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Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Update on EU Sanctions against Russia

Late on 25 July, the EU added 15 further persons and 18 entities responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze, a prohibition against making funds or economic...more

Extension Of The Sanctions Relief Provided For In The Joint Plan Of Action Between The P5+1 And The Islamic Republic Of Iran

On July 18, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) agreed with Iran to extend their commitments under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The JPOA, originally agreed upon in...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

Skin in the Game: Why Washington, DC Matters

Put another way, while what goes on in the Nation’s Capital may seem distant and unrelated to building and sustaining a business, failing to closely observe, understand and, when necessary, interact with Washington can be...more

Levick Monthly: Keystone XL: All Lobbied Up With No Place To Go - June 2014, Edition 11

In This Issue: - Keystone - XL: All Lobbied Up With No Place To Go - CRISIS - The 5 Apology rules that Sterling broke - DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT - Abramson Gets The Axe, But It's Sulzberger Who Lost His Head -...more

U.S. Ukraine-Related Sanctions: Another List to Check and What It Means

On July 16, 2014 in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it was adding several individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. As with...more

Iran: limited sanctions relief extended to 24 November 2014

January 2014, both the EU and U.S. brought into force measures which temporarily suspended and relaxed (for a period of six months, to end on 20 July 2014) some of the sanctions in place against Iran. This reflected the Joint...more

The DISCLOSE Act: Fantasy or Future?

Following a wave of judicial decisions that have cleared the way for more soft money in politics, federal legislators have continued to press for the passage of laws creating more stringent regulations on donor disclosures...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to Vote on Highway funding bill - This week, the Senate is expected to vote on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which recently passed the House by a...more

CFIUS and FINSA: Analyzing “foreign control”, “national security risk” and other factors

My recent CFIUS post explained the basic legislative scheme and review process of the Foreign Investment in National Security Act (“FINSA”), which gives the President of the United States, acting upon the recommendation of...more

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

Capital Thinking: International

Ukraine Crisis - Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured...more

Hearing on Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

As we previously reported, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on a broad range of matters, including the SEC’s progress in...more

Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on...more

Update on Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia

On July 24, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to expand the list of “designated persons” with whom Canadians are prohibited from...more

EU adds names to Ukraine sanctions and widens criteria in preparation for further sanctions, possibly this week; prolongs Iran...

This alert resumes three changes to EU sanctions adopted over the past week. This week is likely to be equally busy as further sanctions on Ukraine and Russia are expected imminently. First, and most important, the...more

Big Talk After a Cautious Expansion of Ukraine-Related Sanctions by the U.S. – But Still No Big Changes for U.S. Exporters

Although Obama Administration officials undoubtedly recognize the need to punish Russia and Russian-backed rebels for their alleged role in the MH17 tragedy, they also will continue to weigh the effects of further sanctions...more

The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, Or Reform It!

On July 22, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” The general topic of the hearing was international taxation, with a sharp focus on recent and...more

Editorial: Corporate Inversions No Signs Of Slowing Down

In a corporate inversion, a U.S. corporation — typically the parent of an affiliated group — becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation through a merger into the foreign corporation's U.S. subsidiary or...more

Wyden’s Previous Proposals Could Signal Tax Reform Priorities

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform since he joined the Senate Finance Committee in 2005. During his tenure on the Committee, he has introduced a series of comprehensive tax reform...more

A Legislative Scorecard for the New York City Campaign Finance Board

The World Cup is over. Quadrennial hopes and dreams next turn to the post-election report (PER) the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) must submit to the Mayor and City Council on or before September 1, as it has every four...more

The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,...more

Private Fund Update - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) -...more

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

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