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EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Indonesia – Import Licensing Regimes

by White & Case LLP on

...The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain import licensing measures maintained by Indonesia constitute impermissible import restrictions under Article XI:1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994....more

Many Paths for IPO Submissions

The following chart highlights the alternatives for EGCs and non-EGCs and now the three paths for FPIs pursuing IPOs....more

Information filtration under the Export Administration Regulations

by Miller Canfield on

Information provides the cornerstone to the modern economy. Information flows across information technology networks similar to water naturally flowing down our mountains, into our streams and rivers, and out to the oceans....more

How to gather snowflakes: big data, AI and predictive analysis of customers

by DLA Piper on

Ask people to think of something unique, and it doesn't take long before they mention the snowflake: fragile, perfect, utterly individual and completely different from every other snowflake that has ever fallen. And surely...more

Patents in the burgeoning cannabis industry

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

With cannabis legal in 29 states for medical use and in eight states for recreational use, there is a surge of entrepreneurism and an influx of capital into the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Although cannabis remains a...more

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

On November 3, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he had vetoed a bill sent to his desk with tepid support that would have taxed and regulated the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. The veto prolongs a...more

U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If passed by the Senate, the Act would significantly change the current federal income tax regime in the United States. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - On November 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the formation and first members of its Fixed...more

Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

SEC Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

by Goodwin on

The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Antitrust Alert - Le contrôle des concentrations en Europe - Ce qui change en 2017

Les règles de l’Union Européenne en matière de contrôle des concentrations coexistent avec les régimes nationaux du droit des concentrations dans la plupart des 28 Etats membres. La notification et l’approbation d’une ou...more

Putting Ethics Back Into Compliance (Part IV of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

My final posting on this week’s ethics series is a call to action for all compliance professionals. Every compliance officer should insist on and embrace a title – “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.” Some larger...more

States Urge Reversal of Physical Presence Rule That Bars Collecting Sales Tax From Online Retailers

by Bryan Cave on

Thirty-six state attorneys general, most recently joined by California and Hawaii, have filed an amici curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the “physical presence test”. The test requires that a retailer...more

FCPA Violators Beware—SEC To Double Down On Enforcement

The SEC has signaled plans to double down on its FCPA enforcement efforts and speed up FCPA investigations. On November 9, 2017, Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, delivered a speech at New York...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

Using Movie Clips to Expand Your Compliance Classroom

by Thomas Fox on

Create unforgettable teachable moments - Instead of having lawyers drone on, giving forgettable instructions on ethics, culture and honesty; they will clearly enjoy a scene of a star like Leonardo DiCaprio bluffing his way...more

Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

State Of Florida Continues To Encounter Delays In Rolling Out Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As I posted previously, the State of Florida missed the deadline to issue more licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers. Florida has also encountered serious delays in processing requests for medical marijuana i.d....more

FTSE gender balance a year on – is progress being made?

by Dechert LLP on

The Hampton-Alexander Review (the “Review”), an independent, business led review supported by the UK Government, has published its ‘one year on’ supplementary report on gender balance in FTSE leadership....more

Overview of the Revisions to AIA Owner-Contractor Construction Documents

by King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC on

Just as it did in 2007, when it issued a new set of construction contract documents to replace the existing 1997 set, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) recently issued its series of revised construction contracts....more

Sixth Circuit Not Willing to Relent that Business Owner Was Liable for Trust Fund Tax Penalty Despite Creditor's Control over...

by Baker Donelson on

In Robert Karban, Jr. v. United States of America, earlier this year, the Sixth Circuit ruled that Mr. Karban, the owner of a manufacturing company, was a responsible person for paying over trust fund taxes, which he...more

FDA Releases New Guidance On Menu Labeling Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration is moving forward with an Obama-era initiative requiring certain food establishments to list calorie information on menus and menu boards, including food on display and self-service food. The FDA...more

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