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US Corporate Governance: A Return To Fundamentals

David A Katz

Laura A McIntosh - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

David Katz

Clues to the direction of developments in US corporate governance in the next few years may be found in the 2008 proxy season. Forecasted to be a season of increased activism, it now appears to have been the season in which shareholders began to put governance reform proposals back into perspective.

2009: Key Governance Issues For Directors In a Challenging Year

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

At the end of each year, directors should reflect what the key governance topics will be in the new year. This year the worldwide economic crisis dominates all the issue

Trademark and Free Expression Rights: Are They Reconcilable?

Daniel R Bereskin

Daniel R Bereskin QC

Laugh It Off Promotions CC v Sabmark International et al (2006) 1 SA 144 (CC) illustrates the tension between trademark rights and rights of free expression.

Changes Being Considered to China's Trademark Legislation

Ella Cheong

The world has focused its eyes on China with the Olympics being held in August 2008 in Beijing, which has brought favourable impressions of China as a country and the Chinese as a people, rather than merely as a factory for products or as an emerging power, with much emphasis on the IP scene.

Developments in European Trademark Law

Trevor Cook - Bird & Bird LLP

Trevor Cook

Fifteen years after the Trade Marks Directive 89/104 first sought, as from 1993, to harmonise national trademark laws throughout the European Community, many uncertainties still remain as to its interpretation.

The New Latin American Oil and Gas Scene: Taking the High Road or the Low Road?

Carlos E Maduro - Macleod Dixon - Caracas

Elisabeth Eljuri

Elisabeth Eljuri

Over the past years we saw a significant increase in commodity prices, but specifically during 2008, where oil prices rose above US$147 to an all-time record, as a result of several factors such as growing demand from the expanding BRIC economies, worries on oil supply, lack of stability in several oil-producing countries, and the decline of the US dollar, among others.

A Surprising Reality: Middle East Natural Gas Crunch

Farida Midani - King & Spalding Dubai

Philip R Weems

Philip R Weems

A common assumption today is that the Middle East has an abundance of readily available natural gas supplies; however, the reality is quite different.

Promotion of Energy Investment in Libya

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill

Jubilee Easo - Ashurst LLP

Renad Haj Yahya - Ashurst LLP

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill

The recent high oil and gas prices and Libya's rehabilitation into the international community after the lifting of US and international sanctions have led to an influx of foreign investors looking to invest in the country's oil and gas sector.

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