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On Leadership – A Simple Message and Asking the Right Questions

Sometimes, as a leader it is important to say something numerous times, to repeat your message so that it will come through loud and clear. For any Chief Executive Officer (CEO) it is incumbent to continually reinforce your...more

How to Succeed Under SBA’s New Mentor-Protege Program

As of November 1st, SBA’s certify.sba.gov portal is operational and accepting applications for the new Small Business Mentor-Protégé program. By now, you’ve heard of the program and are considering its potential value for...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights November 2016

The New World of Global Tax Planning: a Checklist for Success - As all multinationals (MNEs) are discovering, domestic implementation of the recommendations set out in the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) final...more

Amgen and Allergan Submit BLA for Avastin® Biosimilar

As we previously reported, Amgen and Allergan are currently collaborating on four oncology biosimilars, including an Avastin® (bevacizumab) biosimilar, ABP 215. Yesterday, the companies announced the submission of a...more

Sanofi & Verily Launch a Diabetes Joint Venture

Sanofi, a French multinational pharmaceutical company, and Verily Life Sciences LLC (formerly Google Life Sciences), Alphabet’s U.S.-based company devoted to the study of life sciences, recently announced the launch of Onduo,...more

Could your Oil and Gas Interest Cause You to Be Responsible for Multiemployer Plan Withdrawal Liability?

I noticed an interesting case from the Tenth Circuit which found that a two to three percent working interest in an oil and gas venture could generate self-employment income for the owner of that interest. The individual in...more

Nova Scotia tidal turbine installed

A Canadian tidal power developer has installed a turbine at a test site in the Bay of Fundy. Cape Sharp Tidal's project off Nova Scotia could demonstrate the feasibility of larger-scale marine hydrokinetic power plants...more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

China to Allow Foreign Asset Managers to Operate Local Funds

Recently, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) issued a Q&A on Private Securities Fund Registration (No.10) (“Q&A No.10”), under which foreign asset managers are allowed to form a wholly foreign-owned enterprise...more

SBA Adds Training Module to Mentor-Protégé Applications

Small and large businesses seeking to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program will now have to jump through an extra hurdle as part of the application process. The...more

A New Era of China's Foreign Investment Regime

On September 3, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the Decision on Revising Four Laws, Including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises...more

Criminal Charges for Executive Stemming from Discovery Responses in DOJ Civil Antitrust Litigation

On October 14, 2016, former vice president and director of information technology of Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), Ralph Groen, entered a guilty plea for concealing and attempting to destroy documents and giving false and...more

Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Announces Successful Adalimumab Biosimilar Trial Results

On October 19, Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics (a joint venture between Fujifilm and Kyowa Hakko Kirin), announced successful results in the global Phase 3 study of its Humira® (adalimumab) biosimilar candidate, FKB327. ...more

Department of Justice Obtains Guilty Plea for Obstruction in Merger Investigation

On October 14, the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that Ralph Groen, a former information technology executive of the bus operator Coach USA Inc., had pleaded guilty to criminally obstructing justice...more

China's New Foreign Investment Regime

Effective 1 October 2016, China replaced its approval regime for foreign investments with a filing regime, except where such investments fall within the Negative List. Approval vs. Filing - Since China first...more

Protecting Your Small Business Status: JVs, Restructuring and Diversifying

Overview - - Why size matters - Toolbox for maximizing your time as a small business (“SB”) - Tools that work - Tools you might think work, but generally do not - Tool of the future? -...more

FCPA Enforcement Ramping Up Against Private Equity and Hedge Funds (Part III)

The Och-Ziff settlement has now set the stage for the Justice Department and the SEC to focus its enforcement eye on the private equity and hedge fund industry. The Och-Ziff action was initiated in response to the SEC’s...more

Och-Ziff Failures in Due Diligence and Transaction Compliance (Part II)

The Och-Ziff enforcement action is replete with examples of failures in due diligence and transaction monitoring compliance. Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes were elaborate and intricate and involved complex transactions,...more

New Regulations Dramatically Alter Partnership 'Disguised Sales' and Allocation of Partnership Liabilities

On October 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued a sweeping package of proposed, temporary and final regulations under the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, significantly...more

New Federal Contracting Requirements for Reporting Tax Liabilities and Felony Convictions

Federal acquisition officials recently finalized an interim rule intended to remove contractors with federal tax liabilities and felony convictions from the federal contracting arena. The interim rule, which took effect...more

Now is the Time for a Joint Venture Checkup - Set-Aside Alert

On August 24, 2016, the Small Business Administration’s long-awaited rules creating the new small business mentor-protégé program took effect... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

This Cold Bud Is For You: SEC Sanctions Anheuser-Busch for “Chilling” Employee from Communicating with SEC

On September 28, 2016, the SEC announced that Anheuser-Busch agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower violations. The SEC’s order stated that AB InBev violated...more

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Lessons in Joint Venture FCPA Compliance

Just in time for National Beveridge Day comes the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), where the company paid $6 million to settle charges that it violated the FCPA and...more

Government of Canada Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

On September 27, 2016, the Government of Canada approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility, sending a strong signal that it is committed to growing Canada's role as a global energy...more

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