When encountering a reference to the “Big Four” one undeniably used to think of the biggest four accounting firms in the world. Recently though, it might be necessary to check the context, as the reference could perfectly be made to the four largest “tech” companies in the world (Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon).
On 28 January 2017, the Portuguese Data Protection Authority (Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados/CNPD) published a document establishing ten measures aimed at helping entities prepare for the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Since the GDPR will apply from 25 May 2018 onwards, the CNPD points out that public and private entities should begin to swiftly implement internal procedures and mechanisms in order to ensure compliance with the new obligations.
The Web Summit held in Lisbon in November 2016 brought together a large number of experts in the car industry, including specialists in autonomous car technology, in a clear demonstration of the expected revolution in the automotive industry.
In recent years, the Chilean economy has become one of the most attractive economies in Latin America for foreign investment. As a result, many Spanish companies consider Chile as a land of opportunity and a strategic place to land in the South American market, in the way Colombia and Peru have been recently.
As the year of 2016 is coming to an end, there is an interesting melting pot of draft legal frameworks and circumstances in Portugal that call for renewed focus on the advantages of competition law compliance.
The conclusions presented on 13 July by the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice regarding the compatibility of the limitation of the retroactivity of the annulment of floor clauses with EU law seem not to have entirely cleared up the matter. And not merely because, as is well known, such conclusions are not binding on the Supreme Court, which ultimately will have the last word, but especially because the conclusions cast a certain shadow over what transpires in individual cases.
The Portuguese Government has approved several measures and taken a number of legislative initiatives aimed at improving the National Healthcare Service, notably focusing on access, fairness, quality and efficiency issues. Among the areas addressed, advertising and promotion regulations applicable to medicines and medical devices were the subject of legislative amendments.