April 18, 2018

“Stroock’s Private Funds Group Adds Former Investment Management GC and Compliance Counselor Michael Emanuel as Partner in New York”

Global Banking & Finance Review | Michael Emanuel arrives from Eagle Investment Solutions, a Princeton, NJ-based asset management firm, where he served as general counsel, chief compliance officer and co-chief operating officer. Previously he served as regulatory and compliance counsel for other major investment managers, including Harbinger Capital Partners, Loeb Partners Corp. and State Street Bank and Trust.

  • April 6, 2018

    James Sammataro quoted in “Can Kenya Barris Really Leave ABC for Netflix?”

    Variety | James Sammataro, a partner in Stroock’s Entertainment and Litigation Groups and managing partner of the firm’s Miami office, was quoted in a Variety article that discusses Netflix exploring the possibility to lure TV producer Kenya Barris to its streaming service from ABC Studios....Read More

    March 20, 2018

    Shira Scheindlin and Howard Lavin featured in "Attys Wary of Zero-Tolerance Policies After #MeToo"

    Law360 | Former United States District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin and Howard Lavin were featured in a Law360 article that discusses Stroock’s “Challenges in the World of #MeToo” program held March 20, 2018....Read More

  • March 13, 2018

    “Chinese deals in US to keep flowing despite Donald Trump’s halting of Broadcom’s bid for Qualcomm”

    South China Morning Post | Chris Griner, the co-managing partner of Stroock’s Washington, D.C. office and chair of Stroock’s National Security/CFIUS/Compliance Group, was quoted in a South China Morning Post article that discusses U.S. President Donald Trump’s shut down of Broadcom Limited’s attempted takeover of chip maker Qualcomm Inc., putting a cloud over potential deals for U.S. assets by foreign companies with Chinese connections....Read More

    March 8, 2018

    Stroock Litigator Laura Besvinick Wins Prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing

    Press Release | Litigation partner Laura Besvinick has been awarded a Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award by the Burton Awards, a nonprofit program associated with the Library of Congress. Laura’s article “What Lawyers Can Learn from Poker Players” was selected out of nominations submitted by the nation’s top 1,000 largest law firms. In announcing the award, Burton Awards founder William Burton said “the winners are outstanding, highly skilled, and effective writers, and the competition was acutely keen. The Law360 writing award winners have now attained a new and even higher standard of excellence.”...Read More


Join Julia Strickland and Quyen Truong in Chicago at PLI's "23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute" on May 7-8

Stroock partner Julia Strickland co-chairs this program that covers a broad array of recent regulatory, enforcement and litigation issues affecting consumer financial services companies and their products.

Additionally, Stroock partner Quyen Truong, who formerly served as Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel at the CFPB, will address regulatory compliance around FinTech, the use of online and mobile platforms for marketing, origination and servicing, privacy and data security.

  • April 25-26, 2018 - PLI's Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2018: Current Developments
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  • April 30, 2018 - LESI 2018 Annual Conference: Strong IP Drives the Bottom Line
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  • May 2-4, 2018 - FIA L&C 2018
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    “Three Key Federal Income Tax Issues Raised by Cryptocurrencies”

    Cryptocurrencies – the original, and most famous of which is Bitcoin – give rise to a number of tax issues, three of which we discuss in this Stroock Special Bulletin: (1) the effect of using

    Bitcoin to buy a good or service, (2) the treatment of mining Bitcoins, and (3) what happens from a tax perspective when there is a so-called hard fork of a cryptocurrency into two cryptocurrencies.


    2018 Annual Overview of California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act

    In California, class action lawyers wield two powerful tools: the Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA).

    The UCL forbids “unlawful, unfair or fraudulent” conduct in connection with virtually any type of business activity. With its sweeping liability standards and broad equitable remedies, the UCL is the weapon of choice for plaintiffs’ lawyers. The CLRA is more defined in structure, but no less potent. The CLRA applies to any “consumer” transaction involving the “sale or lease of goods or services” and authorizes recovery of actual, statutory and punitive damages.

    The CLRA, which explicitly prohibits 24 separate business acts or practices, provides for streamlined class certification and dispositive motion proceedings.

    This Stroock Client Memorandum discusses decisions from California and federal courts in 2017 which provided important direction in areas of arbitration, standing, preemption, the proper scope of class certification, reliance and causation and other issues under the Unfair Competition Law and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act.


    "Ides of March Special: 5th Circuit 'Assassinates' DOL Fiduciary Rule"

    On March 15, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated in its entirety the Department of Labor’s revised investment advice fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”). This decision has the potential to have national applicability and finality on the Fiduciary Rule. Assuming there are no challenges to the decision or other adverse authority from other circuits for cases currently open and under appeal, it is likely that the “old” 1975 rule will be reinstated.

    However, this may not be the end of the story—at least not yet. This Stroock Special Bulletin examines this recent decision and what may be next for the Fiduciary Rule.