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Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

US Regulators Launch Fintech Initiatives

by Morgan Lewis on

Two US regulators recently launched initiatives that will encourage cooperation between the securities industry and its regulators with respect to financial technology (fintech) innovations. The US Commodity Futures Trading...more

The Supreme Court Makes an "Impression": Patent Exhaustion Defined

by Bryan Cave on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Impression Prods., Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., 581 U.S. ___ (2017) reversed the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the patent exhaustion doctrine. The Supreme Court held...more

The Saga Continues: New York’s Highest Court Will Weigh in on Aleynikov’s Fate

On April 20, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals issued a brief order continuing former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov’s eight-year voyage through the state’s and country’s legal systems. Here’s the issue: does...more

Funds Talk: April 2017

SEC Offers Guidance on ‘Fast-Growing Trend’ of Robo-Advisers - As technology and robo-advisers become increasingly common options for asset managers and investors alike, the SEC is taking a closer look at some of the...more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision...more

Financial Services Regulation - Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 31 - February 2017

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the thirty first edition of “Exchange – International” – our newsletter designed to keep you informed of international regulatory developments in...more

Recent Whistleblower Protection Actions by SEC and Congress Add Risk to Severance Agreements

by Perkins Coie on

Two recent SEC enforcement actions that describe how severance agreements may violate whistleblower protections under the federal securities laws if not properly drafted were the subject of a recent article by Perkins Coie...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule Amendments to CPO Financial Report Regulations

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved final rule amendments to its regulations that allow commodity pool operators (CPOs) to use certain additional alternative generally accepted...more

The Oman Update - 1161

by Dentons on

Amending certain provisions of the rules and conditions for the election of members of boards of directors of public joint stock companies, and the provisions relating to their responsibilities (issued by MD 137/2002)....more

SEC Fines Company for Agreements Restricting Whistleblowers

by Burr & Forman on

The SEC has fined an Atlanta company $265,000 for using various severance agreements restricting whistleblower activities. The Dodd-Frank Act added ’34 Act § 21F encouraging whistleblower programs. The SEC adopted Rule...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act — Implications for Private Funds

On May 11, 2016, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law. The DTSA provides trade-secret protections on the federal level that are similar to those available through the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA)...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - June 2016

by Buchalter on

For technology companies seeking investment capital, the new SEC regulations on crowdfunding that went into effect on May 16, 2016 present new funding options by expanding the pool of investors beyond the traditional funding...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

The man who sold the world: Bowie, bonds and IP securitisation

by DLA Piper on

The loss of David Bowie at the start of this year prompted much discussion of his musical legacy, but less well-publicised was his contribution to finance....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 239-Jonathan Armstrong on EU Privacy Shield

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with EU privacy expert Jonathan Armstrong on the negotiations culminating in the EU Privacy Shield to replace the former Safe Harbor provision. ...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

by Buchalter on

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

You Sold Your Startup (and Maybe Your Soul): How to Leave Your Company

by Varnum LLP on

A few years ago, a client sold his small startup company to a competitor. In return, the acquiring company gave him some cash, stock options, and an executive-level job. After faithfully serving his new corporate overlord for...more

Business Litigation Report - December 2015

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution: Part 1 - Fueled by the high-profile efforts of technology giants like Google, major manufacturers like General Motors and Tesla, and new auto industry entrants...more

Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 184-Marc Bohn on the Mead Johnson FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Marc Bohn, Counsel with Miller & Chevalier. We discuss the Mead Johnson FCPA enforcement action; its implications for companies and lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 182-Kate Atkinson on the Miller Chevalier Summer 2015 FCPA Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Kate Atkinson, a partner at Miller Chevalier. She discusses the firm's recent FCPA Summer Report, noting some trends she sees and where enforcement may be heading. We also visit about the DOJ...more

“The Donald” Trumps Condo Buyers by Avoiding Trade-mark Licensor Liability

United States presidential candidate Donald Trump avoided liability for alleged misrepresentations of the attributes of purchased hotel condominium units by a developer that is licensed by one of Mr. Trump’s corporate...more

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks....more

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