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In the Global Trenches: Brazil’s Business Culture & Getting Things Done

Brazil is once again at the forefront of news. Ongoing corruption scandals plague the highest echelons of leadership. Impeachment hearings threaten the stability of the largest economy in South America....more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume 1 – The...

With today’s posting, we begin a ten-part series on unique issues that arise in connection with the acquisition or disposition of a company that performs government contracts or subcontracts. These issues obviously come into...more

Aset Shyngyssov on How Kazakhstan's Economy Is Diversifying Beyond Energy

Aset Shyngyssov, managing partner of the firm's Almaty and Astana offices, explains how new investments and trading partners are positioning the Kazakh economy to expand beyond its reliance on the energy industry....more

Colt Nears Deal to Battle Its Way Out of Bankruptcy

On September 3, 2015, gun maker Colt Defense announced that the company and its creditors are close to finalizing a deal that will rescue the company out of bankruptcy. “It’s fair to say the parties are very close to a deal,” Colt lawyer John Rapisardi told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Rapisardi said that the economic terms of the agreement are generally agreed upon and that he expects the parties to reach a deal within a few days’ time.more

Private Equity Quarterly Report - Q2, 2015: Benesch Aerospace and Automotive Market Intelligence

Aerospace Market Overview - A record-setting year for aircraft orders has created a huge production backlog, which is good news for commercial aircraft manufacturers and tier suppliers. Elsewhere, machine vision, robotics, and manufacturing intelligence are enabling the aerospace industry to automate more tasks while improving safety and quality; companies in the aerospace industry show a rapidly growing interest in 3D printing; the gap between the market values of commercial aerospace and defense and government services companies narrowed during 2015’s second quarter; and Europe’s defence industry is struggling as most governments are keeping a lid on military spending. Please see full Report below for more information.more

Buying Someone Else's Headache – Top Five Supply Chain Pitfalls to Consider When Expanding Through Acquisition

As the economic recovery continues to pick up steam, manufacturers are looking to grow their capacity and expand their markets. Many manufacturers choose to expand their horizons by acquiring smaller companies or merging with a competitor. When properly planned and executed, such transactions can bring great economic rewards.more

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

We expect 2015 to be a very busy year for actions on new or proposed federal regulations in the absence of congressional legislation. That was confirmed on November 21, 2014, when the administration published its “Unified Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2014” (Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda) online at, a website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.more

Distress in the Defense Industry: Opportunities and Obstacles

The U.S. defense industry is facing a new battle – financial distress. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq combined with reductions in the defense budget and sequestration have taken a toll on many U.S. defense contractors’ balance sheets. Industry analysts believe that this decline may be slowed by several strategies, but many U.S. defense contractors lack both the capital and time necessary to implement them. more

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool?

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool? by Joseph M. Donegan on August 19, 2013 Bitcoins, a controversial but highly popular global digital currency, is being used by more consumers to make several types of transactions. Although no government has recognized the bitcoin as a legitimate currency or placed concrete value on its use, the anonymity afforded to bitcoin users, coupled with the growing trend of bartering them for assets that carry value, has drawn attention to the currency as a potential tax evasion tool. A recent Yahoo analysis noted that "money" is not necessarily defined by production or recognition and distribution by a government agency. Instead, the article argued that money is typically defined as any tool that can enable financial transactions. Under this expanded definition, the ubiquitous bitcoin may qualify, namely because it has and continues to be used to transact real property, foreign currencies, barter, and financial instruments. Whether this argument will hold up in a legal atmosphere is still undetermined, but federal authorities - including the Internal Revenue Service - are weighing these arguments carefully.more

The Future of Oil & Gas Regulations in the U.S.

The unrest currently taking place in the Middle East, along with the resulting sharp increase in world oil prices, illustrates just how dependent the U.S. has become on foreign oil imports. A generation ago, the U.S. imported approximately 30 percent of its oil, today we import in excess of 60 percent. With a sluggish economic recovery and oil prices hovering near $100 per barrel, many average Americans are having a difficult time making ends meet, and it may be time to revisit the issue of oil drilling in the U.S. more

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