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Resources for US companies to launch and succeed in new global markets, to support the needs and challenges of their international business operations.

US Companies Can Use International Law to Reduce Foreign Investment Political Risk

US companies operating abroad face regulation and interference from foreign governments. The dark side of regulation can be arbitrary and protectionist measures, refusal to honor commitments made to attract investment, or even expropriation.

January 2, 2024

EU Changes CSRD Thresholds to Reduce Sustainability Reporting Burden

In January 2023, the European Union adopted the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which requires EU and non-EU companies meeting certain thresholds to file annual sustainability reports alongside their financial statements. On 17 October 2023, the European Commission adopted an amendment to the thresholds in the Accounting Directive, impacting which entities will need to file CSRD-compliant reports.

October 23, 2023

Top 10 Considerations for Management in a UK IPO

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on wide-ranging changes to the UK listing regime which would replace the current standard and premium listing categories with a single listing category. In this post, we explain where the requirements may change as a result of the consultation, although the final rule changes and timings are still to be confirmed.

August 30, 2023

Information Exchange With Competitors

Competition laws recognize that the exchange of information between competitors may be beneficial. However, you must be careful that any exchanges of information do not breach competition law and expose the company to significant fines, reputational damage and/or potential private damages actions, in addition to criminal sanctions for individuals.

July 30, 2023

Considerations in Cross-Border Intellectual Property License and Transfer Agreements

In today’s global economy, emerging companies often enter into agreements with vendors, suppliers, partners, distributors, and other individuals or entities in different countries that require licenses or transfers of intellectual property (IP agreements). Engaging in cross-border transactions can provide opportunities to expand into new markets, establish a cost-effective supply chain and obtain access to new and advanced technologies.

June 29, 2023

Considerations for Companies Seeking Competitor Collaborations

Collaboration between competitors that leads to innovation and directly benefits customers is normally permissible under competition law. However, you need to be careful, as there are competition law risks when competitors interact to such an extent that they are no longer acting independently.

April 4, 2023

International Arbitration Versus Litigation

While companies – particularly emerging companies – may have limited capacity to address dispute resolution, such terms can be essential in their agreements should a dispute later emerge. As no one size fits all, either arbitration or litigation may be appropriate based on several factors, including the type of commercial agreement (and potential disputes), confidentiality concerns or desire for more (or less) discovery.

May 8, 2023