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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

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Illinois Department of Revenue Reaffirms Cloud-Based Services Not Taxable

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two recent General Information Letters (GILs), the Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) reaffirmed that computer software provided through a cloud-based delivery system is not subject to tax in Illinois. The...more

Between the Clouds: Best Practices for Selecting Hosted Solutions in the Transportation and Logistics Industry

by Benesch on

Transportation and logistics providers are increasingly adopting cloud technology to bring connectivity and scale to their core operating systems. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future....more

SAP’s Licensing Time-Bomb - Software giant’s victory in “indirect use” case is cause for concern for companies worldwide

On February 16, 2017, the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom held that Diageo plc, a global drinks company, was liable for unauthorized use of SAP software as a result of failing to secure “Named User” licenses for...more

Three Major Security Issues to Consider with SaaS and Cloud Solutions

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Small and medium-sized businesses are turning to software as a service (SaaS) solutions for their IT needs more and more frequently. SaaS solutions can provide end-users with quicker, cheaper access to software that they...more

New! OFFICE 365 E-Discovery Considerations Checklist

by Exterro, Inc. on

70% of Fortune 500 organizations use one or more of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, meaning many corporations are currently migrating or have already migrated their data to the cloud on the Microsoft® Office 365 (O365) platform....more

Cloudflare Software Bug Causes Data Leak

Cloudflare, Inc., a provider of performance and security solutions for websites, recently disclosed that a software bug caused it to leak customer data that was then cached by search engines. Uber, Fitbit, and OkCupid sites...more

State Insurance Regulatory Actions Serve as Warning

by Polsinelli on

Recent regulatory actions against Zenefits, a cloud-based software company, demonstrate the importance for companies to be properly licensed where they are conducting business. Zenefits has reached regulatory settlements with...more

Cloud-Computing Lessons using Software as a Service (SaaS)

by LeClairRyan on

Long before anyone referred to “the cloud” as something related to the Internet, software companies began shifting away from expensive, customized, on-site software implementations to something we used to call Software as a...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Expands Potential Federal Wiretap Act Liability for Developers and Sellers of Cloud-Based...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the Sixth Circuit expanded potential liability for violations of the Federal Wiretap Act for manufacturers of devices that can be used for wiretapping, like monitoring software, in reversing the dismissal of a...more

SaaS Adoption Continues to Rise Despite Security Concerns

Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption has continued to climb with each passing year. Major contributors to this have been ease of deployment, improved productivity and lower cost of ownership. Furthermore, organizations have...more

Three Tips to Verify the Security of Your E-Discovery Software

by Zapproved LLC on

SOC 2® Type 2 Certification and Zapproved–Building Trust and Confidence that Your Data is Secure - Today in e-discovery, it should be no surprise that cyber security is a rising concern among corporate leaders and that...more

New Legal Startups Are Changing the Practice of Law

by Zapproved LLC on

Corporate Counsel recently reported on the dramatic growth of legal startups over the last two years — increasing from 412 to 1,104 today. This showed the increase in innovation targeting legal technology. While it’s valuable...more

Is CaaS the solution for privacy and security in the SaaS world?

Companies are under tremendous pressure to reduce IT costs. Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) offer significant potential cost reductions through the use of shared infrastructure and standardized software offerings....more

Jack’s Box (Silicon Valley – Episode 20)

Episode 20 of Silicon Valley explores numerous classic conflicts: consumer-oriented v. enterprise business model; engineers v. sales; revolutionary vs. safe; long-term goals v. short-term profits; Erlich v. Jian-Yang …...more

China’s MIIT Issues Long-Awaited New Telecoms Catalogue

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More than twelve years after the promulgation in 2003 of the Catalogue of Telecommunications Services; the “2003 Catalogue”) China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) finally promulgated the amended...more

Michigan Backs Off Cloud Tax, Refund Opportunities Available

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After refusing to back down on the issue for years, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Department) issued guidance last week to taxpayers announcing a change in its policy on the sales and use taxation of remotely accessed...more

State and Local Tax Alert - Deadline to File for Chicago Lease Tax Relief is 1/1/16: Remotely Accessed Software Providers Take...

by DLA Piper on

After a slew of negative publicity and business community backlash in the wake of the June 2015 issuance of Lease Tax Ruling #12, the Chicago Department of Finance has offered relief for prior non-payment of the Chicago Lease...more

Precedential Cloud Victory in Michigan Court of Appeals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 27, 2015, a three-judge panel sitting for the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court decision finding that the use of cloud-based services in Michigan is not subject to use tax in Auto-Owners...more

Beyond the Clouds: Important Sales Tax Considerations for Web-Hosting Providers and Co-Location Facilities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Most people’s understanding of the Internet extends about as far as their eyes can see. In other words, they know that if they type a few words into the little white box beneath the colorful Google logo, within a fraction of...more

Apple’s Liability for the Xcode Hack

by Field Law on

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by speculating that someone, somewhere is preparing a class-action suit based on the recently disclosed hack of Apple’s app ecosystem. How did it happen? In a nutshell, hackers were able...more

Microsoft Sway: PowerPoint is Dead! Long Live PowerPoint!

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Litigator’s Toolbox: PowerPoint or… There is no denying that, along with a good trial presentation database, PowerPoint is an integral part of the litigator’s toolbox. PowerPoint is the claw hammer that drives your point...more

Social Media Week Part IV – Telling a Story About Honey

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my exploration of the use of social media in doing compliance by taking a look at a very innovative social media solution to a difficult compliance issue around, of all things, honey. This example shows how...more

Taxing Cloud Computing: New York Gets It Half Right

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The term “cloud computing” is broad enough to cover a vast array of transactions, all of which use the Internet in some fashion. Two of the most prevalent forms of cloud computing are “software as a service” (SaaS) and...more

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