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Lavery Lawyers | March 2011

It's that  time of year when municipalities send out tax accounts to their citizens. In certain cases, they may contain a very unpleasant surprise. For citizens living in municipalities whose property assessments are for the years 2010 to 2012, now is the time to do some double-checking ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | February 2011

Creditors and debtors often enter into agreements with respect to the repayment of indebtedness. These forbearance agreements or “standstill agreements” are useful tools whereby both creditors and debtors can work together to reach a common goal without the immediate need for realization of assets in a formal insolvency proceeding. In contrast, a settlement agreement is designed to bring finality to all or some part of the credit arrangement with the debtor ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | February 2011

In a welcome bit of good news for lenders, U.S. District Court Judge Gold (Southern District of Florida) reversed the portion of the 2009 bankruptcy court decision in the TOUSA, Inc. bankruptcy cases that had ordered the disgorgement of $403 million plus interest based on the holding that the amounts were received by certain lenders to the TOUSA parent in connection with a pre-petition transaction that constituted a fraudulent transfer ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2011

The Business Corporations Act (Quebec) (the “QBCA” or the “Act”) comes into force on February 14, 2011. Described as innovative by many, the Act provides a new regime for legal persons currently governed by Parts I and IA of the Companies Act (the “QCA”). The last significant amendments to the QCA dating back to the early 1980s, the QBCA has been eagerly awaited by the legal and business communities ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | February 2011

On February 8, 2011, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that will have a major impact on Chapter 11 plan confirmation. In consolidated appeals stemming from the In re DBSD North America, Inc ...

Lavery Lawyers | February 2011

In a recent decision of the court of appeal, the Honourable Pierre J. Dalphone confirmed that a secured creditor may ust its debt to acquire the assets which are charged with its security interests in the context of a sale process monitored by the court under the companies creditors arrangement act (CCAA) background. White Birch Paper Inc. and several of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “White Birch Group”February 24, 2010)obtained an initial order under the CCAA ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | February 2011

As required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules regarding shareholder approval of executive compensation and “golden parachute” arrangements on January 25, 2011. See Release Nos. 33-9178 and 34-63768 ...

MinterEllison | February 2011

A ‘Battle of the Forms’ commonly arises where each of the parties, in the course of the negotiation process, forwards to the other its own standard form of contract, with the aim of getting the other party to adopt such terms and conditions. The question as to which set of terms and conditions constitute the contract often depends on the ‘last shot’ – that is, which form of contract was the one last ‘fired’ to the counter-party ...

On January 18, 2011, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal decided State ex rel. West Virginia Citizens Action Group, et al. v. Earl Ray Tomblin, et al., Docket No. 101494. In this case, the Citizens Action Group and others were seeking an order from the court to compel Earl Ray Tomblin, et al ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | January 2011

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Third District, Austin, reinstated a “control person” claim under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) against Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. related to a former broker’s allegedly fraudulent outside sales transactions. David Fernea v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., No. 03-09-00566-CV (Tex. App. –Austin, Jan. 7, 2011). Allegations ...

Lawson Lundell LLP | January 2011

On January 24, 2011, the Commissioner of Competition (Canada) filed a notice of application with the Competition Tribunal for dissolution of a merger (or divestiture of assets or control) resulting from the completed merger of CCS Corporation and Complete Environmental Inc., the latter of which owns Babkirk Land Services Inc ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | January 2011

Effective as of July 21, 2011, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) repeals a key exemption from investment adviser registration currently relied upon by many private fund managers and replaces it with several much more limited exemptions from registration ...

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP | January 2011

Blissfully unaware that its customer, a merchant, is on the brink of filing a bankruptcy petition, your client has delivered goods on credit. The likely unhappy result: when the customer files, your client is left holding a general unsecured claim, with little chance to be paid until the conclusion of the proceeding. That may be years down the road, and when it finally takes place may amount to no more than pennies on the dollar. But all may not be lost ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | January 2011

Under the Texas Public Information Act, a “requestor” may file suit for a writ of mandamus compelling the release of public information.  In The City of Dallas v. The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Court of Appeals held that an employer has standing to file such a suit when its employee made the initial request. Reporters for the Dallas Morning News requested certain emails from the City of Dallas. The City claimed that the documents fell under PIA exceptions ...

Makarim & Taira S. | January 2011

st1/:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } New Bank Indonesia Regulation on the Business Plans of BanksThe Governor of Bank Indonesia issued a new regulation concerning Bank’s Business Plans. This new regulation revokes the previous regulation except for certain provisions related to reports on the realization of Business Plans and reports on the supervision of Business Plans which remain valid until the end of the 2010 Business Plan reporting period ...

Makarim & Taira S. | January 2011

General Terms and Conditions for Contracts with Trustees for the Issuance of Debt InstrumentsBapepam-LK introduced a new regulation regarding the general terms and conditions for contracts with Trustees for the issuance of debt instruments, also known as Bapepam-LK Regulation No. VI.C.4. This regulation sets out the detailed terms and conditions that must be included in contracts with Trustees, including the roles and obligations of the Trustee ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | December 2010

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on December 20, 2010, that it entered into a non-prosecution agreement with Carter’s, Inc., an Atlanta-based provider of children’s clothing. This is the first non-prosecution agreement entered since the SEC announced its new cooperation initiative in January 2010 to encourage cooperation from corporations and individuals ...

Haynes and Boone, LLP | December 2010

Last week, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted revised rules for evaluating cooperation agreements between horizontal competitors at the same level in the supply/distribution chain. The Guidelines on the Applicability of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to Horizontal Co-Operation Agreements (the “Guidelines”) provide a framework for analyzing common forms of cooperation agreements between competitors ...

Delphi | December 2010

The purpose of legal privilege is that companies must be able to obtain legal advice without the risk of having to submit sensitive communication with a lawyer to an authority, such as the Swedish Competition Authority or a court of law during litigation ...

Delphi | December 2010

Many companies know that the Public Procurement Act (Sw. abbr. LOU) regulates how contracting authorities act when purchasing supplies, services and public works. However, something less well known is that the provisions in LOU can also be of significant importance for how a public contract is handled after the procurement has ended and that the provisions in LOU can apply in completely different contexts, e.g. in conjunction with mergers, acquisitions and similar transactions ...

Delphi | December 2010

On 1 December, the Swedish Parliament resolved on the delayed legislative amendments to the Swedish Companies Act which, among other things, concern the mode of convening general meetings, on which we reported in previous newsletters (October 2009 and June 2010). The new rules take effect on 1 January 2011 ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | December 2010

Public Service Review – Local Government and the Regions Recession breeds new rules and a new approach to procurement The recession and the need for public sector budget cuts have uncovered a twin track for procurement policy in the UK.  There is a clear need to cut public sector expenditure – of that we can be in no doubt both in terms of the unit cost of supplies and services ...

Kocian Solc Balastik | November 2010

KSB partner Martin Šolc, who specializes in advisory on transactions in the field of mergers and acquisitions, has also been performing professional activities for a long time with the International Bar Association (IBA), a leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, bringing together more than forty thousand attorneys and one hundred and ninety-seven chambers of attorneys on all continents ...

Lavery Lawyers | November 2010

On April 28, 2005, the Chambre des notaires du Québec filed a petition to declare unconstitutional and of no force and effect requirements issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) under sections 231.2 and 231.7 as well as subsection 5 of section 232(1) of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.) (ITA) to obtain documents or information prima facie protected by professional secrecy ...

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