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Australia & New Zealand Consumer Law Update

by Jones Day on

Highlighting Changes of Interest in Competition and Consumer Law - ACCC Issues Paper on Digital Platforms Inquiry - Summary - In December 2017, the Australian government directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into...more

Form BE-12 – Affirmative BEA Reporting Obligation for Foreign Owned Entities

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Overview - The Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce that collects statistical information about the American economy. One function of the BEA is to record statistics for...more

Singapore Commission Proposes Amendments to Competition Act

by Jones Day on

The Bill: The Singapore Parliament passed a bill giving the Competition Commission of Singapore (or CCS) regulatory powers over consumer protection. The expanded body is now (effective 1 April 2018) called the Competition and...more

Loan repatriation – key points

by Dentons on

New amendments to Russian currency controls entered into force on 14 April 2018 (the Law), extending currency repatriation requirements to loans issued by residents to foreign borrowers. The changes are meant to reduce the...more

Sanctions Update - Revised Norwegian guidelines on asset freezing

by DLA Piper on

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Financial Supervisory Authority published an updated version of the Norwegian guidelines on financial sanctions and asset freezing. As Norway does not have a tradition of...more

DNC Sues Russia, the Trump campaign, Wikileaks

It’s probably not going to change anything, but the Democratic National Committee has sued Russia (and members of the Russian establishment), members of the Trump campaign, and Wikileaks regard the 2016 election security...more

FCPA Compliance: The Importance of Relativity to Risk Ranking (Part I of V)

by Michael Volkov on

This week I am posting a five-part series on FCPA compliance issues. While there have been many advances in the anti-corruption ethics and compliance field, there is still more work to do to advance effective strategies for...more

Asia Pacific Data Protection and Cyber Security Guide 2018 - Shifting landscapes across the Asia-Pacific region

by Hogan Lovells on

As global focus on data protection and cyber security law and regulation continues to increase, the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly an area of concern for global compliance programs. Please see full Publication below...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Not an ideal report on the state of affairs for Zelle, the big banks’ payment-platform answer to Venmo. The Times reports that the “same features that make Zelle so useful for customers, its speed and ubiquity, have made it...more

Starbucks and Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner in Risk Management

by Thomas Fox on

Recently Starbucks generated extremely negative news for having Philadelphia police arrest two persons who were waiting for a third person for a meeting. I want to use this most recent black eye for Starbucks and an earlier...more

What the Working Party might be Thinking about Discovery – WP 261 Derogations to the GDPR

by BakerHostetler on

On Feb. 6, 2018, the Article 29 Working Party (Working Party 29) published Working Paper 261 (WP 261), which provided guidance on the provisions of Article 49 of the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation...more

The Weekly Privacy Rewind

by BakerHostetler on

Data Breaches - Portable Oxygen Device Maker Inogen Announces Data Breach - Inogen Inc., which makes portable oxygen devices, reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it experienced a data breach...more

U.S. Commerce Department Rescinds Export Privileges For China’s ZTE

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On April 15, 2018, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a denial order against ZTE Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively “ZTE”), effectively banning U.S....more

Russia Adopts Rules for Governmental Preliminary Review of Transactions Involving Foreign Investors

The Russian government has adopted rules setting out the procedure for preliminary review by the Russian prime minister of transactions entered into by foreign investors with respect to Russian legal entities before the...more

This Week in Congress: April 2018 #3

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate convenes today at 3 p.m. The House will meet Tuesday at noon. French President Emmanuel Macron will be on Capitol Hill this Wednesday to address a joint session of Congress....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 380, Laura Perkins on issues around self-disclosure

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance Report, I visit with Laura Perkins, a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Perkins formerly worked with the Department of Justice, FCPA Unit, departing in September 2017. We discuss the...more

The Role of Executive Leadership and Data in Anti-Bribery Compliance

In part one of a two-part interview, John Arvanitis, Associate Managing Director for Compliance at Kroll, shares recent findings from the Kroll-Ethisphere Anti-Corruption and Benchmarking Report, as they pertain to...more

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking Announces €115 Million In Funding For Bio-Based Projects

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 11, 2018, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) announced €115 million in funding for the 2018 Call for proposals focusing on feedstock, process, products, and market uptake. BBI JU is a partnership...more

Is the Federal Circuit’s Holding that the Presumption Against Extraterritoriality Making Unavailable Damages Based on a Patentee’s...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Case at a Glance: The Court will consider whether the text of 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) imposes liability on those supplying from the United States components of a patented invention “in such a manner as to actively induce the...more

Denial of Export Privileges for ZTE

• The United States Department of Commerce announced the denial of export privileges against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively, ZTE) on April 16, 2018....more

Cuba-U.S. Relations: The Rapprochement Slows Down Under The Trump Administration

Soon after Fidel Castro overthrew the government of Cuba to found a communist state in 1959, Cuba began nationalizing U.S-owned properties in Cuba. In response, the U.S. implemented trade restrictions, closed its embassy in...more

Gap of Information is Reason for Revoking a European Patent

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In European patent law, opposition against a patent grant can be based only on particular grounds, with one of the grounds being insufficiency of disclosure, meaning that the invention is not disclosed clearly...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2018 #3

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Debate Intensifies as to Whether the Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession to avoid fraudulent or preferential transfers is a fundamental part of U.S. bankruptcy law. However, when a transfer by a U.S. entity takes place outside the U.S. to...more

Hotel Management Agreements

by DLA Piper on

One cannot discuss the evolution of hotel management agreements (HMAs) without rst talking about the separation of hotel ownership and hotel operations; a transformation of the major chains’ business models, more commonly...more

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