EU emblem The Digital Markets Act, which he hopes will have a significant impact on how competition works in digital markets, will come into force next month. While the most obvious impact will be on companies designated as “gatekeepers”, who will have to undertake significant work to ensure compliance with the rules, the repercussions will be felt by all players active in digital markets as business practices will start to change.
Employers are increasingly using artificial intelligence tools to automate various aspects of their employment processes, which can raise risk issues including discrimination, bias and data protection. The EU and UK are considering proposals to regulate AI and are taking a different approach. We discuss how these proposals may affect employers using AI. We also look at the implications for risk in the personnel supply chain of the UK government’s announcement that it will repeal the new IR35 regime from April 2023.
As COP27 approaches, we are hosting a week of decarbonization webinars. We start with a look back at COP26 and what has been achieved and discuss what we can expect from COP27. Our program continues with an overview of the international regulatory frameworks that underpin decarbonization goals, greenwashing and extended producer responsibility, access to green finance and greening of fleets.
As 2022 enters its final quarter, we look at how market volatility has driven changes to M&A deal terms and processes in Europe this year, and opportunities for growth despite continued market uncertainty. M&A and investment trends in the telecommunications sector are also one of the themes we will explore during our annual communications review, which resumes this year as an in-person event in London.
European M&A Trends 2022: early optimism turns into volatility
European jurisdictions are well placed to meet the challenges they face, and dealmaking will adapt to new market trends, ways of doing business and the growing complexity and challenges of mergers and acquisitions.
Repeal of the new IR35 regime: how will the market and HMRC react?
The announcement of the repeal of the new IR35 regime from April 2023 has led many entrepreneurs to assume that they can return to worry-free contracting through a personal services company on a tax-advantaged basis. But there are unpredictable implications for the staffing supply chain, and contract staffing can become even more complicated and risky.
AI in the Job Lifecycle: What Pro-Innovation Regulation Means for Employers
A recently published UK government guidance document on the regulation of artificial intelligence represents a departure from the approach proposed by the EU. It envisages adopting a high-level set of principles to be implemented by individual regulators as needed, as opposed to implementing a bespoke stand-alone regulatory framework.
EU Digital Markets Act introduces rules for ‘gatekeepers’ in 2023
The Digital Markets Act will come into force on November 1, 2022, followed by a six-month period before the rules apply from May 2, 2023. The designation of companies as “gatekeepers” who must comply with the new rules will take place in mid-2023. Custodian companies will have to comply by March 2024.
The energy transition | Ofgem warns of winter gas shortages
Our update on regulatory and market developments in the UK’s transition to net zero reporting on gas supply and energy consumption this winter, government funding to improve energy efficiency , and more.
October 18 | 09:00-09:30
How to get the most out of responding to a consultation and engaging in the process, what to say (and how and when), what to think about when writing arguments, and how to present them effectively.
Dietary Compliance for Breakfast | How to Navigate the NSIA Regime: Lessons from the First Six Months
October 20 | 09:00-9:30
A review of the National Security and Investment Act and the report of the Investment Security Unit, six months later. The session will offer practical tips on competition compliance and review ongoing cases.
October 31 – November 4
Our week of webinars will provide international insight into key decarbonization themes that will impact businesses and legal teams in the coming year.
Back to COP26 and before COP27
October 31 | 09:00-10:15
In this webinar we are joined by James Murray, Editor of Business Green. Our panel will look at the main outcomes and lessons from COP26, and what has been achieved over the past 12 months. We will then go on to set the stage for COP27 and discuss the potential outcomes.
Regulation: an international overview
October 31 | 16:00-17:15
We will provide an international look at the legal framework that underpins the path to net zero emissions by 2050, with impacts across all sectors. We are delighted to be joined by John Kettle, Partner at McCullough Robertson, and Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz’s Energy and Sustainability Practice, alongside our panel Osborne Clarke from EU, India and UK.
Extended producer responsibility and risks of greenwashing
November 02 | 09:00-10:15
We will focus on greenwashing from a UK, French and Polish perspective, highlighting how regulation differs internationally and the different international legal frameworks surrounding extended producer responsibility.
Green financial instruments
November 03 | 09:00-10:15
We will discuss the wide range of green financial instruments available to businesses. We are delighted to be joined by Emma Harvey, Director of the Green Finance Institute, to discuss how businesses can access green finance, and we will also examine climate technology finance and its impact on reaching zero. net.
Green your fleet
November 04 | 09:00-10:15
For many companies in various sectors, tackling carbon emissions from transportation is a priority when considering ways to reach net zero. In this webinar, we will explore the installation and operational aspects associated with “greening your fleet” across Europe, discussing in depth the legal challenges and key considerations that businesses might face.
2022 communications review
November 10 | 2:30-7:30 p.m.
Our annual round-up of current legal, regulatory and business issues in the UK and Europe for the telecommunications industry takes place in person, in London, at the Chartered Accountants’ Hall. With a combination of presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions, we will examine recent market, legal and regulatory developments, as well as investment and M&A trends in the sector.