Doing Business in Today's Russia

02/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
How have recent political developments in Russia impacted the climate for foreign businesses and investors? What are the best practices employed by firms who have successfully entered the Russian market? Bring your questions for our expert panelists, who will discuss the essential legal, economic, and geopolitical context for undertaking business in today's Russia. Learn how to navigate the corporate and legal challenges to successfully doing business in Russia....
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Anti-Corruption and Counterterrorism Measures: An Overview for NGOs and Corporations Operating in Insecure Environments

02/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Dustin Lewis, a senior researcher at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, will discuss recent research on how U.S., foreign, and international organizations — as well as United Nations agencies — navigate domestic, foreign, and international laws aimed at curbing bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, and terrorism finance. ...
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Beyond the Boilerplate: Strategic Considerations on Drafting Arbitration Clauses

01/26/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This discussion will build on the earlier discussion on the enforcement of arbitration clauses in Massachusetts. Our panelists, a corporate lawyer and a litigator, will discuss how to draft arbitration clauses practically and effectively, discussing multiple considerations and potential disputes that may arise. We will include a special focus on the use of arbitration in the international setting....
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OFAC Regulation of Portfolio Management and Custody

01/23/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This brown bag will examine the range of practical questions and challenges associated with the application of economic sanctions law to the activities of fund and separate account portfolio management. Topics will include: The different layers of investment prohibitions under the four Directives in the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations; How to apply different types of OFAC country sanctions program to U.S. investment activities; Whether and how sanctions programs can apply to offshore subsidiaries and affiliates of U.S. asset managers; Understanding how the “facilitation” doctrine under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) can impact investments in securities issued by “third country” companies; ...
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Possibilities for a Binding International Agreement on Climate Change: the US Perspective

01/23/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will address the current status of the ongoing climate negotiations under UN auspices. The presentation will demonstrate neither Senate advice and consent nor new Congressional legislation is necessarily required for the United States to become party to an agreement to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris later this year....
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Patent Infringment and Filing in China

12/01/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the International and Intellectual Property sections in learning about filing patents in China. Our speaker will discuss how to deal with infringement problems in China, filing, and updates on China's PTO....
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Ecuador v. Colombia: Aerial Spraying, the US, and the Role of the International Court of Justice

11/21/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Panelists will discuss Ecuador's challenge before the ICJ to Colombia's US State Department-funded aerial spraying program aimed at coca eradication....
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Cyber Threats for Lawyers: An Introduction to Cyber Security and Its Implications for Your Law Firm and Legal Practice

11/14/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM
This program will provide an overview of key cyber issues currently impacting law firms and their clients. Among the topics to be addressed are: (1) an overview of current threat actors, including those targeting law firms and their clients; (2) state and federal requirements for responding to breaches; (3) the vulnerabilities created when law firms give access to or are accessed by third parties, including the legal and business issues triggered by housing client data in the cloud; and (4) the use of data security and safeguard agreements and information security incident response plans to manage and mitigate law firm and client risks and liabilities....
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Pink, Pins, and Gleeks: Thoughts on International Trademark Practice and Avoiding Brand Disasters

11/12/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Prepare for the perils of haphazard international trademark strategies (or lack of strategies), focusing on recent cases involving Pinterest, Fox's Glee, and Victoria's Secret's PINK in Europe and the UK. Our speaker will provide an overview on international trademark practice and avoiding brand disasters....
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The Power and Pitfalls of 3D Printing

10/22/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
In the last year, 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing—has captured the attention of investors, inventors, the media, and more. We will discuss the IP issues that arise from 3D printing, and will provide a 3D printing demonstration....
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Inversion Transactions: What You Need to Know

10/09/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join us for a discussion and presentation of inversion transactions. Attendees of this program will learn about the basic drivers for inverting a company and the tax attributes necessary for a respectable transaction. ...
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Foreign Lawyers Committee Welcome Reception

10/01/2014 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Join the Foreign Lawyers Committee for an informal Welcome Reception to kick start the program year. Meet foreign lawyers practicing in Massachusetts, lawyers practicing International Law, and LL.M. students from around the world studying at law schools in and around Boston. This will be a great opportunity for local LL.M students to network with local attorneys as well as meet other students with similar legal backgrounds. Drinks and appetizers will be provided....
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BBA Career Series: What's it REALLY Like Practicing International Law?

Interested in pursuing a practice in international law? The panelists will share a variety of perceptions, including views from the private and public sectiors, and an international NGO. Learn the day to day workings of an international law practice, and have a chance to ask panelists what it's really like to practice international law....
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Reception for International Lawyers

08/11/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The International Law Section is sponsoring a reception for visiting international lawyers taking a specialized legal and language program at Boston University. Some of the visiting attorneys will also go on to study law in the LLM programs at Boston University Law School, Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School. Section members and visitors will engage in a roundtable discussion about their practice areas in public or private international law, including such matters as foreign taxation and investment, legal issues in international business transactions, intellectual property and international organizations....
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Canadian Copyright Law in Evolution: What US Practitioners Need to Know

05/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Canadian copyright law is changing. In the past two years, a new act was adopted, introducing many controversial new provisions, and the Supreme Court of Canada rendered 6 important decisions. Yes, 2012-2013 were big years. For better and for worse. Attorney Lamothe-Samson will discuss what every US practitioner should know about Canadian copyright law, while drawing parallels and distinctions with US copyright law. Topics include:...
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Understanding Newly-Proposed Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Amount Rules

05/16/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
After withdrawing an initial set of proposed rules that were issued in 2012, the Treasury issued a new set of proposed Section 871(m) regulations in December 2013. This brown bag is intended to be a discussion of the current developments under Section 871(m), focusing on the newly proposed regulations. ...
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Brain Gain or Brain Drain? Immigration Issues for Technology Businesses

05/15/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Immigration issues create unique problems for businesses based on developing technologies. U.S. universities and related resources foster a confluence of creative individuals from all over the world, which often spills over into new business ventures. This program addresses ways to navigate immigration laws, which can create obstacles for businesses that rely on talented founders and other employees who face challenges to remaining and working in the U.S....
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Meet and Greet with the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York

05/13/2014 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Join the BBA and AALAM as we welcome Paul Cheung, Acting Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York. Hon. Tackey Chan, Massachusetts State Representative will be on hand to introduce Mr. Cheung. Mr. Cheung will provide updates about the latest developments in Massachusetts-Hong Kong relations, upcoming events in Boston and future opportunities for collaboration....
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What's New in International Trade: Balancing Opportunities & Challenges

05/08/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Review recent updates involving trade compliance issues, e.g.: Export Compliance Reform, US-Korea Free Trade Agreement...
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International Investment in Land: Impacts on Rights and Development, and the Role of the Law

04/30/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Large-scale land acquisitions can have serious implications for land users and local communities, as well as for host governments’ sustainable development efforts. Although increased investment in agriculture is sorely needed, if investments are not structured equitably or regulated carefully, they can fail to provide benefits to host governments while dispossessing people of their land, livelihoods and rights. The increasing numbers of large-scale land acquisitions, sometimes known as “land deals” or “land grabs,” will affect sustainable development strategies for decades to come....
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Boston Bar Association Chess Night

04/01/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join the Intellectual Property Law Section for a fun and social evening of chess at the BBA. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boylston Chess Foundation. ...
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Massachusetts Bar Exam Rule Change for Foreign Lawyers

03/17/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In July 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court approved rule changes to allow lawyers trained in foreign countries to sit the Massachusetts Bar Exam. Our panel will discuss these rule changes and how they affect the many foreign lawyers in the Boston area. This will be an invaluable experience to hear from the actual people who had spearheaded the rule change initiative as well as the actual person who reviews all applications for the Board of Bar Examiners. Following the Panel there will be a Reception with drinks and appetizers....
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Terrorism and the Material Support Statute: A Panel Discussion on the First Circuit’s Decision in United States v. Mehanna and Related Issues

03/12/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In United States v. Mehanna the First Circuit issued one of the first notable decisions addressing the material support statute and terrorism following the Supreme Court’s decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. In Humanitarian Law Project the Court, in a decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, held that the First Amendment did not prohibit prosecution for speech that is coordinated with, or at the direction of, a designated foreign terrorist organization. It is this standard that was critical in the Mehanna case....
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Prospects of IP Assertion in the US International Trade Commission

03/06/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The US International Trade Commission (USITC), in its executive role of protecting American industry, has evolved as an intellectual property enforcement forum. With American companies shifting much of their manufacturing abroad and off-shore companies establishing operations in the US, it is not unusual that a domestic industry petitioner in one proceeding is a respondent importer in another....
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