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UK Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - March 2018 - Issue 6

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the FCA’s approach to authorisation; action taken on closet tracking funds; proposed EU...more

Are you DataSmart? An Introduction to the DataSmart Method

by DataSmart Consulting LLC on

That’s the name of our blog, our podcast, even our branded t-shirts (kidding). "Are you DataSmart?" is the question we keep asking our clients and friends. Frankly, “are you datasmart” is the question that drives our entire...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 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

Businesses, Technology, and the Law

by Winstead PC on

Technology has changed the way we interact, shop, work, and relax. Advances in biometrics now help us login to our computers, phones, apps, and even open doors. Biometrics like fingerprints, retina scans, and voice and...more

Malaysia case provides guidance on franchise law

by Dentons on

A recent interlocutory case in Malaysia, (the “La Kaffa decision”) has provided some helpful guidance on when an interlocutory injunction will be granted to restrain a franchisee from operating a competing business after...more

The Attorney-Client Privilege When Non-Party Experts Are Part of the Communications

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

It is not unusual for business people and/or in-house counsel to consult with accountants or other non-party experts when contemplating a potential business transaction. As the defendants in The C Company, Inc. v. Hackel...more

Avoiding the Blame Game: How to Avoid Liability for Other Companies’ Employees

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers often hire labor hired by outside vendors, such as employees who stock shelves, take inventory, or provide cleaning, security or deliver services. Retailers should consequently be keenly aware of various joint...more

Supreme Court Affirms State Courts’ Jurisdiction Over 1933 Act Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a much-awaited decision on which courts and counsel have reached different conclusions for years, the United States Supreme Court held on March 20, 2018 that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards...more

Effect of Marijuana Legalization on the Workplace

by Smith Anderson on

Federal law prohibits marijuana use. Despite this, over the last few years, many states have legalized marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. ...more

Another Hazardous Waste Enforcement Action Costs a Major Retailer Millions

On March 8, 2018, California regulators reached a settlement agreement with Home Depot wherein the retail giant agreed to pay $27.84 million for various hazardous waste violations. The State hit Home Depot with penalties for...more

Is the drone services operator I hired an independent contractor or employee of my business? Key reasons why the distinction...

by Dentons on

When it comes to hiring a drone operator, there is no shortage of work-for-hire subcontractors in Canada. Given the level of skill, technology and regulatory compliance required to operate drones, hiring a commercial drone...more

Best in Law: Tips to Keep Client-Attorney Communications Confidential

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Most people have heard of the “attorney-client privileged communication” and may even have a fair idea of what that means. But a lack of understanding about how it works can lead to errors that can render the communication no...more

Arkansas Legislature Prescribes Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial in Lending Agreements

In late 2017, the Arkansas Supreme Court held that pre-dispute jury trial waivers in loan agreements are unenforceable as per the Arkansas Constitution. The Court provided that, according to the state’s Constitution, the...more

SEC Issues New Interpretive Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures

by Hogan Lovells on

On February 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents....more

Updates to Minnesota Corporate Laws

The Minnesota legislature is on the verge of approving several changes to the Minnesota Business Corporation Act, Chapter 302A of the Minnesota Statutes (the MBCA), in order to modernize the statute and follow the lead of...more

Roads of the Future Today

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Across the nation, companies from Waymo and Uber to General Motors, Ford and Audi are putting self-driving vehicles to real-world road tests – with more than 40 companies testing on California roads alone. Originally...more

Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Thursday, March 22, U.S. Congress will vote on the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. Since 2014, every such spending bill...more

Congress and the Blockchain: The 2018 Joint Economic Report’s Discussion on Cryptocurrency

by Michael Volkov on

A few days ago, Congress released its 2018 Joint Economic Report. As many of you know, the Joint Economic Committee prepares this report as a national assessment of the country’s economic status. The report often assesses...more

U.S. power generation 2022: Will gas or renewables rule?

Power generation in the United States is greener and more reliant on gas than ever before, but what will the fuel mix look like in 2022? IIR Energy’s Britt Burt analyzes the data....more

Delaware Supreme Court Elaborates Upon When A Shareholder Vote Is Fully Informed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that a shareholder vote on a tender offer was not fully informed where the company did not disclose why its founder, chairman and largest stockholder abstained from...more

Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

by Thomas Fox on

The leadership lessons from the race to the South Pole renewed my interest in leadership for the compliance practitioner. In a New York Times (NYT) article, entitled “Lincoln’s School of Management”, Nancy F. Koehn, a...more

Bondage, Enslavement, Servitude: New South Wales follows suit and proposes Modern Slavery Law

by DLA Piper on

Modern Slavery Act in New South Wales - New South Wales has followed the Commonwealth's lead and introduced a Modern Slavery Bill 2018 into the New South Wales Legislative Council on 8 March 2018....more

Everyone Has Rejection Issues

by Bryan Cave on

In the typical day-to-day experience in bankruptcy proceedings, the debtor’s ability to assume or reject executory contracts and leases under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code is seen from the sometimes-unfortunate...more

On the Fundraising Circuit? NDAs are a Bad Idea; Do This Instead.

by Workman Nydegger on

I find that a lot of inexperienced entrepreneurs are concerned (borderline paranoid) about somebody stealing their idea. At some point, they heard whispers in the wind about this magical document called an NDA (Non-Disclosure...more

Richard Bistrong: Who’s gaming your compliance program?

Instead of completing compliance training modules on their own, three Credit Suisse bankers had their administrative assistants do the work for them. Originally published on the FCPA Blog, - February 21,...more

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