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CFIUS and China: Separating Fact from Fiction

No, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has not put a halt to acquisitions of U.S. companies by China-based purchasers. ??????????????????????????????????? Three recently cleared transactions...more

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Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s retirement was short lived. The Jack Welch protégé will be bringing his C-suite skills to Athenahealth, the electronic medical records software provider that’s been under considerable pressure...more

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Markets proved that last Friday’s 600-point Dow drop wasn’t an isolated incident, as all major US indices were down nearly 4% (at least) in a nasty Monday of trading....more

Are Financial Services Firms Reconsidering The Protocol?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting (“Protocol”) allows for reciprocal poaching of brokers. More specifically, if a broker leaves one Protocol firm for another Protocol firm, the broker can a) take certain account information...more

The Blockchain Patent Gold Rush

by Field Law on

The blockchain technology underlying BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies was originally designed and conceived as an open protocol that would not be owned by any one centralized entity, whether government or private. Just...more

Defensive Patent Strategies for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many companies who offer next generation cybersecurity technologies are experiencing significant growth in both corporate share value and revenue. To help protect against competition, many companies are seeking patents to...more

Trademark Licenses . . . Again

A long-running issue concerning the treatment of trademark licenses in bankruptcy has seen a new milestone with the January 12 decision of the First Circuit in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The issue was...more

Trends In Patenting Blockchain Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the recent rise in values of cybercurrencies such as bitcoin, and with increasing interest in initial currency offerings (ICOs), businesses around the world are rushing to build value with new blockchain technologies and...more

Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

The French Prosecutor Office Has Entered Into the First French DPA in History With HSBC Private Bank Suisse

On Nov. 14, 2017, six months after the so-called Sapin II law1 entered into force in France, the president of the Paris Tribunal de grande instance approved the first French deferred prosecution agreement (DPA or CJIP...more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 363, Convercent on 2017 Compliance Trends

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Keith Read and Angus Robertson, with Convercent, on some of the key trends they observed in the marketplace in 2017, from the vendor perspective. I found this an interesting perspective as both...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

And after all of that, Nelson Peltz will end up on P&G’s board after all. It was an unexpected finale to one of the “largest, priciest and nastiest corporate proxy fights in history” between P&G and Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As widely expected, the Fed affirmed the general strength of the US economy today by raising the benchmark interest rate again today—the 5th raise since the financial crisis....more

Japan Legal Update Volume 31 | November 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor & Employment - Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Requests Employer Associations to Prepare for the Conversion Rule - As April 1, 2018, will mark the fifth year since the "Rule on conversion of...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ - December 2017

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In July of 2017 Pepper Hamilton formalized our cannabis industry group by drawing together attorneys from a variety of practice areas to make a multidisciplinary team. Those practices included attorneys with experience in...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for October 2017. Please see full...more

October 2017: International Trade Update

The Legal Implications of the Use of Blockchain in International Trade. What has become popularly known as “blockchain” is a form of Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”). At its core, blockchain is for electronic...more

Every bit counts: Could Blockchain be a solution for e-mobility?

by Hogan Lovells on

Does blockchain technology open up new avenues in the field of electromobility? Can decentralized processes that are controlled by a large network be used to convert individual mobility on the road to electrified vehicles and...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Becoming a Unicorn Fintech by Shoring Up Intellectual Property

Investment in fintech companies is at an all-time high. “Unicorns” are start-ups that have valuations of more than 1 billion dollars. The majority of the unicorns are in the fintech industry. Fintech companies are often agile...more

Europe: Blockchain – How "Smart" are Smart Contracts?

by Hogan Lovells on

In this series of blog posts, we take a look at the current state of play regarding blockchain technology as well as the legal setting with a European and German focus....more

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

by Hogan Lovells on

Whoever thinks of blockchain also has inevitably bitcoins in mind. The Internet currency is largely based on the blockchain technology and it is therefore one of the most obvious fields of application for this technology, to...more

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

by Hogan Lovells on

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of...more

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