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U.S. – Cuba Corporate Counsel Summit

Your essential guide to the legal and regulatory challenges facing US organizations entering the Cuban market Tourism. Aviation. Infrastructure. Hospitality. Agriculture. Food. Retail – Every industry will have its own set of Cuban regulatory hurdles that will need to be overcome in order for U.S. businesses to successfully stake a claim. Momentum’s U.S. – Cuba … Continue Reading

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores U.S. Government’s Expansive Jurisdiction

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran government official in the Central American country.  The DOJ’s action in United States of America v. Real Property Located at … Continue Reading

Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation

“So you are the great lawyer I’ve been told about!  But, you are so young!  I was expecting an old lawyer.” With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let me know that his guard was down.  In fact, he seemed relieved and almost eager to help … Continue Reading

Drop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.”  These changes complement a pre-existing U.S. arms embargo against Venezuela – in place since 2006 – that was imposed because … Continue Reading

Attacking the Money-Laundering Problem in Mexico

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mexican officials have estimated the amount of laundered money in the Mexican economy at $50 billion annually—three percent of the legitimate Mexican economy.  The CIA World Fact Book labels Mexico as a “major drug-producing and transit nation”, as well as a “significant money-laundering center”.  Illicit cash flows from cartels … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking Cross-border Airport Terminal Linking Tijuana to San Diego Breaks Ground

Sheppard Mullin client, Otay Tijuana Venture, announced this week that a cross-border pedestrian bridge linking San Diego with Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International airport will be set to open next year. The project, which began in 2008 when Otay Tijuana Venture purchased the land in Otay Mesa, involved Presidential permits in both countries as well as … Continue Reading

Minimum Wage in Mexico

Effective January 1, 2014, Mexico’s wages for geographic Zones “A” and “B” increased by 3.9%.  Zone A includes all of Mexico’s major cities and entry ports.  The minimum wage in Zone A is now $67.29 per day. Zone B includes all other municipalities not included within Zone A.  The minimum wage in Zone B is … Continue Reading

Mexico To Vote On Historic Amendment To Open Oil Industry To Private Investment

The Mexican Senate has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would open the country’s oil market to foreign and private investors.  Currently, oil production is controlled exclusively by the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).  The amendment, however, would encourage private and foreign investment by allowing companies to partner with Pemex through the use of production … Continue Reading

I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Form I-9 More Complicated

This spring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementation of a phased in Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, automation process. The Form I-94 is issued to all visitors entering the U.S. and assists CBP in tracking temporary non-immigrants, visa overstays, and other relevant information concerning foreign nationals entering the U.S. The new program created a paperless admission process … Continue Reading

Filling out the Form I-9 for TPS beneficiaries: Work Permits extended for El Salvadorians

On May 30, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadorians for an additional 18 months beginning September 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. What does this mean for employers? For companies whose workforce may include individuals with TPS from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria, … Continue Reading

Internal Revenue Service Concludes that Fideicomiso or Mexican Land Trusts are not “Trusts” for United States Tax Purposes

On June 6, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Ruling 2013-14, which concludes that a Fideicomiso or a Mexican Land Trust (MLT) is not taxed as a “trust” for U.S. income tax purposes. While most practitioners have operated on that assumption, it is helpful to have official confirmation from the IRS. Non-Mexican persons are … Continue Reading

Mexican Federal Labor Law Reform: What Companies Doing Business in Mexico Need to Know

By Brian Arbetter Mexico’s new Federal Labor Law (FLL) took effect on December 1, 2012. The reform seeks to modernize Mexico’s labor law. The new FLL’s major, employment related amendments include increased regulation of outsourcing jobs, increased flexibility in hiring and payment of wages, the addition of the concepts of diversity, nondiscrimination and anti-harassment, and parental … Continue Reading

FCC Considers Proposal To Lift 25% Cap On Indirect Foreign Investment In Broadcast Licensees

By Brian Weimer and Douglas Svor  In August 2012, the Coalition for Broadcast Investment (“CBI”), a group comprising national broadcast networks, radio and television station licensees, and community and consumer organizations, filed a letter with the FCC requesting clarification of the foreign ownership rules contained in Section 310(b)(4) of the Communications Act. Specifically, CBI requested clarification that “the … Continue Reading

Considerations For International Clients Who Intend to Buy A Home In the U.S.

By Amy McEvoy International buyers invested $82.5 billion in U.S. residential real estate (4.8% of total U.S. sales) according to the most recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the 12 month period ending with March 2012. According to that survey, the top states in the U.S. for international buyers were Florida, … Continue Reading

Historical Reform of the Mexican Telecommunications Industry

By Marcos Vergara del Carril  The new President of Mexico, Mr. Peña Nieto, has reached an unprecedented multi-party agreement between his party, the Partido Revolucionario Industrial (PRI), and the rest of the major political forces: the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), which governed Mexico between 2000 and 2012, the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) and … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Education Reform May be a Catalyst for Change

Under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico has recently approved a historic constitutional amendment reforming the country’s archaic education system. In order to push this historic reform, which is commonly known as the “education reform”, President Pena Nieto overcame great opposition from the country’s teachers union, which is the largest union in Latin … Continue Reading

U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) Orders Argentina To Submit Proposal For Alternative Payment Plan To Avoid Debt Default… Again

By Gabriel Matus On March 1, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered Argentina to submit its proposal for the terms on which it is prepared to make payment on approximately $1.3 billion of unpaid debt obligations stemming from the country’s $95 billion debt default a decade ago. The court’s ruling … Continue Reading

Line in the Sand: Siemens Argentina Case Limits Personal Jurisdiction Under the FCPA

By Thad McBride and Cheryl Palmeri A New York federal district court judge has dismissed a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) claim against a former executive of Siemens, S.A. Argentina and Siemens Transportation Systems for lack of personal jurisdiction. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought the civil FCPA enforcement action against Herbert Steffen … Continue Reading

Sheppard Mullin Offers Full Range of Immigration Expertise

Whether your company requires assistance in selecting the appropriate visa for an executive rotating into the U.S. or help in assessing the immigration impact of a U.S. merger or acquisition, Sheppard Mullin’s seasoned immigration attorneys can help. We provide comprehensive global business immigration services, including strategic planning, advice, case preparation, filing and monitoring, as well … Continue Reading
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