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International Sovereign Bonds Issuance in Sub-Saharan Africa

The increasing dynamism of the Sub-Saharan African economy coupled with the continent’s large financing needs have led Sub- Saharan African countries to consider alternative sources of external funding to finance their local…more

Africa, Banking Sector, Banks, Bonds, Credit Rating Agencies

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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and banks…more

EU, Foreign Policy, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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Overview of Central and West Africa

Orrick lawyers Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay and Gabin Gabas authored the first "Overview of Central and West Africa," an outline of the electricity and oil & gas sector legislation in 14 francophone African countries, that has…more

Africa, Economic Development, Energy, Foreign Policy, Infrastructure

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Call to Clients to Share Data Illustrating Consequences of Discovery Costs: Comment Period Opens for Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Introduction - On August 15, 2013, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (hereinafter “the Committee”) began what is expected to be a six month period of open commentary on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of…more

Discovery, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments, Public Comment

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Not So Much, For California Employers: Two New Employee-Friendly Bills Are Signed by Governor Brown

Even in the summer months, the California legislature is busy changing the laws that affect the state’s employers. This summer, California’s governor signed into law two bills that should be of interest to all employers—one…more

Attorney's Fees, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FEHA, Jerry Brown

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Mark Cuban Challenges the Referee: the Constitutionality of SEC In-House Courts

After the repeated challenges to the SEC’s in-house courts as previously reported, Mark Cuban joined the debate by filing an amicus curiae brief in support of petitioners Raymond J. Lucia Companies, Inc. and Raymond J. Lucia…more

Administrative Proceedings, ALJ, Amicus Briefs, Mark Cuban, SEC

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U.S. Treasury Department Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending Industry

On May 10, 2016, the Department of the Treasury issued a white paper on online marketplace lending that maps the current market landscape, reviews industry insights and offers policy proposals for the road ahead. Based on…more

Online Marketplace Lending, Regulatory Agenda, U.S. Treasury, White Paper

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Distressed Download

The Distressed Download Newsletter is a roundup of recent news from Orrick's Distressed Download blog, a resource for the latest news and industry trends in the distressed debt and restructuring markets. European…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bernie Madoff, Chapter 15, Commercial Bankruptcy, Corporate Restructuring

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O’ Really, Canada? Data Breach Log Rules Underway

In June 2015, Canada made significant amendments to its data privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  These amendments to PIPEDA will require businesses to inform the Canadian…more

Canada, Comment Period, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Personally Identifiable Information

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Moving Right Along: The Office of Whistleblower Issues Its 2013 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2013. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s Office…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Dodd-Frank, Retaliation, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets

For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates) has drowned out news of other debt restructuring matters this year. Our Alert below addresses key trends…more

Australia, Banks, China, Debt Market, Distressed Debt

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More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the…more

401k, Defined Benefit Plans, Defined Contribution Plans, Employee Benefits, IRS

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June 29, 2015 Amendments to Article 183 of the Russian Criminal Code: Increased Liability for Disclosure of Trade Secrets in Russia

While Russia has long protected trade secrets through the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection and the Trade Secret Law, amendments to the Russian Criminal Code on June 29, 2015 now…more

Disclosure Requirements, Fines, Russia, Trade Secrets

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OFCCP Rescinds Prior Guidance on Compensation Discrimination Analysis In Favor of a Case-by-Case Approach

Effective February 28, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) rescinded two 2006 guidance documents concerning how the OFCCP and federal contractors analyze potential pay discrimination. This change…more

Audits, Contractors, Discrimination, OFCCP, Wages

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New Trade Secret Legislation in France? Mais oui bien sûr!

If your trade secrets get stolen in France, what protections would you have? Most U.S. trade secret lawyers don’t have occasion to consider trade secret laws outside the United States, but there’s a whole world beyond the…more

Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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Washington’s Legislature Considers Limiting Non-Competes

According to the most recently available Census data, among those who moved from another state to Washington in the prior year, many times more people came up from California than from anywhere else. The Washington Legislature…more

Multi-Factor Test, Non-Compete Agreements, Pending Legislation, Public Policy, Trade Secrets

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La Tassazione Del Trust Non Commerciale Alla Luce Del Disegno Di Legge Di Stabilità 2015.

L’art. 44 del Disegno di Legge di Stabilità 2015 introduce una modifica al regime di tassazione dei dividendi percepiti dagli enti non commerciali, diminuendo notevolmente la quota esclusa da tassazione. La modifica, se…more

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Who Pays When Employees Crash Their Cars After Hours? It Could Be You….

One would think that, under the “going and coming” rule, employers could never be liable for torts committed by their employees during the employees’ commutes. Think again. If employers require employees to use their cars or the…more

Car Accident, Employer Liability Issues, Going and Coming Rule

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Orrick Technology IPO Insights Newsletter Q4 2015

After two robust years for IPOs, 2015 was a disappointment for tech IPOs. In fact, proceeds raised by IPOs across all industries have been estimated to be in the range of $30 billion, which is a six-year low. More alarming was…more

Board of Directors, Form 10-K, IPO, Nasdaq, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Here’s a Tip: “Substantial and Important Contributions” to Pre-Existing SEC Investigations Can Pay Off For Whistleblowers

In a move evidencing the SEC’s continued commitment to its whistleblower program, the Commission announced on Friday that it has awarded a whistleblower over $3.5 million for providing information that did not lead to a new…more

Corporate Counsel, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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Road Map to Europe – Executing Venture Capital Deals Easily in a Complicated Landscape

The number of European startups in search of funding and full of ambition to compete on the global stage has never been greater. U.S.-based venture capital funds are in prime position to take advantage of the opportunity of…more

Capital Structures, EU, Global Dealmaking, Investment Funds, Venture Capital

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Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q3 2015

For initial public offerings, particularly those of technology companies, the second half of 2015 got off to a slow start and the pace has continued to be sluggish into December. Please see full Publication below for more…more

Dual Track Process, Emerging Growth Companies, Exit Transactions, IPO, Technology Sector

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Les avancées de la loi Macron en matière d'épargne salariale

Enacted on 6 August 2015, France's law for growth, activity and equal economic opportunities, known as the "Macron law", designed to boost the French economy, aims to "establish equal economic opportunities and increase economic…more

Business Development, Economic Development, Job Creation, Macron Law, Qualified Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)

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Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs, but…more

Attorney's Fees, Banks, D&O Insurance, Employer Liability Issues, Environmental Liability

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To Whom Must The Whistle Blow? SEC Asks Second Circuit for Deference on Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

In an amicus brief filed earlier this month in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LCC, the SEC asked the Second Circuit to defer to the Commission and hold that individuals who report misconduct internally are covered by the anti-retaliation…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Dodd-Frank, Internal Reporting, SEC, Whistleblower Protection Policies

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AIFMD Countdown to Compliance

The deadline of 22 July 2013 for EU Member States to transpose the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) into national law is fast approaching…more

AIFM, AIFMD, Compliance, Deadlines, EU

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On a Roll: The SEC Continues to Deliver on its Promise to Seek Admissions of Wrongdoing

The SEC announced last week that it has obtained yet another admission of wrongdoing in connection with an agreement to settle an SEC enforcement action. This time, Peter A. Jenson, the former COO of Harbinger Capital Partners…more

Corporate Counsel, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Fraud, Harbinger Capital Partners LLC

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IRS Limits Correction Opportunities under Section 409A Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations and Imposes 20% Penalty

In Chief Counsel Advice 201518013 (May 1, 2015) (the "CCA"), the IRS addresses an executive retention bonus that originally vested after three years and was payable in equal installments on the first two anniversaries of the…more

Bonuses, Employee Retention, Executive Compensation, IRS, Section 409A

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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The Oil & Gas Law Review - Edition 2: Chapter 9: FRANCE

Located in more than 60 fields mainly in the Paris region and in the south west (Aquitaine Basin), French hydrocarbon deposits produced 790 tonnes of oil and 0.3 tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) of natural gas in 2013,…more

Energy Sector, Fracking, France, Oil & Gas

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Aggiornamento Normativo: Le Agenzie Di Rating E Il Regolamento N. 462 Del 2013

Il Regolamento n. 462 del 2013 (il “Regolamento”), pubblicato sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale dell'Unione Europea il 31 maggio, dispone nuove e più stringenti regole per l'attività delle Agenzie di Rating del Credito (le “Agenzie”). La…more

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For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing Company Theranos

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the…more

Government Investigations, SEC, Unicorns

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Expanded Liability of Officers in Russian Companies

In Resolution No. 62 “on Liability of Members of a Company’s Governing Bodies” dated July 30, 2013 (the “Resolution”) the Russian Supreme Arbitrazh Court provided new interpretations of the Russian statutory rule that the chief…more

Bad Faith, Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Corporate Officers, Damages

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Cybersecurity, Boards and Cyber-Board “Experts”: Caution Should Rule

A continuing frequent question from public companies is how a board should be constituted to oversee cybersecurity. Many public companies foist this additional burden on the audit committee. Those large enough to have a risk…more

Board of Directors, Cybersecurity, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fiduciary Duty, Proposed Legislation

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FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular…more

Blue Sky Laws, Capital Raising, Emerging Growth Companies, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), GAAP

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Taking Action That Affects The Shareholder Vote? Expect the "Gimlet Eye"

On May 19, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court preliminarily enjoined the directors of Cogentix Medical from reducing the size of the company's board because, under the facts presented, there was a reasonable probability that the…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Shareholder Votes, Shareholders

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Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to restrict…more

EU, Russia, Sanctions, Ukraine

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The Carrot and the Stick: The SEC’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement with an Individual in an FCPA Case

In a move that highlights both the increased focus on holding individuals accountable and the credit that can be earned through cooperation, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced last week that, for the…more

Bribery, China, Corporate Counsel, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, FCPA

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The Many Pitfalls of Worker Misclassification

Worker classification is an area of major concern for domestic and international employers of all sizes. Our Labor and Employment Group recently alerted you to significant regulatory action by the US Department of Labor relating…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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CFTC Announces Proposal to Amend the Definition of “Material Terms”

On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to the definition of “material terms” for purposes of swap portfolio…more

Banking Sector, CFTC, Comment Period, Compliance, Federal Register

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More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the…more

401k, Defined Benefit Plans, Defined Contribution Plans, Employee Benefits, IRS

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Patent Box – Ultimi Aggiornamenti Dall’Agenzia Delle Entrate

As known the cd. "Patent Box" allows companies carrying out activities Research & Development to opt, as from the tax in 2015, for a taxation regime facilitated the income generated from the direct exploitation or indirect…more

Corporate Taxes, EU, Inventions, Italy, Patents

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The Ripple Effects of U.S. v. Newman Continue: SEC Lifts Administrative Bar on Downstream Insider Trading Tippee and Tipper Requests that Third Circuit Vacate SEC Settlement

The ripple effects of the Second Circuit’s landmark insider trading decision, United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), were felt again last week. On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more

Corporate Counsel, Hedge Funds, Illegal Tipping, Insider Trading, Motion to Vacate

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The Gloves Are Off: Competing Biopics Battle For Hollywood Purse

Hollywood’s heavy-hitters often enter the ring over unauthorized biographies. Elizabeth Taylor famously invoked her rights of publicity and privacy in an attempt to shut down an unofficial docudrama about her life; Clint…more

Breach of Duty, Breach of Implied Contract, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Exclusive Dealing Agreements, Fiduciary Duty

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100% QSBS Exclusion Soon to be Made Permanent

The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "PATH Act"), expected to be soon passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, permanently extends the 100% exclusion for gain recognized on the sale of…more

C-Corporation, Gain Exclusion, Pending Legislation, Qualified Small Business Stock, Tax Liability

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Are You Breaking The Rules? NLRB General Counsel Issues Extensive Report On Employer Rules and Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report (General Counsel Memorandum GC 15-04) summarizing recent NLRB enforcement action regarding many common employment policies. The…more

Employee Handbooks, New Guidance, NLRA, NLRB, Popular

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Helferich Patent Licensing v. New York Times et al.: Federal Circuit Reverses District Court Summary Judgment Ruling Regarding Patent Exhaustion

In Helferich Patent Licensing LLC v. New York Times Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 2047 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 10, 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("CAFC") concluded that the judicially-created doctrine of patent…more

Appeals, New York Times, Patent Exhaustion, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Provide Critically Needed Transportation Funding Source

Funding transportation infrastructure in California is becoming increasingly difficult, as diminished gasoline taxes and other state and federal funding sources continue to be insufficient to provide fully for burgeoning capital…more

Bonds, Funding Options, Infrastructure, Sales Tax, State Funding

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Big Bucks for Baby-Bonding: San Francisco Passes Employer-Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

Staying true to form, earlier this month San Francisco passed the nation’s first fully-paid parental leave law known as the Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance (“Paid Parental Leave Ordinance”). …more

Employee Benefits, Local Ordinance, Parental Leave, Posting Requirements, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Federal Circuit Panel Expands Reach of §271(a) Liability for Divided Infringement

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a unanimous en banc Federal Circuit panel in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Network, Inc., Nos. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (August 13, 2015) this week revised its standard for…more

Akamai Technologies, Covered Business Method Patents, Divided Infringement, En Banc Review, Joint Venture

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Splitting the Baby: SCOTUS Ruling in Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Calls For Review of Pregnancy Accommodations

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., holding that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires courts to consider the extent to which an employer’s policy treats…more

ADA, Disparate Treatment, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Executive Orders, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, Federal Contractors

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U.S. District Court Limits the Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Bankruptcy Law but Important Considerations for Foreign Investors Remain

On July 6, 2014, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, declined to extend the reaches of section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code abroad to permit the recovery of funds that were…more

Asset Transfer, Bankruptcy Code, Bernie Madoff, Clawbacks, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Business E-mail Compromise Scam v2.0

In March, we reported on the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) scam where criminals target employees responsible for wiring company money, and trick them into wiring money under false pretenses to fraudulent accounts controlled…more

Bank Accounts, Business E-Mail Compromise (BEC), Domain Names, Email, FBI

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Unified Register of Pledges of Movable Property – Follow Up

This is an update of our alert dated 5 December 2012. Since our prior alert, there have been certain legislation changes addressed below. The public unified register of pledges of movable property (the Register) was…more

New Legislation, Russia

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European Revolution vs. English Evolution

Update on Case Law Developments in English Restructuring This client alert will focus on three of the key recent cases of the past six months, each of which features the use of English law restructuring tools for…more

Corporate Restructuring, Debt Restructuring, EU, Foreign Corporations, Great Recession

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Best Buy Bankruptcy Ahead?

In November 2008, Circuit City filed for bankruptcy protection. Circuit City had the same business model as Best Buy: selling electronic equipment in large retail stores. Other retailers with that business model are finding…more

Best Buy, Debtor-Creditor, Electronics, Insolvency, Retail Market

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Quid Pro Quo, Yes Or No? SEC Signs First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement

The SEC this year has demonstrated its willingness to incentivize whistleblowers and companies to share information about misconduct and assist with the SEC’s investigations. To that end, the SEC issued its first Deferred…more

Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Enforcement Actions, SEC

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Accidents Happen: Innocent Mistakes By Board May Not Spoil Business Judgment Protection

Recently, the Delaware Court of Chancery in Pfeiffer v. Leedle declined to dismiss a shareholder derivative action against a board for breach of fiduciary duty, where the directors allegedly approved stock options exceeding the…more

Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Fiduciary Duty, Stock Options, Stocks

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Via Libera Alla Voluntary Disclosure: Gli Aspetti Principali Della Disciplina In Attesa Della Pubblicazione In G.U.

E' in attesa di pubblicazione sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale il testo di legge approvato giovedì 4 dicembre dal Senato in materia di rientro dei capitali dall'estero (c.d. Voluntary Disclosure o Collaborazione Volontaria). Oltre…more

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New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New…more

Corporate Taxes, Digital Assets, Franchise Taxes, Popular, State Taxes

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CFPB Proposes New Class Action Arbitration Rule: Possible Challenges and Practical Impacts

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, among other things, would prohibit the use of class action waivers in arbitration clauses in connection with a broad…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Consumer Contracts

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Haven’t You Heard? Trade Secret Theft Can Occur in Unusual Ways

A recent development from the 3D printing world reminds us that threats of trade secret misappropriation are more varied than cyber-espionage or the disgruntled employee taking confidential information to a competitor. With…more

3D Printing, Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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Italy Regulatory Update 2/2014

In This Issue: - 1. ITALIAN LAW - 1.1 Primary legislation - 1.2 Implementing measures - 2. EC/EU LAW - 2.1 Primary legislation - 2.2 Implementing measures Please see full chart below for more…more

EU, Financial Regulatory Reform

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“We’re Not Gonna Take It!” Significant Changes to Japan’s Trade Secret Protection Law

After more than a decade of successive incremental statutory and regulatory changes aimed at strengthening trade secret protection of in Japan, Japan really rolled up its sleeves in 2015 and made significant changes to protect…more

Intellectual Property Protection, Japan, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

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IP Addresses as Personal Data – Website Providers To Come Under Even More Scrutiny With EU Data Privacy Law

Website providers that collect dynamic Internet Protocol addresses (“IP address”) from website visitors may soon be subject to even more scrutiny from data protection authorities in the EU. Last week, Europe’s Advocate…more

Data Collection, Data Privacy, EU Data Protection Laws, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Internet

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Bad Times for Patent Trolls: What the Government Is Doing to Protect Small Businesses

Patent assertion entities—‘‘PAEs’’ or, if you are in a bad mood, ‘‘patent trolls’’—have been around in one form or another for decades. In the past few years, however, their ranks have grown. According to a U.S. Government…more

GAO, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Patents, Small Business

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Will HR Managers Get Cooked? Second Circuit Says Culinary Institute’s Human Resources Director May Face Individual Liability Under FMLA

Whether a Human Resources Director will be deemed the “employer” and held individually liable for alleged violations under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) should be left to the jury, according to the Second Circuit’s…more

Employee Benefits, FLSA, FMLA, Paid Leave, Popular

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Proving “Loss” Under the Economic Espionage Act – Not Always Straightforward

The Obama Administration’s focus on criminal trade secret prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) highlights the legal complexities at the murky intersection between criminal and civil jurisprudence in trade secrets…more

Criminal Liability, Economic Espionage Act, High Frequency Trading, Theft, Trade Secrets

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California Court of Appeal Overturns $1.3 Million in Damages and Attorneys’ Fees against Lucasfilm for Failure to Give Instruction on Business Judgment

On December 10, 2012, in Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd., a California Court of Appeal overturned a Marin County jury’s verdict against Lucasfilm based on its finding that several errors in jury instructions prejudicially affected…more

Appeals, Business Judgment Rule, Discrimination, FEHA, Jury Instructions

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FTC-Google Consent Decree Provides Important Lessons Regarding Standards-Essential Patents

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google and…more

Competition, FRAND, FTC, Google, Licenses

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Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under residential…more

Class Action, Damages, Late Fees, Liquidated Damages, Penalties

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Payback Time: Using The Faithless Servant Doctrine To Combat Trade Secret Theft

Employers know all too well that their own employees are often the most likely people to misappropriate their confidential and proprietary information and their valuable trade secrets. Employers have plenty of weapons at their…more

Breach of Duty, Fiduciary Duty, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

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Tax Reform Bill Proposal - Much Ado About Nothing

As widely reported, on February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the "Camp Proposal"). In exchange for simplification of…more

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Therasense Revisited: In re Rosuvastatin Calcium Patent Litigation

In the United States, patent applicants and their counsel owe a duty of candor and good faith to the Patent Office. This duty is breached when the applicant or its counsel knowingly fails to disclose material prior art…more

America Invents Act, Deceptive Intent, Disclosure Requirements, Failure to Report, Good Faith

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China 20/20 Legal Regulatory Developments - February 2013

In This Issue: - The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Revising the Labor Contract Law of the People's Republic of China Released - MOFCOM Solicits for Public Comments on the…more

China, Foreign Jurisdictions, Investment Funds, MOFCOM, PRC Labor Contract Laws

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Walking The § 2019.210 Tightrope

As a recent ruling from Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in the Northern District of California demonstrates, plaintiffs must walk a tightrope when deciding what to disclose in their Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 2019.210 statements…more

Computer-Related Inventions, Misappropriation, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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In Fontainebleau Appeal, Eleventh Circuit Confirms That Term Lenders Lack Standing To Enforce Revolving Lenders’ Commitments

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that lenders in syndicated credit facilities do not have standing to enforce the funding commitment that other lenders owe to the borrower in the absence of specific…more

Appeals, Article III, Borrowers, Injury-in-Fact, Lenders

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Six Crucial Points About Iran Sanctions Liberalization

Crucial Points - - The U.S. government has, by and large, left in place its embargo generally forbidding U.S. companies, citizens and residents, and others in the United States to engage in Iran-related activity. -…more

Aircraft Equipment, Embargo, General Licenses, Implementation Day, Iran Sanctions

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2013 Updates to the FEHA California Pregnancy Regulations

Amendments to California’s pregnancy regulations became effective on December 30, 2012, creating many new responsibilities for employers. While employers should take note of all of the amended regulations, some of the most…more

California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Disability, Discrimination, FEHA, Medical Leave

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SEC Releases First Full-Year Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: No Speedy Recoveries for Whistleblowers

On November 15, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (the “Report”), the first full-year report issued since the enactment of…more

Dodd-Frank, SEC, Whistleblowers

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Policyholder Insider Quarterly

October ordinarily brings the return of crisp air, fall foliage and Halloween. This year, for the first time, it also brought National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Yet designating a month to increase cybersecurity awareness…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Employer Liability Issues, FCPA

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Forum Shopping No More? Oregon Joins Delaware in Upholding Exclusive Forum Bylaw Provision

On December 10, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court held that an exclusive forum bylaw provision adopted unilaterally by a Delaware company’s board was a valid and enforceable contractual forum selection clause.  Importantly, the…more

Bylaws, Corporate Counsel, Delaware General Corporation Law, Forum Selection Clause, Forum Shopping

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O’ Really, Canada? Data Breach Log Rules Underway

In June 2015, Canada made significant amendments to its data privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  These amendments to PIPEDA will require businesses to inform the Canadian…more

Canada, Comment Period, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Personally Identifiable Information

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Orrick World: A Quarterly Report of Global Employment Law Issues for Multinationals - Fall 2013

Asia Employment Law Update - Labor Contract Law Amendments on Dispatch Employees Come Into Effect - Implementation Details Still Uncertain: During July 2013, the Decision on Amending the Labor Contract Law of the…more

China, EU, Financial Regulatory Reform, Foreign Nationals, International Labor Laws

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Orrick Provides Testimony at EEOC hearing on Promoting Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces in the Tech Sector

On May 18, 2016 the EEOC held a commission meeting to address the topic of promoting diverse and inclusive workplaces in the tech sector. Orrick’s Erin Connell was asked to testify at the meeting and provide examples of the…more

Diversity, EEOC, STEM, Technology Sector

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan…more

Asset Stripping, Corporate Taxes, Debt, Expanded Group Instruments (EGIs), Financial Instruments

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Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals

This Alert is an update to last year's Client Alert on the same topic, which also discussed how to win a proxy fight despite a "no" recommendation from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and/or Glass Lewis. The leading…more

BlackRock, Executive Compensation, Glass Lewis, ISS, Morgan Stanley

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The “Pot, Kettle, Black” Doctrine

The adage “the pot calling the kettle black”—referring to someone who is guilty of the very thing that he accuses another of—is a bit of equitable common sense that practitioners ought not to forget. In a recent patent…more

Motion To Strike, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Subject Matter Experts

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There’s No Longer an “App for That” in Austin: Lyft and Uber Pull Out Over Driver Fingerprinting Requirements

Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber announced on May 9 that they were no longer offering their services in Austin, Texas, after voters there rejected a proposed ordinance that would have eliminated fingerprint-based background…more

Background Checks, Fingerprints, Hiring & Firing, Lyft, Uber

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Supreme Court’s Preclusion Ruling May Mean More District Court Trademark Cases

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352 (U.S. March 24, 2015) - Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court issued its second substantive trademark ruling of its term, clarifying application of…more

B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Issue Preclusion, Likelihood of Confusion, SCOTUS, Trademark Infringement

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Be careful what you wish for – new rules for company takeovers

On 15 September 2014, the Code Committee of the Takeover Panel issued Consultation Paper PCP 2014/2 (the “Consultation”). The Consultation suggested various changes to the Takeover Code (the “Code”) to deal with the treatment of…more

Target Company, UK

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Council of EU Grants Exemptions for Commodity Dealers under CRR

On March 23, 2016, the Council of the EU published an approved final compromise text of a proposed Regulation extending the Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation 575/2013) (CRR) to extend certain exemptions for commodity…more

Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), Commodities, Commodity Broker, ECON, EU

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Washington State Poised to Set the Bar for Data Encryption Standards and Breach Notification

On March 4, 2015, Washington State’s House of Representatives passed HB 1078, which would significantly tighten Washington’s current data breach notification requirements, currently codified at RCW 19.255.010. The bill has been…more

Breach Notification Rule, Corporate Counsel, Encryption, Pending Legislation

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The ITC Flexes Its Trade Secrets Muscles Again

The Federal Circuit has once again affirmed the ITC’s broad jurisdiction to investigate and, if necessary, remedy extraterritorial misappropriation of trade secrets. Based on this and other recent decisions, it looks like the…more

ALJ, ITC, Misappropriation, Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Tariff Act of 1930

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The Smack Of IndyMac: Second Circuit’s Decision In IndyMac Creates Palpable Effect In SDNY

As noted in a previous blog, in Police & Fire Retirement Systems of City of Detroit v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., 721 F.3d 95 (2d Cir. 2013), the Second Circuit held that tolling under American Pipe – which plaintiffs had often used to…more

American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, Class Action, IndyMac, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Mortgages

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Distressed Download - October 2015

Recent EU Insolvency Regulation - The EC Regulations on Insolvency Proceedings (the "EIR") came into force throughout the European Union (the "EU") (except Denmark) on May 31, 2002 with the purpose of setting out the rules…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bernie Madoff, Bonds, COMI, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Regulation AB II – Final Rules

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously voted to adopt a package of new and amended rules governing the registration, offering process, disclosure and reporting for SEC registered asset-backed…more

Asset-Backed Securities, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Market Participants, Regulation AB

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Supreme Court Eliminates Jurisdictional Escape Hatch To The Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles confirms that a plaintiff cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) by stipulating that the class will seek less…more

Amount in Controversy, CAFA, Class Action, Class Certification, Damages

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