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Declaration Requirement Removed from First Nation Consultation Procedures

On June 10, 2015, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released a revised version of the Joint Operating Procedures for First Nations Consultation on Energy Resource Activities (Procedures) and Bulletin 2015-20. While the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Corporate Governance for Investment Firms - The Central Bank has issued a consultation paper regarding the appropriate corporate governance requirements to be applicable to investment firms. The relevant paper, CP 94,...more

"HKEx Will Proceed With Formal Consultation on Weighted Voting Rights"

On 19 June 2015, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published conclusions to its concept paper on weighted voting rights (Concept Paper), announcing that it will proceed with conducting a formal consultation...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Forest Service Violated ESA by Failing to Reinitiate Consultation for Canada Lynx

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Forest Service (Service) violated section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to reinitiate consultation with the U.S. Fish...more

European Supervisory Authorities launch second consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have launched a second consultation on draft Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) outlining the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The document is...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Consultation Unnecessary for Wind Energy Project

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provided some additional guidance as to what constitutes agency action for purposes of triggering the consultation requirement under the Endangered Species Act...more

EBA Consults on Draft RTS on Specialized Lending Exposures

On May 11, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper (EBA/CP/2015/09) on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on assigning risk weights to specialized lending exposures under Article...more

Unfair Contract Terms Laws – Soon to Apply to Small Businesses

On 28 April 2015, the Federal Government released for consultation, draft legislation to extend protection against unfair contract terms to small businesses. When releasing the exposure draft, the Government stated its...more

ESMA Consults on Knowledge and Competence Requirements

Under the original EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) framework, investment firms must ensure that their personnel have the “skills, knowledge and experience” necessary for their particular functions....more

Broad Duty To Consult Is New Norm Under ESA In 9th Circ.

Recently, the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc issued a landmark decision regarding the consultation provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The consultation provisions require any federal agency that authorizes, funds or...more

En Banc Ninth Circuit Holds ESA Consultation Requirement Applies to Renewal of Long-Term Water Contracts

In a unanimous decision, eleven active judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the duty to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when a federal agency action...more

Expert Permitted to Rely on Consultant Who Conducted "Survey" Even Though Consultant Was Not a "Survey" Expert

Zurn Industries, Inc. ("Zurn") moved to exclude Sloan Valve Company's ("Sloan") consultant witness and other testimony based on the consultant's investigation. The patent-at-issue, U.S. Patent No. 7,607,635, entitled "Flush...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Rulings Highlight Taxable and Non-Taxable Consulting Services

Two recent letter rulings issued by the Tennessee Department of Revenue (Department) and posted on January 22, 2014 illustrate that nothing should be taken for granted in the sales and transactions taxes area when services...more

If I’m a new consultant then should I focus on selling in areas where other distributors are successful or should I focus on...

It is often said that direct selling/MLM/network marketing is about first sharing your product and services within your spheres of influence, that is to say, first harvest the low lying fruit. This means calling upon your...more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 09, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

OCC Announces Standards for Third-Party Consultants

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently issued guidance on what it looks for when requiring national banks and federal thrifts in enforcement orders to engage third-party consultants (3PCs). Bulletin...more

OCC Issues Guidance and Establishes Standards Regarding Banks’ Usage of Independent Consultants in Connection with Compliance with...

The OCC issued guidance (the “Guidance,” OCC Bulletin 2013-33) that establishes standards that the OCC will use when it requires national banks, federal savings associations or federal branches or agencies (collectively,...more

OCC Publishes Standards on the Use of an Independent Consultant

On November 12, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published standards governing the use of independent consultants in enforcement actions “involving significant violations of law, fraud, or harm to...more

OCC Publishes Standards on Independent Consultants

On November 12, OCC published standards governing the use of independent consultants in enforcement actions involving significant violations of law. The standards describe the criteria the OCC will use in determining whether...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - November 15, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs - Register for Our 2014 Proxy Season Update Webinar - CFTC Issues Cross-Border Transactions Advisory - CFTC Issues Guidance...more

HVS Miami Report: Miami’s Leap To Global Gateway Status

Andrew Cohan, Vice President of HVS Miami, a hospitality driven mixed-use real estate consulting and valuation firm, recently co-authored his firm’s Autumn 2013 Florida Newsletter entitled “Miami’s Leap to Global Gateway...more

UK Government Publishes Response to Consultation on TUPE

The response to the Consultation will result in key changes to automatic employee transfer legislation, although the changes do not go as far as originally planned. On 5 September, the UK government published its...more

Alberta's Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2013

On August 16, 2013, the Government of Alberta ("Alberta") released its Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Natural Resource Management, 2013 (the "Policy"). The Policy is the product of extensive consultation with...more

How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting? [Video]

Mitchell Reichman, a Board Certified Family Law Specialist at Phoenix Arizona law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C. talks about how one can make the most of the first initial meeting with an attorney. He talks about what should be...more

European Union Requests Consultations in First WTO Case Against Russia

On 9 July 2013, the European Union (EU) formally challenged Russia on its recycling fee for imported vehicles by requesting consultations under the WTO dispute settlement system. This is the first WTO dispute initiated...more

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