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Blog: High Court Supports SFO Bid To Obtain Documents Claimed As Privileged

by Cooley LLP on

In a landmark ruling on 8 May 2017, the High Court ordered that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (“ENRC”) should hand over to the SFO documents prepared during an internal investigation, despite the fact that the...more

New Regulations to Implement Cybersecurity Law of China

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Since the Cybersecurity Law of China will take effect on June 1, 2017, the Chinese government has issued multiple regulations related to the implementation of this law, including the rules regarding the cross-border data...more

Complete Revision of German Securities Trading Act Passed German Parliament

by Jones Day on

On 30 March 2017, the German Parliament (Bundestag) finally approved a complete revision of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz) as part of the Second Financial Markets Reform Act (2....more

Manufacturing Matters May 2017

by DLA Piper on

As mentioned in the last issue of Manufacturing Matters, “Smart Manufacturing”, including automation, is gaining momentum. A number of leading global manufacturers have already adopted it, and according to The Annual...more

CFPB Hits Student Loan Servicer With Lawsuit

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sued a major student loan servicer as detailed by the complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court....more

The EU's and UK's negotiating priorities for Brexit - ten things businesses need to know

by DLA Piper on

On 22 May 2017 the EU adopted its negotiating Directives setting out how it will negotiate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It is expected that formal negotiations will start soon after the UK general elections on 8 June....more

Supreme Court Reins in Venue for Patent Cases

by Burr & Forman on

For nearly three decades, patent owners have been able to file patent infringement lawsuits in any court that had personal jurisdiction over the accused infringer. This broad approach to venue led to the rise of remote...more

Intellectual Property Update: U.S. Supreme Court: Patent Infringement Lawsuits Should Be Filed in Defendant’s State of...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which had held that a claim for patent infringement could be brought in nearly any federal...more

Update on Transaction Costs - 'Origin of the Claim' Analysis Will Decide Tax Allocations - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has continued to issue guidance addressing the ability to deduct transaction costs, the doctrine of "Origin of the Claim" (OOC) developed over 50-plus years of case law is still the...more

Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications - Digital Asset Sales and Capital Markets, Supply Chain Management, Land Registries,...

by Perkins Coie on

Smart contracts have received significant attention from legal academics and attorneys for the impact they may have on contract law and the role of lawyers. Some have also identified and described a series of use cases for...more

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Will Need To Wait Another Day In The Commercial Division

Justice Shirley Kornreich recently issued one of the only decisions by the New York Commercial Division addressing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Spec Simple, Inc. v. Designer Pages Online LLC, No. 651860/2015,...more

Law à la Mode: Special Edition - INTA 2017

by DLA Piper on

The Belgian editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law a` la Mode, marking the 139th INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Just some of the focuses for this special edition include the dangers of...more

Bid Farewell to Texas...

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court significantly narrowed where a patent infringement lawsuit may be brought against a United States corporation. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court agreed...more

The Importance of Consistency between Master Services Agreements and Statements of Work

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

All types of business from startups to multinational conglomerates regularly enter into service agreements for the procurement and delivery of products or services. Depending upon the size and complexity of the agreement, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Citigroup announced yesterday that it’ll pay nearly $100 million to resolve a long-running federal investigation into its Banamex USA group over lax money-laundering monitoring (largely for transfers between the US and...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

IP Alert: "Supreme Court Restricts Where Patent Suits May Be Filed"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court tightened the reins on where patent infringement lawsuits may be filed. In a closely watched case, the Court reversed the decades-old Federal Circuit interpretation that permitted patent...more

California FTB Provides Guidance on Certain Section 382 Calculations - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

California requires taxpayers that have income within and outside the state to "apportion" their overall income between the two categories based upon certain factors and rules for determining their California tax liability....more

MAS Asian Bond Grant Scheme

by Hogan Lovells on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched its new Asian Bond Grant Scheme (the Scheme) on 9 January 2017 with the stated aims of strengthening the Asian bond market and encouraging Asian issuers to raise...more

ECB Publishes Final Guidance on Leveraged Transactions— What This Means for Banks

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

After a period of public consultation, the European Central Bank (the “ECB”) published its final Guidance on Leveraged Transactions (the “Guidance”) on 16 May 2017. Twenty-four organisations (comprising credit institutions...more

Third Circuit Permits Limited Discovery On Issue Of Validity Of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision denying a defendant bank’s motion to dismiss a consumer complaint in favor of arbitration when the contract containing the arbitration clause was not referenced...more

Colorado Division of Securities Publishes Final Cybersecurity Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Colorado Division of Securities (Division) has published final cybersecurity rules applicable to broker-dealers and investment advisers. The Colorado Attorney General's office has 20 days to write an opinion on the rules,...more

SEC Issues Ransomware Risk Alert Highlighting Cybersecurity Best Practices

On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert regarding the “WannaCry” ransomware worm that infected hundreds of thousands...more

The FCA introduces a ban on right of first refusal clauses

by DLA Piper on

In May 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a market study on investment and corporate banking services to consider issues including choice of banks and advisers for clients and the bundling and...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part II – Breaking Through Obstacles

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am engaging in a week-long series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I am...more

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