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Sep 06, 2019

LIBOR Transition: Wisdom for Global Capital Markets

LIBOR, the reference rate for determining interest on over $200 trillion of financings worldwide, terminates on December 31, 2021. How will interest be determined after that?

On July 12, 2019, the SEC Staff published a major and unusual joint statement on “LIBOR Transition.” The Divisions of Corporation Finance, Investment Management, and Trading and Markets, together with the Office of the Chief Accountant, issued a seven-page, single-spaced statement.» Read More

Jul 18, 2019

Thinking of Investing in New Jersey? Now is the Time

Our friends at WilkinGuttenplan recently published an article on the expansion of New Jersey’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program, administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Effective January 1, 2020, the expansion will increase the available tax credit from 10 percent to 20 percent of a qualified investment, with an additional 5 percent available for investments in businesses located in qualified opportunity zones, low-income communities, and State-certified minority- and women-owned startups.» Read More

May 06, 2019

Key Takeaways for Cannabis Brand Owners Based on the USPTO’s Recent Guidance

For cannabis businesses that have or are interested in building their trademark portfolio, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance on its standards in examining a trademark application for cannabis-related goods and services.  This guidance provides a clearer understanding of how the Trademark Examiners will approach cannabis applications post-Farm Bill. » Read More

Apr 22, 2019

The Cost of Capital: How High Will Director & Officer Insurance Premiums Climb for Non-U.S. Businesses?

American businesses, especially those whose securities are publicly traded on exchanges in the U.S. capital markets, know full well that their shareholding owners may sue them for mismanagement and also for failing to be frank about performance and/or risks. Adding to potential shareholder claims, among other things, are environmental pollution, sexual misconduct, and breaches of cybersecurity.» Read More

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