Recently, it was reported that the UK Financial Conduct Authority will discontinue the London interbank offered rate (“LIBOR”), at the end of 2021. LIBOR is an interest rate index used in calculating floating or adjustable rates on trillions of dollars in loans, bonds, derivatives and other financial contracts. What happens under derivatives transaction documents when LIBOR is discontinued?

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Measuring your costs against the competition is an important tool for staying competitive and minding the bottom line. Benchmarking studies performed by outside consultants are an increasingly common way for businesses to gain insight into how their contracts stack up against others’ in the industry. In an age where retailers rely on outside vendors to provide many integral functions, making sure you are getting the best deal matters. Continue Reading Sharing Business Contracts with a Benchmarking Consultant? You Might Be Breaching Vendor Agreements

In May, Hunton & Williams is pleased to host in-person forums in its Charlotte and Dallas offices, bringing together industry experts in technology and procurement to discuss some of the most pressing legal and business issues facing customers in this space. These forums are hosted with the support of ISG. Our program topics include software audits and contract lifecycle management. These forums are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of these issues, as well as key practical and legal principles to apply on a routine basis. Continue Reading IT/Procurement Leadership Forum Hosted in Charlotte & Dallas

Hunton & Williams LLP is conducting a short survey seeking feedback on experience with contract life cycle management tools and practices.

Internal legal and procurement teams are under increasing pressure to perform their contracting functions “better, faster and cheaper.” But even among the Global 2000, many of these teams may lack the people, processes, tools and senior management support to make that happen. Our 5-Minute Survey investigates the state of play at major businesses in contracting processes and contract life cycle management. Continue Reading Take Our 5-Minute Survey on Contract Life Cycle Management

In a continued effort to implement the policy change announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, to engage and empower the Cuban people, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has announced additional amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. These amendments, which went into effect on October 17, 2016, constitute the sixth time that the various sets of regulations governing Cuba have been amended. Continue Reading New Changes to U.S.-Cuba Regulations Further Clarify and Ease Restrictions

We previously reported on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (2016), wherein a 6-3 majority held that “an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff’s case.” As part of its decision, however, the Supreme Court expressly left open one critical question: whether a defendant can moot a case by tendering—as opposed to simply offering—complete relief to the plaintiff. The Ninth Circuit has now weighed in on that issue and has answered that question in the negative. Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Panel Weighs In on Critical Issue Left Open by Campbell-Ewald

As reported on the Hunton Employment Labor and Law Blog, on January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (U.S.), in which a 6-3 majority held that “an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff’s case,” thus resolving an ongoing split among the Circuits on this issue. While this is seemingly a positive development for the plaintiffs’ bar, the Court expressly left open one critical question that is almost sure to be revisited: whether a defendant can moot a case by tendering—as opposed to simply offering—complete relief to the plaintiff.

Continue Reading Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Claims, But Leaves Key Issue Unresolved