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HTMLEleventh Circuit Is First US Appeals Court to Define “Instrumentality” of a Foreign Government Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Vincent J. Connelly, J. Gregory Deis, Kelly B. Kramer, William Michael, Laurence Urgenson; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 23, 2014, previously published on May 19, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has provided useful guidance on the meaning of the term “instrumentality” as used in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). In a landmark decision released on May 16, the court established the criteria for when companies...


HTMLUkraine Update: Additional US and EU Sanctions Imposed
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2014, previously published on May 7, 2014
As the events in Ukraine and Russia continue to unfold, the reaction by the US and the EU, including imposing sanctions, will impact individuals, businesses, and entire sectors.


HTMLAre Foreign Sovereigns More Protected under U.S. Law than U.S. Citizens?
Michael E. Elsner; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2014, previously published on April 28, 2014
A troubling pattern is emerging in which the U.S. government stands for the rights of foreign sovereigns in opposition to its own citizens. The latest example is Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd. which was argued before the Supreme Court on Monday, April 21. Argentina defaulted on bonds...


Adobe PDFMOFCOM Introduces Trial Procedure for Notification of Simple Concentrations
Hannah C. L. Ha, Yuanjie He, John M. Hickin, Philip F. Monaghan, Wendy Y. S. Thian; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014
On 18 April, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a trial framework for the notification of simple concentrations or mergers. The Guidelines on the Notification of Simple Cases of Concentrations of Undertakings (Simplified Notification Guidelines) establish a procedural structure...


HTMLDistribution Agreements Under International Sales Laws
Charles V. McPhillips; Kaufman & Canoles A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2014
Unless specifically disclaimed by agreement of the parties, most sales contracts entered into by U.S. companies to export or import goods are governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). With the exception of the United Kingdom and Hong Kong,...


HTMLChinas Energy Revolution
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
Emerging economies, especially China, will have a particularly significant impact on world energy both in terms of scale and pace. In terms of scale, China’s population is larger than the combined populations of the US, Canada, the EU and Russia. In terms of pace, China is expected to install...


HTMLDemocratic Republic of Congo: Now Is the Time to Make DRC Companies Compliant with OHADA Corporate Law
Denis Bandet, Hervé Castelnau, Thibaut Kazemi, Laurent Vandomme; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 2014
With a view to improving its business and investment climate, the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") joined the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa ("OHADA") on September 13, 2012, thereby becoming the 17th Member State of this international...


HTMLIndia’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Requirements - Beware of the Pitfalls
Theodore T. Chung, Karen P. Hewitt, Glyn Powell, Sumesh Sawhney, Sheila L. Shadmand; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 2014
In August 2013, the Indian parliament passed the Indian Companies Act, 2013 (the "New Act"), which has replaced the Companies Act of 1956. The New Act has made far-reaching changes affecting company formation, administration and governance, and it has increased shareholder control over...


Adobe PDFUnited Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
Victor Galante, Luciana Sodré, Guilherme Vieira da Silva; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014
In March 2013, the National Congress enacted Legislative Decree No. 538/2012, which approved the Vienna Convention for the International Sales of Goods (CISG), in force in Brazil as of April 1st, 2014.


HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Settles Lanham Act Standing Conflict
Bruce Colbath; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014
On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Static Control Components, Inc. had the right to sue Lexmark International Inc. under the Lanham Act’s false advertising prong. In doing so, the Court established a new Lanham Act standing test, rejecting several different tests circuit...


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