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eMerge Welcomes Guests with Iconic Opening Reception

Sunday night was a buzz at the opening reception for the 3rd annual eMerge conference located at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks and music, but the real discussion centered on the...more

Proposed Change to North Carolina Excise Tax Law for Wine Shippers

Wine Shipper permittees may soon be able to file excise tax reports on an annual basis in North Carolina, rather than monthly. A proposed bill that would allow wine shippers to file excise tax reports annually is...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update for Port & Rail Infrastructure Operators and Users

In this update we touch on recent events in the competition and regulation space of relevance to port and rail infrastructure owners and access seekers, being: a recent decision of the Australian Competition...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech: 2016 Update - We love this annual guide to the startup scene in Boston, authored by a seed VC and featuring...more

American Car Manufacturers Benefiting From Surge in European SUV Sales

After closing out 2015 with over 9 percent sales growth year over year, European auto sales have continued to rise in January and February. Western Europe car sales rose 14 percent in February, following a January passenger...more

Middle East Privatisation – Saudi Arabia Par Excellence?

Saudi Arabia’s recently announced plans to privatise several key industries in the Kingdom has once again brought the Kingdom’s privatisation agenda back into the spotlight. The announcements form part of the countries...more

Momentum, funding and one voice

These are the requirements for the Northern Powerhouse if it is to achieve the so-called "economic dynamism not seen in Britain since the Industrial Revolution."...more

Private Equity Market Intelligence - Manufacturing/Industrials Quarterly Report - Q4

Market Overview - Manufacturing - • Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December for the second consecutive month, said the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. • Based on the...more

Business Opportunities in Iran for US Automotive Manufacturers through non-US Subsidiaries

Implementation Day for the Iranian JCPOA - January 16, 2016 marked Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the US Secretary of State confirmed that the International Atomic Energy Agency...more

Is ISIS Killing Your Cash Flow? Protect Your Assets Now

Every time you turn on your T.V., there is a very good chance that the news is saying something about ISIS. The presidential candidates are also showing their concern for ISIS and their plans for them. From the Paris attacks...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

US and EU Iran Sanctions Relief: What Non-US Persons Need to Know

Even in light of EU and US relaxation of sanctions against Iran after Implementation Day, non-US Persons should evaluate any proposed dealings with Iran to make sure such activities do not violate any new or continuing...more

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars...more

What Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal Means for U.S. Companies and Their Subsidiaries Abroad

If you read one thing... - There are far greater opportunities for U.S. companies with respect to Iran, particularly through foreign subsidiaries and in the commercial aviation sector, however, U.S. persons and...more

MICHauto Annual Meeting Kicks Off Detroit Auto Show Week

The North American International Auto Show is in full swing this week in Detroit, with 40 new model introductions amid a frenzy of discussions about Mobility. Events kicked off last week with the Annual Meeting of MICHauto,...more

FAST Act Creates a New Exemption for the Resale of Securities and Eases Certain Regulations for Emerging Growth Companies and...

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015. Though the bulk of the FAST Act relates to infrastructure funding, it includes a number of significant...more

Auto Industry Record Breaking Sales Close Out 2015

The automotive industry ended 2015 with a bang, breaking the record with nearly 17.5 million sales of cars and light trucks. This tops the previous record of 17.35 million cars in 2000. In all, American consumers spent $570...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs on FAST Act

As previously reported, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) on December 4. The transportation bill includes several provisions related to securities laws and...more

FAST Act eases resale of unregistered securities and adds new accommodations for emerging growth companies: top points

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). Although primarily focused on funding of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the FAST Act also includes...more

Put Your Money Where Your Lidar Is

In November, CB Insights hosted a webinar entitled The Rise of Auto Tech: What’s Coming, Who’s Doing it, And Who Will Be Affected.” The webinar covered a number of topics related to auto tech, including funding trends and...more

Changes to the JOBS Act and SEC Disclosure Requirements

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Highway Transportation Bill, otherwise known as the FAST Act. Among its many provisions, the Act includes changes to the JOBS Act, changes to SEC disclosure requirements and a...more

Strawberries and Raspberries – Truly Strange Bedfellows

When I served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel of the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, the Departments of Transportation and Corporations were part of that agency. As a result, my days often...more

Blog: Senate Passes FAST Act

The Hill is reporting that the “Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill [the FAST Act] Thursday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and...more

Blog: President Signs FAST Act

The President has signed the FAST Act into law. As previously discussed, this transportation bill contains several measures that modify the JOBS Act or otherwise relate to capital raising for emerging growth companies,...more

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