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Public contracts: what the new public procurement directives mean for SMEs
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • April 24 2014

The existing public procurement regime is often criticised for creating obstacles for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to


Recent developments in State aid rules
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • May 27 2014

State aid schemes in Ireland are operated by many Government departments and agencies, and they arise in the main from provisions in the


Top tips for M&As in light of ThreeO2 merger
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • November 25 2014

The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Hutchison 3G (H3G or Three) and Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland), subject to


Acquisitions and disposals in the financial services sector
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • October 31 2014

Of key importance to those making acquisitions of certain entities in the financial services sector is that a failure to engage with the Central Bank


Ireland’s new Loan Origination Fund Structure
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • September 30 2014

The framework for Ireland's new Loan Origination Fund Structure will transform investment funds from asset management vehicles into asset creation


Special purpose vehicle exemption from AIFMD
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • February 18 2014

The Central Bank has confirmed that Section 110 special purpose vehicles (SPVs) are exempt from the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive


AIFMD: Central Bank clarifies first reporting date for AIFMs
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • March 21 2014

The Central Bank has clarified the dates by which alternative investment fund managers are required to make their first reports under Regulations 4


Merger of Three and O2 has been given the go ahead, but subject to conditions
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • June 12 2014

The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Hutchison 3G (H3G) and Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland), subject to conditions


Back to black (and white)?
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • July 16 2014

As of 16 July 2014 the scope of protection given to black, white or grey (B&W) trade marks in Ireland will change. The implementation of the Common


An AIFMD solution for private equity and property funds
  • LK Shields
  • European Union, Ireland
  • May 30 2014

There are many investment structures, particularly in the private equity, venture capital and property asset classes, which although originally