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Accounting for Complex Debt vs. Equity Financial Instruments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the world of emerging and developing businesses financing instruments are constantly changing form and blurring the line between debt and equity accounting.  The relevant accounting literature is extremely complex, and over the last several years debt versus equity accounting has been a major cause of financial restatements.  This One Hour Briefing will help you develop the skills to identify when instruments become entangled in this ...

Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In just one hour, this briefing will provide you with a summary of federal candidate and PAC campaign law, as regulated by the Federal Election Campaign Act and administered by the Federal Election Commission’s Regulations and Disclosure Rules.  Please join Kenneth A. Gross of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chip Nielsen of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP and Jan Witold Baran of Wiley Rein LLP for a discussion ...

Carbon Markets and Financing Issues in Renewable Energy

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This one-hour briefing will be divided into two parts.  The first part will provide an overview of the latest activity in existing and emerging carbon markets, including how the market approach may scale as a result of recent federal regulatory actions on greenhouse gases.  The second part will provide an overview of financing  structures (both debt and equity) that are common in today’s renewable energy industry, including a ...

Supreme Court and Civil Procedure: The Changing Landscape of Civil Litigation

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the past few years, the Supreme Court has issued a number of decisions on various issues of civil procedure, including personal jurisdiction, removal, forum selection, and appealability.  The Court’s decisions affect many of the most important aspects of civil litigation:  how parties draft pleadings, where they bring cases, and when and what they may appeal.    Please plan to join Jeffrey B. Wall, Co-Head of the ...

How to Write an Accounting White Paper

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Creating appropriate documentation for complex accounting judgments and decisions is an important part of every company’s financial reporting and crucial to documenting the effectiveness of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.  Creating accounting white papers for such decisions can be a challenging process depending on the subjectivity of such decisions.  In addition, the wide variety of issues they must address, ranging from ...

Ambush Marketing: International Regulation and Enforcement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Events like the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, and Super Bowl also feature competition among brand marketers and rights holders - specifically, the high-stakes battles between non-sponsoring brands and official event sponsors. How can brands reference these events? What event symbols may marketers safely use without permission? How can official rights holders and exclusive sponsors protect their investment? Members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance ...

Enforcing Wage Claims for Low-Income Workers

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

State wage and hour laws were a Progressive Era reform that initially met fierce resistance from industry and the United States Supreme Court, most famously in Lochner v. New York, which invalidated New York’s law prescribing maximum working hours for bakery employees. In 1937, however, the Supreme Court narrowly changed its course, upholding Washington State’s minimum wage law by a 5-4 vote in West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish. This ...

U.S. Companies Trading on the London Stock Exchange and the Impact of EU Regulations Requiring Mandatory Electronic Settlement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Under Article 3(2) of the European Union Regulation on Central Securities Depositories (“CSDR”) published on 28 August 2014, where transactions in transferable securities take place on a trading venue, the relevant securities should be recorded in book entry form in a Central Securities Depository (“CSD”) on or before the intended settlement date (unless already so recorded). The requirement applies irrespective of whether ...

New FCC TCPA Ruling -- Significant Compliance Challenges for Companies

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On July 11, the FCC issued its long-awaited Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act which went into effect immediately.  The Ruling is not generally favorable to industry and significantly impacts how companies in all business sectors may communicate with customers and prospects via telephone and text message.   This briefing will address a host of issues covered by the new ruling, including a consumer’s ...

Basics of Federal Natural Gas Law

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Natural gas is frequently in today’s headlines, either as the bane of environmentalists who oppose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) or the savior of environmentalists who see it as a fuel to replace coal for generating electricity.  Less than ten years ago, however, the United States was supposedly running out of natural gas, and the issue of the day was the siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to import supplies from the Middle ...

Memorable and Persuasive: Winning Demonstratives at Trial

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the niche world of graphics consulting for courtroom presentations, starting with the end in mind is a proven strategy for success. Elite trial teams think about the visual depiction of a case early in the litigation cycle, working with graphics (demonstratives and exhibits) that support the witnesses and the arguments. Utilizing the principles of design: balance, gradation, repetition, contrast, harmony, dominance and flow, a trial team uses ...

Three "P's" of Professional Legal Writing

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Writing well takes commitment, practice, hard work, and a solid writing process. For many lawyers, writing well does not come easy. Lawyers also write for sophisticated and discerning readers: judges and clients.   This session covers the three “P”s of professional legal writing: Professional, Practice and Process. Lawyers must realize and embrace they are Professional writers. Second and as a professional writers, lawyers must ...

Basics of Export Controls 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

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Featured Faculty/Authors
Clifford E. Kirsch

Clifford E. Kirsch ~ Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Tanya E. M. Wong

Tanya E. M. Wong ~ Director of Government Benefits, Legal Services NYC - Legal Support Unit

Kenneth N. Nigon

Kenneth N. Nigon ~ RatnerPrestia