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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Looking Out for Main Street: SEC Focuses on Retail, Cybersecurity and Cryptocurrency - The Commissioners and senior officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") addressed the public on...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 93 - the Hell Hath No Fury edition

by Thomas Fox on

1. Wells Fargo is having its soul investigated by actual nuns. 2. BSRG goes into receivership. 3. Bill Coffin continues his string of great posts. This week he says your data breach nightmare is only going to get worse....more

Sign Me Up! How To Waive The Notary Requirement For International Franchisors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

International franchisors inbound into the U.S. face a complex set of business decisions and legal regulations. Even seemingly simple tasks–like properly executing a franchise registration application–can become a...more

What does the relaxation of foreign ownership rules in the UAE mean for franchising?

by Dentons on

The Cabinet of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently issued Federal Law No. 18 of 2017, which amended certain provisions of the UAE commercial companies law (Federal Law No. 2 of 2015) (the CCL). The new law...more

May the Podcast Be With You-Part V, Rogue One and the Myth of the Rogue Employee

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to the Day V and our final entry of this five-part podcast series Jay Rosen and I produced in honor of the latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. Each day over this week, Jay and I reviewed a In this final entry, we...more

Singapore Legal Update - November 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

MAS Consults on Draft Digital Payments Bill - A new draft Payment Services Bill sets out the MAS’s proposed licensing framework for providers of payment service activities. The three categories are: Money-Changing...more

Investors' rights of protection against Venezuela's sovereign debt default

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 13 November 2017, it was confirmed that Venezuela had defaulted on its sovereign debt after failing to meet the deadline for payment of US$200m of interest on its sovereign bonds due in 2019 and 2024.1 It is expected...more

Biometric Data in the Workplace Could Trigger Privacy Litigation Wave

by Jones Day on

The Situation: While biometric data (such as fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and iris scans) can be used effectively in the workplace, privacy advocates worry that anonymity could be undermined, and plaintiffs'...more

The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: tax evasion implications for franchisors – action steps

by DLA Piper on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017, now in force in the United Kingdom, introduces two new criminal offenses in respect of the facilitation of tax evasion. The new offenses will be committed where a corporate entity or...more

Day 10 of One Month to 360 Degrees of Communication in Compliance- Limit Your Self-Reliance, Learn to Ask for Help

by Thomas Fox on

Many compliance professionals in the corporate world work long and hard to rise to the senior management level in their organizations. It takes subject matter expertise, hard work and sometime propitious good fortune to get...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter

by McGuireWoods LLP on

European Parliament wants harmonized franchising legislation 7 NOVEMBER 2017 - In September 2017, the European Parliament passed a resolution on the functioning of franchising in the European retail sector. This...more

Day 21 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Frachising

by Thomas Fox on

Most franchisors have thorough financial vetting requirements before allowing any person or business to become a franchisee. However, how many of these same businesses perform compliance due diligence on their prospective...more

Minnesota Corporate Franchise Tax Change for Foreign Disregarded Entities

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Minnesota Department of Revenue issued its position on foreign disregarded entities of corporate taxpayers on October 4, 2017. In response to the Minnesota Supreme Court decision filed August 2, 2017 in Ashland Inc. v....more

Franchising in Saudi Arabia: top tips for navigating the Kingdom's regulatory framework

by DLA Piper on

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) continues to present attractive propositions for international franchisors seeking to expand their business operations. Navigating the KSA's complex regulatory framework however is not...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017#3

EU to Issue Guidelines on Discriminatory Food Distribution - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has reportedly indicated the EU will issue guidelines discouraging companies from selling apparently identical...more

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

Leadership Lesson from Andrew Jackson and Veto of the Second Bank Charter

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I consider the leadership lessons which can be drawn from our 7th President Andrew Jackson. I focus largely on the crisis surrounding the charter of the Second National Bank of the United States, which played...more

Franchising – The route to international expansion?

by Dentons on

Franchising is a proven route to the successful international expansion of businesses in various sectors from fitness studios and restaurants to high end fashion and beauty. Annually it accounts for turnover of USD$300...more


by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with James Gellert, CEO of RapidRatings, a company which uses a financial dialogue to determine third party supplier health and viability. Gellert explains what supply chain resilience is and how...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Store-branded credit cards are still big business, but as the Times tells us, their contribution to companies’ bottom lines are masking bigger troubles at retailers around the US....more

Open access rail operators: change ahead?

by Dentons on

Open access still has a low market share - ORR has calculated that open access operators run just 1% of passenger rail miles in the United Kingdom, the rest being worked under passenger rail franchises. No open access...more

The Fine Print - Spring 2017

The spring 2017 issue of The Fine Print features articles on supply chain management, hotel franchise agreements, President Trump's executive orders and more. Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

by Jones Day on

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Franchise and Distribution News - March 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

Is your dispute, subject to arbitration under your Franchise Agreement, going to be litigated in court? As we all know, using arbitration clauses in commercial agreements is pretty commonplace—particularly in the...more

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British...more

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