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Cybersecurity: SEC Is Starting to Scrutinize Registrants’ Practices

The SEC plans to examine the cybersecurity practices of over 50 registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. The SEC announced its plan in an April 15, 2014 Risk Alert, which closely follows the March 26 Cybersecurity…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science,...

Privacy Laws in Asia

Privacy rules in Asia are changing at a rapid pace. In the past three years alone, five countries have enacted brand new laws, and three countries or jurisdictions have amended existing laws to address emerging issues such as…more

| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science,...

Recommendations of the SEC’s Investment Advisory Committee Regarding...

On April 10, 2014, the Investor Advisory Committee (the “IAC”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) held a meeting during which it recommended that the SEC adopt crowdfunding rules that are both consistent with…more

| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Foreign (non-U.S.) Issuers

The SEC recently provided some data on registered offerings by foreign issuers, noting that: - In 2013, there were approximately 50 new foreign registrants... …more

| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Tax Talk -- Volume 7, No. 1 -- April 2014

In This Issue: - FATCA Update: IRS Releases New Regulations, New Forms, and New IGAs - No Rule Policy on MLPs - IRS Introduces New Grandfather Rule for Equity-Linked Instruments Under Section 871(m) - Rev. Proc…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law &...

ECCF

Recently, Craig Lewis, the Chief Economist and Director of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, commented on the economic impact of various JOBS Act reforms, or the effects on “efficiency, competition, and capital…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Patent Troll Legislation Stuck in Fee-Shifting Debate

Patent reform legislation has garnered much national attention over the past year, as Congress has introduced numerous proposals to curb perceived litigation abuse by patent trolls. (See our previous alert here.) The House of…more

| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law,...

PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law,...

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to…more

| Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment...

Privacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

With the enactment or implementation of several new data privacy laws in the past couple of years, the privacy landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to change dramatically. Twelve countries in the region now…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International...

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