Client Alert March 3, 2021
The Corporate Transparency Act: Is it Actually Helpful for Private Parties?
- The U.S. Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), part of the recently-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), has broken new ground by requiring beneficial owners of U.S. corporate entities to register with U.S. government authorities.
- While the CTA appears to shut out private parties – such as creditors and victims of fraud – from accessing such information, there may be potential creative ways to work around this roadblock, bringing creditors one step closer to a substantial recovery of their assets.
- Nevertheless, creative creditors and their counsel might be able to obtain this information through certain channels to cut off escape routes for debtors and fraudsters, and obtain more complete recoveries.
Client Alert January 28, 2021
Keeping Offshore Assets Offshore
- Prevailing case law in BVI and Cayman has historically not allowed injunctions to be granted by the offshore courts unless there is an existing claim against the defendant within the jurisdiction of the Court granting the injunction.
- Fortunately, that position has changed in the Cayman Islands and now in BVI, with claimants, including those from onshore jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China, able to obtain “free-standing” injunctive relief in both offshore jurisdictions.
- With the advent of the new law in BVI, and the continuing willingness of the Cayman Islands’ Courts to make protective orders, victims of fraud are now in a better position than they have ever been to guard against a defendant’s dissipation of its offshore assets whilst they are waiting for a judgment.
Client Alert December 8, 2020
India-Based Debtors Can Face Off Against Global Lenders
- When a debt comes due, standing up to a global institutional lender can seem daunting for Indian debtors, especially if disputes scatter overseas.
- Regardless of whether a lender feels generous or not, however, there are steps debtors can take to increase their leverage and fortify their defenses.
- These include fighting for better terms, buying more time and holding lenders accountable.
Client Alert November 17, 2020
The Dark Side of 1782: Defending Against Aggressive U.S. Discovery Actions
- Section 1782 discovery in the United States is a powerful tool to access information and gain an edge in foreign proceedings.
- However, the power of this tool and the ease in which it is granted invites parties to use it in service of goals completely unrelated to ongoing proceedings, such as a negative PR campaign.
- Defeating a 1782 application is not easy, but there are counterarguments and cross-border tools available to fight back and turn the tables on an unscrupulous adversary.
Client Alert August 5, 2020
When Sovereign Judgment Debtors Fight Back: Clashing with Titans
- Investors and creditors can gain potentially large returns if they successfully enforce a large judgment against a sovereign debtor.
- However, with such high-stakes, sovereign governments have begun fighting back using state powers against creditors, turning civil proceedings into a quasi-criminal cross-border dispute.
- A creditor must employ anticipatory and nonconventional counteroffensive measures in order to protect themselves and maximize their odds of success.
Client Alert August 5, 2020
Clashing with Titans: Maximizing Returns on Sovereign Judgment Enforcement
- The current economic downturn has triggered record-breaking amounts of debt owed by governments to overseas investors.
- The crisis, however, has the potential to create large returns for creditors and investors willing to aggressively pursue their claims over a sovereign government.
- A proven yet unorthodox cross-border litigation strategy that catches sovereigns by surprise can achieve the monetization of judgments previously thought too tough to enforce.
Client Alert June 15, 2020
New tools to defend against aggressive non-U.S. insolvencies
- Even when they leave their home countries for the United States, many individuals still get targeted by aggressive foreign insolvency proceedings that try to get recognized in U.S. courts.
- However, as a recent U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision in favor of a Russian debtor has revealed, there are important steps targets can take to defend themselves.
- By gathering evidence to show the corrupt nature of the foreign proceedings and one’s severed ties with the foreign country, targets can beat back these hostile campaigns.
Client Alert May 11, 2020
Clearing Your Name: Fending Off Trade Secret Theft Judgment Claims
- In the midst of the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, U.S. accusers who obtain a judgment in their dispute can use it to interfere with the day-to-day commercial activities of PRC entities.
- To prevent and protect against a judgment, Chinese entities must understand both their own vulnerabilities and their legitimate rights before and after a judgment.
- Pre-emptively preparing a defensive strategy that considers not only judgment defense, but also other likely scenarios – from a civil IP theft dispute to U.S. criminal proceedings under the umbrella of national security – can be quite effective.
Client Alert April 28, 2020
An Opportunity across the Pond: U.S. Discovery Developments can Drive UK Proceedings
- Compared with UK discovery, with its limited scope and high costs, U.S. discovery can be a much more powerful and widely usable tool of enforcement.
- U.S. Discovery, unlike UK discovery, is not limited to documents contained within its national borders.
- Furthermore, documents discovered through U.S. discovery can often be used for purposes beyond those specifically identified in the original discovery application.
Client Alert April 15, 2020
Making Patents Pay: Monetizing Dormant Assets in an Economic Downturn
- Amidst an economic downturn, the active assertion of patent rights can generate massive returns for patent holders, as demonstrated by numerous recoveries in the U.S. in 2019.
- The passing of the America Invents Act (AIA) in 2011 and subsequent judicial decisions have led to a downturn in patent value, but the recent precedential decision in the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has turned more positive, placing patent holders in a favorable position for the first time in recent memory.
- With legal conditions for patent enforcement improving in the U.S., now is an important time for businesses, their investors and their advisors to identify and deploy assertable IP holdings.
Client Alert March 20, 2020
Coronavirus: Buying Time in Uncertainty
For companies facing the economic fallout of COVID-19, time has become the most precious commodity to preserving their assets and riding out the storm.
The ‘force majeure’ clause often found in contracts under New York and English law, if invoked correctly, could increase the likelihood of success in potential litigation with lenders.
Our lawyers around the world take a close look at the force majeure clause and how courts in different jurisdictions (including Brazil and Argentina) have chosen to interpret its applicability in a pandemic situation.
Client Alert December 15, 2019
Clearing Your Name: When Trade Secret Disputes Become a National Security Issue
- As the ongoing trade war with China intensifies, U.S. entities have increasingly alleged trade secret theft against Chinese individuals and companies, in cooperation with U.S. law enforcement actions.
- With this in mind, Chinese parties in global trade secret disputes will need to anticipate and respond to the risk that their disputes could quickly turn criminal.
- Off-ramping a criminal investigation, or clearing one’s name in a criminal prosecution for alleged trade secret theft, requires a keen understanding of criminal and civil U.S. trade secret laws, as well as the intersection of intellectual property and national security matters.
Client Alert October 21, 2019
Clearing Your Name against U.S. Civil Trade Secret Theft Claims
- In light of the ongoing PRC-U.S. trade dispute, Chinese companies are more likely to face charges in U.S. courts against civil claims of trade secret theft.
- Civil trade secret misappropriation cases in U.S. courts can be particularly complex and high-stakes for Chinese companies on the defensive end of cross-border disputes.
- Chinese companies, their executives and legal representatives should familiarize themselves with U.S. IP protection standards in the face of pending cross-border litigation.
Client Alert July 24, 2019
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Could Lead to a Trail of Global Corruption Investigations
- For those considering investing in projects tied to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), corruption and bribery are major areas of concern.
- In the event of fraud or misconduct allegations, parties and their counsel will need to understand and anticipate how global anti-corruption enforcers might approach such investigations.
- Carrying out a series of “stress tests” or appointing an independent third-party examiner are two examples of proactive measures companies can take to mitigate the risk of being on the wrong end of an anti-corruption investigation.
Client Alert June 18, 2019
Extradition & Due Process: U.S. Asylum Seekers Are on “Notice” Too
- The January 2017 Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” broadens the categories of immigrants who can face deportation to include those who pose, in the judgment of an immigration officer, a “risk to public safety or national security.”
- Under “Project Red,” ICE has collaborated with state and local law enforcement agencies, the United States Marshals Service, Europol, and Interpol to target and arrest individuals wanted by foreign governments. This is a departure from precedent for the U.S.
- In a recent demonstration of Project Red, ICE arrested 105 immigrants and foreign nationals in a five-day enforcement operation in New Jersey. Several of these individuals were the subject of Interpol Red Notices for alleged crimes in their home countries.
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