November 2019

Proposed SEC Exemptive Order Provides Limited Municipal Advisor Relief

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed exemptive order (Release No. 34-87204) that would permit a registered municipal advisor, acting on behalf of a municipal issuer or obligated person, to solicit certain institutional…

Selecting Distinctive, Registerable & “Ownable” Brand Names

Selecting a brand name for a company or its products or services is often one of the most challenging and complex initiatives that a company can undertake. At the heart of the issue is the desire to create a name that is distinctive and “ownable,” whil…

October 2019

IRS Releases Proposed Regulatory Guidance on the LIBOR “Sunset”

Recently, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations (REG-118784-18) offering guidance related to the anticipated transition in the financial markets away from interbank-offered reference rates (IBORs) such as th…

Estate and Gift Tax Planning Opportunities in a Low Interest Rate Environment

As many of our clients and their professional advisors are well aware, we are in a period of historically low interest rates. Although such an environment poses some challenges, it also creates a number of opportunities for efficient estate and gift tax pl…

September 2019

Judge Vacates $6.5M Trade Secrets Verdict, Awards New Trial

Our veteran Litigation group, successfully overturned a $6.5 million trade secrets verdict on behalf of our client, ALCOR Scientific.  After years of litigation and a three-week trial, our lawyers prevailed against all patent and copyright infringement co…

Policing Your Trademark Or Service Mark

Federal registration is a major step in the protection of your brand name as a trademark or service mark provides your company with exclusive rights and peace of mind that your brand is protected. U.S.In general, policing your trademark rights has the bene…