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New York State and City Anti-Harassment Laws

By Evan D. Parness In the wake of the #MeToo movement, New York State and New York City governments have passed new laws aimed at sexual harassment prevention.  Businesses with operations in New York State and/or New York City must comply with these new laws. New York City: Effective September 6, 2018, all employers in … Continue Reading

The Italian residential lease market: A potential gold mine?

Italy is currently experiencing an economic recovery, in the real estate residential market as elsewhere. This is due to a turnaround in consumer spending after the massive crisis of 2008 as well as an influx of foreign purchasers – particularly from Australia and New Zealand, wishing to buy homes in Florence and Rome especially – … Continue Reading

The Second Circuit rules against DOJ’s aggressive assertion of extraterritorial FCPA jurisdiction over foreign accessories

Dealing a significant blow to US prosecutors, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that a non-resident foreign national, operating entirely outside the physical territory of the United States, cannot be liable for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) under aiding-and-abetting or conspiracy theories unless he was directly liable under … Continue Reading

Buyer beware − recent SBA regulatory changes could decrease the value of small business targets

Recent changes to the US Small Business Administration’s regulations could significantly affect the value of government contractors that depend on certain contracts set aside for small businesses. Brad Jorgensen and Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith explain the implications of these regulatory changes on entities contemplating a merger or acquisition involving small-business government contractors.… Continue Reading

GDPR and its effect on technology innovation

Scott Thiel, a partner in our Hong Kong office, answers questions on what companies should do to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on the tech sector worldwide, especially in Asia. This interview is published in ejinsight in two parts, part one and part two.    … Continue Reading

Co-Living Developments in the UK

Co-living developments have become increasingly common in the UK, with a number of new entrants into the market in recent times, as well as a number of other businesses looking to move into this area. This follows a recent trend for a greater number and range of co-working developments in London. In this month’s issue … Continue Reading

The new European Electronic Communications Code

On June 28, 2018, an amended draft of the European Electronic Communications Code was published and it is expected to go to a final vote later this year. In this article, Mike Conradi highlights the main changes or issues,  such as: High Capacity Networks Definition of “European Commission electronic communications Communication Service” General Authorisations – Notification Small-Area Wireless Access … Continue Reading

Real Estate Gazette: Residential Property

In this issue of Residential Property, Dr. Olaf Schmidt focuses on co-living as a topic which has captured the attention of our authors all around the globe. With a range of subjects being examined including co-working spaces in Asia, corporate tax reform in Sweden and developments in the taxation of capital gains made by non-UK residents … Continue Reading

Constructive Thinking Round-up – July 2018

Welcome to the July edition of our Constructive Thinking Round-up, DLA Piper’s monthly guide to key developments in the Construction and Engineering sector. This month’s issue includes the following articles: Operation of a force majeure clause Interpreting an overage agreement Dealing with concurrent delay Government launches Construction Sector Deal National Infrastructure Assessment 2018 Government consultation … Continue Reading

Electronic Signatures: The element of intent in the digital environment

Under US law, the creation of a signature includes an element of intent. For example, Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code defines a signature to include “any symbol executed or adopted with the present intention to adopt or accept a writing.” ESIGN and UETA both adopt this emphasis on intent to the digital environment by defining … Continue Reading

The tide turns: If your company is doing business in the US, it may soon be required to collect state sales taxes

Naftali Z. Dembitzer, Hugh Wesley Goodwin and Ossie Lynn Ravid outline how Israeli companies selling online products and services to customers in US states may soon be required to register, collect and remit taxes in those states, click here to read the full article. Naftali Dembitzer in New York and Hugh Goodwin and Ossie Ravid in Silicon Valley are … Continue Reading

Innovation everywhere …

Real estate lawyers face innovation threats from different directions. William A. Rudnick sheds light on threats to the legal industry, and to the real estate industry, click here to read the full article.… Continue Reading

What Israeli businesses should know before settling in Canada

Ted Maduri provides a brief overview of the main considerations that come with expanding your business into Canada, including: Business formation: which vehicle should you choose? Advantages of a branch office Advantages of a subsidiary corporation Where should you incorporate? How to set up the new company? What else should you keep in mind? Click here … Continue Reading

First judicial finding that digital tokens are securities

A magistrate judge in Florida issued a report in a class action lawsuit – Rensel v. Centra Tech, Inc. – finding that tokens issued and sold by tech startup Centra Tech were investment contracts. While the report and its recommendations are not final until approved by a district court judge, it appears to be the first judicial … Continue Reading

International HR and employee discipline issues in FCPA matters

When carrying out internal investigations into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or other bribery issues, multinational employers may find themselves investigating alleged wrongdoing that occurred in more than one country. Lawyers and HR personnel, who often coordinate or directly carry out investigations overseas, need to understand that local laws, practices and cultural differences mean that … Continue Reading

Understanding common types of seed investments: 4 useful charts

For an early-stage startup, the prospect of securing financing through seed investment for up-front capital expenses can be daunting. This is a simple guide that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of common types of seed investments. The two most common categories of seed investments available to startups can largely be categorized as convertible debt financing … Continue Reading

Israel and GDPR: Processors take note

Andrew Dyson, head of the UK Data Protection and Privacy practice at DLA Piper, authored the Privacy and Data Protection chapter entitled, “Israel and GDPR: Processors take note,” in the IsraelDesks International Legal Guide 2018, an international legal and business guide for Israeli companies, click here to read more. Andrew acts as lead external counsel on major … Continue Reading

Restrictive covenants: what are they and when and where can they be used

Should you be asking your employees to executive restrictive covenants to prevent them from exploiting your intellectual property, or luring away your customers or co-workers for the benefit of your competitors? Many employers answer this question with a yes. In the US, restrictive covenants are governed by state law, which can vary widely by state. … Continue Reading

The GDPR’s impact on internal investigations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 and has necessitated major compliance efforts by corporations doing business within the EU or (in most cases) processing the personal data of EU employees or customers. However, the GDPR’s effect on corporate internal investigations – both within the EU and abroad … Continue Reading

Capitalization table fundamentals

A capitalization table is a summary of equity ownership in a corporation. Good cap table maintenance and good corporate governance go hand in hand, so it is critical for corporations to keep their cap table accurate and up to date. In its simplest form, a cap table is a spreadsheet that has columns for, at … Continue Reading

California privacy law poised to alter US privacy landscape

For decades, US state legislatures have taken an incremental approach to privacy regulation, passing legislation that addressed specific privacy issues (eg, a host of employee privacy laws, online privacy policy requirements, SSN privacy) but rejecting bills proposing broad-based creation of new privacy rights. This pattern changed abruptly this week in California, where both houses of … Continue Reading

eSignature and ePayment News and Trends

This issue of eSignature and ePayment News and Trends includes information about whether your website is ADA compliant, as well as news on federal and state law, federal and state regulatory activities, fresh judicial precedent and more. Click here to read the full newsletter written by Margo H. K. Tank, David Whitaker and Andrew Grant.… Continue Reading

Stock option grant checklist for startups

Stock options are still the most common form of equity compensation used by private startup companies. In order to provide a quick reference tool, our colleagues Cisco Palao-Ricketts and Malaz Moustafa have put together a checklist of the key requirements and best practices for granting stock options. Click here to read the full checklist.… Continue Reading

Disruption in the Real Estate Industry – Don’t leave the lawyers behind

Lawyers have a tendency to be reactive-considering changes in statute and case law and applying that to the current transaction of a client. The much talked of disruption and change in the real estate industry necessitates a more forward-thinking and innovative approach, predicated upon understanding the real estate sector, the drivers of change and how … Continue Reading
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