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United States Issues Further Sanctions Targeting Russian Financial, Defense and Energy Sectors

On July 29, 2014, the United States expanded sectoral sanctions, targeting the Russian financial, defense and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sanctions include the addition of three Russian…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Latin American Truth Commissions: Confronting the Past - A comparative assessement of truth and reconciliation commissions in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru

We live in a multipolar world, where development and investment alike require reliable mechanisms for conflict resolution—to confront past problems and neutrally resolve future disputes. Latin America is a vibrant…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Military Law

Supreme Court Rules Abstract Ideas Implemented on Computer Not Patent-Eligible

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International that patent claims for managing risk in financial transactions disclosed an abstract idea and were thus not…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Global Briefing: The Intersection of International Investment and Trade

International dispute systems adopted two decades ago have emerged over time as central components of legal, political, and economic development in Latin America. Two distinct systems – international investment and trade – have…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

EU adds names to Ukraine sanctions and widens criteria in preparation for further sanctions, possibly this week; prolongs Iran sanctions relaxation and adds more names to Syria sanctions list

This alert resumes three changes to EU sanctions adopted over the past week. This week is likely to be equally busy as further sanctions on Ukraine and Russia are expected imminently. First, and most important, the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

DC Circuit Requires Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to Provide Due Process Protections to Investors

On July 15, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC Circuit) ruled that if the President, pursuant to his powers under the Exon-Florio Amendment to the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), deprives a…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

New York AG Reports that Data Breaches Cost New York Businesses over $1B Last Year

The current headline in data security is a just-released report from the New York Attorney General's Office (the "AG Report") announcing that the number of reported data breaches more than tripled between 2006 and 2013, exposing…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Mexico’s online tax surveillance becomes operational

As part of the Tax Reform that became effective on January 1, 2014, the Mexican Congress passed a series of amendments to the Federal Tax Code for the purpose of modernizing and facilitating the compliance and enforcement of tax…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Taxation

European Commission's Actions to Better Protect and Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

Although the number of registrations of European Patents, Community Trademarks and Community Designs more than doubled between 2003 and 2012, the high numbers of infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) harm this…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

To enforce or not to enforce, a question for the English courts - July 2014

In the latest instalment of the Yukos v Rosneft saga (covered previously in our 2012 Alert), the English High Court considered whether an award set aside (annulled) at the seat of arbitration can nevertheless be enforced in…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Deadline Approaches – Non-EEA fund managers must consider their options

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive”) and the supplementary level 2 Regulation (EU) No 231/2013 (the “Regulation”) introduce an authorisation regime and centralised rulebook for the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - July 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: A-1: Docket No. AD02-1-000 - This administrative…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

US Imposes Sectoral Sanctions on Russian Financial and Energy Companies, Expands Ukraine-Related Designations and Adds Further Restrictions on Exports to Russia

On July 16, 2014, the United States issued new sanctions targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sectoral sanctions target four Russian companies by placing them…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Recent Practical Effects of “Just Saying No”

In the past few months, we have seen an increasing number of hostile or unsolicited M&A bids where boards of directors of target companies have resisted bidders’ advances. Traditionally, the board-friendly Delaware approach,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

EU adds 11 ‘rebel’ names to Ukraine list, introduces South Sudan asset freeze

The EU has introduced new sanctions measures, namely the following: • The addition of 11 ‘rebel’ names to the Ukraine asset freeze list; and • The introduction of an asset freeze in relation to South Sudan,…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade
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