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Baker McKenzie, Trench Rossi Watanabe*, ICC UK and ICC Brasil present “COP Casts”, a series of interviews exploring climate change issues with experts representing a wide range of industries. Discussions on opportunities, complexities and challenges related to carbon markets in particular will introduce our audience to some of the topics that will be centre-stage at the upcoming 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022.

*Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

The speed and volume of change in the crypto asset markets has accelerated across the globe, with established financial institutions increasingly entering the sector whilst regulators look to keep pace. Recent high-profile developments and market volatility have led to growing calls for scrutiny and regulatory controls. Navigating this fast paced environment, within a sometimes disjointed regulatory framework, can be challenging. The Crypto Boot Camp 2022 Series covers the crypto ecosystem and integrating crypto into established financial systems (recordings available), crypto risk (3 November 2022), NFTs (15 November 2022), DeFi (1 December 2022), and Growth in Crypto (6 December 2022).

In keeping with tradition, we are pleased to invite you to our annual Global Year-End Review of Import/Export & Trade Compliance Developments. This year, we are excited to provide a virtual offering available to all our clients and friends worldwide, plus an in-person reception and networking event for local attendees!
The conference will be comprised of 75 minute virtual sessions over the course of three days. Please join us on November 15, 16 and 17 for any or all sessions. The in-person reception will take place on November 15 at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California.
Our international trade compliance lawyers from around the world will review the major global legislative, judicial and administrative activities and trends in export controls, trade sanctions, customs compliance, and import requirements.
Visit our events page for more information and to register.

More and more companies are either building or considering building a presence in a metaverse. As metaverses continue to develop, they’re blending online multiplayer gaming, cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and virtual reality into a new immersive digital experience for their users. In this article, Baker McKenzie aim to provide a non-exhaustive overview of some high-level tax aspects to consider when expanding into the metaverse ecosystem.

The pandemic acted as a catalyst for acceleration of the metaverse, as increased remote working, studying and the need for remote healthcare provision have increased consumer acceptance of online interactions and created demand for those interactions to be more “life-like.” At the same time, rapidly developing technology and infrastructure is creating the opportunity to perform more activities virtually. The exploration of this new realm may not necessarily be smooth sailing. New challenges may arise in relation to data protection and cybersecurity. Familiar considerations like compliance with regulatory regimes or IP protection may give rise to complexities that are otherwise not apparent at first glance. Parallel trade also continues to generate disputes between IP owners and parallel importers, and our report highlights some recent developments. Baker McKenzie’s trends report provides a summary of some of the key issues to consider from a trademark perspective.

Recent events have thrown the spotlight on sanctions. Sanctions provisions in facilities agreements are frequently keenly negotiated, and most lenders have minimum requirements. We typically see lenders focus more on the activities of the obligor group and its business than on the other lenders and finance parties to the transaction.
Accordingly, we anticipate many of our clients revisiting their sanctions policies and giving greater weight to mitigating risks associated with any party to a transaction becoming the subject of sanctions, not just members of the obligor group.

Baker McKenzie’s Government Procurement Update resource center gives you the latest guidance, trends and enforcement actions related to government procurement (both US government contracting and international financing institutions), including suspension and debarment, bid protests, and False Claims Act defense. Calling upon our deep bench of more than 4,000 lawyers and legal professionals worldwide, we will occasionally feature guest practitioners to write about related topics in the criminal, civil, and administrative context. Readers can expect to find practical guidance and tips for compliance with public procurement policies as well as best practices for managing government inquiries and litigation.

The most comprehensive guide of its kind, the Global Attorney-Client Privilege Guide is an interactive resource covering the law and best practices on privilege in 34 key jurisdictions.
The up-to-date understanding of the law of privilege found in the Guide helps companies to maximize the available protections and ensure that, where possible, privilege is maintained.
When litigation is threatened, companies whose employees know how to recognize and protect privileged information are better prepared to respond to the risks.

Across the world, trade secrets are becoming increasingly important. As companies align workforce transformation, manage supply chain operations and balance the needs of their digital transformation journey, new strategies are required for the identification, protection and enforcement of their most valuable, complex and market-differentiating trade secrets.
In this series of bite-sized videos, hear from Baker McKenzie’s global trade secrets team across disputes, intellectual property, data and technology and employment and compensation on best practices for a strategic, multidisciplinary approach to manage your trade secrets, disputes and risks.
Learn more about our Global Trade Secrets Group and uncover regional trends through the video below:
Best Practices for Maintaining Trade Secrets