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  • The Struggles Of Being A 401(k) Plan Provider

    They often say that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. When I was in college or law school or first starting as a lawyer, I don’t know if I believed that. Everything little thing to me, felt like it was the end of the world. Whether it was a speeding ticket on the Taconic Parkway, a grade in Civil Procedure I, or dealing with a clueless Managing Attorney criticizing me, I thought it was the end of the world. Whether it was a lack of confidence or dominating parents, dealing with struggles wasn’t something I could deal with, until I was in my 30s. As a plan provider, there are a lot of struggles in this business and it takes a lot of confidence to overcome them. As someone who didn’t get confidence until I got wiser and stopped listening to negative people, I can assure you that you can deal with the struggles and grow your book of business.

  • The Future of Functional Foods

    Following the social isolation and public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans reevaluated their health and wellness priorities, creating new opportunities for food systems companies to connect with changing consumer tastes and preferences.

  • Consumers’ Economic Anxieties Could Make for a Challenging Holiday Season for Retailers

    The holiday shopping season perennially holds great significance for retailers, and this impact is heightened in 2023 due to shifting consumer behaviors influenced by economic dynamics and evolving preferences. There are several factors influencing consumer sentiment this holiday season. Our survey clearly indicates that inflation remains a top concern for holiday shoppers and broad U.S. economic indicators give credence to shoppers’ perspectives. Please see full Alert below for more information.

  • End of an Era: Is there a Debt Maturity Cliff Coming? Five Key Takeaways

    During our November 15 webinar, the panel addressed the possible challenges raised by a wall of maturing debt in 2024 and 2025 during this time of substantial geo-political uncertainty, rising inflation, trade tensions and labor shortages among other considerations.

  • Workplace Law Forecast 2024 - Your workplace law recap for 2023 and predictions for 2024 to help you prepare for the coming year.

    When I reflect on the relationship that our firm has with our clients, I’m most proud of the fact that you can always count on us. That often means defending complex litigation, steering you through regulatory threats, navigating a thorny workplace situation, helping you win a difficult negotiation, or preserving a level playing field with competitors. But it also means keeping you up to speed on the flurry of legal developments that occur each year and helping you chart a path for the year ahead. So of all of the hundreds of thought leadership pieces that our talented attorneys publish each year, this one is my favorite. In the pages that follow, you are going to see the full range of knowledge that our attorneys have when detailing the most significant events that happened in the world of workplace law over the past year. And with each summary, you’ll get a plan of action on how you should respond and keep up with the changes.

  • A Guide to the Securitization Conflicts of Interest Rule

    More than a decade after its initial proposal,1 the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has at long last adopted a final rule2 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), prohibiting material conflicts of interest in asset-backed securities (ABS) transactions, as required by Section 621 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act). The final rule, denominated as Rule 192 under the Securities Act, prohibits an underwriter, placement agent, initial purchaser, or sponsor of any ABS (including synthetic ABS), and certain affiliates and subsidiaries of such entities, from engaging in any transaction that would involve or result in a material conflict of interest as defined by the SEC. The new rule provides for a number of exceptions, including for certain risk-mitigating hedging activities, liquidity commitments, and bona fide market-making activities.

  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting Obligations in the EU and UK

    EU-corporations and non-EU corporations should prepare for new sustainability reporting obligations under the European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). The United Kingdom continues to develop its own revised and updated corporate sustainability reporting regime that will apply to UK companies. Sustainability has been at the forefront of the European Union’s legislative activities for the last few years. The United Kingdom has begun passing its own economy-wide sustainability regulations that are distinct from EU laws. With respect to corporates, the EU and UK have opted for extensive reporting obligations to meet stakeholder demands for more sustainability transparency and accountability. The EU and UK laws both no longer focus only on listed companies or public-interest companies (such as banks and insurers); instead, the new laws will be triggered if certain size thresholds (e.g., revenue or employee thresholds) are met on an individual or consolidated basis. Notably, from 2025, large private EU companies will be in scope of the CSRD. The EU laws are phased in over time, with the largest companies becoming subject to the new rules the earliest

  • House Financial Committee to hold Dec. 5 hearing on financial innovation

    Tomorrow, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion will hold a hearing entitled “Fostering Financial Innovation: How Agencies Can Leverage Technology to Shape the Future of Financial Services.” The witnesses will be: The Staff Memorandum discusses the Offices that the financial regulatory agencies have established to better foster an innovative...

  • Latham Chairs AI Component of Global Standards Mapping Initiative

    The initiative covers a wide array of insights and guidance for the blockchain ecosystem, while a Latham-led working group explores the convergence of blockchain and AI. By Latham & Watkins’ Fintech Team Latham & Watkins collaborated with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) and industry leaders to release the Global Standards Mapping Initiative (GSMI) 4.0. GSMI...

  • Long-Awaited Guidelines From Article 6.4 Published Ahead of COP28

    The Supervisory Body published the Methodology Guidance and the Removal Guidance to be presented for discussion in COP28. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Paul A. Davies, Joshua T. Bledsoe, Michael Dreibelbis, Qingyi Pan, and Brett Frazer* After two years of discussion, the Supervisory Body (SB) responsible for determining the guidelines for Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement...

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