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Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - September 2014

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 18, 2014 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on September 11, 2014. Agenda Items E-13, E-15 and G-2 have not been…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

Recent Amendments to the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Russia

Federal Law No. 242-FZ "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation for Clarification of the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunication Networks" (the "Federal Law No…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority adopts new rules for the acquisition of significant ownership positions in QFC authorised firms

Key highlights: - QFCRA must approve a change of control, whether in direct shareholding or at a parent level, with key thresholds set at 10%, 24%, 49% and 74% of voting rights or shares. - When exceeding the 49%…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

United States Tightens Sanctions Against Russian Financial, Defense, and Energy Sectors

On September 12, 2014, the United States issued another round of targeted sanctions against the Russian financial, defense, and energy sectors. Today’s measures were a combination of new measures and modifications of prior…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Currency Control/Securities - Corporate: Civil Code Reform - Banking - Excerpt from Banking: On 17 June 2014 the Central Bank issued Instruction No. 154-I “On the Procedure for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New EU Russia sanctions: ban on oil project services; wider capital market sanctions (loans and credit, shorter-term equity, with 6 new defense/energy companies); dual-use export ban for 9 companies; 24 more people on asset freeze

Today, the EU published a second round of targeted sanctions against Russia. These new measures expand the EU’s existing Russia sanctions and restrict access to capital markets covering certain loans and credit, trade in money…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Military Law

Loginovskaya v. Batratchenko: The Second Circuit Limits the Reach of Commodities Fraud Claims

In Loginovskaya v. Batratchenko (“Loginovskaya”), the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in a 2-1 opinion that private commodities fraud claims under the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”) may proceed only if the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Adoption of a new European legal framework applicable to cross-border electronic identification and e-signatures

The European Parliament and the Council adopted on 23 July 2014 a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the Internal Market (the "Regulation"). Before that, the Directive on a…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Courts Differ on Enforceability of Unilaterally Adopted Forum Selection Bylaws

While forum selection bylaws have become increasingly popular with US public companies, courts in Delaware and Oregon recently came to opposite conclusions on whether such bylaws, when unilaterally adopted by a board of…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Global HR Hot Topic—September 2014: Global Codes of Conduct

Most major multinationals—particularly those based in the United States—have issued global codes of conduct spelling out baseline rules that apply across their worldwide operations. But these conduct codes vary substantially as…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

Massive Online Security Breach – Are You Reactive or Proactive?

A few weeks ago, a Russian cyber gang amassed around 1.2 billion user name and password credentials belonging to more than 500 million email addresses. This may be to date the largest cache of stolen data. The cyber gang…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Finding Your Fix: Removing the price fix for gold and silver may cause a rethink on the reliance on spot prices in contracts

Removing the price fix for gold and silver may cause a rethink on the reliance on spot prices in contracts - First published in Mining Journal, August 2014 The fix is finished. Amid ongoing technological and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Important changes to Italian mandatory tender offer Rules

The Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), published on August 20, 2014, in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana), has made some important changes to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Global HR Hot Topic—August 2014: How to Launch an International HR Policy, Code of Conduct or Benefits Plan

In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinationals roll out cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings. But launching these cross-border…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

ParkCentral v. Porsche: The Second Circuit Signals New Lines of Defense to Extraterritorial Securities Fraud Claims

In ParkCentral Global Hub Ltd. v. Porsche Automobile Holdings SE (“ParkCentral”), the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that domestic securities transactions that did not involve the foreign defendant, whose…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law
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