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UK High Court: Employers May Be Vicariously Liable for Employee Data Breaches

by Morgan Lewis on

The ruling stems from a case that signals a growing trend toward group action litigation involving data protection, and poses new risks for companies who should respond with increased vigilance in employee recruitment,...more

Holland & Knight's Israel Practice Newsletter - Winter 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight is a U.S.-based global law firm with a strong commitment to the state of Israel. We focus on providing guidance to Israeli investors and companies interested in doing business or making investments in the...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Argentina Announces Preliminary Highway P3 Bidding Guidelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Argentina published the preliminary terms and conditions and technical specifications for Stage 1 of its first public-private partnership (P3) initiative in the...more

What Multinational Companies in Argentina Need to Know About Anti-Corruption Now

by Kobre & Kim on

Underscored by the recent contentious presidential and congressional elections, during which corruption was — as it is throughout the region — a hot-button issue, anti-corruption enforcement in Argentina is on the rise....more

Corporate Finance Alert: Filing a New Form S-3? What You Need to Know About the New Revenue Recognition Standards

The much-discussed new revenue recognition standards jointly issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to harmonize revenue recognition standards between...more

Financial institutions M&A trends: Banks - Bank appetite for dealmaking picks up

by White & Case LLP on

Banks, on the back foot following the financial crisis, are finally making a calculated comeback to M&A as they start to focus on core geographies and business lines. With balance sheets strengthened and capital reserves...more

Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

English Court Confirms Pre-Action Disclosure Is Available Against Parties Outside Its Jurisdiction

by Dechert LLP on

A weapon of value to litigants in England is the ability to seek disclosure of documents from a likely party to litigation before proceedings start. Obtaining such pre-action disclosure can yield crucial information at the...more

DOJ Announces DPA And Guilty Plea Involving Netherlands-Based Energy Services Firm That DOJ Claims Failed To Promptly Report...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that SBM Offshore N.V. (“SBM”), a Netherlands-based maker of offshore drilling equipment for the energy industry, entered into a deferred prosecution...more

ITC Continues Duties on Imports of Softwood Lumber From Canada

by Perkins Coie on

Significant antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) on imports of softwood lumber from Canada will continue following the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) final affirmative injury determination made...more

Proposed UK Real Estate Tax Regime Targets Offshore Investors' Capital Gains

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Historically, the United Kingdom has not taxed capital gains on real estate disposals when the seller was not a UK resident. The Development: Coming into line with most of the world's jurisdictions, the UK...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

Multinational Company in China – Are You Concerned About the Personal Credit System and Privacy Provisions in China? You Should...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The People’s Republic of China is making progress in implementing its mandatory “social credit system.” Multinational businesses in China should be watchful of this system, and ready for it when it rolls...more

Privacy Shield: Article 29 Working Party Calls Upon the European Commission and US Authorities to Restart Discussions

On November 28, 2017, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party issued its report on the First Annual Joint Review of the EU-US Privacy Shield, which was conducted on September 18-19, 2017....more

DPO as a Service – Outsourcing the Role of Data Protection Officer

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing...more

IRS Signals Intent to Aggressively Pursue Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

by Varnum LLP on

At the recent National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy, senior IRS and Department of Justice (Tax) officials sounded the proverbial warning alarm to taxpayers with undisclosed or offshore financial...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 6, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Operational Risk Assessments for Canadian Structured Finance. Release. On December 6, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Master Canadian Structured Finance Surveillance...more

EC Sets out Roadmap on the European Economic and Monetary Union

The European Commission (“EC“) published a communication and legislative proposal on the December 6, 2017, with the goal of finalizing Europe’s economic and monetary union. The communication, which contained a number of...more

ENISA Publishes Report on Recommendations for Data Protection Certification Mechanisms Under the GDPR

by Reed Smith on

On 27 November 2017, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (“ENISA”) published a report on Recommendations on European Data Protection Certification (“Report”). The aim of the Report is to identify...more

eDiscovery and the GDPR: Ready or Not, Here it Comes, Part Four: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...In preparing for GDPR, all companies should start by doing the following: Determine Their Role Under the GDPR: Any organization that decides on why and how personal data is processed is essentially a “data controller”,...more

EU “Black Lists” Bahrain and UAE as Non - Cooperative Jurisdiction for Tax Purposes

by King & Spalding on

On 5 December 2017, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) determined a list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions, which included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This list was established based on...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

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has had strong anti-corruption laws for many years. On 1 January 1980, the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC Criminal Law”), containing the criminal offences of bribery and corruption, came into...more

SEC Issues $4.1 Million Award to Overseas Whistleblower

On December 5, 2017, the SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $4.1 million to an overseas former company insider. The SEC declined to disclose the identity of the whistleblower or the company at issue...more

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