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Brochure
2015
Lawyers in Mayer Brown’s dedicated Africa practice group have worked on deals in more than 20 countries throughout the continent. They offer practical experience, technical skills and commercial knowledge of the various African markets to its clients and understand the challenges and rewards that exist for clients doing business in Africa.
Newsletter
31 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Industry, SMEs & Research; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment & Climate Change; Consumer, Food Safety & Health; Digital & Information Society; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Legal Update
31 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
When a fiduciary to an employee benefit plan overpays a plan participant, the fiduciary must resort to remedies offered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Section 502(a)(3) of ERISA authorizes a fiduciary to recover “appropriate equitable relief”—a nebulous concept that has triggered much litigation.
Newsletter
31 March 2015
Newsletter
31 March 2015
Tauil & Chequer Newsletter
Newsletter
March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Our monthly review of key cases and new law affecting employers.
Legal Update
31 March 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Yesterday the Hong Kong Competition Commission (Commission) published revised implementation guidelines (revised Guidelines) to the Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (CO). In revising the Guidelines the Commission considered 64 submissions from a range of organisations commenting on the previous draft of the Guidelines.

The CO will have a profound impact on the way business is conducted in Hong Kong. As businesses review their commercial practices, the revised Guidelines will hopefully provide greater legal certainty and elucidate the extent to which businesses will have to restructure certain agreements and change established practices to comply with the CO.

While the Commission has not commenced operations, it has been monitoring the market and conducting targeted studies and research on certain matters, such as building management. The Commission is also welcoming parties to come forward with any concerns about potentially anti-competitive practices; any information it receives before the CO comes into force will be kept on record and may be used in future enforcement activity.

In this legal update, we summarise the headline points in the revised Guidelines to inform you about what has changed and what has not changed from the previous draft Guidelines.
 
Legal Update
30 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In opinions issued on the same day, federal appellate courts for the Second Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit both recently affirmed dismissals of securities-fraud claims filed against independent audit firms that audited Chinese reverse-merger companies because the plaintiffs did not adequately plead scienter under the heightened pleading standard imposed by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA).
30 March 2015
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Health & Consumer Safety; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession

Legal Update
30 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On 26 March 2015, after a prolonged period of Parliamentary debate, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 was passed into law. The Act, which will come into force in October this year, will bolster the rights of consumers and businesses alike to take action and obtain redress where they have fallen victim to unfair conduct. Amongst the key changes introduced by the Act are the establishment of the Competition Appeals Tribunal as the venue of choice for competition litigation; enabling collective actions to be brought on an “opt-out” basis; and promoting alternative dispute resolution for competition claims. The Act is significant in the development of private “follow-on” actions in the UK, and will have far-reaching implications for the way competition litigation will play out.
Newsletter
27 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Health & Consumer Safety; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Audio
27 March 2015
UK Employment Law - The View from Mayer Brown
Nick looks at three recent EAT decisions. The first considers whether an employer had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability. The second considers whether an award of damages for injury to feelings is taxable. Thirdly, the EAT clarifies one aspect of the test for a TUPE service provision change.
Legal Update
27 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Following up on its promise to “integrate regular, targeted assessments of cyber security preparedness at insurance companies as part of [its] examination process,” the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued a letter on March 26, 2015, to chief executive officers, general counsels and chief information officers of approximately 160 insurance companies informing them that the DFS has expanded its information technology examination procedures to focus more attention on cyber security (a copy of the letter is available here).
Legal Update
27 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On March 24, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued long-awaited proposed guidance to its officers on the adjudication of L-1B visa petitions for “specialized knowledge” transferees.
Legal Update
January/February 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Bulletin for Pensions Managers is a high-level summary of developments which may be of interest to pensions managers. This issue covers developments to the end of February 2015.
Newsletter
26 March 2015
2015 Q1
Mayer Brown JSM Newsletter

In this edition, we look at:

Copyright – Hong Kong

  • The Draft Copyright Tribunal Rules – Not There Yet

Trade Marks –Hong Kong

  • Burberry v Polo Santa: A Recent Case on the Standard of Use Required to Resist Non-Use Revocation

Patents – China

  • The Impact of Improved Administrative Patent Enforcement Rules for Foreign Patentees

Data Privacy –Hong Kong

  • Crossing Borders – New Guidance on the Transfer of Personal Data Outside Hong Kong
  • Data Privacy in Hong Kong, the Past, the Present and the Future: An “Appy” and Brave New World?

Technology – Hong Kong

  • Out With the Old, and In With the New: Amendments to the Payment Regulations in Hong Kong

Technology – China

  • Made in China or Made for China: CBRC Guidelines Might Bifurcate the Global IT Supply Industry
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Two major changes have been introduced with effect from the tax year ending 5 April 2015 and later years which affect employee share plans operated in relation to employees in the UK. Any company with share plans which benefit employees resident in the UK for tax purposes will need to address these changes.
Audio
26 March 2015
UK Pensions Law - The View from Mayer Brown
Richard Goldstein talks about the recent High Court judgment in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited v Stena Line Limited and others [2015] EWHC 448 (Ch) and its implications for UK pension schemes.
Newsletter
26 March 2015
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Competition; State Aid; Trade & Customs; Internal Market & General; Financial Services & Taxation; Agriculture & Maritime Affairs; Energy; Environment; Health & Consumer Safety; Digital & Information Society; Transport; Justice & Citizens' Rights; Euro & Economy; Foreign Affairs & Accession
Brochure
2015
Mayer Brown have updated their Country by Country Reference Guide to International Arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2015. Covering 49 countries, this Guide covers the key facts, considerations and risks in relation to arbitration in the region.
Legal Update
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created procedural vehicles for new market participants, such as investment firms, to challenge patents. These procedural vehicles include inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”).
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Newsletter
25 March 2015
Legal Update
25 March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On February 3, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced the results of their cybersecurity examination initiatives.

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