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The Court’s ruling in Lamps Plus, Inc., et al. v. Varela is the latest in the Court’s ongoing pro-employer, pro-arbitration jurisprudence As we first reported here, the United States Supreme Court’s docket this term includes three significant cases interpreting various aspects of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”).  Earlier this year, the Court ruled in the first of those cases, Henry Schein, et al. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc. (see our discussion here),…
On March 8, 2019, the United States Department of Justice (the DOJ) announced a key revision to its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Corporate Enforcement Policy (the Policy) regarding employees’ use of ephemeral messaging platforms. The original Policy required companies to prohibit employees’ use of such messaging platforms in order to receive full cooperation credit and demonstrate adequate remediation. The revised Policy permits such communications, so long as proper guidance and controls are put in…
In our blog on 4 April 2018, we encouraged interested parties to input into the RICS consultation on its professional statement, Code for leasing business premises, 1st edition.  With the status of a professional statement, the new Code has sufficient weight to deliver a professional punch whereas the current regime is voluntary. Following last year’s consultation and discussions between landlords, tenants and other trade bodies, a number of changes have been made to the Code…
Beginning May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens may apply for E-2, investor, visas. This long-awaited US immigration option for Israelis is the culmination of lengthy efforts by both the United States and Israel toward the goal of reciprocal US/Israeli investor visa options. This treaty-based, temporary, category creates options for Israelis to make business investments in the US in any industry and operate the businesses developed through investment. The new visa option is a welcomed development for…
On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of State published an update to its List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated with Cuba (Cuba Restricted List) adding five additional entities to the list. On June 16, 2017, the President signed the National Security Presidential Memorandum-5 on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (NSPM-5). Soon after, on November 9, 2017, pursuant to NSPM-5, both the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets…
For Art’s Sake: The Court of Arbitration for Art – Part I looked at the history of art disputes and the introduction of the Court of Arbitration for Art and how it solves the issues of adjudication faced in art disputes. Part – II elaborates on the Procedure that will be followed by the Court of Arbitration for Art and what this development means for the Indian art industry. How CAfA helps It is essential…
On April 11, 2019, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 50 names to the Unverified List (UVL) (of which 37 are located in China and 6 in Hong Kong), while also removing 10 names.  The UVL list is found at Supplement No. 6 to Part 744 of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  BIS said that it added these 50 names “on the basis that BIS could not verify their bona…
As countries around the world seek to reduce their exposure to China, Taiwan finds itself in the center of the process. I just spent two months in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (working on a large multi-country project involving China, Taiwan and Indonesia) and during my time there I heard much about Taiwan’s response to the trade crisis. My preliminary thoughts are as follows. First some history. Taiwan was a true pioneer in contract manufacturing. That is, manufacturing…
2019年3月,由北京市基础设施投资有限公司作为牵头人,与北京地铁车辆装备有限公司、北京市政路桥股份有限公司、北京城建基础设施投资管理有限公司组成的联合体(以下简称“北京市基础设施投资有限公司联合体”)正式中标绍兴市城市轨道交通1号线PPP项目(简称“绍兴1号线PPP项目”)。 北京市基础设施投资有限公司联合体将与绍兴市政府出资人代表绍兴市轨道交通集团有限公司共同组建项目公司(其中北京市基础设施投资有限公司联合体持股合计51%,绍兴市轨道交通集团有限公司持股49%),负责绍兴市城市轨道交通1号线的投资、建设、运营维护,合作期限为30年。…

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