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President Trump’s Cuba Proposals Would Roll Back Current Policies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump proposed new Cuba policies that would roll back certain changes made by the Obama Administration. Chief among the President’s sought changes are: a complete ban on economic activities that...more

Our Armchair Santería on Cuba Policy: What Will President Trump do on Cuba?

According to reports published this week, the Trump Administration is preparing to release the results of its policy review on Cuba in the “coming weeks.” We don’t have a crystal ball (or a leaking insider). But we continue...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

EU Cybersecurity Directive Brings Notification and Security Requirements for Industry

by WilmerHale on

The first European Union-wide rules on cybersecurity have been adopted by the European Parliament. Approved on July 6, 2016, the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) creates new risk...more

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

by WilmerHale on

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or...more

Indian Government Relaxes Restrictions on Foreign Direct Investment

by Perkins Coie on

The Indian government announced on June 20, 2016 new rules for foreign direct investment (FDI), allowing for up to 100% FDI in certain sectors, including defense and civil aviation. The changes also relax the local sourcing...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

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations

by King & Spalding on

On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations, a process that began in December 2014. The Administration has stated...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Establishments in Cuba in...

by Baker Donelson on

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments  to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Final Rule that further...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

by Reed Smith on

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...more

US Treasury and Commerce Departments Announce New Changes to Cuba Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 25, 2016, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced new changes to existing US sanctions on Cuba,...more

Regulatory Expansions Provide Enhanced Business Opportunities in Cuba

by King & Spalding on

On September 21, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published updates to their respective Cuba embargo regulations. These...more

[Event] 2015 Cybersecurity Seminar: Identifying and Mitigating Data Breaches and Related Liabilities - Oct. 29th, Richmond, VA

by Williams Mullen on

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Please join Williams Mullen, Marsh and EY for an in-depth discussion on effective strategies for identifying and mitigating data breach and related liabilities. WHO...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

by Morgan Lewis on

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...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

A Definitive Ruling on the Issue of Without Cause Terminations under the Canada Labour Code

by Dentons on

Federally regulated employers take note.  The Federal Court of Appeal has recently confirmed that without cause dismissals are not automatically deemed to be “unjust” under the provisions of the Canada Labour Code (the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Preliminary Draft Issued"

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (the Preliminary Framework). The Preliminary Framework represents the first full draft of the...more

Mexico announces new transportation and telecommunications investment program

by DLA Piper on

Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, the Mexican Minister of Communications and Transportation, has announced a new Investment Program for Transportation and Telecommunication for fiscal years 2013-2018....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

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