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In recent years, a growing number of construc- tion companies have established employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).1 The interest in an ESOP is often generated by the need for an exit strat- egy for one or more of the owners of a closely held business, a common scenario in the construction industry ...

Carey Olsen | April 2024

Carey Olsen advises Beijing Energy International Holding Co. Ltd on $40 million green bond issuance On 2 April 2024, Beijing Energy International successfully issued the bond, featuring a term of two years and a historically low coupon rate of 2.70%. The issuance was oversubscribed by 3.04 times ...

ALRUD Law Firm | April 2024

We would like to remind you about ****important changes in migration legislation**** that affect the ****legal status of foreign nationals**** in the Russian Federation, including highly qualified specialists (“HQS”) ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Shoosmiths litigation team recently hosted a roundtable discussion with senior inhouse lawyers with clients in financial services, technology and the automotive sectors. In this discussion, each participant discussed their key takeaways from our recent Litigation risk 2024 report, their biggest concerns for the year ahead and identified some areas that need further exploration in 2025 and beyond. AI continues to create uncertainty making it a key litigation risk ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

The first quarter of 2024 was a busy time for regulatory action in the bank M&A space. Coming off a slow year for bank deal announcements in 2023, many bankers and bank advisors believed that 2024 would be a rebound year for bank combinations. Those expectations may be scaled back now that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released proposed updates to their bank merger application rules and policies ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | April 2024

Simonsen Vogt Wiig (SVW) are reaching out to international contractors or suppliers seeking to capitalize on the significant opportunities presented by Norway’s ambitious defense investment plan, which includes the pledge to spend 600 billion kroner over the next 12 years on defense modernization and capabilities ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Watch the webinar video and study our key takeaway points from our latest webinar focused on avoiding illegal working and managing risk. Our 2024 webinar programme is focused on supporting HR teams to protect the employee brand proposition of the organisations they work for. Presented by our leading team of employment lawyers these sessions will equip you on how best to handle key risks that could undermine the organisation’s employee brand ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

The Government is consulting on legislative changes to introduce greater flexibility to access surplus funds in defined benefit pension schemes. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) opened consultation further to publishing a paper entitled “Options for defined benefit schemes” on 23 February 2024 ...

Pension-Linked Emergency Savings Accounts (“PLESAs”) are a special retirement plan feature created under SECURE ACT 2.0.  PLESAs were first permitted to be made available to participants as of January 1, 2024.  PLESAs, which provide a flexible savings opportunity for non-highly compensated employees, can be added to certain defined contribution plans.  New guidance regarding this option has been released, which may be of interest to employers and plan sponsors ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

On April 1, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that its initial registration selection process, commonly known as the H-1B lottery, is complete. This means the USCIS has selected enough initial registrations to meet its numerical limit for both the standard H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, often referred to as the “master’s cap ...

Carey Olsen | April 2024

Carey Olsen advises Preservation Capital Partners on closing of latest fund at €459 million With the closure of PCP Fund II, Preservation Capital Partners now manages approximately €1 billion in assets across its three operational funds. The Carey Olsen team advising Preservation Capital Partners comprised partner Andrew Boyce, senior associate Rachel de la Haye and associates Oliver Orton and Nicola D'Amico ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Our third article in the series focusing on discrimination in the workplace, covers the protected characteristic of sex (gender). We discuss the current legal position, planned changes and suggested best practice for employers. What is sex discrimination? Sex discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly due to their gender. In the UK, it has been illegal for some time (subject to certain exceptions) with the law now incorporated into the Equality Act 2010 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Serco Leisure have been issued with an enforcement notice by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for unlawfully processing their employees’ biometric data through facial recognition technology and fingerprint scanning. What can we learn from this? With a rise in remote working as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there has been a proliferation of workplace monitoring ...

On December 4, 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed into law the New York City Council’s bill, Int 0569-2022 (the “City Law”). The bill, known as the “Workers’ Bill of Rights,” will require New York City employers to abide by certain notice and distribution requirements by July 1, 2024. The notice and distribution requirements will inform employees and independent contractors of their rights under federal, state, and local law ...

Buchalter | April 2024

April 2, 2024 By: Leah Lively and Alexandra Shulman On June 6, 2024, new amendments to Washington State’s noncompetition statute (RCW 49.62) will go into effect, which place further limitations on the use of noncompetition agreements in Washington.  Substitute Senate Bill 5935 introduces several modifications to RCW 49.62 that Washington employers (and employers with Washington employees) should be aware of: Broader definition of “noncompetition covenant ...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on March 13 issued a highly consequential decision in U.S. Securities andExchange Commission v. Rashid, interpreting and applying the mental state for liability of investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act. Over a strong dissent, the court reversed a finding of liability of the defendant investment adviser under basic principles of negligence law, and in doing so, provided a road map for future enforcement actions under the act ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | March 2024

The CRMA seeks to encourage Member States towards undertaking Strategic Mineral Projects, focusing on essential minerals like Copper, Titanium, Nickel (battery grade), Lithium (battery grade), and Rare Earth Elements for magnets. The overarching objective is to enhance the EU’s extraction capacity and become less dependent on suppliers from outside the EU ...

Buchalter | March 2024

By: Jennifer Misetich March 26, 2024 On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Huerta v. CSI Electrical Contractors, which provides certain clarity on nuanced wage and hour issues and the scope of the term “hours worked ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Carey Olsen advises Inflexion on closing of latest fund at £1.75 billion The Fund, which is the largest dedicated minority fund in Europe, has attracted existing and new investors from across the world, including from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, as well as the US, and includes public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, asset managers and family offices ...

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jacqueline P. Cox recently found that three Illinois attorneys violated their ethical obligations by failing to return their client's phone calls. She ordered the attorneys to return roughly half of their already-court-approved, and paid, flat fee. In In re: Molnar in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in February, the debtor filed a petition under Chapter 13 ...

Han Kun Law Offices | March 2024

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued theProvisions on Regulating and Promoting Cross-Border Data Flows (Draft for Comments)(《规范和促进数据跨境流动规定(征求意见稿)》)on September 28, 2023 seeking public comments, which garnered significant attention. Yesterday (March 22, 2024), the CAC issued the official version of theProvisions on Promoting and Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows(《规范和促进数据跨境流动规定》)(the "Official Provisions"), which came into effect immediately upon publication ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Another year, another mandate for California employers.  By July 1, 2024, nearly all employers in the Golden State must have in place a workplace violence prevention plan.  While the compliance deadline may be three months away, employers need to immediately take action to ensure completion and training by July 1. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is the second leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the U.S ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The Government have now published the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules which confirm the changes being made to the Skilled Worker route as part of the ‘five-point plan’ to reduce net migration. We summarise the main points for employers to take note of ahead of the changes taking effect on 4 April ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The conference, hosted by the International Bar Association, which took place in Barcelona earlier this month, looked at insights into the most important issues and developments in tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and technology law. Corporate partners Aleks Bosch and Steve Barnett attended the conference, which is one of the largest and most prestigious networking events for international lawyers, attracting over 400 delegates ...

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