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Looking the Other Way: European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber Determines Employer Monitoring of Electronic Communications...

In a case highlighting the European Continent’s approach to worker privacy, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employers may violate employees’ rights when monitoring their electronic...more

Trump Expands Sanctions on North Korea

by Reed Smith on

President Trump issued a new executive order (the EO) on September 21st that greatly expands the U.S. sanctions against North Korea, particularly secondary sanctions. Secondary sanctions apply to non-U.S. individuals and...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Canada

by White & Case LLP on

Ontario and Québec lead the way in developing trading schemes - Canada's federal government recently entered into an agreement with eight Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories that is likely to accelerate the...more

Is a Business Tax Reform Game Plan Beginning to Take Shape?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Substantial tax reform is underway and the business community is intently awaiting details of this activity with the aim of positioning themselves to maximize opportunities and minimize any costs or risks that reform may...more

UK Tax Round Up - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

UK Tax News and Developments - Finance (No 2) Bill 2017 - The second Finance Bill of 2017, known as Finance (No 2) Bill 2017, has now been published. As expected, this contains most of the provisions which were dropped from...more

Canada introduces reporting mechanism for dangerous counterfeit goods, helping rights holders protect their brands at the border

by Smart & Biggar on

Recently, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal organization responsible for policing Canada’s borders, issued a Customs Notice (CN17-27) to advise the public and rights holders that its 24/7 “Border Watch”...more

Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel Around the World

Please see full Doctrine of Equivalents Chart for Countries around the World. ...more

Financial Regulatory Observer - September 2017: How state aid survived the Italian banking crisis

by White & Case LLP on

There is much to admire in the EU's handling of the Italian banking crisis, but in allowing two lenders to escape BRRD rules, it has raised questions on the consistency of the EU state aid and resolution framework....more

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma fined €101 million for charging the UK health service excessive prices for Phenytoin sodium capsules, an...

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) recently published its infringement decision of 7 December 2016 that imposed a fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma (“Flynn”) for abusing their respective dominant positions by...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 69, for the week ending September 22, the Apples and Honey Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories, including:   1. Telia settles massive FCPA enforcement action. 2. New concerns about money laundering in Venezuela...more

How to Craft an Employee Handbook Outside the United States or Whether to Issue One at All

by Littler on

Most all major U.S. employers, and many smaller ones, have issued and periodically update employee handbooks—staff guides explaining how the organization’s particular workplace works. U.S. human resources experts almost...more

The Netherlands - Budget 2018 - Dividend withholding tax and non-resident taxation

by Dentons on

On 19 September 2017, the Dutch government released the State’s Budget for the year 2018. The Budget includes a draft bill to expand the dividend withholding tax exemption to tax treaty countries, to introduce a withholding...more

The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - 2017 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, SA is a highly successful non-US company known to the world as FPI. FPI is considering doing a debt or equity offering in the United States. What are the key legal issues it, and its underwriters...more

CETA Means New Business Opportunities, Starting This Week

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Good news for Canadian business amidst the uncertainty posed by the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations: the key elements of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, better known as the CETA, take effect this week,...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution, Part I

by Thomas Fox on

While the resolution of the Telia Company (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matter has long been awaited, the results announced yesterday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

GDPR Update Data breaches and notifications (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Under the GDPR, data security plays a prominent role and the GDPR imposes strict obligations on data controllers and data processors regarding security. While the Dutch Data Protection Act (DDPA) already includes a data...more

GDPR Update: Data Breaches and Notifications

by Dentons on

Under the GDPR, data security plays a prominent role and the GDPR imposes strict obligations on data controllers and data processors regarding security. While the Dutch Data Protection Act (DDPA) already includes a data...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies to Propose Amending CRA Regulations to Conform to HMDA Regulation Changes, and Remove References to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program - On September 13, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve...more

Expanded Beneficial Ownership Reporting and AML Duties Under the Corporate Transparency Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Second of a Two-Part Blog: Anti-Money Laundering Programs Coming to the Legal Profession? Earlier this week, we began our discussion of the proposed Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”), and observed that, if...more

European Commission Proposes Framework to Screen Certain Foreign Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposal coordinates existing national screening mechanisms, grants the Commission powers to review investments of “Union interest.” European Parliament and Member States’ approval still required. Key Points: On 13...more

CFIUS Annual Report Highlights Period of Increased Scrutiny for Foreign Investments

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2015, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews of foreign investments, maintained a heavy case load, reviewing 143...more

Updated Draft of ePrivacy Regulation: Still Hampering Innovation

by Reed Smith on

On 8 September 2017, the European Council published its first revisions (“Revised Draft”) to the draft EU ePrivacy Regulation (version COM(2017) 10 of 10 January 2017, “ePrivacy Regulation”). The Revised Draft is based on the...more

Chinese Buyers Act Quickly – Parallel UK & EU Foreign Takeover Control Systems Proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

by Baker Donelson on

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

Day 15 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Structural Innovation

by Thomas Fox on

Innovation can come in various forms for an organization. Innovation can appear in a structural form. You can move compliance more deeply into your organization with new or different structures. One I have seen have success...more

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