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Basics of Mutual Funds and Other Registered Investment Companies 2014

Seminar  Seminar

This program is designed to provide attendees with a basic overview of the legal, regulatory and operational issues affecting “registered investment companies” - the universe of publicly offered pooled investment vehicles that include mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and others. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the extensive regulatory framework that dictates the structure and operations of retail investment ...

Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Licensing transactions are more complex and more important than ever. The constantly evolving legal, regulatory and technical landscape drives the need to stay current in a wide variety of key areas. Whether utilized to develop technology, expand or create market opportunities, or generate returns from existing assets, managing complex licensing transactions requires a broad and varied toolkit. Additionally, whether licensing patents, copyrights, ...

Handling a Securities Case 2014: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between

Seminar  Seminar

The landscape of securities litigation is constantly evolving and changing. This program takes you through all the issues that can arise in the most complex securities matters — from the initial government investigation to the filing of the civil cases to either settlement or trial. If you practice in this dynamic field, you know that the need to stay current and develop new strategies and tactics has never been more important. Our faculty of leading ...

Global Trademark Search and Application Workshop 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Join a faculty of domestic and international legal experts as they provide practical guidance for the trademark search and application process in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with particular emphasis on China. Using real-world examples, this practice-based, hands-on workshop will get attendees involved and provide takeaway tips that can be put into use in daily practice immediately. Learn about the differences and similarities of differing search strategies ...

Advocacy for Low-Income Children with Disabilities in California (Free)

Seminar  Seminar

Attend this program so that you can receive the basic information you need to represent low-income children in California with education, regional center, and public benefits issues. Learn the basic substantive law regarding special education, school discipline, regional center eligibility, foster care benefits, CalWORKs, and SSI, so you can take a pro bono case to assist a low-income child in California.

Enforcement 2014: Perspectives from Government Agencies

Seminar  Seminar

We continue to see unprecedented changes in our economic, business and regulatory regimes in general, and in enforcement efforts in particular. This unique program brings together panels of senior staff from the various enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA, New York State Department of Financial Services, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department ...

Consumer Financial Services Institute (19th Annual)

Seminar  Seminar

On July 16, 2013, the Senate confirmed Richard Cordray for a five-year term as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB has been involved in a whirlwind of regulatory, supervisory and enforcement activities since it began operations during 2011 and this level of activity is certain to intensify. In addition to the CFPB, state attorneys general and other federal regulators are pursuing initiatives focused on consumer ...

USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Post-grant patent proceedings were pursued in record numbers at the USPTO in 2013. The level of filing continues to accelerate beyond initial expectations, as both the public and the courts recognize the value of these fast-track administrative proceedings. The substantial costs and uncertainty of patent litigation require the development of alternative case management strategies, which at least require consideration of challenging patents at the ...

Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2014: Current Developments

Seminar  Seminar

The credit markets continue to be volatile and in today’s weak economy, staying abreast of the current developments in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganizations is essential. This advanced conference assembles a remarkable faculty of bankruptcy judges and leading practitioners who will provide you with a thorough analysis of hot topics and recent decisions and how to strategically respond to them. They will cover the cases after the Supreme Court's ...

Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2014

Seminar  Seminar

At this perennial favorite, our experienced faculty will walk you through all of the steps associated with acquiring and selling a privately held company, whether it is a large independent corporation, a division or subsidiary of a large public company, or a smaller venture capital-backed or family-owned entrepreneurial enterprise.  You will learn about the special issues that apply when a private equity firm is the buyer or owns the target company, ...

Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Joint ventures between large companies or with start-up or other smaller companies are now an everyday occurrence. Partnerships have long been the tried and true form for the holding and operation of real estate, and since the 1981 Act, for the conduct of closely-held business operations as well. Further, the increase in the number of joint ventures to develop large-scale projects, the rise of the limited liability company, the promulgation of the ...

Ethics for Financial Industry Lawyers 2014

Seminar  Seminar

The program will review the professional responsibility issues confronting lawyers who advise clients in connection with securities and derivatives transactions, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics 2014

Seminar  Seminar

This program will address fundamentals of ethical and professional responsibility, as well as current developments impacting the practice of inside counsel and lawyers in private practice. Topics to be reviewed include: privilege and waiver, conflicts and consent, and the thorny ethical issues involved in representing an organization and its constituent parts and representatives. The program will be focused on practical guidance, and draw from real ...

Ethics for Litigators 2014

Seminar  Seminar

At this two-hour program, you will learn, from an outstanding panel of litigators, judges, and ethics experts, practical solutions to these timely ethics issues for litigators: Ethical issues in representing the former employees of a corporate client Conflicts within a firm: navigating the rules in today’s mobile and cross-border world Ethics and social media Providing unbundled legal services in Illinois

Preparing the 2014 Form SD (Conflict Minerals Disclosure)

Seminar  Seminar

As the first filing deadline in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) conflict minerals disclosure rules rapidly approaches, registrants and their advisors are focused on the disclosures required to be included in the Specialized Disclosure Form (Form SD) and if applicable, the Conflict Minerals Report (CMR). This event will provide attendees with practical perspectives and leading practices in preparing the Form SD and CMR ...

IP Monetization 2014: Maximize the Value of Your IP Assets

Seminar  Seminar

The rapidly evolving field of Intellectual property ("IP") monetization has become a core strategic consideration for many companies. On an increasingly regular basis, companies are considering (i) carve-outs of IP assets in M&A and other strategic transactions, for sale or monetization in separate transactions (including privateering arrangements), (ii) IP-collateralized loans, (iii) IP litigation financing, (iv) creative technology development ...

Understanding Employment Law 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Whether you are new to the field, seeking a quick refresher, or if your law practice only touches upon employment law issues, this jam-packed employment law primer is designed for you. Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty will lead you through the major regulations and case law governing the employer/employee relationship and offer practical pointers ranging from hiring to firing and everything in between. In addition, the program will address ...

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments in 2014

Seminar  Seminar

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is at the top of most companies’ key risk areas. DOJ and SEC resources devoted to investigation and enforcing the law remain at an all-time high. Recent FCPA enforcement actions and disclosures demonstrate that no industry is immune from FCPA scrutiny, and FCPA sweep investigations across industry sectors are becoming more common and challenging. Beyond the FCPA, an increasing number of countries, as well ...

Pocket MBA Summer 2014: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals

Seminar  Seminar

Whether you are a transactional lawyer, litigator or other advisor, to have a successful practice, you must understand finance, accounting, economics and tax principles, as well as their application.Pocket MBA Summer 2014: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals is designed specifically for anyone whose practice requires a thorough understanding of finance. Our expert faculty includes partners and senior level practitioners from the nation’s top ...

Antitrust Institute 2014: Developments & Hot Topics

Seminar  Seminar

With an emphasis on new developments while providing a refresher of key principles, this year’s Institute will examine current merger issues, price fixing, the legality of joint ventures and other competitor collaborations, "vertical" restraints on customers and suppliers, including resale price maintenance, standards for complying with price discrimination laws, and the latest information on the state and federal enforcement priorities. Also included ...

Leveraged Financing 2014

Seminar  Seminar

At this conference, the country’s leading experts in leveraged finance will examine key concepts and strategies in serving leveraged companies, including portfolio companies of private equity firms. You will learn about the leveraged finance marketplace today, including new deal activity, continuing refinancing needs, evolving trends in leveraged finance, funding sources and product offerings, current covenant approaches, and financing product alternatives.

Appellate Advocacy 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Appellate Advocacy will give you real-world insight into effective appellate advocacy. Attendees will learn about all aspects of the appellate process, from things to do (and not to do) in the trial court, to strategies and techniques for persuasive brief writing and oral argument, to how and when to seek amicus support, to the rehearing and certiorari processes. Attendees will also hear the "View from the Bench" - what judges find persuasive and ...

Higher Education Law 2014: Current Issues and Recent Developments

Seminar  Seminar

At PLI’s Higher Education Law 2014: Current Issues and Recent Developments, an expert faculty, comprised of attorneys working both in private practice and in universities, will provide updates  and best practices in three important  areas of higher education law today: Title IX and sexual harassment policies; disability discrimination; and research compliance.

Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103

Seminar  Seminar

How has patent reform impacted the touchstones of patentability, prior art and obviousness? Already a complicated concept for patent practitioners because of evolving interpretations in the PTO and CAFC, 102 has been complicated further by the AIA. What aspects of current 102 understanding carry over to new 102? How does the concept of “prior art” and circumstance collide in the 21st century? How does prior art on the web impact the practice? What ...

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Legal and compliance risks for organizations are higher than ever before. Compliance and ethics programs to help organizations manage legal risks should no longer be considered optional. And as the need for compliance and ethics programs has increased, government standards on these programs have become increasingly specific. In short, at no time has promoting and maintaining an ethical corporate culture been as essential for a company’s survival and ...

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.