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FA Proposes Global Ban on Gambling

The FA has proposed amendments to its rules on gambling which, if approved by its shareholders at their AGM on 21 May, will come into effect from the start of the 2014-15 season. The amendments have already received...more

Cayman Islands: Beneficial Ownership Register

The Cayman Islands government has recently concluded a consultation on a proposal to introduce a public register of the beneficial owners of Cayman-registered entities. The proposal has not been well received. The government...more

Germany's Draft Bill on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions: Potential Consequences for Businesses on Both the Legal...

On April 1, 2014, the German cabinet (Bundeskabinett) agreed upon a draft bill on combating late payment in commercial transactions in order to transform certain articles of the Directive 2011/7/EU1 into German law. The...more

"US Department of Justice Extradites First Foreign National on Antitrust Charge"

On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced the first-ever successful extradition on an antitrust charge. A German appeals court had approved the extradition of Romano...more

Implementing Compliance Incentives In Your Company

Several readers have asked why I have not written anything about the Houston Astros this year. The answer is two-fold. The first is that I really do not care. However, the more I thought about it, the real reason is that they...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

Appeals Court Opinion Changes Conflict Minerals Rules Compliance Landscape

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict...more

Privacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

With the enactment or implementation of several new data privacy laws in the past couple of years, the privacy landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to change dramatically. Twelve countries in the region now...more

Hong King: Companies Ordinance 2014 and Directors' Duties

A new Companies Ordinance (CO) came into effect in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, which introduced a number of changes to the law on directors’ duties. ...more

April 2014: ITC Litigation Update

Inducement in the ITC Following Suprema? A split Federal Circuit panel held in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC (Dec. 13, 2013) that an exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) under Section 337 “may not be...more

The logistics of Export Control Reform for the aerospace industry

On October 15, 2013, the first pair of final rules implementing the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative became effective. These rules, which govern military aircraft and aircraft parts, redefine the line...more

EU Commission Proposes to Amend Shareholder Rights Directive

The proposal covers shareholder votes on remuneration policies and related party transactions and greater transparency obligations on certain market participants. The European Commission (EU Commission) recently...more

The Louisiana Purchase And Compliance Focus Group – Changing The Game

In 1803, the fate of the United States changed in ways that could have never been contemplated, when the French Minister Talleyrand offered to sell France’s entire Louisiana Territory in North America to stunned American...more

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued nine new responses to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of conflict mineral usage that is required by rules...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

A Close Look At Internal Controls

Companies with ineffective internal controls face risks of embezzlement and self-dealing by employees, bribery, export control violations and other possible legal violations. The payment of foreign bribes often occurs in...more

NAIC Report: 2014 Spring National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Spring National Meeting in Orlando, Florida from March 29 through April 1. Typical for the first national meeting of the year, much activity was focused...more

EU High Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

On April 8, 2014, the highest court in the European Union invalidated an EU law that required telephone and electronic communications providers to retain user data for up to two years....more

New Registration Requirements and Deadline for PRC Domestic PE Funds and Managers

Domestic Chinese private equity managers should take notice of new provisional regulations requiring registration of domestic Chinese private equity managers and filings with the Asset Management Association of China...more

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Revised IPEGs) for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to...more

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Article 29 Working Party issues draft model clauses processor-to-subprocessors

Recently the Article 29 Working Party, an independent advisory body composed by the representatives the EU Member States’ data protection authorities, issued a working document on draft model clauses for the international...more

For the first time Germany extradites former executive to the US on antitrust charges

Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, was extradited from Germany in April 2014 to personally face criminal charges in the US for participating in a worldwide cartel. This is the first time an individual has been extradited...more

EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies. On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more

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