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EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

5 Takeaways From Former SAP Exec's FCPA Case

On Aug. 12, 2015, Vincente Garcia (former head of Latin American sales for SAP International Inc.) pled guilty in federal court in San Francisco to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition to pleading...more

New EU Regulation for Electronic Signatures

The EU has adopted a new regulation, which will introduce a new legal framework for electronic signatures, seals, time stamps and electronic documents. These rules aim at creating a uniform regime across EU for the...more

Potential Game Changers: Roundup of Legal Changes in the China Payments Industry

DOMESTIC BANK CARD CLEARING MARKET OPENS UP Only a few months ago, the State Council's announcement of the Decision on the Implementation of Market Access Administration in relation to Bank Card Clearing Institutions...more

DOL Issues Guidance Concluding that Most Workers are Employees Under the FLSA

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance addressing independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, the DOL interprets the...more

Federal Judge Rejects DOJ’s Theory of FCPA Accomplice Liability

On August 13, 2015, a US district judge dismissed a charge seeking to hold a defendant criminally liable for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) if he is not a principal or agent of a US domestic...more

Farewell to Chocolate Thunder, Baylor Football and Due Diligence

Daryl Dawkins died yesterday. To anyone who followed the National Basketball League (NBA); Dawkins will always be remembered with the brilliant Stevie Wonder-derived moniker – Chocolate Thunder. I will also remember him for...more

Attention Exporters: C-TPAT Web Portal Updated Adding Exporter Application

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program is a voluntary government program through which importers and exporters can agree to implement and maintain a set of predetermined supply chain...more

You Don’t Have to be a Hero Not to Pay a Bribe

Sometimes a hero can make a difference. But you do not have to be a John Wayne type-hero to make such a difference. The reason is the world is made up of real people and John Wayne heroes only exist in the movies. Even in the...more

FinCEN Proposes Extending Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Requirements to Investment Advisers

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers, including private equity and hedge funds, to comply...more

Ya Down With TPP?: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Answer the Question of Artists’ Termination Rights in Sound Recordings

In a recent blog, I wrote about whether the U.S. Copyright Act’s work-made-for-hire doctrine applies to copyrights in sound recordings as that status affects artists’ termination rights in transfers. The responses I received...more

Cyprus and Iran sign Double Tax Treaty

On 4 August 2015, the governments of Cyprus and Iran signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (the Treaty). With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, Cyprus is now uniquely positioned to act as...more

New EU Trade Mark Regime to address ECJ's Decision in IP Translator

The European Court of Justice’s June 2012 decision in IP TRANSLATOR changed the way trade mark specifications are interpreted. OHIM’s application of this decision led to inconsistent interpretations of trade mark...more

Congressional Decision Looms on U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

For those in the manufacturing community, one of the significant events of the summer was when Congress allowed the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to lapse. The main goal of the bank is to...more

Large Multinational Financial Services Company Settles FCPA Charges Relating to Internships

On August 18, the SEC announced a settlement with a large multinational financial services company over allegations that the company had violated the FCPA by giving internships to family members of government officials...more

Front Line Interview Episode 1. Alison Taylor: Organizations, Compliance & Corruption [Video]

In the launch of a new video series, Front-Line Interviews, I engage with Alison Taylor, Director of Energy and Extractives at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). I first became aware of Alison’s work via a Forbes...more

Market Volatility - Reducing Bid Risk in Australia

If a takeover bidder's share price falls materially, can the bidder withdraw its bid or lower its bid price? If not, how can the bidder protect itself in a volatile market? Under Australian rules, a bidder cannot...more

Court Confirms Power to Partially Enforce a Foreign Arbitration Award

The recent decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Aircraft Support Industries Pty Ltd v William Hare UAE LLC [2015] NSWCA 229 ('Aircraft Support Industries') confirms that Australian courts have power to partially...more

Market Volatility - Reducing Bid Risk in Australia

If a takeover bidder's share price falls materially, can the bidder withdraw its bid or lower its bid price? If not, how can the bidder protect itself in a volatile market? Under Australian rules, a bidder cannot...more

The Macron Law Modifies French Competition Rules and Procedures

The Macron Law Modifies French Competition Rules and Procedures. After seven months of discussions before the French Parliament, the bill on “Growth and Activity and Equality of Economic Opportunities” known as the...more

The Trade Mark Act 2013, a Practical Overview

On 1 September 2015, the long anticipated Trade Marks Act 2013 (the New Act) will come into force. The New Act replaces The Trade Marks Act (Cap 158) of the Laws of the Virgin Islands (Existing Act) and the Registration of...more

Europe's Highest Court Recently Delivered a Judgment Imposing Affirmative Duties on SEP Holders

The EU Court of Justice sets out specific requirements with which an SEP holder needs to comply in order to be able to seek an injunction without abusing its dominant position (Huawei / ZTE)- Standards lie at the heart...more

Letters of the Law: 'Q' is for Quality

Quality can be difficult to describe and equally difficult to deliver. To what quality does a contractor have to deliver construction works by law? How is that measured? As with many aspects of construction and...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Operating in the United Kingdom

Companies that do business in the United Kingdom should assess their exposure to the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, which goes into effect this October. The transparency provisions of the Act are applicable to companies that do any...more

SEC’s Conflict Mineral Rule Disclosure Requirement Unconstitutional Again

The SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rule, enacted under Dodd-Frank, is a continuing source of controversy. An initial challenge to the rules was brought by the National Association of Manufactures. That challenge was...more

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