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Catching Counterfeits: Customs Recordation and IP Enforcement

by Knobbe Martens on

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the primary federal agency responsible for securing America’s borders, is also charged with the protection of intellectual property rights and guarding against the infringement of...more

Department of State Releases September 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-2 Worldwide moves forward; EB-3 Worldwide remains “current.” The US Department of State has released its September 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

by Kobre & Kim on

Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

China introduces new rules to "purify" online video content

by DLA Piper on

With effect from 1 July 2017, new rules have been introduced by the China Netcasting Services Association ("CNSA") which increase the regulatory scrutiny applied to online video content. The rules, which are aimed at video...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Tech, Trump and tackling the unknown: Key trends for the months ahead

by White & Case LLP on

Dealmakers' ability to adapt to market changes and tackle external challenges will prove crucial in getting deals done. The first six months of 2017 have proven extremely solid, with a string of consumer megadeals and tech...more

China’s Pilot Programmes Welcome Announced Launch of Emissions Trading System

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Chinese policymakers have indicated that the country’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) — which will be the largest system of its kind globally and the centerpiece of Chinese climate change policy — is likely to launch in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

Apple Removes VPN Apps from China App Store

by Fisher Phillips on

Apple’s removal of VPN apps from its app store in China could signal a difficult road ahead for companies doing business there. In March 2017, we posted a summary of China’s new cyber security law (Law) that went into effect...more

China implements new tax and administrative measures to boost foreign investment

by DLA Piper on

The Standing Committee of the China State Council, in their meeting of 28 July, released a strong signal on the encouragement of foreign investment in China. The meeting resulted in several particular measures aiming to...more

Trump Administration’s North Korea Travel Ban to Start September 1, Likely Prelude to Expanded North Korea Sanctions Effort

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Citing both “serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention” and the “imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals,” on August 2, the U.S. State Department issued a Geographical...more

Trading with China – New Reasons to Be Wary!

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”. The general press is covering this story by writing about Russia’s initial retaliation taking the...more

Not as ‘SAFE as Houses’: A Practical Guide to Registration of PRC Cross-border Security and Guarantees with SAFE

by Reed Smith on

Readers, especially those dealing with Chinese shipyards, refund guarantors, shipowners or charterers, may be aware of the need to register certain types of cross-border security granted by entities based in the People’s...more

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

by Hogan Lovells on

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword...more

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions About Future of Similar U.S. Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets. In the nearly 18 months following that...more

With a New FBI Chief, Compliance Cops Remain on the Beat

by NAVEX Global on

Leaders of organizations across the country might be tempted to view the appointment of Christopher Wray, confirmed as the new head of the FBI on Tuesday, as a sign the new administration plans to ease up on regulating...more

ITC Issues Report On Competitive Conditions Affecting U.S. Aluminum Industry

by King & Spalding on

On February 24, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (the Committee) requested, under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930, that the International Trade Commission (the Commission) conduct a...more

Senate Minority Leader Urges President Trump to Suspend Chinese Acquisitions of U.S. Companies

Recent public reports indicate Senate Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Democratic Leader, has authored a letter to President Trump requesting the President order the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: H1 in review

by White & Case LLP on

Expectations of another bumper year for US M&A failed to materialize in the first half of 2017, as total deal volume fell below 2016 levels. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,413 deals, an 8 percent drop from...more

Protecting Online Games in China

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the exponential growth of online gaming (particularly mobile gaming) in China, more and more western content providers are entering the Chinese gaming market and seeking to protect their businesses in China’s courts...more

Cross Border Investigations Update - July 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including the new Criminal Finances Act 2017, increased regulatory scrutiny of Chinese companies...more

Company Director Becomes First Ever Convicted Under Hong Kong Privacy Law For Failing To Respond To Investigation Summons

by King & Spalding on

The director of a Hong Kong employment agency was convicted of a criminal offense arising under Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) on June 30, 2017. The director pleaded guilty before the Kowloon City...more

Alert: China’s Government Issues Foreign Investment Industry Guidance Catalogue (2017 Version)

by Cooley LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) jointly issued the Foreign Investment Industry Guidance Catalogue (2017...more

German Government Tightens Rules for German Investment Control Covering M&A Transactions by Foreign Acquirers

by White & Case LLP on

On July 18, 2017, the Ninth Regulation Amending the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Neunte Verordnung zur Änderung der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung ("AWV")) entered into force. The federal government is thus responding...more

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