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Revisions to the Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance: What These Changes Mean for You
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2016

The Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance (Guidance) issued by the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate was updated on


Be aware of trademark and patent scams
  • Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • USA
  • October 3 2011

With alarming frequency, particularly in recent months, clients have asked us to evaluate official-looking notices that claim to originate from governmental trademark andor patent offices and legitimate vendors, alleging that the client must pay fees in order to maintain their trademark and patent rights in various jurisdictions.


Reminder: Section 125 plans may need to be amended by July 1
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 31 2011

As discussed more fully in our September 28, 2010 client alert (Changes on Over-the-Counter Drug Coverage Required Under Health Care Reform in 2011) and mentioned again in our May 9, 2011 client alert (Health Reform Update: Recent Changes and Challenges to the Affordable Care Act), IRS Notice 2010-59 provides that over-the-counter medicines or drugs purchased without a prescription on or after January 1, 2011 (other than insulin) may no longer be paid for or reimbursed under account-based plans, such as health FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs.


SEC "pay to play" rules restrict political contributions by investment advisers
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • USA
  • March 17 2011

On June 30, 2010, the SEC adopted new Rule 206(4)-5 and amendments to related rules, which disqualify investment advisers, their key personnel and placement agents acting on their behalf from seeking to be engaged by a governmental client if they have made political contributions.


Select Committee reports back on FMA bill
  • Bell Gully
  • New Zealand
  • March 15 2011

The Financial Markets (Regulators and KiwiSaver) Bill has now been through the select committee stage and is expected to complete its passage through Parliament by the end of March.


Investment advisers face march deadline in new SEC pay-to-play rule
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • USA
  • January 3 2011

Starting on March 14, 2011, investment advisers (including hedge funds and private equity funds) will be barred for two years from receiving compensation for investment advisory services from a state or local government client, if the adviser, its PAC, or a "covered associate" makes a political contribution to, or engages in fundraising for, a public official or candidate who is in a position to influence the award of advisory business.


Government responds to judgement on interim limits
  • Penningtons Manches LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2010

In a move which will cause significant disruption to many UK businesses, the UK Border Agency has announced that it will stop accepting tier 1 (general) entry clearance applications on 23 December 2010.


Pensions tax relief
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • November 8 2010

On 14 October 2010, the Government published details of its changes to the pensions tax relief system - more information was given in our client Eview: Pensions tax relief overhaul, on the same date.


Political contributions by certain investment advisers - effective September 13th, 2010
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • September 13 2010

The SEC is adopting a new rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that prohibits an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or certain of its executives or employees make a contribution to certain elected officials or candidates.


Political contributions by certain investment advisers - effective September 13th, 2010
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • August 16 2010

The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting a new rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that prohibits an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or certain of its executives or employees make a contribution to certain elected officials or candidates.