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Charging interest in the United Arab Emirates

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The right to charge interest, whether simple or compound, has always been an area of uncertainty for contracting parties in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). However, in 2018, UAE introduced Federal Law No. 14 on the Central Bank and Organisations of Financial Institutions and Activities (“New Banking Law”), which has, amongst other things, clarified the Central Bank of UAE’s (“UAE Read More

Top 7 Tips for Handling Internal Investigations

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Businesses of all types occasionally run into situations where they need to undertake an internal investigation. Sometimes the need for an investigation is prompted by an inquiry from a governmental agency such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, a state attorney general’s office, or another regulatory agency. Read the full article here. Read More

Weeding Out Bad Seeds: How New York State’s Seed Law Protects Hemp Growers from Unscrupulous Seed Vendors

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New York State’s hemp industry is booming thanks to the State’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Program and the State’s newly enacted hemp legislation, which encourage the growth, production and distribution of hemp and hemp products. In addition to cementing the State as a major player in the burgeoning hemp industry market, the Research Program is also reinvigorating family farms and Read More

Department of Justice Uses Travel Act to Prosecute Health Care Fraud Not Otherwise Prohibited Under the Anti-Kickback Statute

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In April 2019, a federal jury found seven defendants associated with the Forest Park Medical Center (FPMC) in Dallas, Texas guilty on charges of conspiring to pay or receive health care bribes. The defendants in United States v. Beauchamp were convicted of collecting over $200 million dollars in a kickback scheme under which doctors were paid to refer patients to FPMC. Read Read More

The SECURE Act: Recent Changes to IRA and Qualified Retirement Account Distribution Rules

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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (“Act”) was signed into law on December 20, 2019, and went into effect on January 1, 2020. The Act changes the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for IRAs and qualified retirement accounts (“Accounts”) and increases the age at which Account owners are required to begin taking RMDs (required beginning date Read More

Trump Blocks Foreign Investment Over Personal Data Concerns

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On March 6, 2020, in a case with significant implications for foreign investment in U.S. companies dealing in personal data, President Trump ordered the complete divestiture by a publicly traded Chinese company, Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co. Ltd. (Shiji), of its 2018 acquisition of StayNTouch, Inc. (StayNTouch), a U.S. hotel management software company. The order is the first major executive Read More

Winning over Hearts and Minds Needed to Meet our Climate Change Targets

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Last week, the Prime Minister set out his vision for tackling climate change in post-Brexit Britain ahead of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26), the international UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow later in the year. From whatever perspective you happen to consider this issue, few doubt that the path to meaningfully tackling the climate emergency is through Read More

RBS Energy Lending Policy

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The direction of travel for RBS Bank has been away from financing of fossil fuel developments over the last few years and the appointment of new Chief Executive, Alison Rose, seems to have accelerated that trend. Now we have the news that it will stop lending to major oil and gas producers that do not have credible transition plans in Read More

Expert guide: Australian M&A under the microscope

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There were some very high notes in Australian M&A transactions last year, especially in the mid-market sector, with the healthcare and technology industries in particular faring well. There was also a record-breaking deal volume driven by low interest rates, robust debt capital markets and increased cross-border transactions. Read the full article here. Read More