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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

September 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM - Legal Services,

As most seasoned lawyers can attest, the toughest deals usually come with the tightest deadlines and a level of complexity that prevents the use of a templated agreement. Although protecting the client’s interests is always the most important priority, what good is that goal if you can’t get the deal done? In this blog series, we will offer 4 tried-and-true steps for getting tough deals done both skillfully and quickly. This advice will be shared over 4 separate posts, starting with the necessary step of preparing yourself. 

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Deal Accelerators: Put Your Marketing Collateral Compliance on the Fast Track

Deal Accelerators: Put Your Marketing Collateral Compliance on the Fast Track

August 11, 2016 at 12:43 PM - compliance,

A common roadblock faced by business teams is “red flags” relating to the legal compliance of marketing collateral materials. From advertisements to press releases and testimonials, to glossy brochures describing your new products and services, marketing folks are tasked with creating effective messaging to support organizational goals such as new product launches and brand awareness campaigns. However, because of the external nature of these materials, it is important that they comply with a wide variety of laws and regulations (not to mention other best practices) relating to advertising and intellectual property.

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Deal Accelerators: Resources to help in-house lawyers support their business teams

Deal Accelerators: Resources to help in-house lawyers support their business teams

August 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM - In-House Lawyers,

The business team announces that a new product is ready for launch and asks legal to sign off on a key contract, or the collateral materials that will accompany the product to market. Although you understand the implications of a delay, and also realize that raising a red flag at this stage will not be well-received, it is nevertheless your responsibility to protect the company from potential legal issues arising post-launch. Because the legal department’s review inextricably involves a level of scrutiny often overlooked by the business team, it inevitably reveals missed steps or open items requiring action, which unfortunately will slow down the business team’s momentum.

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What is the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework & How Does Certification Work?

What is the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework & How Does Certification Work?

August 4, 2016 at 10:09 AM - compliance,

The E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was formally approved July 12, 2016 when the E.U. Commission deemed the Privacy Shield Framework “adequate” to enable data transfers under E.U. law. U.S. businesses that meet the Privacy Shield requirements can self-certify online beginning August 1. U.S. businesses processing E.U. customer or employee data, or with plans to do so in the near future, should consider Privacy Shield certification.

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Immigration Alert: New regulations affecting “STEM OPT” employment

Immigration Alert: New regulations affecting “STEM OPT” employment

May 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM - Immigration

On May 10, 2016, new immigration regulations went into effect with respect to foreign national students working in the US.  Specifically, the regulations expand opportunities for the extension of post-completion work authorization (optional practical training, or “OPT”) for students who complete a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree.  These opportunities will require additional reporting requirements and other responsibilities for employers and the F-1 student employees prior to, during and following STEM OPT employment.

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Privacy Alert: Latest Phishing Scheme Targets W-2s

Privacy Alert: Latest Phishing Scheme Targets W-2s

April 26, 2016 at 1:51 PM - Data Privacy, Employment

A new “spear-phishing” scheme is active that targets employees, including Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), in an attempt to obtain employee personal information and other data.

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The Changing Landscape for Off-Label Promotion

The Changing Landscape for Off-Label Promotion

April 19, 2016 at 2:52 PM - Life Sciences

 

Imagine your child or spouse is suffering from an illness with few effective treatment options, such as a rare pediatric cancer or autoimmune disease. Meanwhile, a team of doctors and researchers has been steadily working to unlock the mysteries of this disease for years, in an ongoing effort to identify better solutions for patients.  The team has just published promising results from a recent study in a respected medical journal. The study involved so-called “off-label use” of a prescription drug for these patients, i.e. administering a drug already approved by FDA, on the market, and prescribed by doctors for a related but different medical condition. 

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Leveraging Lessons from Abroad for Our Clients

Leveraging Lessons from Abroad for Our Clients

February 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM - Outside Counsel

As a three-time former general counsel, Washington D.C. team member Jim Higham brings a strategic mindset and results-oriented approach to his work. However, a lifetime of fascinating experiences from living abroad - learning about new cultures and honing essential “survival skills” along the way - has also shaped Jim’s perspective, informing his work on behalf of Outside GC clients. Jim’s story is interesting, and in many respects, one-of-a-kind.

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