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No hiding a cartel under a joint venture marketing company

We are used to companies being fined for cartels acting undercover to agree on prices or other market parameters. What about companies openly agreeing together through a joint venture company?...more

On Your Mark—"TM" or "®"? Trademark Notice Guidelines

When starting a new business or developing a new brand, business owners tend to have common trademark-related questions: Do I need a trademark registration? What rights will a registration provide? What are the associated...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 2

Identifying Conflicts of Interest in Structured Products Offerings - With FINRA and other regulators focused on conflicts of interest in the broker-dealer industry, market participants are working diligently to identify...more

External Perception of Your Internal Culture Is a Big Deal: What Uber’s Problems Have Taught Us about Reputation

Ethics and compliance officers might often feel like your company’s corporate culture gets tied into knots, with so many groups imposing demands on your organization’s behavior. But really, a better turn of phrase here...more

The (Sometimes Unethical) Reality of Competition and Your Ammo to Combat a Rival's False Advertising

Competition in the free-market economy is cutthroat and businesses seek to gain a slight edge over their competitors however they can. In an effort to gain such an advantage, these businesses may spread falsehoods about the...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

FinTech Flash: Marketplace Lending Bank Partner as True Lender

In our last FinTech Flash we covered the pros and cons of marketplace lending platform companies entering into bank partnerships. If the arrangement is structured properly, two significant advantages result...more

District Court Further Limits Application of Professional Services Exclusion

One of the most heavily-litigated exclusions in modern insurance coverage practice was the subject of a recent district court decision involving allegedly misleading marketing by for-profit colleges. Exclusions for claims or...more

FTC Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Act, COPPA, and Other Violations from $16,000 to $40,000

On June 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an interim final rule that substantially increases the maximum civil penalties for violations of the competition and consumer protection laws enforced by the FTC...more

Legal Advice Or PR Plan? A Pertinent Privilege Conundrum

The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes the “press” creates new issues for companies and their counsel dealing with disputes that either are in or will develop into litigation. Routine corporate disputes that received no...more

This Week in FCPA-Epiode 8 [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the declinations received by Nortek and Akamai in their FCPA enforcement actions...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 256-Alison Taylor on stakeholder trust as an integrity risk measure  [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Alison Taylor about measuring stakeholder trust as an indicia of your integrity risk. ...more

Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

Treasury Releases White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a white paper addressing the online marketplace lending industry. Based in part on the responses to Treasury's July 2015 Request for Information (RFI), the white paper offers a broad...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1142

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Information - Ministerial Decision No. 42/2016 Amending some provisions of the implementing regulations of the Press and Publications Law. Issued on 5 April 2016. Effective from...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Dealing with Email Fraud? These Simple Steps Can Recover Assets in an Emergency

According to the FBI, there has recently been a significant spike in email fraud, costing businesses billions in the last two years – with a significant portion of these funds landing in Hong Kong bank accounts. If your...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 5

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules - On January 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s funding portal rules and related forms for...more

FinTech White Paper: Treasury’s Marketplace Lending RFI

Reed Smith has issued the first comprehensive white paper discussing the comments submitted in response to Treasury’s July 2015 Request for Information (RFI) on marketplace lending. The RFI, entitled “Public Input on...more

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules under the JOBS Act

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). ...more

SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted Regulation Crowdfunding, which includes the final capital formation rules mandated by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act). The final rules...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - October 2015

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Tech Newsletter. As technology continues to drive business innovation and growth, new and existing companies positioned to take advantage of the tech trends for 2016 will be better...more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 198-Leona Lewis on her new podcast, the Masters of Disaster [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. Today I visit with soon-to-be fellow podcaster Leona Lewis, whose podcast The Masters of Disaster, premiers Monday, Sept. 21. ...more

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