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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.: Supreme Court Sets New Limits on Extraterritorial Human Rights Suits 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 22, 2013

Taken from the briefing Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.: Supreme Court Sets New Limits on Extraterritorial Human Rights Suits recorded May, 2013.On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows suits in federal courts for violations of international law (including international human rights law), is subject to the presumption against extraterritoriality. Chief Justice ...

Basics of Export Controls 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Dec. 3, 2013

Taken from the briefing Basics of Export Controls 2013 recorded November, 2013.U.S. and multinational corporations are increasingly affected by the range of U.S. laws and regulations governing international trade. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) each plays an important role in administering ...

Brazil's New Anti-Corruption Law: Overview and Analysis 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Dec. 3, 2013

Taken from the briefing Brazil's New Anti-Corruption Law: Overview and Analysis recorded November, 2013. While the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is relatively old news, the U.S. government continues to enforce the law vigorously.  There is no sign that will abate.  Further complicating many companies' international business is the fact that other countries are rewriting - and modifying enforcement of - their own anti-corruption laws.  ...

Chinese Investment and U.S. National Security Reviews -- in 3D [Three Different Perspectives] (Audio-only)

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Released on: Aug. 1, 2013

Taken from the briefing Chinese Investment and U.S. National Security Reviews -- in 3D [Three Different Perspectives] recorded July, 2013.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency committee that conducts national security reviews of in-bound foreign investments.  Deals not approved by CFIUS can face significant risks, including the risk that the deal may be blocked before closing or even the risk ...

Choices of Law in Acquisitions Agreements: U.S. vs. U.K. 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 8, 2013

Taken from the briefing Choices of Law in Acquisitions Agreements: U.S. vs. U.K. recorded April, 2013.What are the key differences between U.K. and U.S. law with respect to acquisition agreements? These days the M&A community is ever more focused on this question, as these differences are becoming of increasing commercial and strategic importance in sale processes, particularly auction sales where seller often gets to select the governing law. ...

Compliance Issues Facing U.S. Importers - A Review and Update of Recent Developments 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Feb. 19, 2014

Taken from the briefing Compliance Issues Facing U.S. Importers - A Review and Update of Recent Developments recorded February, 2014.Imports are a vital part of the American economy, with U.S. companies importing over two trillion dollars’ worth of merchandise last year alone.  Basic compliance with the laws governing these transactions requires knowledge of the U.S. Customs rules governing the tariff classification, valuation and country of ...

Doing Deals in Africa: Challenges and Risks 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 7, 2014

Taken from the briefing Doing Deals in Africa: Challenges and Risks recorded March, 2014.Africa, home to more than half of the world’s 20 fastest growing economies and its own “BRICS” economy, is increasingly attracting the interest of investors beyond the well-established natural resource players who have long been active there. The potential opportunities in Africa are matched only by the complexities of investing there, including dealing with legal ...

Essentials of Maritime Law 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jan. 23, 2014

Taken from the briefing Essentials of Maritime Law recorded January, 2014.90% of the world’s goods are carried in ships.  Accordingly, maritime commerce affects nearly every product bought or sold in the United States.  As the shipping industry has modernized, in addition to traditional bank finance, shipping companies have gained access to the public markets in the United States, and many shipping companies are now publicly listed here.  ...

Ethical Considerations for Trade Controls Lawyers 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 11, 2014

Taken from the briefing Ethical Considerations for Trade Controls Lawyers recorded February, 2014.Lawyers that advise on economic sanctions and export controls (“trade controls”) matters face unique ethical and compliance challenges. These laws can restrict not only commercial transactions, but also can create obligations for lawyers, or restrict their ability to provide advice in some circumstances. Lawyers that are active in these areas accordingly ...

Europe's New Unitary Patent Regime: One Patent, One Court 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 9, 2013

Taken from the briefing Europe's New Unitary Patent Regime: One Patent, One Court recorded April, 2013.Now that 24 EU member states have signed an international treaty establishing a European unified patent court, Europe’s dream of a unified patent system is moving closer to reality. If enough participating states ratify the agreement, the EU will get a new Unitary Patent right - taking effect via a single application throughout most of the EU - and ...

FCPA Compliance in Latin America 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Aug. 15, 2013

Taken from the briefing FCPA Compliance in Latin America recorded August, 2013.It is old news that the U.S. government is aggressively enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. law that prohibits bribery of foreign public officials. Particularly over the last decade, the U.S. Justice Department and Securities & Exchange Commission have been hitting wrongdoers with significant monetary penalties and, in the case of individuals, prison ...

Growing Criminal Risks of Intermediaries for Cross-Border Financial Crimes 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 31, 2013

Taken from the briefing Growing Criminal Risks of Intermediaries for Cross-Border Financial Crimes recorded July, 2013.In the last couple of decades the U.S. and the world have experienced growing prosecutions of intermediaries for cross-border financial crimes.   A U.S. bank was convicted by a Spanish court for moving money in the Pinochet criminal investigation instead of freezing it.  The U.S. and State of New York have brought criminal ...

Immigration After Windsor: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Open Questions for Lesbian and Gay Immigrant Families in a Post-DOMA World 2013 (Free Audio-only)

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Released on: Nov. 6, 2013

This is a free one-hour briefing in recognition of National Pro Bono Celebration Week!Taken from the briefing Immigration After Windsor: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Open Questions for Lesbian and Gay Immigrant Families in a Post-DOMA World recorded October, 2013.On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, opening a path to immigration benefits for same-sex families for the first time ...

International Implications of the JOBS Act Amendments Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising Under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and Rule 144A (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 3, 2013

Taken from the briefing International Implications of the JOBS Act Amendments Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising Under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and Rule 144A recorded September, 2013. Experts will lead a panel and discuss the SEC’s newly-adopted and amended rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) that allow “general solicitation” and “general advertising” in private placements ...

Internet of Things: Everything is Connected and How are European and US Regulators Responding (or Not)? (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 24, 2014

Taken from the briefing Internet of Things: Everything is Connected and How are European and US Regulators Responding (or Not)? recorded March, 2014.The word “Internet” typically brings up images of people communicating with other people through email and social media. Increasingly it will also be about people communicating with things, things communicating with people and things communicating with other things. Welcome to the future and the Internet ...

Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking 2013 (Free Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 23, 2013

Taken from the briefing Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking recorded July, 2013.The newly reauthorized Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) is the cornerstone of federal anti-trafficking law. This legislation provides a variety of remedies for victims and survivors of human trafficking, including providing immigration status as a form of humanitarian relief.Listen to Ivy O. Suriyopas, Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at ...

Supreme Court's 2012 Blockbuster Term: Review of Major Cases (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 16, 2013

Taken from the briefing Supreme Court's 2012 Blockbuster Term: Review of Major Cases 2013 May, 2013.This is a blockbuster term in the Supreme Court. There are major cases concerning the Fourth Amendment, about the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education, the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the right to marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and the ability to sue corporations under the Alien Tort ...

"Tightening the Chokehold" - An Overview of Enhanced OFAC Sanctions and Enforcement 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 20, 2013

Taken from the briefing "Tightening the Chokehold" - An Overview of Enhanced OFAC Sanctions and Enforcement recorded March, 2013. The United States has ratcheted up its pressure on bad-actor states- Iran, in particular - through a series of enactments that strengthen sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). In the words of one Congresswoman, this legislation “seeks to tighten the chokehold . . . ...

UK White Collar Crime Enforcement: Latest Developments 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 14, 2014

Taken from the briefing UK White Collar Crime Enforcement: Latest Developments recorded February, 2014.This presentation covers the on-going reform of UK white collar crime enforcement in the UK, and comes just a few days after Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) are made available. As well as DPAs, it will cover the details of the first ever formal sentencing guidelines for corporate offenders convicted of fraud, bribery and money laundering published ...

Violence Against Women Act 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 13, 2013

Taken from the briefing Violence Against Women Act 2013 recorded April, 2013.The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been a valuable tool for both law enforcement and immigration practitioners alike. The legislation has helped survivors of domestic and sexual violence come out the shadows and it has provided a mechanism for regularizing the immigration status of these survivors. VAWA 2013 now extends protections to other vulnerable groups.Listen ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA

George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA ~ Director, SEC Institute, a Division of PLI

Mina Park

Mina Park ~ Director, Banking and Capital Markets Origination Legal, Asia Pacific, Citi

Harvey I. Saferstein

Harvey I. Saferstein ~ Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.