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Changes in Retail Landscape Create Opportunities for Real Estate Industry

Search “Death of Retail” on Google.com and, as of July 26, you will get approximately 855,000 hits, many of which stress the negative impact that online sales and Amazon, in particular, have had on traditional retailers....more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Egypt

1 .What role does the government of Egypt play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Egypt has traditionally been a leader in the Arab world in the political, cultural, and economic spheres. Due to recent...more

Indonesia tightens control over changes in shareholding and boards of oil & gas, power, geothermal and mining companies

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Indonesia just issued a new regulation (Reg. 42/2017) that extends governmental control on private and foreign investment in the energy and mining sectors. Whilst similar forms of control already existed in the upstream...more

Music Licensing Basics: How to Legally Use Someone’s Music in Your Business

by Knobbe Martens on

Introduction - •Music copyrights: –Musical works – sheet music and lyrics •Author is generally composer/lyricist and controls •Can be administered through a music publisher - Please see full Presentation below...more

Entering the HMDA Homestretch: CFPB Proposes Temporary Increase in HELOC Reporting Threshold, Releases New and Updated Filing...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As we have previously reported, in October 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a sweeping final rule (“2015 Final Rule”) to amend Regulation C, which implements the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act...more

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

insights Newsletter - Summer 2017

Shumaker is pleased to present the Summer 2017 issue of insights. In it we discuss: - Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings - Privacy Compliance Driven by the European...more

A Primer on Design Professionals’ Liability in Virginia

by Williams Mullen on

When building a construction project in Virginia, it is essential that you understand the obligations and supporting legal principles for each of the parties involved in the Project. You cannot make an informed judgment of...more

Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 13 July 2017, the UK government published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, known as the “Great Repeal Bill.” This major piece of constitutional legislation sets out the government’s proposals for transforming existing...more

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

Justice Department Says Vending Machines Are Not Places Of Public Accommodation—And So Much More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department agreed with the Fifth Circuit and defendant Coca-Cola that a vending machine is not a place of public accommodation and that public...more

One click away from a marketplace ban?

by Dentons on

Luxury brands can lawfully prevent their authorised dealers from selling their products on third party online platforms such as Amazon.com and eBay, according to Advocate General Wahl's Opinion for the European Court of...more

FINRA Proposes to Loosen Restrictions on Performance Projections

by Carlton Fields on

In March, FINRA solicited comments on proposed amendments to Rule 2210, Communications with the Public, that would create an exception to the rule’s prohibition on projecting investment performance. The proposed exception...more

FINRA Moves to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

FINRA has taken another step to protect against what it calls "financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals or individuals with diminished capacity." These include seniors (at least age 65) and persons (at least age 18)...more

ALJ Forces Combination of Hedge Fund Group in New York City - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 27, the New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal issued a decision requiring the related members of a hedge fund group to file a combined return for New York City tax purposes. However, the administrative law judge (ALJ)...more

House Financial Services Committee Democratic staff report on CFPB assails Republicans, defends CFPB and arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee takes aim at Republicans for “attempt[ing] to ensure that the country reverts back to a big bank-oriented regulatory environment and to...more

Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey - 2017 First Half

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report analyzes key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for technology and life sciences companies that went public in the first half of 2017. Downloading the full report will provide you access to a number of...more

Massachusetts Issues Industry Letter On Applicability of MLO Licensing to Individuals Employed by Nonprofit Entities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (Division) issued an industry letter to clarify when an employee of a nonprofit agency is required to obtain a mortgage loan originator (MLO) license. The Division...more

U.S Tax Court Bounces Rev. Rul. 91-32: Sales of Partnership Interests by Foreign Partners May Not be Subject to U.S. Tax

by Dickinson Wright on

The practice of tax law is an exercise of statutory interpretation. A recent opinion of the U.S. Tax Court, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Indust. & Ship. Co. v. C.I.R., 149 T.C. No. 3 (July 13, 2017), is illustrative. Grecian...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Going Strong to the Mic. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposed special purpose nondepository national bank charter for FinTech companies (FinTech Charter) has long been the source...more

Summary Judgment for Insurer in Annuity Sales Practices Action

by Carlton Fields on

On March 31, in Chambers v. N. American Co. for Life & Health Ins., an action alleging RICO violations and other claims in the sales of deferred annuities to seniors, the Southern District of Iowa granted the insurer’s motion...more

Independent Directors, Law Firm and Financial Advisor not Liable for Omissions in Private Tender Offer

R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., a private company, was allegedly more than 90% controlled by the Polk family. The Company was in the consumer marketing business with holdings such as Carfax, Inc. In March 2011, the Company initiated a...more

'Re-negotiation' Clause in Contract Not Void for Uncertainty

by Reed Smith on

This alert focuses on the recent judgment in Associated British Ports v Tata Steel UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 694 (Ch). ABP demonstrates the English courts’ reluctance to find clauses and/or contracts void for uncertainty where they...more

FCPA Risks and Acquisition Integration Challenges

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have devoted significant efforts to conducting pre-acquisition due diligence of a proposed target companies. I do not intend to diminish the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence, but I have...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

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