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April 2019

Enforcing Judgments and Arbitration Awards against a State: Recent Developments in French and European Law

April 10, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

1301 6th Avenue

New York, NY

Speaker: François Ameli, Partner, CKR Law in Paris

Since 2016, there has been a dramatic change in French law on the issue of enforcing judgments and arbitration awards against states and state entities. French law and French courts have increasingly taken into account the protection of states’ assets against so-called ‘vulture funds’, i.e. funds that invest in distressed securities usually (but not always) held against sovereign debtor governments. As a consequence of this policy, enforcement against states or state entities requires a prior and specific court order that…

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March 2019

Restaring America’s Government of Laws

March 20, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Duane Morris

1540 Broadway

New York, NY

Speaker: James R. Maxeiner, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore

Sadly, it is not news that our government of laws is failing. Our legal methods of making and applying law work poorly, when they work at all. Years ago, our long-time benefactor and colleague, the late Professor Ernst C. Stiefel had the answer: we need to civilize our system. We need to learn from civil law methods. This talk will identify about ten ways we could use civil law methods to work toward a government of laws. James Maxeiner teaches…

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February 2019

Perspectives of Foreign Trading Partners on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

February 20, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller, LLP

230 Park Avenue, 21st Floor

New York, NY

Speaker: Darrel H. Pearson and Francisco J. Cortina Velarde 

In this timely discussion of the USMCA, our Canadian and Mexican trade experts will share their insights on the negotiation process and the provisions of the USMCA that will change the trade landscape for the USMCA Parties, businesses and legal advisors. The speakers will offer their Canadian and Mexican perspectives on the following topics: How did we get to the USMCA? How will preferential treatments accorded under the NAFTA change in the new agreement? Why is US free trade with…

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January 2019

US and Civil Law Estate Administrations: a Comparative Perspective

January 23, 2019
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Duane Morris

1540 Broadway

New York, NY

Speaker: Michael W. Galligan, Partner, Phillips Nizer LLP

The presentation will compare and contrast the common law (primarily as exemplified by New York law) and the civil law (primarily as exemplified by French law) approaches to the administration of decedents’ estates. The topics that will be addressed will include (1) who has title to the assets of a deceased person during the pendency of an estate or succession? (2) what is the role of a testamentary executor? (3) how is a decedent’s Will established or recognized as the…

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November 2018

Corporate Responsibility in the Age of Terrorism: Questions of Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute and the Antiterrorism Act

November 14, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Hogan Lovells US LLP

390 Madison Avenue

New York, NY

Speaker: Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak, United States Magistrate Judge,Eastern District of New York

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, the Supreme Court foreclosed suit against foreign corporations, making it clear that, under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), persons injured or killed by terrorist acts committed abroad could not pursue claims for damages against foreign corporations and international banking institutions that allegedly financed and facilitated terrorist activities. The future of such claims under the Antiterrorism Act (“ATA”) is less clear, particularly when viewed in the context of the Justice Against Terrorism Act (“JASTA”) and…

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October 2018

The Extraterritorial Reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after U.S. v. Hoskins

October 17, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

1301 6th Avenue

New York, NY

Speaker: Christopher J. Morvillo, Clifford Chance US LLP, New York

On August 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in United States v. Hoskins, a rare decision addressing the scope of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Specifically, the court held in Hoskins that the government cannot pursue theories of conspiracy and aiding and abetting liability under the FCPA against classes of foreign individuals and entities who are not otherwise subject to direct liability under the FCPA. Chris Morvillo of Clifford…

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September 2018

The Legalization of Marijuana in Canada and the Future of Cannabis Law in the United States

September 26, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Fox Rothschild LLP

101 Park Ave 17th Floor

New York, NY

Speaker: Gordon N. Cameron, Stikeman Elliott LLP, New York.Matthew Kittay, Fox Rothschild LLP, New York

Did you know that on October 17, 2018 the personal use of marijuana in every province of Canada will be legal? Adults in Canada will be able to buy cannabis from government and privately run retail stores across the country and online. Did you know that the largest cannabis company in the world is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of over $10 Billion? Canadian cannabis companies not only dominate the TSX, but are starting…

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May 2018

International Trade Regulation Concerns in Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence

May 16, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Duane Morris

1540 Broadway

New York, NY

Speaker: William M. Hannay, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, Illinois

Bill Hannay is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm, Schiff Hardin LLP. A graduate of Yale College and Georgetown Law School, Bill concentrates his practice in U.S. and international antitrust and trade regulation. He is a past chair of the ABA Section of International Law and served in the ABA House of Delegates and on the Board of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. He is the Co-Chair of the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board for International Law…

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April 2018

White Collar Defense in India: Roadmaps and Roadblocks

April 12, 2018
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Hogan Lovells US LLP

390 Madison Avenue

New York, NY

Speaker: Arundhati Katju, Attorney, Columbia Law School Human Rights Fellow ’17 LLM

Companies doing business in India inevitably run the risk of facing criminal prosecution. These can arise following disclosures under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, when relationships with JV partners sour or under a host of regulatory statutes. India has a robust business and economic crimes jurisprudence that includes vicarious liability for directors for criminal offences. The Indian criminal justice system also differs from the US on key issues, such as plea-bargaining. This talk provides an overview of the Indian criminal…

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