France remains today one of the most attractive countries in the world for investors.

Category: Compliance | Published: 28 February 2011 | Type: White Paper