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Relocation of the EU Medicines Agency – Ireland Island of Saints and Scholars

28 April 2017

By Elisabethann Wright

The EMA is looking for a new home. In this blog post partner Elisabethann Wright argues the case for Ireland.

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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General Election 2017: comply with the campaigning rules

26 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

The General Election campaigning rules have kicked in – and apply retrospectively back to 9 June 2016 and until 8 June 2017. Businesses need to review both past and future publications, events and other activities during the regulated period to ensure compliance with the widely-drafted regulations on controlled expenditure.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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Brexit – the end of parallel imports from the UK?

20 April 2017

By Dr. Fabian Pfuhl

The United Kingdom's unprecedented vote to leave the EU will undoubtedly cause a broad range of legal issues in the future. This post focuses on the consequences of Brexit on parallel imports -  a field of significant relevance, particularly for the pharmaceutical market. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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Is the EU shifting the goal posts? European regulator plans review aimed at UK firms using outsourcing structures to respond to Brexit

19 April 2017

By Rachel Kent and Angela Greenough

ESMA's review may affect firms intending to rely on outsourcing or delegation to minimise the business impact of the loss of passporting.

In a speech that was ostensibly on the progress of the Capital Markets Union, Steven Maijoor, the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") announced,  that ESMA is planning possible measures to avoid a regulatory "race to the bottom," in which EU member states relax their oversight of regulatory standards in order to attract relocating UK businesses. This comes as UK-headquartered firms consider their post-Brexit options. It particularly impacts those planning on retaining substantial operations and facilities in the UK by outsourcing or delegating to the UK from a subsidiary authorised within the EU to service EU business. 

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Industries: Financial Institutions, Insurance
Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Financial Services

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Finger on the polls – May calls for snap General Election

18 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced that she intends to trigger a General Election to take place on 8 June 2017.  The announcement came as a surprise, having only been agreed this morning in a meeting of Cabinet and with even Conservative Party backbenchers reportedly not having been informed or consulted beforehand.  Mrs May is taking a calculated risk that a General Election will provide her with an increased mandate for implementing, while also weakening political opposition to, her vision for Brexit.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy