They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CXLVII

By | Canna Law Blog™ | February 25, 2017
sean White House Press Secretary and public enemy Sean Spicer is anti-science and a liar. His attempt to link cannabis to the opioid crisis in this country directly conflicts with the actual evidence. First off, marijuana is not an opioid. Opioids are highly addictive and neurologically dangerous, whereas cannabis is neither. View Full Post
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China and Mexico: The Two Amigos? Part IV

By | China Law Blog | February 25, 2017
China lawyerIn my first post, I discussed China’s efforts to build stronger economic ties with Mexico – and why Mexico should be clear-eyed about China’s motives. In my second post, I examined the current economic relationship between Mexico and China. In my third post, I explained why the economic relationship between China and Mexico has made so little progress. View Full Post
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Trade Talk: Week in Review (13-19 February 2017)

By | The Trade Practitioner | February 24, 2017
Business People Meeting Growth Success Target Economic ConceptPresident Donald Trump hosted the Canadian and Israeli Prime Ministers at the White House last week.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly traveled to Mexico City this week to discuss trade and security matters. Cabinet Shuffle.  Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as the National Security Advisor (NSA) last week, after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others on the extent of his conversation with the Russian Ambassador to Washington.  View Full Post
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Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Affiliates of EQT Infrastructure and Lumos Networks Corp.

By | The Trade Practitioner | February 24, 2017
Status:  Upcoming/New Filing   Acquirer:  Affiliates of EQT Infrastructure (probably Sweden) Acquired:  Lumos Networks Corp. (US) Value:  US$950 million Industry:  Telecommunications   iStock_000038124684_LargeOn February 20, 2017, Lumos Networks Corp., a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investment fund affiliated with EQT Infrastructure, a Swedish based investment firm, for approximately US$950 million. View Full Post
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DOJ Officials Offer Guidance for Food Company Execs Looking to Minimize Criminal Exposure

By | White Collar Briefly | February 24, 2017
For many corporate executives in the food industry, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ’s) increasing focus on prosecuting “responsible corporate officers” under the criminal misdemeanor provision of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) has warranted rapt attention, particularly in light of criminal investigations arising from nationwide contamination outbreaks at companies like ConAgra and Blue Bell CreameriesView Full Post
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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has Significant Antitrust Experience

By | Antitrust Alert | February 24, 2017
On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat at the Supreme Court of the United States left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As a federal judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, a former private practitioner, and an adjunct professor of antitrust law at the University of Colorado, Gorsuch has an extensive background in antitrust. View Full Post
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EU and Prudential Regulators Issue Statements On March 1 Compliance with Swap Margin Rules

EU and Prudential Regulators Issue Statements On March 1 Compliance with Swap Margin Rules Lacking the ability to issue formal no-action relief from strict compliance with the variation margin rules for uncleared swaps coming into effect on March 1, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) have each issued statements suggesting that they will exercise some forbearance in enforcing the margin rules after March 1 if a swap dealer subject to their respective regulations is diligently pursuing compliance on that date. View Full Post
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UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships

UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships HM Treasury has published a revised draft Legislative Reform Order (Order) on amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (Act), which was laid before parliament on January 16. The Order relates to the new private fund limited partnership (PFLP) structure. The PFLP is designed to reduce the administrative and financial burdens that impact funds under the current limited partnership (LP) structure, thereby making the United Kingdom a more attractive jurisdiction for funds. View Full Post
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ESAs Publish Statement On Variation Margin Exchange

ESAs Publish Statement On Variation Margin Exchange On February 23, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), which consist of the European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and the European Securities and Markets Authority, published a joint statement (Statement) in response to industry requests relating to operational challenges in meeting the deadline of March 1 for exchanging variation margin imposed by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). View Full Post
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