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Basics of Export Controls 2014

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

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 and enforcing the intricate web of restrictions governing trade in ...

New World of Collaborative Consumption

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Internet has made possible the shared use of goods and services in ways not previously feasible—or even imagined.  Already widespread is such use of automobiles, boats, residences and personal time, with additional ones being identified almost daily.    The new ways in which goods and services are used raise novel questions under the laws governing competition, employment, intellectual property, taxation and regulation.  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 ...

Excel Essentials for Legal Professionals

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please note that CLE credit is not available for this program. Excel, the longstanding powerhouse of spreadsheet software, is one of the most commonly used business applications on the planet. But learning the countless features available to you can be a daunting task. From simply printing a real estate closing statement to creating and manipulating a clients’ estate asset worksheet, every lawyer needs basic spreadsheet skills.  Anytime ...

Modifying and Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in Alternative Entities -- How Far Can You Go?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Alternatives to the traditional corporate form, such as limited liability companies and limited partnerships, may appeal to investors for a variety of reasons.  One reason is the flexibility of these entities.  In this briefing we discuss one aspect of this flexibility:  the ability to contractually eliminate or modify fiduciary duties.  This one-hour briefing, focusing on the Delaware perspective, will consider the scope of a ...

Hot Potatoes! Update on Handling Underfunded ERISA Pensions

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

For many employers, ERISA pension underfunding can be hard to live with:  Congress recently gave plan sponsors a cash flow break by relaxing the rules on required funding contributions -- but those interest-bearing liabilities are still there, grinding away.  Meanwhile, the federal pension guarantor, PBGC, often takes a keen interest -- and sometimes intrusive action -- in sales and spinoffs and other transactions that may compromise a plan ...

SEC Guidance Regarding Investment Advisors and Proxy Firms

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The SEC's Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published joint guidance on June 30, 2014 regarding investment advisers' responsibilities in voting client proxies, and two exemptions from the federal proxy rules that are often relied upon by proxy advisory firms. The staff noted that the guidance may require investment advisers and proxy advisory firms to make changes to their systems and processes. In light of this ...

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 ...

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 ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker ~ Kaplan & Walker LLP

K. Susan Grafton

K. Susan Grafton ~ K&L Gates LLP

Garner K. Weng

Garner K. Weng ~ Hanson Bridgett LLP