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|Dramatic Change to Scope of Anti-Dumping Duty Order Puts Many Importers at Risk|
Jeffrey S. Neeley, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 10, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014In a scope ruling issued May 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) found that four chests marketed as living room pieces were within the scope of the anti-dumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. The scope ruling was made at...
|Ukraine-Related Sanctions Update: OFAC Issues Sanctions Regulations; President Withdraws GSP Status for Russia|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014Recently, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated regulations which formally implement the Ukraine-related sanctions set forth in Executive Orders 13660 (“Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine”),...
|D.C. Circuit Rejects Emergency Motion to Stay Conflict Minerals Rule|
Jeffrey T. Haughey, Daniel J. Thompson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014On Wednesday, May 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to stay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) conflict minerals rules prior to the deadline to file the first Conflict Minerals Report on...
|Prison Sentence in Air India Bribery Scheme Sends Deterrent Message to Canadian Executives|
Milos Barutciski, Matthew S. Kronby, Steven T. Robertson; Bennett Jones LLP;
May 28, 2014, previously published on May 25, 2014On May 23, Nazir Karigar, an agent of Cryptometrics Canada Inc. (Cryptometrics), was sentenced to three years in federal prison under Canada’s foreign bribery statute. Mr. Karigar was convicted last August of conspiring to pay approximately $450,000 to India’s Minister of Civil Aviation...
|SEC Advises Issuers to Continue to Comply with Conflict Minerals Rule|
Ryan M. Rourke Reed; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
May 6, 2014, previously published on April 2014 Reacting to a recent court ruling striking down a portion of the Dodd-Frank Act and related SEC Form SD, yesterday, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance released a “Statement on the Effect of the Recent Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule.” The Statement...
|SEC Publishes Second Set of Conflict Mineral FAQs Focusing on Audit Requirement|
Jeffrey T. Haughey, Mary Anne O'Connell, Daniel J. Thompson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released new answers to nine Frequently Asked Questions about the conflict minerals rule. The regulation requires most reporting companies to disclose the presence of conflict minerals in products that they manufacture or contract to manufacture. The...
|CFTC Deadlines Approach for Swap Dealer Margin Segregation Notifications and Buy-Side Responses|
Maureen A. Donley, Theodore M. Kneller, W. Graham McCall, Mark D. Young; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP;
April 4, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014Market participants that enter into uncleared swaps should expect to receive notifications from swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) counterparties regarding segregation of initial margin for swaps. Dodd-Frank amended Commodity Exchange Act Section 4s(l) to provide SD and MSP...
|Oil and Gas Partnership by Ambush: The Challenges of Disclaiming A Partnership or Joint Venture in Texas|
Joshua L. Fuchs, William R. Taylor; Jones Day;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 2014Do two companies form a joint venture if the companies preliminarily discuss forming one, but never enter into a formal joint venture agreement and execute contracts expressly disclaiming any formation of a joint venture or any binding obligation to do so? A Texas jury recently answered this...
|Expiration of CFTC Cross-Border Exemption May Impact Non-US Swap Trading|
Maureen A. Donley, Theodore M. Kneller, Daniel S. Konar, Mark D. Young; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013Earlier this year, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Cross-Border Guidance that set out the agency’s interpretation on the extent to which CFTC swap regulations would apply outside the U.S. The Cross-Border Guidance also addressed whether the CFTC could permit...
|Recent Tax Measures Provide Opportunities for Multinational Companies|
Lucas R. Kurtz, Ricardo Malachias Ciconelo, Joaquim Manhaes Moreira, Daniel Takaki; Manhaes Moreira Advogados Associados;
December 4, 2013, previously published by International Law Office on October 7, 2011Developments in Brazil's mining and oil industry, preparations for international sporting events and increased consumer demand have prompted the Brazilian government to enact new tax measures.