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  • Deciphering data retention policies

    Assigning appropriate retention periods to categories of personal data is one of the fundamental principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the “GDPR”). The requirement to designate clear retention periods emanates from the aptly named 'storage limitation principle' found within Article 5 of the GDPR.

    News . Ron Galea Cavallazzi; Alexia Valenzia . Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Starbucks’ Claims of Trademark Infringement and Passing-Off upheld by Maltese Court

    On 12 January 2022, the First Hall of the Civil Court of Malta delivered two judgements in relation to proceedings instituted in Malta by Starbucks Corporation (“Starbucks” or the “Plaintiff”) against Strabuono Coffee International Limited (“Strabuono” or the “Defendant”).

    News . Steve Decesare; Alexia Valenzia . Monday, January 24, 2022
  • EU Intellectual Property Office Launches SME Fund for 2022

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office (the “EUIPO”) has implemented ‘The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund’ (the “Fund”), a European Commission initiative, for the year 2022. The first version of the Fund was launched during 2021.

    News . Steve Decesare; Alexia Valenzia . Monday, January 17, 2022
  • EU Proposal to include Shipping in the Emissions Trading Scheme

    What is the EU ETS? The European Union Emissions Trading System (“EU ETS”) consists of a “cap and trade” system which caters for the trading of emission allowances in an attempt to combat climate change in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

    News . Steve Decesare; Krista Ellul . Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Amendments to BR/01, BR/12, BR/14, BR/15 and BR/21 and issuance of new Banking Rule BR/24

    On 7 January 2022, the Malta Financial Services Authority issued a circular informing the banking sector that: (a) it has revised Banking Rules BR/01, BR/12, BR/14, BR/15 and BR/21 (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Rules”); and (b) it has issued a new Banking Rule BR/24.

    News . Andrei Vella; Andrew Caruana Scicluna; Kyle Debattista . Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Market abuse: ESMA issues guidelines on delayed disclosure of inside information under MAR

    Following the announcement by the European Security and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) on the 15th July 2021 that it had published a consultation paper in relation to the review of its guidelines on the delay of disclosure of inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation (EU) 596/2014) (“MAR”), in particular in relation to the banking sector (ESMA70-156-3934) (please see our news item on this here), on the 5th January 2022 ESMA issued its final report (ESMA70-159-4966) and amended MAR guidelines.

    News . Donald Vella; Nicola Jaccarini . Friday, January 7, 2022
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