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Explore how today’s international legal headlines will affect your global business on Nota Bene, a weekly podcast for the C-Suite by the Sheppard Mullin law firm. Join host, international competition partner Michael P.A. Cohen, as he and his expert guests explore how the law and trends intersect while providing insights and strategies for succeeding as a global business in this new world economic order. Tune in each week for conversations covering topics ranging from blockchain technology an ...
 
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This episode was originally published on December 2, 2020 as Episode 106. Company investors and consequently, corporate boards, are acknowledging the importance of implementing good environmental, social, and governmental (“ESG”) policies to help mitigate risk, attract quality leadership, and establish satisfied employees. In this episode, we’re ex…
 
This episode was originally published on September 8, 2021 as Episode 142. Companies are struggling to understand how to comply with rapidly changing and sometimes conflicting privacy obligations. For entities outside of the U.S. seeking to do business in the States, approaching and understanding the patchwork of state and federal privacy laws can …
 
This episode was originally published on September 22, 2021 as Episode 144. Green hydrogen is a new form of green energy, a clean and safe energy carrier that can be used as a fuel for electricity production and transportation. As with any new industry, there is much that is up in the air as far as its regulation, industrialization, and progress go…
 
This episode was originally published on June 3rd, 2020 as Episode 84. The coronavirus pandemic has proven to be the most significant business crisis in global history. What will it take for multinational companies to aptly respond to the crisis while managing potential future harm from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) audits and investigation…
 
In the last episode of the season, we connect with Reid Whitten again to discuss the latest in trade and economic developments. He walks through the latest in the supply chain issues, from steel to AI and how these factors add to the growing uncertainty in the economy. Reid also discusses the differences in administration economic oversight between…
 
We connect with David Garcia again to discuss the latest in healthcare and antitrust developments. Much has changed since his last visit three years ago and he walks us through some of those trends. He highlights how M&A transactions continue to rise and predicts what may finally put a halt on them. David discusses the race for innovation and how i…
 
We reconnect with Siraj Husain for the third time this year to hear the latest in artificial intelligence. He updates us on the National Institute of Standards and Technology and its effort to create an AI framework. Siraj discusses incidents of how AI has been used inappropriately and how it has gone wrong in the marketplace. He outlines why organ…
 
We connect back with lobbyists Elizabeth Frazee and Chani Wiggins to discuss the latest with U.S. government spending and infrastructure bills in the fourth quarter. They walk us through the latest with filibuster reform and wonder if Congress can pass anything by end of November. They get into the American marketplace and address innovation, compe…
 
We regroup with Paul Kim for our fourth quarter check in to hear the latest on COVID across Asia and how the different countries have adjusted to living with the virus. Paul takes us through economic issues throughout Korea, Singapore, Japan, and highlights the cultural implications labor and the workforce have in different countries. We then turn …
 
We catch up with our African expert Andreas Stargard of Primerio on our fourth quarter geopolitical check in. We learn the latest on the antitrust law in South Africa and how the public interest standard contributes to the marketplace, including updates on Kenya, COMESA and Competition Authority of Kenya, and recent anti-corruption efforts and the …
 
We catch up with our Europe-based expert, Oliver Heinisch, on upcoming changes for the fourth quarter of 2021 including updates on the German elections, Brexit and supply chain issues, and a new EU whistleblower directive. Oliver is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s London and Brussels offices. Oliver ad…
 
Seafood sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the world of environmentalism. This week’s episode features an interview with International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s president Susan Jackson. We discuss ISSF’s history, tuna sustainability, unique partnerships between industry, scientists and NGOs, transparency in the wake of c…
 
Green hydrogen is a new form of green energy, a clean and safe energy carrier that can be used as a fuel for electricity production and transportation. As with any new industry, there is much that is up in the air as far as its regulation, industrialization, and progress goes. Janice Lin and Tony Toranto pull from their robust knowledge of the gree…
 
As movement continues in the realm of U.S. antitrust legislation, many wonder when new legislation will be officially passed and how it will impact America and the Big Tech industry players. Bill Margeson discusses how this legislation has evolved under the Biden Administration and whether to expect any landmark changes in the near future. Guest Bi…
 
Companies are struggling to understand how to comply with rapidly changing and sometimes conflicting privacy obligations. For entities outside of the U.S. seeking to do business in the States, approaching and understanding the patchwork of state and federal privacy laws can be daunting, especially since U.S. privacy laws vary depending on the type …
 
Artificial intelligence is growing rapidly and exponentially. As technology advances, there are many new concerns legally, ethically and socially. Many wonder how patent offices will handle new AI generating inventions, or even how AI lethal weapons will be regulated. As countries are trying to catch up legally to the latest AI technology, the Euro…
 
This episode was originally published on June 29, 2021 as Episode 132. The beginning of 2021 saw a decline in business bankruptcy filings, in contrast to the corona virus-related surge in filings witnessed in 2020. Will this trend continue? Or will bankruptcy filings pick up as more businesses struggle to recover from the effects of the pandemic? J…
 
This episode was originally published on May 11, 2021 as Episode 125. When the artist Beeple recently sold a digital work of art for $69 million, it caught the world’s attention especially because that one-of-a-kind digital art was a non-fungible token (NFT). In this episode, we’re taking a look at this emerging blockchain technology and exploring …
 
This episode was originally published on January 12, 2021 as Episode 108. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a significant impact on how businesses utilize technology and is further the object of a currently estimated $13 Trillion economic arms race between the world’s leading economies from Asia to Europe and North America. Developments in 202…
 
As Asia’s economies attempt to recover from the grip of COVID-19, they face added obstacles brought on by slow vaccine rollouts and new pandemic restrictions. We’re exploring the latest economic and regulatory developments in the Asia markets in Q3 including the impact of the new Delta variant of the virus, vaccinations, and China’s crackdown on ri…
 
Despite long-standing challenges to economic growth, the nations of Africa continue to experience incremental progress. As the digital revolution makes its way across the continent, we’re exploring Africa’s economic and social outlook in Q3 of 2021 with our Africa competition and markets expert, Andreas Stargard. A co-founding senior member of Prim…
 
We’re checking in with our Europe-based expert on the latest European updates and upcoming changes for the third quarter of 2021 including updates on Brexit, European Union (EU) data protection policies, block exemption regulations, and the United Kingdom’s (UK) immigration policies. Joining me for this conversation is Oliver Heinisch. Oliver is a …
 
As we enter the third quarter of 2021, we’re taking a look at anticipated legislative activities including President Biden’s infrastructure bill, the U.S-China trade war, and Big Tech antitrust issues. We’re joined by U.S. government experts and lobbyists Elizabeth Frazee and Chani Wiggins to discuss some of the Federal, legislative, and judicial i…
 
Clean energy technology has been on the rise. As companies strive to become more sustainable and the cost of manufacturing renewable energy continues to decline, we’re taking a look at the driving factors behind the shift toward renewable energy and exploring how multinationals can meaningfully participate in this market. Joining me for this conver…
 
The beginning of 2021 saw a decline in business bankruptcy filings, in contrast to the corona virus-related surge in filings witnessed in 2020. Will this trend continue? Or will bankruptcy filings pick up as more businesses struggle to recover from the effects of the pandemic? Joining me to explore the 2021 bankruptcy trends in the business world i…
 
U.S.-Russia relations have been complicated, to say the least. Given Russia’s recent cyberattacks on SolarWinds and the government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the Biden administration is stepping up and issuing sanctions against the Russian government to curtail harmful foreign activities. But do these sancti…
 
This episode is a replay of Episode 114 which originally aired on February 23, 2021. Cyber attacks have become big business, from the standpoint of both the attackers, and attorneys pursuing liability compensation from corporate attack victims. Threat actors range well beyond hacker cults of old, now including sophisticated state actors, large busi…
 
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Nowhere is this imitation more unwelcome than when it comes to a company’s intellectual property. Intellectual property laws and the protection they offer ensure that a business can fully protect its brand and reap the benefits of its inventions. Intellectual property rights also provide a cours…
 
The employment landscape has been forever changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As employers, managers, and human resources professionals learn to navigate the ambiguity of the new workplace, we’re diving into some of the short-term and long-term changes and strategies that will help business leaders remain connected and effective. Joining me t…
 
The healthcare industry is ripe for disruption and major change. Key players in this space are looking for innovative ways to improve quality, access, and efficiency of care provided. My guest today, Anthony Del Rio, is a leader in the healthcare industry and is working to disrupt the status quo through bold leadership and innovative ideas. For com…
 
Many companies do business in multiple states in the U.S. What they might not be aware of is that tax regulations in each state might mandate them to collect and pay sales and use tax for transactions in those states. This is true even if the company does not have a physical presence in that state. In this episode, we’re taking a look at the specif…
 
When the artist Beeple recently sold a digital work of art for $69 million, it caught the world’s attention especially because that one-of-a-kind digital art was a non-fungible token (NFT). In this episode, we’re taking a look at this emerging blockchain technology and exploring how NFTs are transforming digital artwork. We’re also discussing the l…
 
This episode was originally published on February 2, 2021 as Episode 111. Music royalty investments have become a big global business. For investors looking for a growing industry to tap into, the music royalty market might be it. Will a flood in investment funds impact the music business overall? We’re exploring how the recent flurry of investment…
 
Joining me this week for the podcast quarterly check in with Europe is International Competition specialist Oliver Heinisch from London. Oliver shares the latest updates from the continent, including insight on Brexit, European merger controls, and the adequacy of GDPR enforcement. Oliver is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group…
 
Africa continues to strive for economic growth through various means such as trade partnerships and foreign investments. However, long-standing challenges remain an impediment in certain respects. Is Twitter’s decision to open an African base in Ghana any indication of the continent’s economic potential? We’re joined by Africa competition and marke…
 
The U.S. government will have its hands full in the second quarter of 2021. From President Biden’s recently unveiled $2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan meant to rebuild and reshape the economy to Congressional regulation of Big Tech companies, we’re joined by U.S. government experts and lobbyists Elizabeth Frazee and Chani Wiggins to discuss so…
 
As the world emerges from the global economic shut down that occurred in 2020 due to the pandemic, many multinational companies are facing production issues and supply shortages. The challenge, in 2021, will be for companies to strengthen their supply chains and explore domestic manufacturing alternatives. Joining me for this conversation is Seoul,…
 
2020 brought about rapid change in the American healthcare industry. Many hospitals and healthcare providers are turning to mergers as a means of providing improved health services to the population at scale. These consolidations, however, do not occur without setting off antitrust alarms. In this episode, we’re exploring the current state of the U…
 
The U.S.-China relationship continues to be a contentious one. Tensions over trade, technologies like 5G networks, and other issues flared over the past few years. What changes to international relations, if any, can the new presidential administration bring about, and what policies from the former administration will have lasting implications? Joi…
 
From due diligence to post-acquisition, there are various labor and employment issues that businesses should pay attention to in order to ensure smooth corporate transactions and integrations. Employee classifications and trade secret protections are two of several issues we explore in this episode with labor and employment law experts Kevin Clouti…
 
The U.S. Senate has introduced legislation that presents dramatic changes to the current state of U.S. antitrust law, driven by the assumption that Big Tech as it has evolved currently constitutes a series of defined market monopolies. But the Economist recently questions whether that assumption should be reconsidered given the rise in shares of se…
 
Joining me this week for the podcast quarterly check in with Europe is International Competition specialist Oliver Heinisch from London. We discuss the “New Europe,” tracking immediate impacts of Brexit on the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU), and forecast the near-term future, from a legal and regulatory standpoint impacting internation…
 
Cyberattacks have become big business, from the standpoint of both the attackers and attorneys pursuing liability compensation from corporate attack victims. Threat actors range well beyond hacker cults of old, now including sophisticated state actors, large businesses organized for the very purpose of cyber breach and theft, and complex threat net…
 
Africa is a continent of 1.2 Billion people. From a consumer potential standpoint it matches China or India. Yet historically, it has suffered from its colonial past, and current fractured hostility and corruption. Africa, however, is emerging, and is quickly accelerating into the 21st Century marketplace both from an investment and growth opportun…
 
Digital platforms and companies have transformed the world in ways no other industry has done before in such dramatic ways. However, these platforms have transitioned from alternative channels to major players (and often, the only players) in many sectors of the economy, raising antitrust issues. Joining me for this conversation are two experts, Ro…
 
Music royalty investments have become a big global business. For investors looking for a growing industry to tap into, the music royalty market might be it. Will a flood in investment funds impact the music business overall? We’re exploring how the recent flurry of investment money into this market will continue to impact the industry. Joining me f…
 
Intellectual property rights provide intangible yet valuable assets that multinationals can leverage in the 21st century. One such exclusive property right is trade secrets. Almost every business has the potential to create trade secrets. What is a trade secret and how can companies acquire and, more importantly, protect these intellectual property…
 
The relationship between the U.S. and China has deteriorated over the last four years. Barely missing a beat from the coronavirus pandemic, China is the only major world economy to post positive growth during the pandemic period, at a rate of 10% at that. China is now 1/6th larger than the U.S. economy measured by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), and…
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a significant impact on how businesses utilize technology and is further the object of a currently estimated $13 Trillion economic arms race between the world’s leading economies from Asia to Europe and North America. Developments in 2020 have been nothing short of revolutionary, breaking through where human a…
 
Welcome back to a new year and a new Nota Bene episode. In this Episode, we’re joined by two U.S. political experts and lobbyists to explore several of the potential issues facing the 117th Congress under President-Elect Biden’s leadership. My guests today are Elizabeth Frazee and Chani Wiggins of TwinLogic Strategies. Elizabeth Frazee is the Co-Fo…
 
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