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Firms Breed Misconceptions and Confusion Surrounding the GDPR

by Bryan Cave on

Anytime a new statute or regulation comes along some service providers can’t help but jump on the fearmongering bandwagon. This seems to be worse the longer the statute, and the more complex and obscure (and therefore hard to...more

Spain: Obligation to provide the KID vs lack of obligation to provide the PID

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Union (the ”EU”) packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) Regulation (the ”PRIIPs Regulation”) is applicable throughout the EU from 1 January 2018. ...more

International Taxation in the Digital Era: The Rapidly Evolving European Perspective

Europe’s politicians worry that international tax rules have not kept pace with the digital economy and too easily allow multinationals to organize their global operations to minimize net taxable profits in high-tax European...more

US Tax Reform Enacts the Most Comprehensive Changes in Three Decades

The sweeping tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on December 22, 2017, represents the most comprehensive reform of U.S. tax law since 1986. The law makes substantial changes to the taxation of individuals and...more

10 Themes for 2018

Tax reform, shifting international dynamics, Trump administration goals and a potentially strong market for transactions all seem likely to impact business activity in 2018. Below are 10 areas to explore in our 10th annual...more

Cybersecurity Threats and Risks

by Michael Volkov on

Companies are correctly focused on cybersecurity risks. Notwithstanding this focus, companies are struggling with how to respond to threats and risks. Cybersecurity threats are quickly evolving – akin to the time when...more

Retrieval of Mobile Phone Data During Dawn Raids Upheld by Dutch Court

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The far-reaching retrieval of mobile phone data during dawn raids by the Dutch competition authority is permissible, even if encompassing data of a non-business nature, as affirmed by a recent ruling of the Hague...more

John Fogarty’s Guitar and Obsessing Over Less

by Thomas Fox on

After having seen the Moody Blues feature Days of Future Passed last week, my wife and I caught John Fogarty in concert over the weekend (yes, it is beginning to look like the rock and roll compliance blogger is back)....more

DAMITT 2017 Year in Review – Number of Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Declines in the US and Europe But...

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - The length of significant U.S. merger investigations climbed to an average of 10.8 months in 2017, a new DAMITT record, despite the number of investigations dropping by more than 20%. There are signs of a...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

CFIUS Continues Focus on Information Security, Blocks Chinese Acquisition of MoneyGram

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- MoneyGram and Ant Financial mutually terminate $1.2 billion proposed merger - CFIUS’s concerns focused on cyber and information security - Scrutiny of buyers’ information security processes is likely to increase On...more

Canada Strengthens Transnational Business and Human Rights Oversight

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian federal government has announced the creation of an Ombudsperson for "responsible enterprise", an office to be housed within Global Affairs Canada. Known formally as the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs – The Facts

by Murtha Cullina on

The United States has long been attractive to foreign entrepreneurs due to the county’s historically open marketplaces and tolerance for new ideas and new products. Foreign entrepreneurs have come to the United States in many...more

Third-Party Risk Management Decisions Need Context to Maximize ROI

by NAVEX Global on

Effective third-party risk management has evolved beyond just identifying red flags. Today, mature programs know how to surface as well as prioritize their risk. Prioritization enables programs to apply resources and due...more

Impact of Government Shutdown on Trade

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The government shutdown began on Saturday at 12:01am. Here is a list of several agencies involved in trade and transportation issues that will be affected....more

Renewing Corporate Vows to the Chief Compliance Officer

by Michael Volkov on

The chief compliance officer is at an important professional juncture – 2018 is an important year for the profession. In this era of growth, and after corporate tax relief, companies have an opportunity to invest increased...more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Canada steps up human rights oversight of companies operating abroad

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, Canada announced the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), an independent officer who will be tasked with investigating allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian...more

Working Towards GDPR Compliance – Practical Steps for US-Headquartered Life Sciences Companies

by Mintz Levin on

The European Union is replacing its current privacy laws with a new, comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018. The essential principles of the EU’s privacy laws are unchanged,...more

Tax Reform: Key Considerations for M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital Transactions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act was ostensibly promoted as a means to encourage investment and to promote growth in the U.S. economy, while reducing harmful...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A look at Amazon’s newest concept—Amazon Go—a convenience store that opens in Seattle today complete with “shelves of food” found at other stores (including Whole Foods) but with nary a cashier in sight....more

Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, GHBER and the Control Risk 2018 Risk Map

by Thomas Fox on

The Moody Blues finally made it to Houston last week (well Sugar Land – but close enough). They were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of what many call the first progressive rock album, Days of Future Passed....more

Tenacity: What’s your word?

I recently had the chance to sit and have a ‘fireside chat’ with Dixon Terry, Vice-President, Compliance, at Shire Pharmaceuticals, during their Global Leadership Meeting. ...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions: New Opportunities and Pitfalls

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

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