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The Chairman’s Corner – A Message From the Chairman

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Welcome to the second Chairman’s report. I didn’t receive any feedback on the first one, so it must have been OK. So here I go again. The Dublin Conference is nearly upon us. Our hosts, Flynn O’Driscoll, have issued the invitations and are set to flood delegates with Irish hospitality! Our semi-annual conferences are the lifeblood of LEI. They are Read More

Our Strategy for Expansion

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The EC has been very busy and successful! We are delighted to report that we have successfully recruited a prominent firm from Shanghai and another excellent firm from Mumbai and Delhi to join us as Observers at the next conference in Dublin in September. Our new friends, Owen Cox and George Wang, from the Corporate Department of Global Law Office Read More

E-Sign of the Times

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In many aspects, today’s practice of law looks a lot different than it used to, and a major reason is the integration of technology into the practice, specifically the use of electronic signatures. We have come a long way since solely relying on pen and paper as the only way to sign a legal document. You can view entire article Read More

BIS Investigating Imports of Steel and Aluminum for Effects on National Security

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Last month, the Trump Administration announced the launch of investigations of steel and aluminum imports for their effects on national security. The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) is conducting the investigations, pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (“Sec. 232”).1 The full article can be found here. Read More

CFIUS – Expanded Scope and Policy Implications

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A relatively little-known Federal process has, in the last few years, been playing an increasingly active role in direct foreign investment and cross-border mergers and acquisitions – and seems poised to play an even larger one. The particular shape that role takes may well provide a leading indicator of the new U.S. Administration’s intentions on how it plans to balance Read More

BIS Office of Antiboycott Compliance Settles Penalty Case for $162,000

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The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), Office of Antiboycott Compliance (“OAC”) has reached its first penalty settlement of 2017. On February 17, 2017, the OAC settled with a California company, Pelco, Inc., in the amount of $162,000 over allegations of 66 violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). The full article can be found here. Read More

Rebates for foreign developers and changes for First Home Owners – a review of the new NSW Stamp Duty regime

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On 27 June 2017, the NSW Government passed the State Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Act 2017 (NSW) which has implemented changes to the current NSW stamp duty regime. the introduction of a rebate and exemption process for foreign developers liable to the current ‘foreign person surcharge’; and a revised First Home Owner incentive package. The aim of Read More

M&A Non-disclosure Agreements: Drafting Considerations for Buyers and Sellers

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Selling a company can be a long and winding road with an inevitable exchange of confidential information between presumptive buyers and the selling company occurring throughout the course of a M&A transaction.  Typically, the first document signed between a buyer and seller is a non-disclosure agreement (a “NDA”) which is designed to place restrictions on what each party may do Read More

Top Considerations – Sale of Company

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Selling a business can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reap the rewards for years of efforts spent successfully growing a company, but it is critically important that the business is positioned to achieve a successful exit and there are a number of initial steps to be taken to prepare for a successful exit. The full article can be found here. Read More