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California Supreme Court Decides that Insurance Protection for Losses that Have Already Occurred May Be Freely Assigned in...

On August 20, 2015, the California Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court (Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company). The California Supreme Court held that California...more

Canada’s amendments to PIPEDA now largely in force

Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) has been amended by The Digital Privacy Act (the “DPA”). DPA updates PIPEDA and modernizes Canadian data privacy and security law. DPA is now...more

Craft Beer Industry Update: M&A ESOPs and Liquidity Transactions over the past 12 Months

Craft beer is at a turning point in the history of the industry. Craft beer has grown dramatically (about 20% in 2014) during a time when overall beer consumption has increased only 0.5%.1 This has changed everything -- from...more

New California Law Impacting Change in Control of Grocery Stores

The new law, Assembly Bill 359, will require that, upon a “change in control” of a “grocery establishment,” the seller must prepare a list of “specified eligible grocery workers” for a successor grocery employer, which would...more

Five Lessons From 2015 Healthcare Deals

In 2015, we already have seen a great deal of activity in healthcare transactions that is attracting antitrust scrutiny, with mixed results. Among the winners have been Cabell and St. Mary's, which received state clearance...more

Compliance with pre-arbitration and pre-litigation notice procedures is critical to enforcing contractual rights: English High...

When a party to a contract wishes to sue, the contract may include specific procedures for giving notice to the counterparty in a prescribed way prior to the right to litigate or arbitrate in accordance with the contract...more

Mergers Just Became Safer for California’s Corporate Policyholders

This morning the California Supreme Court announced the thoroughly sensible ruling that a corporation may transfer its rights under liability insurance policies without obtaining the consent of the insurance company. Fluor...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 188-the BNY Mellon FCPA Enforcement Action  [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. Today I take a deep dive into the Bank of New York Mellon, FCPA enforcement action around the hiring of close family members violating the FCPA. I discuss the enforcement...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Japan (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Mergers & Acquisitions Glossary

This Glossary contains many of the important terms and definitions used in the M&A world. The Glossary is not exhaustive, however. Like most areas of the law, M&A is a highly complex subject that involves several legal and...more

Representation and Warranty Insurance: No Longer Optional - Deal Terms and Trends - Summer 2015

Representation and warranty insurance (R&WI) has become an integral component of the M&A landscape and is here to stay. The data speaks for itself: in 2014, more than 700 U.S. R&WI policies were issued, which was double the...more

Appraisal Claims Dismissed Due to Custodial Banks' Technical Acts

Despite being a court of equity, there are certain instances where the Delaware Court of Chancery demands "strict compliance" with procedural provisions irrespective of the potential for an inequitable outcome. For example,...more

FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued...more

Georgia On My Mind – How Does Compliance Enhance Shareholder Value?

Can you get a sense of place from listening to a song? In an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “The Life of a Song – Georgia On My Mind”, Mike Hobart wrote that when you “combine Stuart Gorrell’s lyrics with Hoagy...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 187-Francine McKenna from Market Watch at the Wall Street Journal [Video]

In this episode I visit with Francine McKenna, well known writer and speaker about Big 3 auditing and auditors. She has recently taken her considerable skills and talents to the Wall Street Journal where she now writes as the...more

Facing Bank Merger Challenges - Top Challenges and Managing Them [Video]

Spilman Member Hugh B. Wellons, with Stephen M. Lane of Strategic Risk Associates, discuss the challenges to completing a successful bank merger. Learn what they believe to be the top challenges and how to manage them. This...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. wind energy priced at all time low: Clean Technica - Aug 13: The price of wind energy in the U.S. is at an all time low, but officials have been quick to state the need for stable policy to...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Indonesia (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The existing Indonesian Investment Act is Law No. 25 of 2007, passed by the Indonesian House of Representatives...more

FCA Reports Low Levels of Potential Insider Trading: The result of effective enforcement or the free hand of the market?

In its annual report published last month, the FCA found that suspicious trading in the run up to M&A deals being announced is at a historic low. It reports that its "market cleanliness" statistic for takeover announcements...more

Hotels Troubled over Potential Expedia-Orbitz Merger

Expedia, Inc. (“Expedia”) is in the works to acquire Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (“Orbitz”) for $1.6 billion dollars. This news arrives on the heels of Expedia’s purchase of Travelocity for $280 million in January, 2015. The...more

Customer Data in Corporate Sales - A Privacy Issue: German Privacy Watchdog Fines Seller and Purchaser for Personal Data Transfer

In a press release on 30 July 2015, the Bavarian data protection authority (DPA) announced that it had recently fined both seller and purchaser for unlawfully transferring customer data as part of an asset...more

Abbott Expands Presence in Heart Valve Repair

Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories recently announced two transactions intended to increase Abbott’s presence in mitral valve replacement therapy and bolster its structural heart portfolio. First, Abbott will acquire...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: India (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? Historically, India has been a regulated economy since its independence. The government of India (GOI) launched a new...more

Kimble v. Marvel Changes How Patent Licenses Should Be Drafted and Also Diligenced in Transactions

In 1990, Stephen Kimble obtained a patent for a toy that allowed children and adults to shoot “webs” from the palms of their hands. Kimble met with the president of Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Entertainment’s predecessor, to...more

Court Reviews Validity of Escrow Claims

Gore, et al., v. Al Jazeera America Holdings I, Inc. emphasizes not only the necessity to carefully draft indemnification claim provisions in merger agreements but the need to carefully draft indemnification claims as well....more

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