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The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Taxation

HSR Suit Between DOJ and ValueAct Offers Potential to Clarify "Investment-Only" Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed a civil antitrust complaint against investment fund ValueAct Capital, alleging that ValueAct improperly relied upon the "investment-only"…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

DOJ Announces FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a one-year enforcement pilot program intended to encourage companies to voluntarily self-report misconduct under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Building on the…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

IPO Guide

We have organized this booklet into three major chapters. In Chapter One, we discuss the period leading up to a decision to proceed with an initial public offering, with a focus on the prerequisites to, as well as the costs…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

New EU Data Protection Regulation Is Now Enacted

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this vote, the new EU data protection legal framework will become legally effective in two years and 20 days from…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Article 29 Working Party Calls for Improvements to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)—the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued its opinion on the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.1 The WP29 acknowledged that progress has been made with the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOJ Sues to Block Halliburton's Purchase of Competitor Baker Hughes

Nearly a year and a half after the deal was announced, on April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged Halliburton's proposed $35 billion acquisition of rival oilfield services provider Baker Hughes. The DOJ…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions

USPTO Issues Second Round of AIA Rule Changes

On April 1, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued another round of amendments to the rules governing Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The…more
| Intellectual Property

Department of Commerce to Ease License Requirement for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE as of March 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced that it intends to issue a general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade

Federal Circuit Ruling in Dell v. Acceleron Limits New Late-Stage Grounds of Challenge in America Invents Act Trials

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) places constraints on when petitioners may present evidence and arguments against the patentability of claims…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Pleading Standard for Cases Involving Retirement Plan Investments in Employer Stock

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Amgen, Inc. v. Harris makes clear that the Court's heightened pleading standard applies to claims that a fiduciary of a retirement plan that has investments in employer stock should…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

License Required for All Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE Corporation as of March 8, 2016

As of March 8, 2016, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE Corporation) will be added to the Entity List published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means that no company may export, reexport, or…more
| International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tenure Voting and the U.S. Public Company

In today’s capital markets, the principle of “one share, one vote” is increasingly under scrutiny. The rise of high-vote and no-vote stock has created a popular alternative for companies at the initial public offering (“IPO”)…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

EU Commission Publishes EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 29, 2016, the European Commission (EU Commission) unveiled the text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). The Privacy Shield is designed to replace the invalidated EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework and to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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