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|Hong Kong SFC Urges Licensed Corporations to Comply With Applicable Foreign Laws Re: Cross-Border Marketing Activities|
Rob Bond, Anne-Marie Godfrey, Elaine Lee; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014In a further indication of the continuing focus of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) on compliance by licensed corporations with applicable marketing requirements, the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the SFC issued a circular to licensed corporations...
|UK Employment Arrangements: UK Publishes Proposed Tax Measures Against Dual Contracts|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014The UK government has published the draft legislation announced in December’s Autumn Statement to “end the abuse of dual contracts”. Dual contracts have in particular been used by employees resident, but not domiciled, in the United Kingdom to benefit from the UK’s...
|L&E Global Expands to Switzerland|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014L&E Global is pleased to announce that Zurich-based Schmid Heinzen Humbert Lerch (SHHL) is now a member of its international integrated alliance of employment law firms. L&E Global specializes in providing counsel to employers on employment, labor, workplace privacy, employee benefits and...
|French Blocking Statute: A Death Foretold?|
Ozan Akyurek; Jones Day;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 2014Originally enacted in response to a U.S. antitrust investigation into French shipping companies, the French Blocking Statute may soon live its last days.
|Fourth Circuit Holds That Defendant Can Be Guilty of Criminal Violation of Armed Export Control Act Even Without Specific Knowledge That the Exported Item Is a Regulated “Defense Article”|
John Staige Davis, Thomas B. McVey; Williams Mullen;
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014To obtain a felony conviction under the Arms Export Control Act for “willfully” exporting “defense articles” without a license, must the government prove that the defendant knew the items in question were specifically subject to federal regulation?
|Why South Africa Should Not Be Graduated From AGOA|
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
February 4, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014With attention turned towards the renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), some have called for South Africa to be graduated from the duty preference program because of its well-developed infrastructure and labor force. Some have also raised the issue of certain non-tariff...
|Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II Update|
Bingham McCutchen LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014After two years of discussion and negotiation, it was announced on 14 January 2014 that the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached informal political agreement on “MiFID II”, the package of reforms and amendments to the Markets in...
|Trade Facilitation: A Critical Element for Africa’s Place in the Global Value Chain|
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014The case for regional integration in Africa has been made, by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, as well as by other well-known African authorities. So the question that now arises is how can regional integration be accomplished? Large amounts of money - both public and...
|US Supreme Court Further Limits Jurisdictional Reach of the US Courts Over Foreign Torts|
Lea Haber Kuck, Timothy G. Nelson; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court began 2014 by issuing a decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to assert tort claims against foreign corporations in the U.S. courts based on events occurring outside the United States. In Daimler AG v. Bauman, the Court held that federal due process prevents a court...
|OFAC Publishes Key Guidance Related to the Lifting of Certain Sanctions on Iran|
Duane Morris LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014The United States will continue to take enforcement action against those who seek to evade or circumvent sanctions.