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What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...more

State-Level Legislation Anticipates Wide-Spread Business Use of Blockchain

On a daily basis, companies are announcing new developments on the adoption of blockchain in core business operations. However, many of these use cases present unique legal issues. In order to provide some clarity on some of...more

Top Federal Securities and Commodities Regulators Testify on Virtual Currency Regulation Before Senate Committee

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In their testimony before the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (the “Committee”), Chairman Jay Clayton of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of the...more

Priorities Begin to Emerge for Trump’s SEC

The actions that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has taken since the start of his tenure in May 2017 provide an indication of SEC priorities, including encouraging initial public offerings (IPOs)...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Technology Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Take Three: A Methods-Based Review of the Senate’s Initial Draft of Tax Reform Legislation

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the House proposal). On November 9, Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a summary of the...more

UK Budgets for Fintech Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The UK government’s 2017 Autumn Budget included some measures of particular interest for fintech firms, demonstrating the government’s continued commitment to making the UK a world-leading fintech hub. The government has...more

Washington Seeks New Regulation of Technology Investments: What You Need to Know Now About the Proposed CFIUS Legislation

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which would greatly expand the reach and consequence of the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

Nevada Precedes Delaware In Blockchain Legislation

by Allen Matkins on

On July 21, 2017, Delaware’s 74th Governor, John Carney, signed SB 69 into law. This legislation amended various provisions of Delaware’s General Corporation Law (Title 8, Delaware Code) ostensibly to establish express...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

The Evolution of the President’s Commission to Enhance National Cyber Security

by NAVEX Global on

Through a presidential commission and executive order, the presidencies of the former and current administrations have been linked in a shared effort to bolster our nation’s cyber security. ...more

Recent Cases Demonstrate Need for Blockchain

by Goodwin on

A recent Delaware bill is poised to allow private Delaware corporations “use networks of electronic databases (examples of which are described currently as “distributed ledgers” or a “blockchain”) for the creation and...more

Opportunity Foreclosed: The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule May Die Before it Gets Out of the Gate

The U.S. and worldwide entrepreneur community had been looking forward to July 17th with great anticipation. This was supposed to be the effective date of the new International Entrepreneur Parole immigration regulation....more

FinTech Lenders on Notice: Congressman Launches Investigation into FinTech Lending

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II has begun an investigation into small business financial technology (FinTech) lending, expressing concern that “some FinTech lenders may be trapping small business owners in cycles of debt or charging...more

MoFocus: Our Insights into the Risk + Crisis Landscape - Vol.1 Issue. 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

What Companies Should Be Doing to Prepare for the Next Ransomware Attack - The “WannaCry” cyberattack that struck in May paralyzed businesses, government entities, and Britain’s National Health Service, encrypting computer...more

New Incentive for Data Centers in Florida

by Bryan Cave on

This session, Florida approved legislation that provides for a sales tax exemption for data centers and goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The exemption eliminates sales and use taxes for infrastructure, equipment, personal...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Virtual Teamwork Can Deliver Startup Success - Forbes provides several startups’ guidelines for successfully running virtual teams. ...more

President Trump Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

by WilmerHale on

On May 11, President Trump signed his long-awaited Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” Much of the Order mandates efforts to improve the government's own...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

CyberOhio Initiative – An Update from the Ohio AGO

We recently posted on the Ohio Attorney General’s CyberOhio initiative and forecasted that the Ohio Attorney General might be the first of many Attorneys General to join forces with industry in the struggle to protect...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

Singapore Exchange Amends Listing Rules Following Changes to the Companies Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Exchange has introduced amendments to the Mainboard and Catalist listing rules—including in relation to the electronic transmission of documents to shareholders, exemptions for insurance coverage and indemnities...more

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun

by Cozen O'Connor on

In several uncoordinated actions, the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) has begun. In two...more

California Legislative Committee Holds Informational Hearing on Lucent and Administering California’s Technology Transfer...

On January 30, 2017, the California Legislature Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation held an informational hearing on “Life after Lucent: Administering California’s Technology Transfer Agreement Law.” The California...more

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