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Company & Commercial

22 April 2019
Fabiana Fagundes Technology's role in commercial contracts

Brazil - BMA Barbosa Mussnich Aragao

Simple legal transactions and contracts can often be completed at the click of a button. However, there are a growing number of investment rounds in start-ups based on Brazilian versions of Silicon Valley contracts that unfortunately have not benefited from the critical eye and practical expertise of experienced lawyers who can examine the contracts under Brazilian law.

Author: Fabiana Fagundes
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Alvin Tang Directors duty to act in company's best interests: how much is too much?

Malaysia - Bodipalar Ponnudurai De Silva

A recent case suggests that there are limits to the way in which directors can act when taking steps to protect a company. The case is a useful reminder that while directors may avail themselves of the shield provided by the judicial management regime in order to allow a company time to regain its footing, the courts will not hesitate to put checks and balances in place to prevent the misuse of such legislation, albeit for the purpose of safeguarding a company's survival.

Authors: Alvin Tang, Teo Ju-li
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Help is here for audit committees – CAQ offers updated auditor assessment tool

USA - Cooley LLP

To fulfil their oversight responsibilities, audit committees typically evaluate external auditors at least annually to determine, in part, whether they should be engaged for the subsequent fiscal year. The Centre for Audit Quality (CAQ) recently published an updated External Auditor Assessment Tool. Like many other helpful CAQ tools, this one provides a number of sample questions to help audit committees satisfy their oversight obligations with regard to external auditors.

Author: Cydney Posner
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Recent updates

PCAOB to engage in proactive communications with audit committees

USA - Cooley LLP

Author: Cydney Posner
Antonio Grieco New rules for limited liability companies

Italy - Grieco e Associati

Author: Antonio Grieco
Adam Bathgate Deadline approaches for compliance with Bermuda beneficial ownership regime

Bermuda - Carey Olsen Bermuda

Authors: Adam Bathgate, Ashley Fife
Markus Dörig Enforcing board members' information rights

Switzerland - Badertscher Attorneys at Law

Author: Markus Dörig
Anne-Marie Bohan Brexit and contracts – a practical guide for Irish businesses

Ireland - Matheson

Authors: Anne-Marie Bohan, Julie Murphy O'Connor, Karen Reynolds, Gearóid Carey
Stella Koukounis New simplified strike-off procedure comes into force

Cyprus - Solsidus Law

Author: Stella Koukounis

Upcoming events

IBA – 30th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference

29-30 April 2019 – Milan, Italy

Now in its 30th year, this year's conference will look at antitrust, regulation and disruption, mergers, changes in communication regulatory and antitrust issues and 5G networks.

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Auto IP USA 2019

May 8, 2019 – Detroit, USA

Building on three years of success in Detroit, IAM’s Auto IP USA will bring together the leading IP experts from across the automotive landscape. Through thought leadership, discussion and networking, attendees will gain insight into the IP challenges facing those driving change in the new era of mobility.

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Auto IP Europe 2019

16 May 2019 – Munich, Germany

Returning to Munich for its second year, Auto IP Europe will offer IP professionals in the automotive industry the opportunity to hear expert strategies from the complete supply chain – from the OEMs and industry suppliers, to the innovators in high-tech and connectivity.

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