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On 18 November 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation on the text of proposed draft guidelines relating to the use of ESG or sustainability related terms in funds' names (the Draft Guidelines).
The Government has confirmed that it will legislate in this Parliament to reform key aspects of UK competition and consumer protection law. There are reports that it is looking to bring these changes into force late next year – so businesses affected by it should start considering the implications now.
On 17 November 2022, the ICO revised its guidance on international transfers, created a new section on transfer risk assessments (TRA) and released a new TRA tool. The new TRA tool can be used to undertake a transfer risk assessment, which is required where there's a restricted transfer of data outside the UK (not covered by UK "adequacy regulations") that relies upon an "appropriate safeguards" mechanism in Article 46 of the UK GDPR, such as standard contractual clauses.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Travers Smith Infrastructure newsletter.
This article was first published in Trust Law International (Bloomsbury Professional) at (2022) 3 TLI 103.
As COP27 drew to a close on the afternoon of Friday 18 November, following two weeks of the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, the first drafts of the COP27 agreement were published, but getting the deal finalised looked to be a difficult task.
A regular briefing for the alternative asset management industry.
In this briefing we explore the risk that a lender might renege (voluntarily or involuntarily) on its funding commitments. We touch on the different types of lender entities in the market currently and examine why there are often different reasons behind such a failure to fund.
Find the latest news, views and our analysis of all the key announcements.
Industry collaborations have been high on the competition law agenda in recent years, with businesses seeking to navigate an ever-growing number of 'horizontal' competitor collaborations, industry initiatives, and bilateral as well as multilateral information exchanges.
Against a background of high inflation and a challenging economic environment, many businesses are looking at whether they can raise prices. However, as we explain below, even where a contract appears to allow for this, much depends on the precise wording and what constraints the courts may decide to impose.
Key employment and business immigration developments for employers.
With COP27 starting earlier this week, all eyes remain on what progress governments and international organisations are able to make to meet climate critical finance targets. Climate finance is a major issue at COP27, as it has been since developed countries initially agreed to mobilise $100 billion per year at COP15 in 2009 by 2020 (later extended to 2025). However, this annual target has never been met.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is consulting on guidance that would require mid-contract price rises in consumer contracts to be more prominently stated in telecoms advertising. As we explain below, this may also be of interest to other B2C businesses outside the telecoms sector.
A guide to future employment and immigration law.
On 4 November 2022, the Pre-Emption Group published a revised Statement of Principles for the disapplication of pre-emption rights (the "Statement"), together with new template resolutions. The Statement, which has been updated for the first time since 2015, has immediate effect in line with the recommendations of the UK Secondary Capital Raising Review (the "Recommendations") published in July.
In the recent case of Newpier Charity Limited v HMRC  UKFTT 373 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) had to decide whether it was obliged to agree to the application by a charity, Newpier Charity Limited (Newpier), for it (the FTT) to require HMRC to close an enquiry into Newpier's tax return.