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Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Is The Attorney-Client Privilege An Asset?

Suppose that a corporation decides to sell all of its assets. Do all assets include the attorney-client privilege? In considering this question, I think it is useful to distinguish between the documents or other media that...more

How One Struggling Auto Company Used Chapter 15 to Protect its U.S. Assets

Although its Israel-based electric car company had already filed bankruptcy in its home country, Better Place, Inc., the U.S. parent of the foreign debtor, filed for protection under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code with the...more

HSR Act Rules Expand For Pharmaceutical Licensing Agreements

Rules from the Federal Trade Commission include new requirements for reporting pharmaceutical patent transfers. On November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released finalized amendments to the premerger...more

Prudential Regulators Issue Joint Agreement On Classification And Appraisal Of Securities Held By Financial Institutions

On October 29, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the OCC issued a joint agreement to update and revise the 2004 Uniform Agreement on the Classification of Assets and Appraisal of Securities Held by Banks and Thrifts....more

Court Says ERISA Plan Custodian Had to Comply with State Order Attaching Plan Assets

A recent decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals serves as a reminder to plan custodians that they cannot assume that federal law will always trump state law when it comes to assignment of plan assets. In Johnson...more

Addressing Sale Proceeds In The Face Of Guaranty "Carve-Out" Provisions

Commercial loans to closely held business entities, such as an LLC or partnership, typically include guaranties by the entity’s principal. Sometimes, the guarantor demands a “carve-out” to expressly exempt one or more of the...more

Marriage, Divorce and Your Business

If you own a business, or any asset for that matter, and you intend to marry or divorce, you need to read this. Virginia is not a community property state. But it is an equitable distribution state. What does that...more

And You Thought Marriage Divorces Were Ugly, Try A Business Divorce

Co-owners of a medical practice can fight worse than an old married couple and if there is no way in the ownership documents to "break the tie" the results are usually a financial disaster. Some of the most contentious...more

Dual Track Auctions for Distressed Companies – Interview with Rich Moche, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney Rich Moche, Chair of Mintz Levin's Public Finance Practice, talks about an innovative approach to maximizing the value of a distressed asset....more

Use of Formula Clauses for Income Tax Advantage

In early 1985, Nestlé Holdings Inc. (Nestlé US), a first-tier wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. (Nestlé Switzerland), acquired Carnation Co. and made an election under section 338 for that acquisition. Under section 338,...more

Acquiring Italian Distressed Renewable Energy Assets -- Handling Contractual Relationships with Insolvent Companies

Cuts of incentives, increase of competition and the economic crisis have driven many Italian renewable energy companies into financial distress. Dealing with distressed companies involves additional risks and, for foreign...more

IP Assets in M&A by Richard Hsu [Video]

Richard Hsu, a technology transactions and intellectual property partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Shearman & Sterling, discusses how to handle various buckets of IP in a typical assest style carve out M&A deal. ...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 2, 2013

We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business. As the...more

Bitcoin Receives Cease and Desist Order Evidencing Increased Regulatory Scrutiny of Virtual Currency

On May 30, 2013, the California Department of Financial Institutions (“CADFI”) issued a cease and desist letter to Bitcoin Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to standardize, protect, and promote the use and...more

FTC Formalizes Withdrawal and Refiling Process

On June 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formalized new rules to codify its informal procedures for companies completing transactions that require US merger control filings pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR)....more

Dealing with Estate Planning When You Own a Business - BB&K's Craig Marshall Offers Insight On Dealing with Sticky Situations

Creating a will or living trust can raise complicated and thorny family issues when figuring out how to divvy up assets at death. Toss a family-owned business into the mix, and it ramps up those and other planning issues to...more

Ooops! Changed My Mind! Need Faster Depreciation!

A Federal Court of Appeals has recently upheld a decision of the U.S. Tax Court that a buyer of business assets cannot unilaterally change the purchase price allocated to those assets in order to secure quicker depreciation...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2013: The U.S. Federal Reserve Board Charts an Independent Course in the...

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) in December 2012 issued a proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) for the enhanced supervision of foreign banking organizations (“FBOs”) and any foreign...more

Former Morgan Keegan Directors Settle Valuation Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order on June 13, 2013 (the “Order”) against former members of the boards of directors (the “RMK Directors” or the “RMK Boards”) of five Regions Morgan...more

Managing Your Social Media Accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilize a variety of social media channels to publicize the event and garner support for it. Such a business...more

Securing Your Company's Confidential Data and Intellectual Property

Many of my clients are concerned with confidential information and trade secrets in their businesses. Even if it happens to be a very small, family-run business, doing everything you can to make sure you have established and...more

Wills, Trusts and Estates Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - How to Protect Your Assets as a Business Owner - Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait to Update Your Estate Plan - Tales from the Cliff: Estate Planning Policy for 2013 and Beyond -...more

How To Protect Your Assets As A Business Owner

We often discuss various estate planning tools that can help preserve your assets in the event of a death in the family. It's also important, particularly for those who are business owners, to protect assets during your...more

Corporation or LLC is not a “Get Out of Debt Free” Card

The Federal Trade Commission recently settled the largest-ever fitness and weight loss deceptive advertising complaint, against Ab Circle Pro, for up to $25 million. The FTC settled with not only the marketer, but the...more

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