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  • Industry Perspectives: Trade finance and the ESG revolution

    The trade finance market is undergoing a radical transformation in terms of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). In this Industry Perspective, two lawyers at Allen & Overy – Niels de Ru, partner in Amsterdam, and London-based partner Matt Townsend – discuss the regulatory reforms and market pressures driving change among banks and borrowers. Please see full Publication below for more information.

  • Delaware Court Addresses Claims Arising From Hackers’ Theft of Merger Consideration

    After hackers targeted law firm emails and stole a portion of the merger consideration, the Delaware Court of Chancery found it was “reasonably conceivable” that an M&A buyer could be liable for not ensuring final payment reached target company shareholders. On April 1, 2022, the Delaware Court of Chancery (the Court) issued an opinion in Sorenson Impact Foundation v. Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, a case brought by target company shareholders in a merger transaction after hackers posing as the shareholders successfully redirected a portion of the merger consideration to the hackers instead of the shareholders. The out-of-pocket shareholders sued the buyer, the target company (which survived the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of the buyer), and the paying agent responsible for remitting payment of the merger consideration to the target’s shareholders under a customary paying agent agreement with the buyer. Please see full Alert below for more information.

  • Insurance Update - May 18 2022

    You’ll find some notable decisions in our May Insurance Update. Appeals over pandemic-related business interruption losses have made their way up to state high courts. And so far, these courts have continued the trend favoring insurers. Please see full Update below for more information.

  • Dentons Flashpoint - May 18, 2022

    Key Takeaways - Finland and Sweden submitted their membership bids for NATO. UK inflation hit 9 percent in April, its highest level in more than 40 years. North Korea reports 1.72 million people with COVID-19 symptoms. Analysis: Pay, Performance and ESG: Shareholder Pushback on Executive Compensation. Analysis: Ukraine War Update: Peace Talks, Kherson Oblast, Oil Embargo. Please see full Newsletter below for more information.

  • Taxpayer Fairness Across the IRS

    On Tuesday, May 18, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on taxpayer fairness at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Testifying before the committee were Commissioner for Wage and Investment and Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer for the IRS Ken Corbin; and Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Strategic Issues Team James R. McTigue, Jr.. The discussion centered on the audit rates of different taxpayers, backlog of tax returns and the taxpayer experience at the IRS. Please see full Memo below for more information.

  • Dentons Flashpoint - May 19, 2022

    Key Takeaways - Turkey blocks quick accession of Finland and Sweden into NATO. Sri Lanka defaults on its sovereign debt. Mozambique declared a polio outbreak after identifying the first case of wild polio in the country since 1992. Analysis: Russian-Speaking Ransomware Gang Takes Aim at Latin America. Analysis: Ukraine War Update: Diplomatic Expulsions, War Crimes Trial, Azovstal POWs. Please see full Newsletter below for more information.

  • IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - Q2 2022

    Section 1782: Discovery in Support of a Foreign Proceeding - Recent years have seen attacks on the trade secrets and intellectual property of U.S. companies. While foreign governments, corporate espionage, and cybersecurity grab the headlines, U.S. courts have increasingly forced companies to disclose valuable inside information even when no case is pending. Please see full Publication below for more information.

  • 2022 NC Primary Election Update

    Primary elections were held across the state yesterday, as North Carolinians cast their ballots for various local, state and federal races. Originally scheduled for March 8th, the primaries were postponed by the North Carolina Supreme Court as part of the litigation challenging the new legislative and congressional maps approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. The North Carolina Supreme Court, in a 4-3 opinion that broke along party lines, rejected all three of the original maps and ordered the Republican leaders in the state legislature to redraw them. The replacement maps for the state House and state Senate were approved, but a three-judge panel rejected the redrawn congressional map and adopted an interim congressional map that will be used for the 2022 elections only. Please see full Publication below for more information.

  • Dentons Flashpoint - May 17, 2022

    Key Takeaways - The US reactivates military deployments to Somalia to combat terrorists. Lebanese Hizballah and allies lose parliamentary majority. The EU lowers Eurozone growth forecast for 2022, down to 2.7 percent, from a previous estimate of 4 percent, citing the Ukraine war. Analysis: The Future of Agriculture: Smart Farming, Organic Farming and Risk. Analysis: Ukraine War Update: Ukraine Cedes Mariupol Control, Russia Backtracks on Finland and Sweden NATO Membership, Russian Military Commentator Acknowledges Setbacks. Please see full Newsletter below for more information.

  • Privilege Newsletter: Investigations - Cooperating With The Government Without Waiving Privilege

    In response to a government investigation, the company has conducted a comprehensive internal investigation, taking steps necessary to establish and maintain applicable privileges and protections. The company now wants to cooperate with the government by providing information learned during its investigation, but it wants to avoid waiving privilege in doing so. Even more, it wants to avoid broad subject matter waiver over the investigation. It is axiomatic that facts are not protected by either the attorney-client privilege or the work product doctrine. Instead, the substance of communications, and related notes and summaries, may be protected by both the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. Distilling non-privileged facts from privileged communications to prepare a presentation for the government can be challenging. If the company discloses the substance of identifiable privileged communications, there is a risk of waiver. Please see full Publication below for more information.

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    The California Court of Appeals held that to be considered defamatory, the speaker must have been acting with actual malice. Actual malice is present if the speaker knows the statement is false, or if he has serious subjective doubts about the truth of the statement. Clark published a book claiming ...

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