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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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With oil markets again in free fall, Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to cut production, and industry experts expect that the rest of OPEC may soon follow suit....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al Franken....more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

by Bryan Cave on

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

FTC Civil Penalties on the Rise—Inflation Adjustments Increase Civil Penalty Amounts

by WilmerHale on

For the first time since 2009, the potential civil penalties for violating an administrative consent order under Section 5(b) of the FTC Act is going up. The maximum civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can now...more

Myanmar ministries announce "100-day" plans

by Allen & Overy LLP on

After a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general election held on 8 November 2015, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 30 March 2016, with U Htin Kyaw named as...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

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So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.9.15

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It’s already the strongest M&A year in history; why not add two iconic American brands to the mix? Dow Chemical and DuPont are reportedly in “advanced talks” to merge, creating a behemoth with combined sales of more than $90...more

Germany rolls out IT Security Act

by White & Case LLP on

Germany's controversial IT Security Act (ITSG) came into effect on July 25, 2015.[1] The new act seeks to increase protections for German citizens, companies and government institutions that may be vulnerable to a range of IT...more

Australian Infrastructure – The Challenges to 2031

by K&L Gates LLP on

Released in May 2015 by Infrastructure Australia, the Australian Infrastructure Audit examines our asset base and sets out the needs and challenges facing the Australian infrastructure sector and its participants over the...more

FCC Delays Vote on Net Neutrality Laws

Last month, President Obama urged the FCC to “reclassify consumer broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act – while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles

by King & Spalding on

Although much of the buzz around Mexico's energy reform focused on the oil & gas sector, the Mexican power sector also underwent a fundamental change. Together with eight new and twelve amended federal laws, Mexico's...more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 12, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Adopts and Proposes New Rules, Including Easing the Prohibition on General Solicitation - District Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - SEC Announces Three New...more

Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects in Early Stages and Growing in the U.S.

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Direct investment in renewable energy projects has been an anticipated financing option among editorialists and bloggers the past year, and seems to finally be gaining traction in the United States....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Issues Request for Information on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Practices

On February 26, following close on the heels of the recent executive order setting forth the administration’s approach to the regulation of critical infrastructure network security, the National Institute of Standards and...more

Executive Order Begins Process Of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity And Critical Infrastructure

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

During his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his signing of a long-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity. After months of discussions with technology companies the...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 2-15-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter...more

Bad Debts are Deductible for Pennsylvania Gross Receipts Tax Purposes - Provided Proper Documentation is Available

by Reed Smith on

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently issued Corporation Tax Bulletin 2011-02. The Bulletin provides some general guidance on the accounting method that must be used for computing the gross receipt taxes that...more

The Dodd-Frank Fair Credit Reporting Act and Utilities and Telecommunications Companies

by Reed Smith on

Everybody knows that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”), which was passed by Congress July 21, 2010, greatly impacts banks and other financial institutions. But few thought it may affect...more

Proposed Rule Could Limit Service and Collections Calls to Cell Phones

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This morning the Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would limit the ability of banks, lenders, utilities, debt collectors and others to make calls to their customers’ cell...more

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