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UK Government fires starting gun on EU Divorce

On 29th March 2017 the UK Government gave notice to Donald Tusk President of the European Council under Article 50 of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. This will begin a two year negotiation procedure...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations - March 2017

Recent scandals in the corporate and financial spheres have served to highlight the importance of a strong and well-embedded institutional culture. It is difficult to pinpoint any such scandal that was not, to a material...more

New UK Tax Relief Restrictions for Corporate Interest

This briefing provides a high-level summary of the new rules limiting the UK tax deductibility of corporate interest expenses. The new rules apply from 1 April 2017 to interest payments made from that date under new and...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Alteogen Reportedly Transferring Biosimilar to Qilu Pharmaceutical

Korean Biomedical Review is reporting that Alteogen will transfer technology related to its ALT-L2, a biosimilar of Herceptin, to Qilu Pharmaceutical of China. According to the article, Alteogen and Qilu will “jointly...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A group of current and former Citizen Bank branch employees from five states has admitted to fabricating information about the results of the Bank’s much-touted “Citizens Checkup” program (in which real customers are invited...more

The Hague Securities Convention – II. What do these provisions accomplish?

The cited provisions are choice-of-law provisions that select the governing law for the intermediary account agreement, which under the Hague Securities Convention will then also dictate the governing law for other issues...more

CVE Extends Verification Eligibility Period: What This Means for VOSBs

Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) final rule extending the eligibility period for participation in the VA VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (“VIP”) Program took effect. The final rule extends the verification...more

Blog: State Department ventures into conflict minerals

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the State Department has launched a new review of “how best to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals,” which will continue through April 28. Although it’s not known whether the SEC...more

No Such Thing as March Break – Selected Corporate and Securities Law Developments

March was a busy month for corporate and securities law developments, with the publishing of staff notices by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), as well as developments regarding...more

SEC Requires Public Companies to Hyperlink Exhibits Beginning September 1, 2017

Public companies will soon be required to include an active hyperlink to each exhibit to all registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all periodic and current reports filed under the...more

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing...more

Food Fight: Two Sides to Every Chicken Filler Story

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently aired a segment reporting that real chicken content in Subway sandwiches amounted to a lot less than what the average consumer would expect. The network commissioned DNA...more

Ninth Circuit Limits Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Parent Corporation and Requires Product Defect to Result in Safety Hazard

Last week in Williams v. Yamaha (No. 15-55924), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s two separate rulings in favor of defendants: dismissal of Japanese corporation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”),...more

A Contract Provision Often Overlooked By Manufacturers

Most manufacturers scrutinize indemnification clauses in contracts to determine what liability they make be taking on if something goes wrong in a transaction or sale. A typical indemnification clause will also provide that...more

FCPA Remediation Focus on Supervisory Personnel

The Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement and remediation focus on supervisory personnel is an interesting development. On the one hand, DOJ has been slow to bring individual criminal enforcement actions for FCPA...more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our...more

Solar in the Frost: What to Watch Out For

As solar technology continues to become more efficient, construction of solar plants is expanding rapidly around the world, including in colder environments that, in the past, may have lacked the irradiance necessary to make...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

Blog: Investigate Piwowar?

Not everyone is pleased by the actions taken by Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar directing the SEC staff to review the conflict minerals and pay-ratio disclosure rules. In fact, today, four Senate Democrats on the Senate...more

The Manager-in-Charge Regime: Ruffling feathers in the year of the Rooster?

On 16 December 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced the introduction of a Manager-in- Charge initiative (MIC Regime) aimed at increasing the accountability of the senior management of Hong Kong licensed...more

PPI Complaints – FCA publishes final rules and guidance

Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) mis-selling has been a huge issue for firms. Not only has it damaged public trust and confidence but it has also been an enormous drain on resources with firms handling over 18.4 million PPI...more

"UK Serves Notice of Withdrawal From the EU, Triggering Two-Year Negotiation Period"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today served formal notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. This action commences a period of up to two years...more

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