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Legal Update
23 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently released a tax audit memorandum in which it asserted that the owners of a hedge fund management company taxable as a partnership owed Social Security taxes on their distributive share of the management company income, even though the owners paid themselves reasonable salaries.
Article
September 2014
Breaking up is hard to do, especially when the corporate romance sours in a merger or acquisition. Post-closing disputes in mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) are complex, costly and time-consuming. In the courtship stage of an M&A deal, the parties may overlook differences, the seller being intoxicated with dreams of impending wealth and the buyer being blinded by the target’s attractive cash flow. After the completion of the deal, however, the fever may break, and significant disputes may arise. How these post-closing M&A disputes are resolved will impact the parties’ relationship.
Legal Update
23 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 16, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a broad en banc decision, greatly expanding corporate shareholders’ and officers’ liability for US customs violations.
Newsletter
23 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Information Society; Transport; Euro & Economy; External Relations
Legal Update
22 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Telecoms & Information Society; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations
Audio
19 September 2014
UK Employment Law - The View from Mayer Brown
In this episode Nick reviews three cases dealing with various points of employment law. The first looks at whether an employer can defend a constructive dismissal claim by pointing out that the employee himself was in breach of contract. It also considers whether an employer is entitled to rely on explicit e-mails sent in breach of the company's e-mail policy on the company's email. The second case considers whether an individual can rely on British employment law where he worked 49% of his time in the UK. The final case decides whether an HR consultant had inadvertently agreed to contractual pay rise for a group of employees following a grievance.
Legal Update
19 September 2014
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
This update addresses the main features of the New Hydrocarbons Law of Mozambique, which became effective on August 18, 2014.
Newsletter
19 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Enterprises, Research; Energy; Environment; Health, Food Safety, Consumer; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations
Newsletter
18 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust & Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, Research; Employment; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy & Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Transport; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations
Newsletter
17 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Research, Employment; Finance & Taxation; Energy & Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; Accession & External Relations
17 September 2014
Legal Update
16 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In anticipation of the upcoming reporting season, we review the potential impact of recent developments on public companies’ proxy statements and annual reports. Some of these topics include pending regulations under Dodd-Frank, say-on-pay and compensation disclosure issues and shareholder proposals.
Newsletter
16 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust & Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Industry, Research, Employment; Finance & Taxation; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy & Environment; Health, Food Safety, Consumer; Transport; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations
Legal Update
16 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 27, 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules for nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, or NRSROs, implementing rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including new rule 15Ga-2 and new rule 17g-10.
Newsletter
15 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust & Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Energy & Environment; Health & Consumer Protection; Information Society; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations & Accession
Legal Update
15 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent decision involving damages for environmental contamination, the Texas Supreme Court reversed a jury award because the plaintiff failed to meet the high standard for establishing loss of market value, and the even higher standard for “stigma” damages associated with environmental contamination of real property in the absence of a sale of the underlying property.
Legal Update
15 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Wall Street Journal (the “Journal”) has reported that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is drafting proposed rules for the asset management industry that are designed to address the perceived risks posed by the industry to the financial system.
Legal Update
12 September 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

Our update “A Spotlight on Fathers – the Arrival of Paternity Leave” in March 2014 referred to the imminent arrival of legislation to introduce three days’ paternity leave in Hong Kong. This proposal was greeted with unanimous acclaim and was considered to be a balanced, and possibly overdue, benefit for new fathers.

As the primary terms (three days’ leave and 80 percent pay) of the benefit had already been approved at the Labour Advisory Board (the LAB is the body comprising employee and employer representatives at which “deals” are struck concerning workplace regulation) the legislation was expected to sail through the legislative process without drama.

Unfortunately even well meaning and uncontroversial legislation can get caught in Hong Kong’s highly emotional political storm.

Legal Update
12 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In this issue: Viva Mexico? Indonesia - how about the ‘i’ in potential? Colombia – Latin America’s newcomer; Ethiopia: It’s not about the oil; Dutch arbitration law gets an upgrade; Brazilian flair; Land of opportunity – key points on bidding in the U.S.; Extras; The sleeping giant; Breach of contract? Don’t forget the staff time; What’s been happening @ Mayer Brown? Case notes
Newsletter
12 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Antitrust & Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; IP Rights, Patent, Trademark; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Energy; Environment & Climate; Health, Food Safety, Consumer; Justice & Home Affairs; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe; External Relations
Legal Update
11 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
As Audit Committees have seen their responsibilities increase dramatically, they have also faced increased regulatory scrutiny, potential liabilities and proxy and shareholder activist opposition to the re-election of Audit Committee members to the board of directors of the company.
Newsletter
11 September 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Finance & Taxation; Industry, Employment, Research; Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Health & Consumer Protection; Transport; Euro & Economy; Future of Europe/New Com
Article
11 September 2014
The Volokh Conspiracy
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Marcus Christian (Washington DC) has published a guest blog post on cyber crime on The Volokh Conspiracy.
Legal Update
10 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 22, 2014, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel circulated its decision in Argentina – Measures Affecting the Importation of Goods (WT/DS438/R, WT/DS444/R, WT/DS445/R).
White Paper
10 September 2014
Mayer Brown White Paper
The most important principle of the German insolvency law is the equal treatment of the creditors of the insolvency debtor. To satisfy their claims, the creditors are entitled to the debtor’s insolvency estate. The insolvency estate consists of the entire assets of the debtor which belong to him at the time the insolvency proceeding is opened and which he obtains during the proceeding.

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