telecommunications

A Digital Single Market for telecoms: Ambitious telecoms reform - Agree or Disagree?

It has been over 18 months since the European Commission first adopted a new package of measures intended to complete the telecoms single market and deliver a "Connected Continent" (click here for Olswang's article on the original proposals). However a number of factors, including Commission elections and a revisiting of priorities of the new team in charge, mean that the proposals have been slow in moving forward ever since. In reality it wasn't really until December 2014 when the Commission published its work programme for media and telecoms that we knew for sure that the themes of a Connected Continent were still a key priority, albeit now part of a much wider debate on the creation of a Digital Single Market.

Corporate

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015: abolition of bearer shares

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 received Royal Assent at the end of the last Parliament.  Although the proposal is to stagger the implementation of most provisions over the next year, the changes to bearer shares come into force in May 2015.  Affected companies and shareholders need to take immediate action.