Important COVID-19 Update: “Close Contact” Redefined to Include 15 Minutes Cumulative

We want to alert you to a significant COVID-19 development out of the CDC yesterday.  Specifically, the CDC just announced a material revision to its definition of “Close Contact.”  The new definition makes it explicit that the 15-minute exposure period (i.e., within 6-feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes) should be assessed based on […]

Kara MacielFounding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey

Leading broadcast hire supplier secures working capital and refinance package

Recognised as one of the leading suppliers to both the global live broadcast market and TV studios; Presteigne Broadcast Hire (PBH) has secured a £3m working capital and refinance package. Working alongside ThinCats, an established alternative lender dedicated to funding mid-sized SMEs with business loans; Hickman Shearer was involved in supplying expert valuation services. Originally […]

Tim Chapman FRICS, MScDirector, Hickman Shearer

How alternative energy asset values are responding to emission regulations

What impact has Covid-19 had on the energy and utilities sector? Just a year ago we were surrounded by government targets and pressures to actively reduce carbon emissions. While practically these still stand, the situation has shifted dramatically as the Covid-19 pandemic has spread around the globe. Interestingly, some may even say that Covid-19 has […]

Tim Chapman FRICS, MScDirector, Hickman Shearer

Costco Has Been Saved By The Fair Use Defense: $21 Million Tiffany Award Reversed

In a huge break for Costco Wholesale Corp. (“Costco”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York recently reversed a $21 million trademark infringement award in favor of famed jeweler Tiffany & Co. (“Tiffany”), giving Costco the opportunity to argue that its use of the word “Tiffany” on small point of […]

Mitchell C. ShelowitzManaging Partner, SLG Shelowitz Law Group

A Week in Review

Labour comes out on top – what’s next? We saw yet another relatively quiet week on the tax front, perhaps not surprising in the run up to Election 2020. I don’t think anyone would have been surprised with that result however, with the exception perhaps that Labour this time was not going to need to […]

Richard AshbyPartner, Gilligan Sheppard

German Add-on taxation in the case of third countries

14.10.2020 Under sec. 7 (1) Foreign Tax Act (AStG), income from so-called intermediate companies (companies generating income within the meaning of sec. 8 AStG with registered office or business operations outside Germany, in which German unlimited taxable persons hold an interest of more than 50%) is taxable in Germany in the amount corresponding to the […]

Noted Environmental Lawyer Sudhir Mishra called to No5 Barristers’ Chambers, London as a Door Tenant.

Sudhir Mishra, an eminent Environmental lawyer of India, has been called to No5 Barristers’ Chambers in the UK as a Door Tenant. No5 Barristers’ Chambers, which was founded over 100 years has developed a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a forward thinking set. No5 Barristers’ Chambers maintains its success […]

Sudhir MishraManaging Partner, Trust Legal

Department of Justice Civil Investigative Demands and Hidden Risks

Author: Jon Cieslak The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently announced changes to its Civil Investigative Demand (CID) forms and deposition process.  While these changes are cosmetic—the Antitrust Division acknowledges that the changes “are consistent with long-standing division policies”—they serve as a good reminder of risks that always exist when communicating with the government. Background on Civil Investigative […]

Jarod BonaPartner, Bona Law PC


The following notes provide a general overview of the regulations issued in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”) to address and prevent the COVID-19 outbreak as of September 16, 2020. Please note that these notes do not provide legal opinions nor are they intended to provide legal assistance in specific situations. In case you require […]

Francisco A. CasanovaPartner, Ponte Andrade & Casanova