International Investment in Land: Impacts on Rights and Development, and the Role of the Law

04/30/2014 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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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Understanding Newly-Proposed Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Amount Rules for Swaps and Equity-Linked Instruments

05/16/2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code treats “dividend equivalent amounts” from certain specified swaps and equity-linked instruments as U.S. source income subject to withholding if paid to a non-U.S. person. The Treasury has been attempting to draft rules that would define what types of swaps and equity-linked instruments would be impacted by these rules and provide further guidance on determining the dividend equivalent amount. 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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Canadian Copyright Law in Evolution: What US Practitioners Need to Know

05/19/2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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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