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European Commission announces revisions to the Transparency Directive
  • Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP
  • European Union
  • November 16 2011

Under the headline “More responsible businesses can foster more growth in Europe”, the European Commission unveiled proposals for directives to amend several legislative measures on 25 October 2011, including a directive to amend the Transparency Directive.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission announces final rule on position limits for futures and swaps
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • USA
  • October 28 2011

On October 26, 2011, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) released final rules (the “Final Rule”) which establish CFTC-administered speculative position limits for 28 physical delivery commodity futures and options contracts, as well as for swaps that are economically equivalent to such contracts.

Toy company agrees to provide customer refunds for recalled products with magnets
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 13 2011

A company that made recalled toys with magnets embedded in small flexible parts which can apparently be ingested or aspirated and purportedly injured and killed a number of toddlers, has reportedly announced that it will provide refunds to consumers.

California Governor Jerry Brown signs new employment-related laws purportedly aimed at strengthening state's economy
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • USA
  • October 13 2011

This week, California's Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law two bills that place California at the forefront of protecting employees while at the same time attempting to curtail the state's 12.1 unemployment rate.

Utilizing economic incentives: top 10 factors to consider for large and small projects
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2011

Economic incentives, or entitlements, are a significant component of state and local economic development strategy.

Debt funding for takeover bids: how certain do the funds need to be?
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Australia, United Kingdom
  • September 1 2011

A feature of Australian M&A activity in calendar year 2011 has been the comeback of the takeover bid as a preferred means for effecting significant public corporate control transactions.

How immigrant investors can help end the housing crisis
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • USA
  • August 18 2011

We all know the depressing statistics housing prices have fallen 33 percent since the housing bubble burst in 2008.

As real estate market continues to struggle, a ray of sunshine emerges from, of all places, Florida
  • Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC
  • USA
  • August 3 2011

The most recent Case-Shiller index suggests that home prices ticked up in May ("U.S. Housing Prices Rise Slightly, But Remain Weak").

What to expect if we hit the debt ceiling
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2011

After months of contentious debate, Congress and the Obama Administration have yet to reach an agreement to raise the current $14.3 trillion ceiling on the public debt.

New accounting rules will impact bank's classification of troubled loans
  • Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • USA
  • July 17 2011

Earlier this year, the FASB issued new accounting standards as they apply to banks and what some are calling “troubled debt.”