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Insider Trading in the Wake of United States v. Newman & Chiasson

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a unanimous decision acquitting accused insider traders, Anthony Chiasson and Todd Newman.  After his December 2012 conviction, Mr. Chiasson appealed the District Court’s failure to charge the jury that it was required to find that Mr. Chiasson knew of the personal benefit provided to the corporate insider in exchange the material nonpublic information.  Gregory ...

Drafting and Implementing International Employee Handbooks, Global Codes of Conduct and Cross-Border HR Policies (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Everyone says “HR has gone global,” but the acid test of global HR is whether a multinational employer effectively aligns its HR policies globally. And many multinationals flunk this test. Is a multinational really globally-integrated if it has a zero-tolerance discrimination policy in the states?but it imposes mandatory retirement abroad? Is a multinational globally-integrated if its U.S. headquarters claims FCPA compliance on securities ...

New York's Amendments to UCC Articles 1,7 and 9

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This briefing will focus on New York's newly enacted amendments to Articles 1, 7 and 9, with special attention to the provisions which differ from those in the model amendments.   Lawrence Safran, partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP, and Janet M. Nadile, counsel at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP, are the former and current chairs of the New York City Bar's Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws, which was very active in ...

Basel III: U.S. Implementation

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The federal banking agencies have adopted comprehensive risk-based capital, supplementary leverage and liquidity rules that will  implement Basel III in the United States.  The largest U.S. banking organizations have been subject to some of the new Basel III rules since 2014.  Most other U.S. banking organizations will become subject to the Basel III rules starting on January 1, 2015.  Most of these rules will also apply to foreign ...

Changing Landscape of Injunctions in Patent Infringement Cases

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Eight years ago in eBay Inc. v. MercExchange LLC, a unanimous Supreme Court warned against “expansive principles” that would bar injunctions against patent infringers in a “broad swath of cases.” eBay changed the law on patent injunctions by rejecting a “general rule” or “categorical” approach to determining whether to enjoin infringers from using patented inventions. Instead, the Supreme Court adopted ...

Conducting Global Sweepstakes and Contests (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the rise in social media, and as advertisers look to create integrated global campaigns, more and more marketers are turning to global sweepstakes and contests to engage with consumers on a global basis. This program, featuring speakers from Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”) firms from around the world, will help marketers understand the rules of the road when conducting promotions globally, including: What promotion ...

LinkedIn for Lawyers -- Maximize This Effective Networking Tool

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please note that CLE credit is not available for this program. If you search the Internet, you will find a lot has been written about LinkedIn, clearly the most widely used on-line professional networking site.  Potential clients and business colleagues may visit your profile before an important meeting, search firms constantly use this tool to identify new candidates for positions, and your former and current colleagues who are sources of ...

Green Bonds and Social Impact Investing

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Many investors are increasingly seeking to align their financial goals with their social objectives. Various legal entity structures have evolved, such as benefit corporations. Similarly, certain financial instruments have developed that may be structured in order to align financial and social goals. An example of these trends can be seen in the development of the market for green bonds, which has grown as issuers of debt securities reach a broader ...

Danger Lurking in the Tall Grass -- Legal Ethics and Marijuana

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The marijuana industry has been described as the next (Acapulco) Gold Rush. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form.  Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia recently passed laws legalizing recreational use; the remaining states allow consumption for medical purposes.  In 2016, five more states are expected to introduce ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana, ...

FDA Regulation of Medical Device Software and Mobile Apps: Recent Developments and What to Expect in 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In just over a year, there have been significant developments in the regulatory oversight of health-related software, particularly mobile apps and other applications that could be subject to regulation by FDA as a medical device.  FDA’s final guidance on mobile medical applications and related policy pronouncements, and release of a proposed regulatory framework for the regulation of health IT, as mandated under FDASIA, have provided clarity ...

Examining the CFPB: A Glimpse at the Bureau's 2015 Rulemaking Agenda

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please join us for an update regarding the CFPB's newest proposed rules and likely 2015 rulemaking activity.  Topics covered will include the CFPB's newest mortgage servicing rules proposed on November 20, 2014, the proposed rule on prepaid accounts, and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule.    Benjamin G. Diehl of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP will discuss:  The CFPB's perspective on in house compliance and ...

Shadow Banking Reform

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

International reform of the shadow banking sector mandated by the G20 and spearheaded by the FSB is well underway with a number of global and local initiatives. Areas of particular focus include the interaction of the regular banking system with shadow banking, securitisation activity, repos and stock lending and money market funds.  The FSB is also continuing its monitoring and surveillance activities to better understand the scope of shadow ...

Integrating Human Rights Compliance into Corporate Strategy and Operations: The Role of Lawyers

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Global policy and law increasingly require companies to identify and address their human rights impacts.  By doing so, companies not only avoid adverse human rights impacts to individuals and communities, but also can avoid substantial business risks.  These include: legal liability under transnational tort suits and other commercial disputes, reputational damage; increased costs of doing business; lower productivity; reduced access to financial ...

Food Marketing Law: Hot Topics

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Along with the rise in consumer interest in healthier foods is increasing legal risk for food companies. This One-Hour Briefing will describe the latest regulatory actions, along with emerging legal pitfalls that food businesses, big and small, need to be advised of.  Lauren Handel and Michele Simon, two experienced food and farming lawyers from Foscolo & Handel PLLC (“The Food Law Firm”) will explain the latest developments including:  ...

First Annual Form 10-K Tune-Up

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

As you draft your annual report on Form 10-K it is always a challenge to be sure that you have effectively dealt with new and emerging issues and the ever-evolving focus areas of the SEC.  Join our workshop leaders Carol A. Stacey and George M. Wilson, both directors at the SEC Institute Division as they review the key issues to address in this year’s Form 10-K.  Topics addressed will include:  SEC staff focus areas for ...

CFIUS's Web: From Pig Farms to the Waldorf -- How Real Estate and Other Transactions Outside the Defense Sector May Trigger CFIUS Review

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses to assess their impact on U.S. national security.  Under CFIUS oversight, acquisitions deemed to threaten U.S. security may be restructured, or mitigation requirements may be imposed to protect national security interests.  If national security concerns cannot be addressed, the President has authority to veto the transaction, ...

Moving Away From the C-Corporation: Understanding REITs, MLPs and PTPs

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Traditionally, most public companies in the U.S. were organized as C-corporations. However, tax developments in recent years have given corporate planners a wide range of new tools to structure a public company. For example, tax pass-through MLP and REIT structures are spreading into new asset classes. Also, traditional double taxed ‘C’ corporations are using tax pass-through entities, including REITs and partnerships, to reduce or eliminate ...

Being Prepared for M&A Strike Suits: How Do You Avoid Disclosure Pitfalls in M&A Litigation?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Almost every public M&A deal draws instant litigation – oftentimes, multiple lawsuits in more than one jurisdiction. In M&A litigation, plaintiffs frequently seek an injunction, alleging that disclosures were inadequate or misleading in various ways. In resolving such claims, the courts frequently find that additional disclosures would not be material, but in some cases – notably those involving alleged conflicts of interest, financial ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Kevin J. Ryan

Kevin J. Ryan ~ Managing Director, Global Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley

David G. Keyko

David G. Keyko ~ Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Alyssa A. Grikscheit

Alyssa A. Grikscheit ~ Sidley Austin LLP