Client Alert April 28, 2020
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Client Alert June 5, 2019
- Chinese businesses tend to favor offshore jurisdictions for setting up joint venture (JV) structures, but deadlock can ensue if partners differ into a dispute.
- A litany of offshore legal tools exists, from provisions in the JV's constitutional documents to the appoint of a receiver to restore control to the wronged party.
- However, the process for deploying these options differ based on each jurisdiction, and it is advisable to seek counsel before acting on any strategy.
Client Alert May 30, 2019
- In U.S. Chapter 11 cases (especially those involving unsecured creditors), non-traditional asset sources often offer the best hope of recovery.
- Assets based in China can present surprising asset recovery opportunities for U.S. creditor committees.
- There is a range of options at a committee's disposal to unlock value from claims against PRC entities, and experience, creativity and local support on both sides of the Pacific are essential to securing monetization.
Client Alert May 22, 2019
- Relations between India and the U.S. have recently experienced a few blows, including the termination of the former's preferential trading status with the U.S.
- For future Indian defendants, it will be of paramount importance to understand the strategies and tactics of U.S. enforcement agencies in charge of bribery, national security and fraud investigations.
- When regulators come knocking, those who choose to sit idly by will find themselves at a disadvantage.
Client Alert May 15, 2019
- A recent meeting between antitrust enforcers from South Korea and the U.S. signals an increase in future collaboration between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on cross-border criminal antitrust enforcement.
- A greater degree of DOJ-KFTC collaboration will result in increasingly complex multinational antitrust litigation.
- When these enforcers take collaborative actions, targets will require equally coordinated defense strategies - likely combining the knowledge of both Korea and U.S. antitrust specialists.
Client Alert May 8, 2019
- International creditors continue to face significant challenges when monetizing claims against debtors based in the People's Republic of China.
- Actions such as a standalone freezing injunction can be used in English common law jurisdictions to freeze assets that are held by innocent third parties.
- Injunctions and receiverships can be made without giving notice to the debtor, bestowing the "element of surprise."
Client Alert April 3, 2019
- For international creditors, monetizing claims against debtors located in the People’s Republic of China has proven difficult.
- The first challenge is finding where the assets are, specifically via offshore discovery.
- Time is of the essence, and “freezing” the money is next.
Client Alert March 27, 2019
- The U.S. government has set its sights on market manipulation and “spoofing” among both traditional and digital currency traders.
- For the trading firms and other market participants who could be in the government’s crosshairs, now is the time to plan how you will respond to a subpoena.
- Traders and trading firms that find themselves on the receiving end of a subpoena related to spoofing or market manipulation should not immediately assume that cooperation is the best or only way to respond.
Client Alert March 21, 2019
- One of the most common forms of fraud affecting businesses worldwide is Business Email Compromise (BEC).
- Often based in Asia, BEC fraudsters are known to use a network of underground moneychangers to move stolen funds rapidly beyond the reach of victims.
- When affected, victims need to match the speed of the criminals, acting across multiple jurisdictions and with the full set of legal tools necessary to trace, freeze and recover assets effectively.
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