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EU Regulation on Screening of Foreign Direct Investment

Background EU institutions have completed the co-legislative lifecycle for the text of the regulation on the screening of foreign direct investment into the EU (the “Regulation“).   The Regulation comes at a critical point, seeing as the EU is the main destination for foreign direct investment (“FDI“) globally, with €6 295 billion of foreign investment […]

Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU adopted

The European Parliament has adopted the Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data in the European Union (the “Regulation“) which was already provisionally adopted by the Council of the EU. Seen as a major building block of the Digital Single Market of the EU, the Regulation aims to safeguard the free flow of non-personal […]

Bridging the divide between code and law in distributed ledger ecosystems

Anastasios A. Antoniou, partner at Antoniou McCollum & Co. revisits the divide between code and law through the prism of blockchain technology.  This article was first published as a post on Oxford Business Law Blog. Code and law have been entangled in a silent tension ever since the advent of cyberspace.  The centralised architecture of […]

EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum releases first report ‘Blockchain Innovation in Europe’

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, an initiative of the European Commission, in which Anastasios Antoniou, partner at Antoniou McCollum & Co. participates as a member of the policy and framework working group, has released its first report titled ‘Blockchain and Innovation in Europe’. The ‘Blockchain and Innovation in Europe’ paper examines the state of blockchain […]

European Commission appoints AMC partner to EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

We are delighted with the appointment of Anastasios A. Antoniou, co-founding partner of Antoniou McCollum & Co., to the Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group of the European Commission’s EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is an EU initiative to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain […]

Profiling and automated decision-making compliance under the GDPR

The availability of vast amounts of personal data on the internet combined with the ability to find correlations and create links between this information, can allow elements of an individual’s personality or behaviour, interests and habits to be determined, analysed and predicted. This exponential surge in data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence is facilitating […]

Data subjects’ rights under the GDPR

What is personal data and who is a data subject? Everyone has the right to the protection of their personal data. Whilst not an absolute right, this right is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) simplifies the regulatory environment for international businesses and data subjects […]

EU bans unjustified online geo-blocking

On 2 March 2018,  the Geo-blocking Regulation was published in the Official Journal (Regulation (EU) 2018/302 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 February 2018 on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market). The Geo-blocking Regulation […]

Are big data and algorithms next on the European Commission’s competition agenda?

Margrethe Vestager has made it clear that the European Commission is looking into potential competition issues arising from big data. Whether tech giants and other big data collectors should brace themselves for the next big showdown with the EU’s competition regulator remains to be seen. However, it is never too early to consider precisely what the competition issues are […]

Passporting in the EU for banking, financial services and insurance undertakings

State of play Access to the EU’s Single Market is increasingly becoming a priority for non-EU credit institutions, financial services providers and insurance undertakings. Structuring an EU presence entails navigating through a number of options, each with different results from an operations, compliance, tax and supervision perspectives. Non-EU credit institutions, financial services providers and insurance […]
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