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The paper discusses supervision and regulatory issues of cryptocurrencies, and finds that a central bank digital currency in the EU is not (yet) warranted. By Max von Cube In May, the European Central Bank’s Crypto-Assets Task Force published a paper on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, and Ripple (referred to as narrowly defined “crypto-assets”). The paper, titled “Crypto-Assets: Implications for financial stability, monetary policy, and payments and market infrastructures,” follows similar recent publications by the…
Bundesfinanzministerium veröffentlicht Referentenentwurf Ausgangslage Spätestens seit die Finanzministerkonferenz am 21. Juni 2018 die politische Diskussion zur Verschärfung des Grunderwerbsteuergesetzes im Hinblick auf sog. Share Deal-Strukturen konkretisiert hatte, mussten Transaktionen unter erheblicher Unsicherheit im Hinblick auf ihre grunderwerbsteuerlichen Konsequenzen strukturiert werden. Nunmehr hat das Bundesfinanzministerium endlich einen ersten Referentenentwurf zur Grunderwerbsteuerreform veröffentlicht und damit die geplanten Rahmenbedingungen abgesteckt, auf die sich die Marktteilnehmer einstellen müssen. Im Kern ist es bei den seit Juni 2018 erwarteten Maßnahmen…
Von Christian Thiele und Otto von Gruben Bei der Veräußerung des gesamten Gesellschaftsvermögens einer GmbH, z.B. einer Immobilie, bleibt ein Gesellschafterbeschluss nach einer neuen BGH-Entscheidung erforderlich; der BGH lässt allerdings offen, ob dieser notariell zu beurkunden ist. Der BGH hat in einem Urteil vom 08.01.2019 (II ZR 364/18) entschieden, dass § 179a Abs. 1 AktG auf die GmbH keine entsprechende Anwendung findet. Er widerspricht damit der bislang ganz überwiegenden Ansicht, die einen beurkundeten Gesellschafterbeschluss für…
Mehr Klarheit für Investoren im deutschen Gesundheitswesen Von Christoph W.G. Engeler und Burc Hesse Der Bundesrat hat heute das neue Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz (TSVG) von Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn verabschiedet, das nun voraussichtlich am 1. Mai in Kraft treten wird. Für Investoren bringt es endlich einen verlässlichen rechtlichen Rahmen für ein Engagement im deutschen Gesundheitssektor, nachdem es zuvor hitzige Diskussionen und Forderungen nach deutlichen Beschränkungen von Finanzinvestitionen gegeben hatte. Insgesamt ist das Gesetz wesentlich weniger restriktiv…
Sellers may be liable for damages if actual rent is lower than stated in the rent roll, despite contractual exclusion of liability for defects. By Christian Thiele and Patrick Braasch The Higher Regional Court of Cologne (HRC Cologne) has ruled that a property seller is liable for the difference between the rent shown in the rent roll attached to a property purchase agreement and the actual rent — irrespective of the general exclusion of warranty…
Leading association focuses on advancing the adoption of blockchain technology across industries. Latham & Watkins has joined the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), a leading industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem, which brings together organizations and innovators from over 40 countries to advance understanding of blockchain technology. The organization focuses on “furthering [the] adoption of blockchain technology through engaging regulators, business leaders, and global changemakers.” Latham has also joined the GBBC’s Legal and
The guidelines create new obligations for financial, payment, and electronic money institutions that will impact cloud outsourcing and deployment of FinTech. By Fiona M. Maclean and Laura Holden On 25 February 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a final report on its draft guidelines on outsourcing arrangements (Guidelines). The report followed the EBA’s publication of draft guidelines in June 2018 (Draft Guidelines) and the ensuing public consultation in September 2018 (Public Consultation). The Guidelines…
As litigation funders find new disputes markets, PE firms should consider litigation funding as a growth sector — and as a valuable tool for de-risking portfolio company claims. By Stuart Alford, Dan Smith, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Litigation funding, the third-party financing of legal costs in disputes, is increasingly common in the UK. As litigants have become comfortable with sophisticated litigation funders, these funders are responding to business needs,…
European regulators’ openness to PE investors is presenting attractive banking sector opportunities, but such opportunities require careful regulatory planning and local issue navigation. By Carl Fernandes, Hans-Jürgen Luett, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Ten years ago, a PE investment in a European bank would have been a rare occurrence. However, more recently, PE firms have deployed capital in the banking sector, encouraged by changing regulatory perceptions of PE bidders.…
We examine: increasing focus on non-controlling stakes, burdensome document production requests, heightened enforcement of gun jumping rules, examination of vertical deal overlaps, and ongoing political developments. By John Colahan, Peter Citron, Calum Warren, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell In a continually evolving antitrust landscape, we consider five key trends that PE deal teams should be aware of. Focus on Non-Controlling Stakes in Competing Companies Antitrust authorities are paying…