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THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

Fifth Circuit Rules for PACA Claimants, and Weakens PACA, All in One Curious Ruling

by Bryan Cave on

Most restructuring practitioners are aware, either vaguely or through punishing experience, of the power of PACA creditors. PACA (or the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 7 U.S.C. § 499a et seq. for those who hate...more

What is the Price for Failing to Voluntarily Disclose an FCPA Violation? – A Curious Case Of Successor Liability

by Bryan Cave on

On January 6, 2017, the Securities and Enforcement Commission filed an Administrative Action announcing a settlement with two global agribusiness companies. The Order is brief and short on facts. ...more

DeCoster Rehearing Denied—Food and Beverage Company Executives Face Risks of Prosecution as Responsible Corporate Officers

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

A recent Eighth Circuit decision that two corporate officers must serve jail time for failing to prevent the distribution of contaminated eggs despite the fact that they did not know the eggs were infected reaffirms...more

International developments on modern slavery

by DLA Piper on

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

U.S. Government to Release Its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On Friday, December 16, the Government of the United States will release its long-awaited National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. ...more

Election results widen gulf between federal v. state regulation of cannabis

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Legal cannabis programs continue to spread to more states with every election cycle. On Nov. 8, 2016, Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota passed laws legalizing cannabis for medical uses, while California, Nevada,...more

Marijuana Election Results: Risks and Opportunities

by Goodwin on

Trump and Clinton grabbed all of this week’s headlines, but marijuana-related referenda were also on the ballots in nine states. The results of the referenda will dramatically change the landscape of state-legalized marijuana...more

Farming through the eyes of an ag lawyer

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On September 13 and 14, Thompson Coburn’s Agriculture & Food group hosted a hands-on seminar for professionals in the food and agriculture industries. The program – “From The Ground Up: A Hands-On Seminar for Agribusiness...more

New Treasury Proposed Regulations: Bad for family farms

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In transferring the ownership of family farms to the next generation, it is common to take advantage of certain valuation discounts in making transfers. The Department of Treasury recently released proposed regulations under...more

DeCoster Decision—What Food and Beverage Companies Need To Know

In a recent US Court of Appeals decision that every food and beverage executive should note, the Eighth Circuit ruled that two "responsible corporate officers" must serve jail time for failing to prevent the distribution of...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #2

Michael Coscia Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Spoofing and Commodity Fraud: Michael Coscia, the first person prosecuted and convicted under a law prohibiting spoofing that was enacted after the 2007-2008...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

by Mintz Levin on

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: When the wind changes direction, there are those that build walls and there are those that build windmills. In the...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

by Allen Matkins on

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Don’t Put Off Succession Planning for the Family Farm

by Varnum LLP on

With the fall harvest complete for most farmers, now is a good time to give some thought to an estate plan and farm succession plan. As farmers know, maintaining a profitable farm operation is difficult. It can become a...more

SBIC Report: SBA Announces Proposed Rule Creating the Impact SBIC

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed a new rule that would define a new class of Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC). These SBICs are called “Impact SBICs” and are designed to generate positive...more

Private Equity Market Intelligence - Manufacturing/Industrials Quarterly Report - Q4

by Benesch on

Market Overview - Manufacturing - • Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December for the second consecutive month, said the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. • Based on the...more

California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: What you need to know

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

After being the first state to legalize medical marijuana almost 20 years ago, California is implementing regulations across the industry. Commentators have focused on the effective and efficient processes called for in the...more

Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

Assembly Bill 266 provides long-awaited medical marijuana regulatory framework in California

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 and California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Now, 20 years later, AB 266 looks like the state’s best chance at regulating the cultivation and...more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

by Weintraub Tobin on

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

Equine Insurance - Do I Need It?: Understanding the Benefits of Equine Liability Coverage for Your Equine Business Operation

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

It is no secret that horse ownership can be a risky business. Anyone that operates an equine-related business is aware of the significant cost, planning, and efforts required to provide a safe, successful, and enjoyable...more

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