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Dentons Insights - Di, 19.01.2038 - 05:14

The practice of law has gone digital. It is difficult to even compare today's law practice with that of just a few years ago when written communications could take days to reach the intended recipient. Correspondingly, the risks associated with the practice of law have changed too. The new risks in the modern day-to-day practice of law are many, but effective use of these tools can decrease the risks.

Freshfields berät Busch-Gruppe bei erneuertem freiwilligen Übernahmeangebot für Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Mo, 04.12.2017 - 01:00
Freshfields berät die Pangea GmbH, eine hundertprozentige Beteiligungsgesellschaft der im Familienbesitz stehenden Busch SE, bei dem erneuerten freiwilligen öffentlichen Übernahmeangebot für die Aktien der im TecDAX notierten Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG.

Freshfields berät FREO Group beim Verkauf der East Side Mall in Berlin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Fr, 01.12.2017 - 01:00

Deals 2017-01-12 Freshfields berät FREO Group beim Verkauf der East Side Mall in Berlin Die internationale Anwaltssozietät Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer hat die FREO Group, die als unabhängiger paneuropäischer Investment-Manager und Entwickler tätig ist, beim Verkauf der Projektentwicklung „East Side Mall“

<p>DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers</p>

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US workers from discrimination and combatting fraud by employers that misuse visas. Under a new memorandum of understanding, IER and the Bureau of Consular Affairs have agreed to share information about employers that engage in unlawful discrimination or fraud, or make other misrepresentations in their use of employment-based visas.

This partnership follows the February 2017 launch of IER's “Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative,” which aims to target, investigate and bring enforcement actions against companies alleged to discriminate against US workers in favor of foreign visa workers.

IER, formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, is the section within the Civil Rights Division responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA's anti-discrimination provision prohibits, among other things, citizenship and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing or recruiting. IER has interpreted this provision as prohibiting employers from intentionally discriminating against US workers in hiring, firing or recruiting on the basis of citizenship status or national origin, or from “otherwise favor[ing] the employment of temporary foreign workers over available, qualified U.S. workers.”

IER filed its first lawsuit under the Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative on September 28, 2017. In that suit, DOJ alleges that Crop Production Services, Inc., imposed more burdensome hiring requirements on US citizens than it did on H-2A visa workers—foreign agricultural workers hired to work seasonally—in order to discourage US citizens from working at their El Campo, Texas, facility. For example, the DOJ alleges that Crop Production had a policy of requiring background checks and drug testing for applicants who received an offer of employment. DOJ alleges that, in practice, US citizens had to complete the background check and drug test before starting work, while H-2A visa workers did not. DOJ also alleges that Crop Production refused to consider a US citizen with limited English proficiency for employment, but hired H-2A workers who could not speak English. DOJ alleges that all of Crop Production's 15 seasonal jobs went to H-2A visa workers.

Implications for Employers

Since the launch of the Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative, IER has opened 29 investigations of potential employer discrimination against US workers. The new partnership between IER and the Bureau of Consular Affairs cements the government's focus on pursuing these types of investigations.

In light of this partnership, IER's initiative and the President's April 18, 2017, “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, the DOJ is likely to continue to pursue investigations of employers who hire significant numbers of foreign visa workers. Given this investigative climate, companies should take seriously any inquiries or information requests from IER. In addition, companies that hire significant numbers of foreign workers should consider ways to mitigate risk in this area. Companies may consider taking the following steps:

Review current hiring, firing or recruiting practices, and consider implementing formal policies that clearly prohibit citizenship and national origin discrimination, including against US workers.

Provide training for managers, including hiring managers, on preventing discrimination on the basis of citizenship status or national origin.

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WilmerHale is currently assisting clients in their response to IER investigations of potential discrimination on the basis of citizenship status and/or national origin. We also conduct reviews of our clients' internal hiring, firing, and recruiting policies and responses to specific incidents to ensure compliance with federal anti-discrimination statutes, including the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. We will continue to monitor the developments at IER for relevance to our client matters.

2017-10-16T00:00:00-04:002017-10-16T19:30:38ZDanielle Y. Conleyhttps://www.wilmerhale.com/danielle_conley/danielle.conley@wilmerhale.comLaura E. Schneiderhttps://www.wilmerhale.com/laura_schneider/laura.schneider@wilmerhale.comKimberly A. Parkerhttps://www.wilmerhale.com/kimberly_parker/kimberly.parker@wilmerhale.comLauren N. Moorehttps://www.wilmerhale.com/lauren_moore/lauren.moore@wilmerhale.com

<p><i>60 Minutes</i>: Redemption</p>

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

In a 60 Minutes segment that aired on October 15, Seth Waxman shares his reflections as a mentor to Shon Hopwood, a Georgetown Law professor who served 12 years in prison for armed bank robbery.

2017-10-15T00:00:00-04:002017-10-16T19:20:49Z

SEC Enforcement’s New Leadership and (Likely) Priorities

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

In this article, published by BoardIQ, Lorraine Echavarria analyzes the focus areas for the Securities and Exchange Commission's new leadership and how those initiatives will impact mutual fund board directors. 

2017-10-12T00:00:00-04:002017-10-13T01:26:32ZLorraine B. Echavarriahttps://www.wilmerhale.com/lori_echavarria/lori.echavarria@wilmerhale.com

<p><i>The Legal 500 UK</i> Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition</p>

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names five partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of 11 of the firm's London-based lawyers.

2017-10-12T00:00:00-04:002017-10-13T17:27:00Z

<p>Brexit and Data Protection: The UK Government's New Data Protection Bill</p>

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

The UK government has taken an additional step in its attempts to find a way to ensure uninterrupted data flows between the UK and the EU after Brexit. On 13 September 2017, the UK government introduced a draft Data Protection Bill to the UK Parliament, accompanied by explanatory notes. 

2017-10-11T00:00:00-04:002017-10-11T19:25:17ZFrédéric Louishttps://www.wilmerhale.com/frederic_louis/frederic.louis@wilmerhale.comDr. Martin Braunhttps://www.wilmerhale.com/Martin_Braun/martin.braun@wilmerhale.comJohn Ratliffhttps://www.wilmerhale.com/john_ratliff/john.ratliff@wilmerhale.comItsiq Benizrihttps://www.wilmerhale.com/itsiq_benizri/itsiq.benizri@wilmerhale.com

WilmerHale Reps Andela in $40M Series C Funding

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

As announced in today's New York Times article, “Start-up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline from Africa,” Andela Inc.—a New York-based startup that identifies the most talented individuals in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with the world's leading tech companies—has announced a $40 million Series C funding round led by CRE Venture Capital.

2017-10-10T00:00:00-04:002017-10-11T16:05:45Z

<p>WilmerHale Shortlisted for Most Impressive Investigations Practice Honor by <i>GIR</i></p>

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

WilmerHale has been named a finalist for the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year Award given by Global Investigations Review (GIR). 

2017-10-06T00:00:00-04:002017-10-06T20:23:20Z

WilmerHale Represents Navient in $155M Acquisition of Earnest

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

Navient, a leading provider of asset management and business processing solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Earnest, a leading financial technology and education finance company.

2017-10-06T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T21:34:50Z

Yeve Chitiga Joins DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

This week, Associate Yeve Chitiga began a two-year term as a member of the DC Bar Foundation's (DCBF) Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC).

2017-10-05T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T20:57:42Z

WilmerHale Reps Disarm Therapeutics in $30M Series A Financing

Wilmer Hale Publications - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:50

Disarm Therapeutics, a new biotechnology company developing therapeutics to treat patients with neurological diseases by preventing axonal degeneration, announced the recent completion of a $30 million Series A financing.

2017-10-05T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T20:00:26Z

<p><i>60 Minutes</i>: Redemption</p>

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

In a 60 Minutes segment that aired on October 15, Seth Waxman shares his reflections as a mentor to Shon Hopwood, a Georgetown Law professor who served 12 years in prison for armed bank robbery.

2017-10-15T00:00:00-04:002017-10-16T19:20:49Z

<p><i>The Legal 500 UK</i> Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition</p>

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names five partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of 11 of the firm's London-based lawyers.

2017-10-12T00:00:00-04:002017-10-13T17:27:00Z

WilmerHale Reps Andela in $40M Series C Funding

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

As announced in today's New York Times article, “Start-up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline from Africa,” Andela Inc.—a New York-based startup that identifies the most talented individuals in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with the world's leading tech companies—has announced a $40 million Series C funding round led by CRE Venture Capital.

2017-10-10T00:00:00-04:002017-10-11T16:05:45Z

<p>WilmerHale Shortlisted for Most Impressive Investigations Practice Honor by <i>GIR</i></p>

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

WilmerHale has been named a finalist for the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year Award given by Global Investigations Review (GIR). 

2017-10-06T00:00:00-04:002017-10-06T20:23:20Z

WilmerHale Represents Navient in $155M Acquisition of Earnest

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

Navient, a leading provider of asset management and business processing solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Earnest, a leading financial technology and education finance company.

2017-10-06T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T21:34:50Z

Yeve Chitiga Joins DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

This week, Associate Yeve Chitiga began a two-year term as a member of the DC Bar Foundation's (DCBF) Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC).

2017-10-05T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T20:57:42Z

WilmerHale Reps Disarm Therapeutics in $30M Series A Financing

Wilmer Hale News - Mo, 16.10.2017 - 23:20

Disarm Therapeutics, a new biotechnology company developing therapeutics to treat patients with neurological diseases by preventing axonal degeneration, announced the recent completion of a $30 million Series A financing.

2017-10-05T00:00:00-04:002017-10-05T20:00:26Z