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8 years after returning as CEO, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz is again planning to step down, turning over the barista apron to current president and COO Kevin Johnson. Schultz will continue to work on Sbux social issues and the...more

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

It’s that time of the quarter again and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Autumn Statement. It’s also the first Statement ‘post-Brexit’. The focus of the Statement has, as predicted, been on austerity versus...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

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In a closely watched battle over the DOL’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers, the Labor Department has scored an early first victory. A DC federal judge ruled late last week that the rule at issue...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Updated Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $6.6 Trillion and...

The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update” (the “Report”). The Report, which was co-authored by the Economics & Statistics...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

SBA Proposes Updates and Improvements to Early Stage SBIC Program

The proposed rule reflects SBA’s intent to continue licensing and providing SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the initial five-year term previously announced. On September 19, the U.S. Small Business...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2016

The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other business...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.19.16

Gretchen Morgenson and Fair Game have had a few days to reflect on the Bayer/Monsanto deal, and with that little bit of hindsight (and a lot of history), she’s not too sure that Bayer’s stockholders are going to be thrilled...more

Immigration Update: Entrepreneurs May Have a New Way to Start Up in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that could provide an unusual type of immigration benefit called "parole" to individuals seeking a key role in start-up entities in the United States backed...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Proposed Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs with Emerging Companies

In November 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions regarding immigration reforms, stating that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") should make efforts with respect to "modernizing,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.6.16

Dealbook gives us the story of Airgas, where founder Peter McCausland’s reticence to sell (despite serious shareholder pressure) resulted in a $5 billion windfall rather than the all-too-often result of a later sale for...more

Fed Likely To Hold Steady on Interest Rates as New Jobs Fall Short of Expectations

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August employment statistics this morning. The numbers fell short of the 165,000 – 185,000 total non-farm job increases expected by markets. The BLS Release at 8:30 AM DST...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief - 9.2.16

Turns out that the Anbang Insurance Group—the powerful Chinese insurer that’s made plenty of Brief appearances for its massive bids on US hotels, among others—really does live up to its air of mystery, with many of its...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

The “Shark Tank Visa”: Proposed Rule Opens Door for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other...more

Venture Capitalists and Immigration Proponents Likely Disappointed by USCIS Proposed Entrepreneurial Parolee Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS proposes a regulation to grant special “parole” entry to certain foreign entrepreneurs backed by venture capitalists and angel investors. The rule is long and complicated, while the benefit granted...more

Alberta Government Favours Local Breweries in New Mark Up Regime

Earlier this month, the Alberta government implemented a new subsidy for Alberta-based craft breweries and increased the provincial mark-up on all beer imported into the province. The introduction of the subsidy is part of an...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.19.16

The Journal reports that big companies [banks included] are pouring more into dividends than at “any time since the financial crisis”—likely, a response to record-low bond yields that’s “put a premium” on kicking back...more

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