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Speech by François Villeroy de Galhau, Brussels, Belgium: The Euro – Which way to Go ?

Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be in Brussels today, which doesn’t happen so often for a central banker… who has just arrived from Frankfurt. I welcome the fact that you at EconPol Europe have chosen the euro as the theme of your founding conference, and invited me to give this keynote speech. Since Maastricht 25 years ago, we have succeeded in building a Monetary Union. However we have not delivered on Economic Union. To avoid...

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WSGR’s Digital Health Report – Fall 2017

By Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Digital health is the convergence between healthcare, genomics, and digital technologies. It is a fast-growing sector with important implications for individuals and institutions, alike. Whether it is hospitals and health systems using electronic medical record management and outcomes metrics to improve care, parents using wearables to monitor children with diabetes, or researchers harnessing precision medicine to design therapies to attack specific tumors, the digital health industry represents a market that is poised for exponential growth. The...

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#ShopBleecker – Creative Direction for Greenwich Village brick and mortar

By DESIGN GROUP ITALIA Design Group Italia has created the art direction for #ShopBleecker, a coalition of storefronts to combat the rising vacancy issue on Bleecker Street. Inspired by the people that work on the street, they highlight shopkeepers as a symbol of vitality. The event runs all November. More info at www.shopbleecker.nyc #ShopBleecker is a coalition of storefronts to combat the rising vacancy issue on Bleecker Street DGI is proud to have contributed to the GVCCC with a creative direction, which...

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Does Tax Reform Equal Higher Business Values?

By Ryan Gandre |Managing Director | rgandrestoutadvisory.com |+1.312.752.3318 | STOUT We explore how the recently unveiled Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect valuations for taxable entities. House Republicans recently unveiled their long-awaited plan to restructure the tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (full text is accessible here) endeavors to rewrite tax policy for the first time since the Reagan administration. While the policy is far from final, we, as valuation experts, have a particular interest in how the...

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Energy Union: Commission takes action to reinforce EU’s global leadership in clean vehicles

The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles. The Commission today took a decisive step forward in implementing the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement for a binding domestic CO2 reduction of at least 40% till 2030. At the same time as the international climate conference takes place in Bonn, the Commission is showing that the EU is...

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Lincoln International Presents its Comprehensive Middle Market Index

By Lincoln International Lincoln International (“Lincoln”), the leading global, middle market investment bank, today announced the launch of the Lincoln Middle Market Index (“Lincoln MMI” or “Index”). The Lincoln MMI is the only index that tracks changes in the enterprise value of U.S. privately held middle market companies and is formulated to increase the transparency in closely-held companies largely owned by private equity firms. Lincoln will be updating the Index each quarter. The Lincoln MMI seeks to measure the variation in...

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Contractor or employee? Avoiding the traps when expanding your workforce

By Osborne Clarke If you’re looking to test a new market or grow more gradually without committing to a permanent headcount in a country, there are a number of options to consider. A query we often receive is whether someone can be hired as an independent contractor rather than an employee. This may well be an option, but there are tax and employment status risks that need to be reviewed. Each jurisdiction has different tests to determine whether someone is genuinely...

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Main Results of the Eurogroup Meeting

The Eurogroup meeting took place in two formats: the first part was a regular meeting of the euro area ministers, while the second part was a meeting of the ministers of 27 EU member states with the aim of preparing the December Euro Summit. In September, President Tusk announced that the Euro Summit, which is expected to discuss matters related to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), would take place in an inclusive format. This includes the euro area member states and...

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USCIS’s Updated Policy on Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Worker Visa Petitions Rescinds Former Deferential Policy

By Patrick O’Brien and Jorge Lopez | Litter   On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions filed using Form I-129).  Previously, an adjudicator’s determination that a non-U.S. citizen met the eligibility requirements for granting a nonimmigrant visa was given deference in subsequent requests for a visa extension where the parties (petitioner and beneficiary) and the underlying facts and...

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EU: The WP 29 has adopted two new guidelines for the purposes of the GDPR

By Jaroslav Tajbr | jaroslav.tajbrnoerr.com |Senior Associate | Noerr The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a new regulation that will apply from 25th May 2018. It brings into being new legal institutions in order to provide more protection for the personal data rights of individuals in the European Union. Data protection is further interpreted by Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“WP 29”). Its purpose is to provide expert advice, promote consistent application, give opinions to the European Commission, and...

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