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Geneva Auto Show Showcases Europe’s Supercars, Crossover Vehicles Amid Hope for 2017 Sales

Europe’s Geneva Auto Show ended March 19, demonstrating to the world that Europe continues to dream up some of the best supercars in the world. Supercars making waves at the show included Lamborghini’s impressive, muscular...more

Mandatory vs. Permissive Arbitration Clauses: A Survey of the Laws of Other Common Law Countries

In an earlier post we provided advice on how to interpret the words “may” and “must” when they appear in arbitration clauses that are to be interpreted under U.S. law. Among other things, we explained that an arbitration...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers...

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as...more

Rx IP Update - March 2017

Tribunal dismisses Eli Lilly’s NAFTA challenge on promise utility doctrine - As previously reported, Eli Lilly submitted claims to international arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking...more

Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund: what you need to know

In August 2016, Turkey joined the rest of the G20 countries and met the concept of sovereign wealth funds when it passed a law establishing the Turkey Wealth Fund Management Joint Stock Corporation (the “Corporation”) and...more

FinTech Trends: Investment Opportunities, Regulatory Challenges and the Outlook for Mexico

1. What is FinTech? FinTech is the subsector of the financial services industry that employs new technologies not only to more efficiently deliver products and services but also to provide access to these services to...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs."...more

March 2017 UK Immigration Update

Changes to the immigration rules fulfill the Migration Advisory Committee’s previous recommendations. On March 16, the UK government announced changes to the UK’s immigration rules, implementing the final phase of...more

What Does the Introduction of Mandatory Data Breach Notification in Australia Mean for You?

Australia's Data Breach Bill amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) ("Privacy Act") and requires private and public organisations regulated by the Privacy Act to notify affected individuals and the Australian Information...more

Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, Inc. Copyright Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, Inc. case, affirming and holding that “a feature incorporated into the design of a ...more

EC Approves Amgen’s Biosimilar Adalimumab

Amgen announced yesterday that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for AMGEVITA (biosimilar adalimumab) in all available indications, including certain adult and pediatric inflammatory diseases. ...more

What you need to know before Brexit gets underway this week

This Wednesday, the UK embarks on a journey not previously taken by any other EU Member State. The process for withdrawing from the EU, which will get officially underway following the UK's formal notification to the European...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Your Cyber Minute: What to keep in mind as a litigator  [Video]

Partners Harriet Pearson and Michelle Kisloff talk about the real-time challenges of data breaches in the context of litigation and investigations. Hear the three major things you need to do and how to avoid the common...more

Regulators Provide Guidance on Variation Margin for Uncleared Swaps; CFTC Also Delays Compliance Date for Filing Notices to...

Global regulators adopted regulations to govern the posting and collection of margin on uncleared swaps. These regulations are set to take effect in stages over a four-year period. The initial compliance date was September...more

Self-Disclosure Analysis of FCPA violations and the New Administration

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice had set forth a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance on enforcement, announcing an FCPA enforcement pilot program to promote greater accountability...more

HMRC publishes responses to the consultation on Partnership taxation

The result of the HM Revenue & Custom's consultation on UK partnership taxation was released on 20 March, this is important for both fund partnerships and fund managers structured as LLPs which file UK tax returns. Although...more

Lawyers and Culture in the Financial Services Industry

The rise of the compliance profession has had a number of positive impacts on the corporate governance landscape. One of the most important results has been increased focus on corporate culture....more

Jordan’s Accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Jordan is off to a busy and productive year from an intellectual property standpoint. Starting late in December of 2016, the Jordanian Council of Ministers approved the accession of the Kingdom into the Patent Cooperation...more

Sustainable Commodities: EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten,...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 318-Erica Byrne on Ethisphere's 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Erica Salmon Byrne, EVP at Ethisphere on the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees. Erica goes into how the corporate compliance programs are evaluated, what the companies disclose to...more

Federal Circuit Confirms $455 Million ICC Arbitration Award

The Federal Circuit this month, for the first time, confirmed an international arbitral award administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In another first for the Federal Circuit, the court indicated that it...more

Day 19 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Operationalizing Compliance Through Leadership From The Top [Video]

Many companies struggle with some type of metric which can be used for upper management regarding compliance and communication of a company’s compliance values. One technique might be to require the CEO to post companywide...more

Anti-unfair competition law

On 22 February 2017, at the 26th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) of China, the State Council put forth a bill to amend the Law Against Unfair Competition (LAUC). The bill was...more

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