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Reputation Management – A Corporate Survival Guide

08/01/2019 - “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently” ? Warren Buffett.

The Availability of the Poison Pill Defence in Ireland

08/01/2019 - Since 2009, the number of Irish registered companies listed on US exchanges, principally the NYSE and Nasdaq, has grown steadily and currently numbers 30. These companies are typically holding companies for large international groups, in many cases with global operations.

Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace (Part 5): AI and Inter-generational Working

06/12/2018 - In our Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace article series we are considering the potential positive impacts that AI could have on the workplace and the possible amendments required to Irish employment law to allow these to happen.

"Face-Off”: Facebook, The Data Breach and The DPC

22/11/2018 - Since 25 May 2018, two of the most hotly debated questions have been:

Higher Financial Thresholds for Merger Notifications

08/11/2018 - The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries, has laid the Competition Act 2002 (Section 27) Order 2018 (the “Order”) before the Houses of the Oireachtais on 3 October 2018

Blockchain Resolution Passed by EU Parliament but GDPR Could Be Weak Link

07/11/2018 - In October 2018 the EU Parliament passed a resolution: "Distributed ledger technologies and blockchains: building trust with disintermediation".

Anti-Corruption Legislation- Corporates Take Action

02/11/2018 - The Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018 (the“2018 Act”) was signed into law on 5 June, 2018. The 2018 Act was subsequently commenced by Ministerial Order with effect from 30 July 2018

Central Bank of Ireland Issues Revised Guidance on the Use of Financial Indices

02/11/2018 - The Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) has introduced a new self-certification regime for UCITS using financial indices and will generally no longer require the prior review and approval of such financial indices.

How will Brexit impact Public Procurement in the UK?

02/11/2018 - On 5 September 2018, the House of Commons issued a 17 page Briefing Paper discussing the impact of Brexit on the UK public procurement sector. A brief summary of the findings is set out below.

Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap – The Rules of the Road are Changing

02/11/2018 - The Department of Finance published "Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap" (the Roadmap) on 5 September 2018.

Electronic procurement – October 2018 deadline

15/10/2018 - On and after 18 October 2018, all public procurement communication and information exchange must be conducted electronically.

Closing the gender pay gap

05/10/2018 - After years of financial crisis, many of the world’s economies have the battle scars to prove it. But imagine there was a way to boost growth by trillions of euro.

Tax Strategy Papers – A Glimpse of the Future for Irish Corporation Tax

05/10/2018 - The Department of Finance has published its Budget 2019 Tax Strategy Group ("TSG") ("the Group") Papers.

Countdown to Post-Brexit Data Transfer Arrangements

02/10/2018 - At the start of the year, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers issued a warning on the data protection ramifications of Brexit that detailed that the United Kingdom will become a 'third country' as of the withdrawal date of 30 March 2019 and thereafter be subject to the same EU rules for the transfer of personal data as other third countries.

Courts Curtail Ability to Challenge Extensions of Planning Permission

02/10/2018 - In July 2018, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a High Court judgment that a decision to extend planning permission does not require public participation

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 - a game changer for employers?

07/09/2018 - The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 was recently passed by Dáil Éireann and, depending on progress made before Seanad Éireann in the autumn, it could be enacted by the end of the year.

Time to Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Companies New Duties under the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018

07/09/2018 - The much anticipated Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018 (the "Act") was commenced on 30 July 2018. The Act was signed into law by President Higgins on 5 June 2018.

Access Post-Brexit: Are you in or out?

14/08/2018 - On 12 July the UK Government published its paper ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’,

Parental Leave Bill Passed by Dail

14/08/2018 - The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Bill"), which extends the applicability and duration of parental leave, was passed by the Dail.

Airdrops: Are free tokens free from regulation?

17/07/2018 - Airdrops – a mechanism whereby token issuers effectively give away tokens for free – has become one of the most talked about trends in cryptocurrency so far in 2018.

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