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Three’s a crowd: the SEC and the FCA look to regulate crowdfunding

On 24 October, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously supported the idea that rules be proposed under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) so that start-ups could offer and sell...more

Read All About It-Newspaper Reporting And FCPA Allegations

One of the avenues rarely discussed for allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to work their way to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is through good...more

OSC’s Crowdfunding Proposal Receives Favourable Comments

On March 8, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) closed the comment period on its Staff Consultation Paper 45-710: Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions (the Consultation Paper), which sought...more

FCC Adopts Order Streamlining Its Foreign Ownership Review Policies

Last week, the FCC adopted an Order to streamline its policies with respect to foreign ownership of common carrier radio station licensees (i.e., entities that provide fixed or mobile telecommunications service over networks...more

Disclosure tips for 2013

The proxy and annual reporting season has begun, with relatively few changes in reporting requirements from last year. Here are some tips to take you through the season and prepare for changes to come. 1. Consider the...more

2013 Audit Guidelines For Small Business

What three letters strike fear into the heart of small business owners across the United States? I . . . R . . . S Internal . . . Revenue . . . Service. And in 2013 there may be even greater reason for small...more

Levick Weekly - December 14, 2012: Our Strongest Answer To Terrorism Funding

In This Issue: - Executive Communications - U.S. Fiscal Policy - Our Strongest Answer To Terrorism Funding - CNOOC & NEXEN: Is Canada’s Energy Sector Fertile Ground For Foreign Investment? - NACD Boardvision...more

White Collar Watch - November 2012

In This issue: - DOJ and SEC Issue Long-Awaited Guidance on the FCPA - Recent Sentencings of Executives Serve as Reminder of Risks of Responsible Corporate Officer Prosecutions; Risks Grow for Medical Device...more

Top Ten China Mistakes For Businessmen

We recently came across a list of the top ten mistakes businessmen make in China. It was written by the President of a consulting company based in Los Angeles that assists small to medium sized companies in their Asian and...more

Focus on Securities - Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding?

In This Issue: - 1. Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding? - 2. Contact Us Excerpt From “Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding?” When the U.S. recently changed its securities laws to enable...more

Top Ten China Mistakes For Businessmen

We recently came across a list of the top ten mistakes businessmen make in China. It was written by the President of a consulting company based in Los Angeles that assists small to medium sized companies in their Asian and...more

Advantages Of Incorporating A Small Business

Small businesses can benefit from operating as corporations. If a small business is not a corporation it is most likely operating as a sole proprietor (one person) or partnership (two or more owners). But neither a sole...more

Los Angeles Port Modernization

A project to modernize a container terminal at the Portof Los Angelesis being trumpeted by a press release after approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission of the final Environmental Impact Report. The container terminal...more

SEC Proposes Rule to Eliminate Prohibition Against General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A...

On August 29, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued for public comment a proposal to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising contained in Regulation D...more

Incentives are Still Available For Growth in Los Angeles State Enterprise Zone

Los Angeles area businesses looking to expand or establish a presence within the City, but concerned about the cost of doing business, may want to consider locating their offices or other facilities within a State Enterprise...more

Creating Simple and Enforceable Contracts: Lofty Goal or Foolish Fantasy?

Some argue that contracts need not be “filled with mind-bending legal gibberish” and that plain simple everyday language will suffice. Perhaps attorneys need to take a deep breath of fresh air and let go of the legal...more

The Importance Of China Due Diligence And Corporate Seals

It’s common knowledge that doing business in China or with Chinese companies can be complicated and risky. But did you know that among those risks is the real possibility that you may be dealing with an imposter, either a...more

Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship Part Two

As a purely legal matter, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship require that we begin by asking the following question: Does the law of corporate governance permit social good as a primary focus and aim of...more

SEC Adopts Dodd-Frank Rules Regarding Conflict Minerals and Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers and Defers Rules for...

On August 22, 2012, the SEC adopted disclosure rules required by Sections 1502 and 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act related to conflict minerals and payments by issuers engaged in resource...more

Achieving More With Less: Balancing In-House vs. Outside Counsel With Proactive Risk Management Techniques

According to the 2012 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey, U.S. corporate legal departments are expecting to handle more class action suits (an average of 5.4 in 2012 vs. 4.4 in 2011) – and are also expecting to spend about 17...more

OSHA Requirements for Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is part of the US Department of Labor. It was created “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and...more

Court Funding Cuts Suggest Need For Better Business Planning

The bad news for court funding in California continues. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, Governor Brown’s May revision of the State budget includes a $300 million cut in funding for trial courts and achieves...more

California Manufacturing Growth Spurs Industrial Sector

The US economy may be experiencing slow growth but that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs in certain sectors. The industrial sector in California is one area that offers signs of potential future growth. That’s the...more

Chinese Contracting Best Practices

There are many risks involved in dealing with Chinese companies. We previously discussed The Importance Of China Due Diligence And Corporate Seals. And we asked the probing question: Is The Era Of Cheap Goods From China...more

Achieving More With Less: Balancing In-House vs. Outside Counsel With Proactive Risk Management Techniques

According to the 2012 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey, U.S. corporate legal departments are expecting to handle more class action suits (an average of 5.4 in 2012 vs. 4.4 in 2011) – and are also expecting to spend about 17...more

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