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Pepper Hamilton LLP Corporate & Securities Law Alert

Access to the U.S. Capital Markets by Foreign Issuers: A Guide to Rule 144A and Regulation S Offerings Public and private entities can access the U.S. capital markets without registering the offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by issuing securities under Rule 144A and/or Regulation S of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act). Rule 144A offerings are typically used to offer non-convertible or convertible debt and preferred stock. Rule 144A and Regulation S...
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Joseph V. DeMarco Recognized in 2013 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of Joseph V. DeMarco in the 2013 edition of the Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide as a leading lawyer nationwide for Privacy & Data Security (Band 2). Interviewees described Joseph as being “the real deal,” and noted “his ability to condense complex legal terminology into business-focused advice.”  The Chambers' directories are highly respected, competitive and prestigious rankings of law firms and individual lawyers worldwide. The rankings are assessed through an extensive...
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All eyes on Finnish startups – boosting foothold in the US market

Some 60 people gathered at the residence of the Consul General of Finland in New York Jukka Pietikäinen for Finnish Growth Company Showcase on Thursday, May 23. The evening reception was organized by Commercial Attaché Silve Parviainen together with Tero Kuittinen from Alekstra and Miikka Lehtonen from Aalto University. The program included presentations from seven growth companies interested in reinforcing their presence in the US market. In fact, the program was so interesting that the guests were willing to brave a...
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GSP Currently Set to Expire Next Month

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2013. Under GSP, thousands of products originating in over 100 developing countries are eligible for duty-free entry into the United States. Since its inception in 1976, GSP has been renewed periodically by Congress. However, there have been a number of instances in which the program has been allowed to lapse, meaning that Congress failed to renew the program prior to the expiration date. Most recently,...
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Pepper Hamilton Client Alert: Landmark Swap Rules Adopted by CFTC

At its Twenty-Ninth Meeting to consider rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2012 (Dodd-Frank) on May 16, 2013, the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted three final rules that make significant progress towards completing its rulemaking agenda. CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler commented, "Today the CFTC is voting on reforms that will make public transparency in the swaps market a reality ... Though many of the 52 rules we have completed before today have...
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Mason Hayes & Curran wins Irish Law Firm of the Year 2013 & Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2013

Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2013 The 'Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence' are presented annually and recognise outstanding law firms and legal professionals. The "Client Service Law Firm of the Year” is based on feedback and recommendations made by clients. This accolade is particularly coveted as awards are only presented to select firms and we were one of only eight firms in Europe to receive this honour. Feedback from clients included: “The firm gives great strategic input and wants to...
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$45 Million Cyber-Attack Is Object Lesson from Verizon Study Showing No Business Is Safe, but Financial Institutions Bear Big Data Breach Risk

Newspapers around the world recently reported that a sophisticated and well-coordinated cyber-attack resulted in the theft of $45 million from thousands of ATMs worldwide. The incident accentuates the conclusions of Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), compiled by a global team of government and private organizations analyzing computer security incidents over the past year. This annual report shows that companies of all sizes and types are likely to experience some sort of data breach - if they haven't...
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“Entrepreneur visas” and Other New Measures in France to Support Enterprise

Following the “Assises de l’entrepreneuriat” – an entrepreneurship round table initiated by Ms. Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy – a wide range of enterprise-friendly reforms are to be introduced, most of which will take effect in 2014. The principal aim of these measures is to help SMEs grow and to support founders of innovative startups. “Innovative new companies” and funding for companies in disadvantaged areas Six hundred “innovative new companies” (jeunes entreprises innovantes– JEIs)...

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