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Current Topics for End-Users of Swaps

This program examines the most recent issues a practitioner needs to be aware of with respect to end-users and derivatives. These include how the ISDA Resolution Stay Protocol and its possible expansion affects end-users and what impact the Protocol has on the bankruptcy process. More


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Employment & Severance Agreements: What Both Employment & ERISA Attorneys Need to Know

The design, implementation and modification of employment and separation agreements often implicate issues under tax and employment laws. In reviewing these contracts, ERISA attorneys may encounter unfamiliar employment issues, and employment lawyers may be faced with ERISA concepts outside of their regular practice. More


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Employment Transitions in the Financial Services Industry: Practical & Legal Issues

This program will explore the practical and legal issues that arise when employees transition between financial services firms. When an employee now ends his or her employment at a bank, hedge fund, private equity or other financial services firm, both the employer and employee are faced with a complex set of risks and competing interests to protect, many of which involve the use and protection of intangible confidential information. More


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Hot Topics in Advertising & Marketing Law 2013

This annual program, in its 12th year, gives a timely update on recent developments in the laws governing advertising and marketing. This year’s program will cover recent litigation, regulatory enforcement, legislative developments, and self-regulatory activity in the areas of general advertising practices, comparative advertising, green advertising, endorsements and testimonials, substantiating advertising claims, disclosures, mobile marketing, consumer privacy, behavioral advertising, branded entertainment, and intellectual property. More


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Intellectual Property Considerations in China: Doing Deals & Enforcing Your Rights

China continues to grow at a torrid pace and foreign investors need to understand the complexities of doing business in china. Intellectual property issues arise in virtually every deal. Learn what you need to know about Chinese patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, and what challenges might arise in a joint venture with a Chinese entity, and the types of agreements that may be necessary to achieve your client’s goals. More


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International Judgment Enforcement: Recovering Hidden Assets

Enforcing judgments and recovering assets across national borders can be challenging. At this program, an experienced group of practitioners will share their first-hand insights into the international judgment enforcement and asset recovery process, including: how to sequence enforcement in key Asian jurisdictions, to leverage intra-Asian treaties for judgment enforcement; when to deploy the various injunction and discovery options available to parties in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and other offshore financial centers; how to maximize the international reach of discovery devices available in the U.S. More


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Introductory Estate Planning For Every Lawyer – Case Studies

This program will utilize case studies to introduce both tax and non-tax estate planning issues that arise routinely in the ordinary course of people’s lives and discuss the relevant estate planning solutions. Non-estate planning attorneys will be introduced to the signals that should alert them to the relevant issues that are likely to arise in their own practices. More


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Law Review CLE: Business Formations for Small & Emerging Companies

Small and emerging business owners must effectively manage the legal aspects of running a business. Startup operations consult with legal professionals to ensure successful completion of corporate formation, filings and other statutory regulations. Established businesses are often faced with legal matters that require knowledge of employment and independent contracting. More


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Legal Issues in Sports Marketing & Media

This program will feature topics that increasingly affect the sports marketing and media world: branding issues for sports properties, media rights deals in the digital age, and the risks for marketers when using athlete endorsers. Expert panelists will examine underlying legal issues for each topic: from trademark issues when developing new team names or logos to grant of rights provisions in media rights agreements to morals and public denigration clauses in endorsement agreements.Program Chair: Christopher R. More


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Practical Advice on Handling Legal Issues Confronting the Art World Today

The art world and the art market are arguably in an unprecedented state of crisis. At a time when a number of multi-million dollar forgery schemes have been exposed, scholars and foundations are increasingly unwilling to assist in evaluating the authenticity of artworks. More


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Private Offerings Under the New SEC Rules

Join Karen Wiedemann (Attorney Fellow, SEC Office of Small Business Policy, Division of Corporation Finance), Jonathan Ingram (Acting Chief Counsel, SEC Division of Corporation Finance), and Prof. John C. Coffee, Jr. (Columbia Law) for a linked DC Bar and NYC Bar Seminar that will review new SEC Rules 506(c) and 144A and related “Bad Actor” provisions, with a focus on investor pre-qualification requirements under 506(c), when the SEC may allow “Bad Actors” to participate in future 506 offerings, and new Form D reporting requirements. More


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Representing a Buyer or Seller of an Ongoing Business: Drafting & Negotiating Techniques Every Attorney Should Know

Representing a client who is buying or selling a small to midsize business is a complicated process, involving a myriad of legal issues and business considerations. Our informative and practical program will guide you through the various aspects of purchasing or selling an ongoing business. More


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Say On Pay 2013: Planning & Tactics

With universal say on pay votes now a familiar part of the annual meeting/compensation calendar, companies are internalizing the lessons of the past few years, analyzing recent developments, and planning for 2013. Our experienced panel of practitioners – from the institutional investor, proxy advisory, compensation consulting and corporate governance fields – will share their perspectives and real-world experiences as they look at: best and emerging practices for CD & A’s; why peer group selection became a hot topic during 2012 and what companies should be taking into account when planning their peer groups for 2013; the metrics and screens that institutional investors and proxy advisory services used in determining the link between pay and performance in 2012 and possible changes for 2013; how smaller reporting companies should prepare themselves for their first time, now that their two-year exemption has expired; how say on pay is fostering increased dialog between companies and their investors; and whether say on pay continues on track to turn into “pay as I say” as some companies feel increasingly forced to craft compensation policies and practices that “toe the line” set by proxy advisory firms. Program Chair: Kenneth P. More


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Securities Litigation: Updates on Developments Post-Morrison

In Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the Supreme Court held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 only applies to “transactions in securities listed on domestic exchanges and domestic transactions in other securities.” In announcing its ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the “conduct” and “effects” tests, which had been standing precedent for over 40 years, leaving many questions unanswered. More


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Supreme Court Round-Up: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law Cases

In its 2012-2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued several decisions that significantly affect how labor and management attorneys should now advise their clients and prepare for litigation concerning matters relating to discrimination under Title VII and the ADA, wage and hour, class action, ERISA, and arbitration. More


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Tenth Annual Institute on Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Governance

This Institute provides an in-depth analysis of significant legal and business issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, as well as the latest trends and best practices in corporate governance. The sessions will highlight these issues through discussions with some of the top lawyers, judges, government officials, and investment bankers practicing in these areas. AGENDA 8:30 am – 8:40 am Introduction & Program Overview8:40 am – 9:40 amThe Environment: Perspectives from Bankers & the Press Michael de la Merced, The New York Times Robert A. More


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The 10th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions: New Approaches for the Economic Recovery---Day 2

The Institute will explore current tax developments and planning opportunities relating to mergers and acquisitions. The speakers will include nationally recognized corporate tax specialists and top IRS officials. The program offers an in-depth look at a full range of issues, including taxable and tax-free acquisitions; private equity, venture capital, and LBOs; international transactions; spin-offs; tax accounting issues; negotiating a corporate acquisition; bankruptcy & insolvency; consolidated returns and ethical issues in tax practice.Program Chair: MICHAEL L. More


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The 10th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions: New Approaches for the Economic Recovery--Day 1

The Institute will explore current tax developments and planning opportunities relating to mergers and acquisitions. The speakers will include nationally recognized corporate tax specialists and top IRS officials. The program offers an in-depth look at a full range of issues, including taxable and tax-free acquisitions; private equity, venture capital, and LBOs; international transactions; spin-offs; tax accounting issues; negotiating a corporate acquisition; bankruptcy & insolvency; consolidated returns and ethical issues in tax practice.Program Chair: MICHAEL L. More


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The Role of Insurance Law in Bankruptcy Proceedings: A Roadmap to Preserving & Asserting Rights

Insurance issues are arising more frequently in bankruptcy proceedings. A debtor’s insurance policies often represent the debtor’s most valuable asset. As bankruptcy and insurance law intersect, and sometimes collide, the road can be bumpy. This program offers a roadmap to policyholders, estate creditors, insurance companies and other interested parties who seek to preserve or assert various rights. More


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