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Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies, downsize…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

US Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Crimea-Related Transactions and General License No. 4 Authorizing Humanitarian Exports to the Crimea Region, and Expands Ukraine-Related Designations

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) prohibiting a broad range of transactions related to the Crimea region of Ukraine and authorizing the United States to impose sanctions on certain persons if…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

No Auction Required – Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Board Flexibility under Revlon

Ruling that an active solicitation process is not necessarily required for a target board of directors to satisfy its fiduciary duties in a change of control transaction, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a preliminary…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts, Securities Law

White & Case’s Japan Seminar Series 2014: Accessing Energy Resources

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster caused Japan to reevaluate its energy policy by placing less emphasis on nuclear energy and more on LNG and renewables. In February 2013, Professor Motoshige Itoh led an independent…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

President Signs Russia Sanctions Law But Does Not Intend To Impose New Sanctions At This Time

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (the “Act”), authorizing sanctions related to Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors. The Act is the latest in US sanctions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Where next for EU climate change policy? From Lima to Paris

2014 ended with a number of significant developments affecting EU climate change policy. In October 2014, the EU agreed on its 2030 ‘Climate and Energy Goals’ and, in the same month, the European Commission (“Commission”)…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

US Announces Liberalization of Cuba Sanctions Policy

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the relaxation of certain aspects of the comprehensive trade embargo against Cuba that the United States has maintained since the early 1960s. As set forth by the White House, the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The United States Supreme Court Holds That a Defendant’s Notice of Removal Need Only Include a “Plausible Allegation” That the Amount in Controversy Exceeds the US$5 Million Jurisdictional Threshold

On December 15, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC, et al. v. Owens.1 Writing for the 5 – 4 majority, Justice Ginsberg held that a defendant’s notice of removal pursuant to…more
| Civil Procedure

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-2: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.; Midcontinent Independent…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

APCOA – The Key Highlights of 2014’s Most Discussed Scheme

On 30 October 2014, the English High Court sanctioned the second scheme of arrangement for the APCOA group (the “Scheme”). APCOA has been one of the hottest names in the restructuring market in 2014. First, it broke new ground…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The Use of First and Last Names as Meta Tags is not Subject to the French Data Protection Act

"Meta Tags" are HTML codes entered into the source code of a webpage providing for information on the nature and content of such webpage, which are used to facilitate the indexing and referencing of such a webpage in search…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

“Deoffshorization” measures

On 24 November 2014 the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 376-FZ “On amending parts one and two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (in the part related to taxation of profits of controlled foreign companies and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of patent…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Currency Control - Banking - Patronage of Arts - Environment - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Excerpt from Patronage of Arts: On 4 November 2014 the President signed Federal Law…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Labor & Employment Law, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Are Dynamic IP Addresses "Personal Data"? German Federal Court of Justice seeks advice from the European Court of Justice

The German Federal Court of Justice (GFCJ) was scheduled to judge, on October 28, 2014, whether dynamic IP addresses are "personal data" as defined in Article 2 of the EC Data Protection Directive, and if so, under which…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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