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Haynes and Boone | November 2003

Attorneys and other service providers who deal with securities may unwittingly become liable for aiding and abetting violations of the Texas Securities Act. Introduction: A recent decision from the Fort Worth court of appeals should concern anyone who deals with securities transactions, because the burden of proof for imposing liability on a person as an aider and abettor under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) just became a little easier ...

Asters | October 2003

Ukrainian Exchange Controls Have Always Been, if Anything, Overprotective. As More Ukrainian Companies Are Seeking Finance Abroad, Ukraine Has to Consider Adding Clarity and Certainty to its Exchange Controls in Order to FacilitateCross-Border Finance Regulatory imperfections. The system of Ukrainian exchange controls is based on the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine On the System of Currency Regulation and Currency Control (the “Decree”) adopted back in 1993 ...

Asters | October 2003

IntroductionOn September 15 2003 the president of Ukraine signed a new Law on Advertising, which was passed by the Parliament on July 11 2003 ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2003

I. Introduction The Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center publishes “www.patstats.org,” providing United States patent litigation statistics. Specifically, with respect to the issue of validity, in 2000, the alleged infringer “won” the issue 53% of the time and the patent was held invalid, while the patentee “won” the issue only 47% of the time, and the patent was held valid ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2003

American Bar Association Annual Meeting 2003 Introduction Description of Revision Process How the 2003 Revisions Affect the Neutrality of Party-Appointed Arbitrators How the 2003 Revisions Affect Ex-Parte Communications Between the Arbitrators and the Parties and Between Themselves

Haynes and Boone | August 2003

Introduction All companies that engage in international commerce, whether large or small, should develop and implement a corporate compliance policy and training program so that employees, whether based in the US or abroad, are aware of conduct that could create liability for themselves or their company ...

Haynes and Boone | July 2003

Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2003

Haynes and Boone | July 2003

On Monday, June 30, 2003, the SEC approved new rules proposed and adopted by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) requiring shareholder approval of equity compensation plans or material amendments to existing equity compensation plans ...

Haynes and Boone | June 2003

Discovery for a New Millennium I. THE CHALLENGES OF ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE Computer usage now pervades all elements of society. Most businesses and many individuals conduct a significant percentage of communications through electronic media. E-mail, facilitated by the Internet, has become the dominate form of inter-office and intra-office communication ...

Asters | May 2003

Project financing in emerging markets has been in use for some time, primarily for financing large new projects without any prior track record or operating history — greenfield projects. Emerging markets are in instant need of project financing as an effective instrument for economic investments. It facilitates attracting new investments by structuring the financing around the project's own operating cash flow and assets, without the additional guarantees of sponsors ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2003

As required by Section 403 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted final rules and form amendments mandating the electronic filing, and website posting by issuers with corporate websites, of beneficial ownership reports filed by officers, directors and principal security holders under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2003

The SEC’s Final Rules regarding Implementation of Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys purport to allow attorneys who appear and practice before the Commission to disclose client confidences to the Commission in three situations: (i) To prevent the issuer from committing a material violation that is likely to cause substantial injury to the financial interest or property of the issuer or investors; (ii) To prevent the issuer, in a Commission investigation or administrative proce

Haynes and Boone | May 2003

Capital Committed to VC Funds in the US ($) and Return Importance of Angel Investors • 80% of recent Inc. 500 bootstrapped initial capital using non-traditional source of funding1 • 5% raised initial capital from venture capital1 • 1996 - $30 billion angel funding $10 billion venture capital2 1. Angel Profile • Do’s for Entrepreneurs ...

Haynes and Boone | May 2003

The Most Common Legal Problems Entrepreneurs Encounter and How to Solve Them How to Avoid Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory The Most Common Legal Problems Entrepreneurs Encounter and How to Solve Them Rob Kibby Chuck Powell Haynes and Boone, LLP Areas of Concern Areas of Concern • Ownership Ownership • Employees (and Independent Contractors) Employees (and Independent Contractors) • Tax Matters Tax Matters • Securities Law Matters Securities Law Matters • Accounting M

Haynes and Boone | May 2003

Two Class Certification Denials Reinforce Rule 23 Adequacy Principles, While Exposing the Fiction of “Lead Plaintiff Groups” Introduction A decade ago, William S. Lerach, of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, infamously declared, “I have the greatest practice of law in the world. . . . I have no clients ...

Haynes and Boone | March 2003

Legal Duties of Directors and Guidelines for Insulating Them From Liability After Sarbanes-Oxley

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

25th Annual Conference On Securities Regulation and Business Law Problems, Dallas, Texas 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1. Scope of Outline. In the aftermath of the recent failure of Enron and other major companies and the resulting loss of public confidence in the capital markets, the U.S. Congress conducted lengthy investigative hearings to determine the root causes of these problems ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

We have identified various venture capital deal terms which have become more onerous as a result of the current state of the venture capital and technology industry. Understanding the impact of those terms is important to angels in structuring their initial investment as well as situations where they have made an investment and then solicit subsequent professional venture capital funding for the portfolio company ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

On January 29, 2003, pursuant to the requirements of Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the SEC issued a release adopting a new Rule 205 entitled “Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys Appearing and Practicing Before the Commission in the Representation of an Issuer” (the “Standards”) ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

As a part of sweeping corporate governance reforms mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the SEC adopted ethical rules for attorneys who represent public companies and their nonpublic subsidiaries. The SEC rules make it clear that “attorneys can’t get a pass” from participating in corporate wrongdoing and attempt to hold attorneys accountable much like accountants and bankers have been for their roles in corporate financial scandals ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

Common Evidence Problems Discovery for a New Millennium Computer usage now pervades all elements of society. Most businesses and many individuals conduct a significant percentage of communications through electronic media. E-mail, facilitated by the Internet, has become the dominate form of inter-office and intra-office communication. Businesses are also managed in a wide variety of electronic formats, including spreadsheet programs, databases and computer aided design tools ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

First the auditors, then the bankers and now the lawyers. Many have questioned the role of lawyers in recent corporate scandals and expressed the view that lawyers should not be allowed to be bystanders and perhaps even facilitate (whether or not knowingly) corporate wrongdoings ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2003

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in July 2002 in response to several corporate financial and disclosure scandals. Section 307 of the Act directs the SEC to “issue rules, in the public interest and for the protection of investors, setting forth minimum standards of professional conduct for attorneys appearing and practicing before the Commission ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2003

Annual International Business Law Institute, International Law Section, Dallas Bar Association A Powerpoint presentation covering the following: Introduction Political Developments Legal Developments Mexican Energy Issues Tax Developments Conclusion

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