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OnAir with Akin Gump features the thinking and insights of Akin Gump’s lawyers and advisors on topics of interest to those in the business and legal communities around the world. Commentaries on headline-making stories, viewpoints on interesting trends, and peeks over the horizon at upcoming opportunities and challenges—all these and more are featured in this series.
 
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This special episode features “Emergence of ESG Transparency,” a webinar featuring two heads of Akin Gump’s ESG group—partners Stacey Mitchell in D.C. and Amy Kennedy in London—along with London partner Ezra Zahabi. Among the topics covered: · EU plans on ESG and sustainable finance. · An overview of U.S. climate and ESG developments. · EU sustaina…
 
In this new episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome public law and policy partners Ed Pagano and Clete Willems to talk federal health care policy and legislation. Among the topics covered: · What is infrastructure, and how are votes lining up in Congress? · C…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection practice co-heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed, and counsel Molly Whitman discuss the firm’s new 2020 CCPA Litigation Annual Report and its sometimes-surprising findings. Among the topics covered: · Class actions under the California Consumer Privacy Act in 2020. · CCPA statu…
 
In this debut episode of OnAir: Health Care, Akin Gump health care senior policy advisor Matthew Hittle and consultant Dr. Mario Ramirez welcome partner Kelly Cleary to discuss health policy, medical science, and Washington politics. Among the topics covered: · The science behind CDC guidance. · HHS appointments: the state of play. · The Biden-Harr…
 
In this special episode, Akin Gump investment management partner and Women Firmwide Resource Group co-head Barbara Niederkofler moderates a panel featuring labor and employment partner Esther Lander, public law and policy partner Arshi Siddiqui and senior advisor and former Congresswowan Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as they discuss the Biden-Harris administ…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump financial restructuring partner Lois Deasey and practice co-head Liz Osborne offer an overview of creditors' fees related to English law schemes of arrangement. Among the topics covered: · Determining creditor classes under English law. · Lockup fees and what to look for. · How courts analyze work fees. · Backstop fees in…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump’s Amy Kennedy and Stacey Mitchell, two of the firm’s ESG group co-heads, walk listeners through environmental, social and governance considerations for business. Among the topics covered: · U.S. and international perspectives on ESG. · Why ESG is a hot topic in 2021. · The disclosure alphabet soup, from GRI to UNPRI. · Co…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy partner Ed Pagano, senior policy advisor Casey Higgins and international trade counsel Maka Hutson discuss the Biden comprehensive immigration bill currently on Capitol Hill. Among the topics covered: · Can a comprehensive bill make it through Congress? · What business listeners should know about the…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump government contracts partner Angela Styles discusses the origins, workings, track record and future of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Among the topics covered: · Self-certification, eligibility and fraud. · Acquiring companies with PPP loans. · The Treasury Department and PPP. To learn more, visit akingump.com and…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump pro bono partner Steven Schulman; Rick McMurtry, senior VP and associate GC at WarnerMedia; and Jay Reidy, assistant VP and senior legal counsel at AT&T discuss pro bono partnerships between law firms and in-house legal departments. Among the topics covered: · AT&T’s and WarnerMedia’s pro bono programs. · The history and …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy partner and former U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and senior advisor and former U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen discuss the 2020 U.S. elections and their significance for business. Among the topics covered: Issues firing up each candidate’s base. The candidates on trade, immigration, taxation. The…
 
In this episode, recorded on Sept. 14, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah returns to review the 2019 Supreme Court Term and preview the big cases and topics in the October 2020 Term. Among the topics covered: Chief Justice Roberts’ influence. Justice Gorsuch as maverick and textualist. COVID-19 and telephonic argumen…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care partners Kelly Cleary and Robert Salcido discuss the health care industry and how COVID-19 has impacted the industry and affected or driven legislative and regulatory activity. Among the topics covered: The Stark Law and conflicts of interest. Oversight of the CARES Act. The False Claims Act and its current an…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump entertainment practice head Chris Spicer and partner Alissa Miller talk about the entertainment industry in the U.S. and overseas and the impact that COVID-19 has had on production and financing. Among the topics covered: · U.S. vs. international productions. · The rise of the streaming services. · Insurance and COVID. · …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump antitrust partners Gorav Jindal and Corey Roush, fresh off a two-week trial, discuss the nuts and bolts of litigating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Antitrust litigation in the COVID context. · The challenges of remote trial preparation. · Technology: its advantages and disadvantages in the new …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump intellectual property partners Cono Carrano and David Vondle discuss IP disputes at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Among the topics covered: · What is Section 337 and what does it mean for business? · ITC or district court: Which gets the job done? · The ITC and standard essential patents. · Filing complaints at…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Hyongsoon Kim and counsel Molly Whitman discuss class actions against colleges and universities that have moved to remote teaching due to the pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Who comprises these plaintiff classes? · What is the nature of these suits? · The role of the plaintiff’s bar. · Early warni…
 
Akin Gump London-based financial restructuring partner Liz Osborne and finance partners Amy Kennedy and Stephen Peppiatt discuss European bonds, loans and the various flavors of covenants in the current liquidity constrained environment. Among the topics covered: The development of the high-yield bond/leveraged loan market. Investment opportunities…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump London-based financial restructuring partners Liz Osborne and Emma Simmonds discuss insolvency and restructuring in the U.K. in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Among the topics covered: · Recent trends. · Liquidity issues and requests for release and payment holidays. · U.K. insolvency and restructuring mechanisms. · P…
 
Akin Gump cybersecurity, privacy and data protection co-heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reid discuss the California Consumer Privacy Act and its implications for business in this episode recorded in mid-March. Among the topics covered: · California’s influence on states’ legislation. · Private right of action: What does it mean for business? · Att…
 
This episode presents the briefing “Managing the New Reality: Opportunities & Landmines for Energy Companies Right Now,” with Akin Gump corporate partner John Goodgame and financial restructuring partners Sarah Schultz, Ira Dizengoff and Michael Stamer. Among the topics covered: · D&O duties. · Disclosure for energy companies. · Liability managemen…
 
In this episode recorded in late February, Akin Gump financial regulatory partners Helen Marshall and Ezra Zahabi, using Akin Gump’s recently published In Principle annual report as a springboard, discuss what U.K. authorized firms should be thinking about. Among the topics covered: · Brexit and contractual implications. · ESG considerations. · U.K…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump labor and employment partner Richard Rabin and associate Grace O’Donnell discuss what you need to know about coronavirus’ impact on the workplace and employees. Among the topics covered: · Business/personal travel and quarantine. · Sick leave obligations and state/federal laws. · COVID-19 testing and the workplace. · Remo…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Mark Dawkins and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev return to the studio to discuss U.K. dispute resolution in the wake of that country’s departure from the EU. Among the topics covered: · What has changed post-Brexit? · What is expected for the transition period before January 1, 2021? · Practical steps an…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences senior counsel Taylor Jones and public law and policy senior policy adviser Julie Nolan discuss draft legislation currently on Capitol Hill focusing on drug pricing and surprise medical billing. Among the topics covered: What's driving legislation? Which draft bills have the most support? Wha…
 
In our second annual SCOTUS review, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah analyzes the Court’s previous Term and previews the new Term. Among the topics covered: • SCOTUS decisions on census citizenship and gerrymandering. • How Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voted. • New hot-button cases: gun rights, DACA, transgender …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences counsel Taylor Jones and Matt Wetzel discuss the Justice Department’s recent guidance on evaluation of corporate compliance programs. Among the topics covered: · Incorporating the guidance into risk assessment. · Its impact on the health care sector. · What it may reveal about DOJ compliance …
 
In this episode, Akin Gump litigation partner Mark Dawkins and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev discuss Brexit and its possible impact on international dispute resolution in the U.K. Among the topics covered: · Brexit state of play · international business and the English judicial system · governing law of contracts post-Brexit · court judgements pos…
 
In this episode, demonstrating solutions in fund formation and negotiation, Akin Gump investment management lawyers Jim Deeken and Gechi Tesic perform a mock negotiation between a private equity firm and a pension fund considering an investment in a successor fund. Among the topics covered: management fees and zombie funds side letters distribution…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump health care and life sciences partner Howard Sklamberg discusses the history and status of cannabis regulation and enforcement in the U.S., particularly of cannabidiol, or CBD. Among the topics covered: THC vs. CBD, hemp vs. marijuana CBD and the Controlled Substances Act CBD: supplement, food additive or drug? FDA regula…
 
This episode debuts a series of conversations between Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith and thought leaders in and around the legal industry. In this episode, she speaks with Patrick Krill, an authority on addiction and mental health in law firms. Among the topics covered: what a 15,000-lawyer survey revealed about mental health distress well-b…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy senior advisor and former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and international trade partner Nnedi Ifudu discuss U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. Among the topics covered: the history of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela the impact of sanctions on business risks in the Venezuela market challenges to the U.S. at the…
 
In this episode, partners and Akin Gump retail initiative co-leaders Gregory Knopp and Meredith Slawe discuss the retail sector, its promises and its pitfalls. Among the topics covered: technological innovation in retail challenges retailers face in California consumer privacy and the plaintiff’s bar Akin Gump’s multidisciplinary retail initiative …
 
In this episode, the third of three building on Akin Gump’s annual Top 10 Topics for Directors report, partner Michelle Reed discusses the critical question of cybersecurity and the corporate world. Among the topics covered: the big players and decisions for cyber in 2018 how boards can improve their cyber posture 2019 federal cyber initiatives. Fo…
 
In this episode, the second of three building on Akin Gump’s annual Top 10 Topics for Directors report, partner Lauren Leyden discusses the #MeToo movement and its impact on the corporate world. Among the topics covered: corporate culture and #MeToo the paramount importance of preparedness the changing environment for allegations. For more informat…
 
In this episode, the first of three building on Akin Gump’s annual Top 10 Topics for Directors report, partners Christine LaFollette and Daniel Walsh discuss corporate culture and board diversity, and what boards need to be thinking about them. Among the topics covered: corporate culture and crisis management proxy voting and board diversity a retu…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump antitrust partners Gorav Jindal and Corey Roush discuss antitrust developments in 2018 and look at what 2019 may bring. Among the topics covered: antitrust under the Trump administration major antitrust legislation on Capitol Hill the FTC and big data best practices for engaging with antitrust regulators. For more informa…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump international trade partners Tatman Savio and Christian Davis discuss the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and how the new Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) reforms and expands CFIUS’s reach and authority. Among the topics covered: the why and how of CFIUS’s reform phased impleme…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah discusses the big cases from the preceding U.S. Supreme Court Term and looks ahead at interesting cases in the new Term. Among the topics covered: Justice Kavanaugh’s impact the rise of Justice Kagan Chief Justice Roberts’ new role LGBT/reproductive rights cases. Fo…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump investment management partners Kelli Moll and Stephen Vine report on the firm’s recent New York Private Investment Funds Conference, the topics covered from the dais and the hot topics going into 2019. Among the topics covered: · the state of the hedge fund industry · financing of fund investments · #MeToo and the funds i…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump congressional investigations practice co-heads Rafi Prober and Steve Ross look at the history of Hill investigations and how the midterm elections may change their emphasis and targets. Among the topics covered: investigations in the 115th Congress what if the Dems retake the House? what to do if you receive a letter from…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump public law and policy partner Arshi Siddiqui and senior advisor Geoff Verhoff discuss the upcoming U.S. midterm elections and the various potential consequences should the GOP hold the House or the Democrats flip it. Among the topics covered: U.S. business’ view of the elections investigations in a Dem-controlled House pr…
 
In this episode, Akin Gump cross-border transactions partner Melissa Schwartz discusses economic sanctions and transactions, specifically, how businesses minimize the risk they face of sanctions violations. Among the topics covered: secondary sanctions risk evaluating your risk profile the importance of a strong diligence program. For more informat…
 
In this episode, Dreamscape Immersive chief legal officer Tammy Brandt and Akin Gump corporate partner Courtney York, whose practice includes guiding clients through complex tech transactions, discuss the business and law of the dynamic virtual reality and augmented reality market. From IP and liability considerations to the monetization of these g…
 
In this episode, Neal Marder, who heads Akin Gump’s consumer class action litigation practice from the firm’s Los Angeles office, discusses how false advertising claims are driving consumer class actions. Among the topics covered: California as a haven for the plaintiffs’ bar industries most at risk for false advertising litigation precautionary st…
 
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