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Pepper Hamilton Client Alert: Rule 10b5-1 Stock Trading Plans Are Not Bulletproof

Client Alert: December 17, 2012 Jay A. Dubow | Many corporate executives rely on Rule 10b5-1 plans to buy or sell shares of their company's stock without having to worry about violating insider trading laws, even when the trades take place when the executive possesses material nonpublic information about his or her company. However, recent Wall Street Journal articles have described civil and criminal investigations into possible misuse of Rule 10b5-1 plans by executives at a number of companies. Read more  
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Empire State Building to showcase EU colors for Nobel Peace Prize 2012

On 11 December 2012, New York City's iconic landmark, the Empire State Building, will be lit in the European Union's flag colors, blue and yellow, to mark the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. Empire State Building on 11 December 2012 - Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union To mark the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, New York City's famous landmark will light up in the EU's flag colors for the...
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Journey to Croatia

Tasteful Croatian Journeys is grateful to Conde' Nast Traveler for honoring Wanda S. Radetti again as the World Top Destination Specialist for Croatia. Wanda designs the ultimate in tailor-made luxurious travel packages to Croatia. Her itineraries weave history and culture together with natural beauty while engaging all of the senses. The emphasis is always comfort, safety, and excellence in service. They are a one-stop-shop for all services that the sophisticated and discerning traveler will require in Croatia. They organize services...
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CMS Hasche Sigle advises Telefónica Deutschland on the largest IPO in Germany within the last five years

EACCNY member CMS Hasche Sigle is happy to inform that the CMS cross border team advised Telefónica Deutschland in all legal matters relating to the largest IPO in Germany within the last five years. The shares have been traded on the Frankfurt stock exchange since 30 October 2012. Upon full exercise of the greenshoe-option, the gross issue proceeds would amount to EUR 1.45 billion. For further information, please see this press release.
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French minister Fleur Pellerin launches the “Say OUI to France” campaign

In October, 2012, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister Delegate with responsibility for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, held an early breakfast meeting with theUStechnology press to mark the launch of the joint INPI/IFA "Say OUI to France – Say OUI to innovation" campaign. The meeting was held on the fringes of EmTech, a major international trade show on emerging technologies organized by the MIT TechnologyReview. This is the signature to the new...
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Gift Tax Exemption Will Not Likely Be Extended.

In response to the results of the 2012 election, John O. McManus - top AV-rated tax and estate planning attorney and founding principal of Tri-State-Area-based McManus & Associates - released the following guide to changes in tax rates and exemptions, as well as a statement below: 2012 and 2013 Tax Rates and Exemptions                                                                                                               2012                 2013 Estate Tax Rate                                                                                 35%                   55% Estate Tax Exemption                                                                        $5.12MM          $1MM Gift Tax Rate                                                                                      35%                   55% Gift Tax Exemption                                                                             $5.12MM          $1MM Generation Skipping Transfer...
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Laurent Schummer, Corporate Partner, joins Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach, the leading independent business law firm inLuxembourg, is pleased to announce the arrival of Laurent Schummer at the firm. Laurent Schummer specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and the structuring of private equity funds. Laurent, who was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 1998, has spent most of his career in the Corporate department of a large international law firm inLuxembourg. He holds a law degree (Licence en droit) from the Catholic University of...

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