• Schiff Hardin’s Cipriano helps drive change in Illinois law

    When two of Schiff Hardin’s clients had a business objective that didn’t fit with existing Illinois law and regulations, the firm didn’t tell the client “no,” according to partner Renee Cipriano, who serves as deputy practice group leader for environmental. “Instead of just advising our clients that the law did...

  • State sanctions remain possible even if Iran deal gets approved

    “I would advise state legislators interested in maintaining the traditional American position on Iran to pass any and all divestment measures they can, and use the full strength of the federal authorization to do so,” Northwestern Law Professor Eugene Kontorovich said.

  • Assessing risk of an SEC ‘Admission of Wrongdoing’: Four considerations for boards

    It has been two years since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new chapter in its policy for settling civil enforcement actions. The policy diverges from the SEC's historic position of allowing settling parties to “neither admit nor deny” wrongdoing. The SEC now requires companies and individuals to...

  • Pay back

    The contented purrs of the CEOs that many members of the public and some investors see as overpaid fat cats are turning into angry hisses after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a proposed rule to force companies to disclose every last cent their executives make, justify their earnings...

  • Mexican energy reform: Emerging issues in the upstream sector

    On December 20, 2013, the Mexican Constitution was amended to enact comprehensive energy reform, including allowing private investment in the oil and gas sector. On August 12, 2014, a set of regulations intended to implement the constitutional reform came into effect. The regulations consisted of nine new statutes and amendments...

  • Skeptical questions posed on Iran deal

    Kerry – and his administration colleagues – found themselves getting grilled about details in the agreement, and pressure is mounting on many Democrats to reject the deal.

  • Trio charged in penny stock scheme

    Three men have been charged criminally and civilly for allegedly defrauding investors in a scheme where they sent out e-mails encouraging recipients to buy “penny” stocks whereupon the defendants would confidentially sell their own shares – and made what regulators called “a substantial profit.”

  • Federal Circuit tries to explain ‘unclear’ biologics law

    A recent ruling by judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit makes it more likely that Sandoz soon may be able to start selling a biosimilar that treats cancer patients.

  • Cybersecurity: The energy industry case

    The energy sector's method of preparing for cyber threats and promoting appropriate regulation is instructive in planning for the inevitable "cyber regulation" of other industries such as manufacturing, transportation, and communications. This article discusses the "lessons learned" from the energy sector and helps explain how those lessons could apply to...

  • Is the SEC being fair?

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gotten some recent attention from critics concerned about its level of fairness to businesses.

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