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Litigation 2017: Discussion

Litigation 2017: DiscussionWho’s Who Legal brings together Martin Bernet and Colette Wilkins to discuss issues facing litigation lawyers and their clients today, including recent legislative developments, the increase in arbitration-related litigation work and what the future holds for the practice area.       What...

Targeting Failure to Repay As a False Claim

Contractors and providers may face false claims damages when they fail to return overpayments even though no fraud is involved. A recent civil settlement demonstrates that the government is targeting failure to repay, and it can be as costly as fraudulent billing. Fair Warning Given A medical practice paid nearly $450,000 to resolve an investigation,...

The SEC Announces Another Seven-Figure Whistleblower Award

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week announced a payout of more than $1 million to a whistleblower who provided information that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action against a “registered entity” (e.g., a broker-dealer) that “impacted retail customers.” The SEC announced the award, while keeping the details of the...

Expanding Your Brand Through Franchising? It's All About Doing Your Homework

Expanding Your Brand Through Franchising? It's All About Doing Your HomeworkLuiz Henrique O do Amaral and Mariana Reis Abenza, Dannemann Siemsen AdvogadosIn this article, Luiz Henrique O do Amaral and Mariana Reis Abenza at Dannemann Siemsen Advogados assess the franchising challenges faced when dealing with international brand expansion. In...

The Joint-Employer Problem for Franchising - A Report from the Front Lines

The Joint-Employer Problem for Franchising - A Report from the Front LinesLarry Weinberg, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLPLarry Weinberg at Cassels Brock & Blackwell discusses different approaches to the franchise business model around the world as well as recent developments in the Canadian franchise market.For those who follow the franchise...

Deals

Share prices of global acquirers continue to underperform World Index in the third quarter

New research reveals global trend for successful M&A deals becoming increasingly difficult to deliver as market reacts to new political winds The global M&A market continues to struggle to add value, underperforming the Index in 2017 for the second quarter this year, which is a trend not seen since 2012, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest...

Equiteq advises GNC Group on their merger with Grant Thornton

Equiteq, a global consulting and IT services sector M&A specialist, is pleased to announce the merger of its client, GNC Group Consulting (“GNC Group”), with Grant Thornton Australia (“Grant Thornton”).  The transaction completed on September 1, 2017. GNC Group is a Melbourne-based retail and consumer product focused management consulting...

M&A insurance buyout as premiums and retentions fall, and new insurers enter market

Premium rates fall as demand increases – 2017 sees a 12% drop on 2016 levels and a 25% drop on 2015 levelsWidening consumer choice and increased competition - average retention rates fall by 44% from 2016 level In its most recent Global M&A Insurance Index, JLT Specialty (JLT), reported a 76% increase in the number of M&A insurance policies they...

International cooperation dominating cross-border M&A tax landscape

New M&A guide shows shake-up in global economic environment is forcing change US tax policy proposals threaten many aspects of global M&A Taxand, the global tax advisor, today releases its 2017 Global Guide to M&A Tax, providing guidance on the M&A tax climate across 37 jurisdictions and an overview of continuing and emerging trends that reflect...

​Political uncertainty drives consumer goods M&A to lowest level since 2011

Consumer goods M&A plummeted in 2016, down $176bn on the previous year, as political uncertainty depressed deal-making in the sectorGrowth conditions worsened for the Global 50, with overall revenue growth turning negative for the first time (-0.7%) Mergers and acquisitions among the top 50 consumer goods giants have fallen sharply from $226bn in 2015...

Acq Lite

Magnificent Seniors Walk Runway in Beauty Pageant Putting Elegance into Aging

"This is our age of elegance. It's the beginning. Not our end," said the 73-year-old who was crowned Ms. Senior America 2017. The post Magnificent Seniors Walk Runway in Beauty Pageant Putting Elegance into Aging appeared first on Good News Network. Read More

Video of Shelter Dogs Paddle-Boarding Helps Find Them Forever Homes

These shelter pups may have seen some tough times in their lives, but rescue volunteers ensured that they were repaid with the best day ever and a proper shot at a forever home. Four-year-old Captain is a boxer mix being treated for heartworm. He was found roaming a construction site The post Video of Shelter Dogs Paddle-Boarding Helps Find Them Forever...

Woman Deceived On the Internet by Older Man Finds Love With Model Whose Photos Lured Her In

Emma Perrier was already heartbroken from a past relationship when she took a chance with online dating. Her hope for romance was renewed when a matchmaking app paired her with a charming and extraordinarily handsome man named Ronnie Scicluna. The love story took a turn, however, when she found out that The post Woman Deceived On the Internet by Older...

Israeli and Palestinian Farmers Find Peace Through Olive Oil

While there is still harsh conflict in the Middle East, these farmers have found a peaceful middle ground through olive oil. The post Israeli and Palestinian Farmers Find Peace Through Olive Oil appeared first on Good News Network. Read More

Teen Boys Filmed Giving Duvet to Homeless Man and Tucking Him In

Millenials may get a bad rap for being the generation introduced to smartphones, but these three Polish teens are a perfect example of how youngsters are just as kind and compassionate as everyone else. Last December, Szymon, Wojtek, and Marcin were wandering down a street in Nysa – a city in The post Teen Boys Filmed Giving Duvet to Homeless Man...