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The Future of CFIUS: Perhaps Not So Happy a New Year

‘Tis the season to wonder, what will 2018 bring? We may speculate on things like a private company making a moon landing or a peace accord with North Korea. We may be certain of things like well-intentioned gym memberships...more

The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The Trade Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and it has to become law before Brexit takes effect, currently set for 29 March...more

Minerals Matters Autumn 2017

by DLA Piper on

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. A lot has happened since the last edition but the issues that affect business remain the same and certainty remains elusive and in many respects even harder to...more

Seventeen Provisions to Watch in the Senate Tax Reform Bill

On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed a tax reform bill that differs in some key aspects from the tax reform bill the House approved on November 16, 2017. A House and Senate conference committee will begin work to resolve...more

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill and trading under WTO rules

by DLA Piper on

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 20 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and, as with other key pieces of Brexit legislation, including...more

New Amendments to Proposition 65 Provide Clarity and Guidance to Clear and Reasonable Warning Requirements

by Reed Smith on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) announced the approval of new amendments to regulations implementing the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as...more

Medical Marijuana: State Of Michigan Outlines New Procedures And Requirements For Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing

by Fraser Trebilcock on

In less than a week, the state of Michigan will start accepting medical marijuana license applications. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released emergency rules on Monday, December 4, 2017, outlining...more

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Descriptions of the Bills Passed in the House and Senate and...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Senate bill”), just over two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the same legislation...more

Major tax bill clears U.S. Senate by 51-49 margin, Part I

by Moskowitz LLP on

A 500-page long Republican tax bill, with numerous and significant last minute changes – as well as some illegible handwritten edits in the margins – cleared the U.S. Senate in the early hours of Saturday morning, by a 51-49...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High

The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

U.S. Tax Reform in Final Stretch

by Hogan Lovells on

This past week, on 1 December, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance its version of U.S. tax reform legislation. This sets the stage for a conference committee process to occur over the next two weeks, in which the Senate and...more

Equity Compensation Rules Continue to Change in Latest Proposed Tax Reform Bill

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate early Saturday morning, December 2, in a 51-49 vote contained a number of last-minute amendments which, among other things, continue to leave key equity compensation rules in flux....more

New insurance linked securities regime comes into force in the UK

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday 8 December 2017, the Risk Transformation Regulations 2017 and the Risk Transformation (Tax) Regulations 2017 (the ‘Regulations’) will come in to effect bringing to fruition the Government’s plans to position the UK...more

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Convenes To Discuss Marijuana And The Gaming Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

How far do Nevada’s casinos need to go to police marijuana use by their customers? Can a casino resort allow a marijuana industry conference to utilize its convention facilities? What practices do casinos need to follow...more

Federal Tax Reform: An Analysis of the House and Senate Bills

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed their own versions of tax legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two different bills will be reconciled in a conference...more

The decision is in, and South Africa will soon tax the sugar content of beverages

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2016 budget speech during which the proposal to tax the sugar content of beverages was first tabled, and after 18 months of vigorous debate, the South African Parliament on Tuesday adopted the taxation of sugary...more

Federal Tax Reform: Side-by-Side Comparison of the Senate and House Approved Bills, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated December 5 - The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill,...more

New Jersey Bill Would Limit Non-Compete Agreements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A bill in the New Jersey Senate, Senate Bill 3518 (“SB 3518”), and an identical companion bill in the New Jersey Assembly (Assembly Bill 5261), would significantly curtail the use of non-compete agreements in New Jersey. In...more

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